Of Hunkpapa Lakota heritage and enrolled at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North and South Dakota, Beverly Bear King Moran grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota. As a child, she spent the summers in Fort Yates, North Dakota with her grandmother Clara Bear King-Taylor, who would take her to pow wows where she would dance but lacked her regalia. It wasn't until 1996 that she was able to have a Woman's Northern Traditional Buckskin dress made for her. Andrea (her daughter) was two years old at the time, and they began to travel the pow wow circuit.
It was actually Andrea's desire to dance that motivated Moran to learn how to bead. Having since become a well-known dancer in the pow wow world, Moran is known for her women's Northern Traditional buckskin dance outfits with their distinctive fully beaded yokes, bags, moccasins and leggings, in traditional Lakota beadwork patterns and styling. Not only does she create wearable dance outfits, but she also creates miniatures that are framed and displayed as art pieces.
In 2004 she entered her first competition, at the New Mexico State Fair, and in 2005 she took Best of Show award. In 2007, she won top awards at the Santa Fe Indian Art Market, as well as being awarded a prestigious fellowship by the Southwestern Association of Indian Arts (SWAIA). Since then Moran has received numerous awards in the top Indian art markets, including the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market, the Red Cloud Indian Art Show, the Cherokee Art Market, the Gathering of People, Wind and Water, and the Native American Clothing Contest at Santa Fe Indian Art Market. Additionally, she is a two-time recipient of the First Peoples Fund, Artist in Business Leadership Program and has received a grant from the Native Creative Development Program. She is currently a 2016 Cultural Capital Grant Recipient from First Peoples Fund. Moran also retired from thirty-eight years of Federal Service where she served as a Federal Contracting Specialist. After a short hiatus from the art world, she now devotes herself full-time to creating her art.