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Gayle Tustin Papers

Identifier: SC-MS-221

Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers and media related to the career of local Wilmington artist Gayle Tustin. The collection includes sketchbooks, preliminary plans, interviews, magazine articles, applications, records, artists' biography, consignment forms, material lists, photographs, postcards, and brochures that map Tustin's artistic career from the early 1980s to the early 2000s. The collection ranges in terms of the size and scope of projects, including local commissions and plans for international galleries. The collection highlights Tustin's involvement in local projects, workshops, art colonies, galleries, and commissioned projects. Her art utilizes a multitude of mediums including pen, pencil, charcoal, pastels, and paint.


  • Creation: 1981-2006


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use. Users must request permission to view artist sketchbooks containing charcoal and pastel drawings in advance.

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2018 University of North Carolina at Wilmington, all rights reserved (subject to exceptions). Certain items in this collections were conveyed to UNCW without the accompanying copyright. Where the donor did not convey copyright to UNCW, copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical Note

Gayle Tustin was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, grew up with an older sister, and was raised by a single mother until she remarried when Tustin was seven. She was fascinated with art at a young age, particularly working with clay. She attended Penn State for approximately ten months but decided to pursue a career in the arts. Tustin traveled quite a bit and was inspired to create and experiment with various mediums, working extensively with ceramics and sculptures, even starting her own line of jewelry. She has participated in numerous artist colonies in countries such as Macedonia, Spain, Germany, Brazil, and South Africa. Tustin took a summer art course at Alfred University and then chose to pursue her studio art degree at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 1996, becoming the first person to graduate with honors as a studio art major. She is responsible for helping to create the No Boundaries International Art Colony, a gathering of local and international artists that meet every year on Bald Head Island to create. As a local Wilmington artist, Tustin was commissioned for projects across the city including, the Safe Passage donor tiles in the Heritage Garden at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center’s Wilmington campus.


5.4 Linear Feet (Contains 3 document boxes, 3 oversize boxes, and 3 map case folders)

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This collection contains the following series:

Series 1: Art Shows and Exhibits

This series contains papers, sketches, postcards, pamphlets, and letters relating to Gayle Tustin's participation in various art shows and exhibits throughout her career, primarily the early 1990s to the early 2000s.

Series 2: Commissioned Projects

This series contains documents relating to the commissioned projects that Gayle Tustin was involved in from the early 1990s to the early 2000s. It includes papers, photographs, preliminary plans, pricing sheets, proposals, and pamphlets highlighting Tustin's creative process.

Series 3: Original Art Work

This series contains artwork by Gayle Tustin throughout the early 1980s to the early 2000s. It includes a number of preliminary sketches, designs, and final projects. Gayle Tustin utilizes various mediums such as charcoal, pastels, oil paints, watercolors, pen, pencil, and markers.

Series 4: Magazine and Newspapers

This series contains articles related to Gayle Tustin's career, her life as an artist, her work, and her achievements throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Series 5: Personal Papers

This series contains assorted materials documenting the career of Gayle Tustin. It includes preliminary designs and sketches, interviews, applications, brochures, letters, a poem, and photographs.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Gayle Tustin in 2002.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Olivia Fario in Spring 2021.

Gayle Tustin Papers
Olivia Fario
2021 May 18
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Repository Details

Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository