Gayle Hurmuses has a B.A.A. in Media Arts from Ryerson University where she majored in Photography and Video, also studying design with Jurgen Lutz and film theory with Bruce Elder. While still in university, she was cinematographer and videographer on several video projects that received regular national broadcast.

Her major documentary project Extended Family - Life and Work at the GM Scarborough Van Plant has been widely published, exhibited and broadcast. Her interactive work based on this project was exhibited at the Art Gallery of Windsor for 7 months in 1997.

Gayle has been interviewed about her work many times on national and regional television and radio programs including CBC Midday, the CBC Weekend News and twice on Morningside.
In 1993 she was commended in the Ontario Legislature for the work on the Extended Family project.

Gayle's professional career has included:

  • Exhibitions of documentary photography at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the London Regional Art Museum, the Art Gallery of Windsor and the Scarborough Civic Centre
  • Publication in several national and regional outlets of her personal work
  • Commissions to document music recording sessions, notably Breakfast in New Orleans to commemorate Bruce Cockburn's 30th year as a recording artist
  • Marketing in the entertainment industry where she successfully promoted several independent recording artists. The campaign she designed to establish Big Rude Jake as a performing artist and character included the creation of a character, Jezebel Parker, whose snappy writing style made the poster series collectibles
  • Volunteer Coordination for conferences and festivals such as the first Flash in the Can, held in March of 2002 and the Distillery Jazz Festival held in May/June of 2003 and 2004
  • She was an educator for 7 years, has taught at Centennial and Humber Colleges and began teaching at George Brown College in September of 2003.
  • Her work is in the collection of the Robert McLaughlin Gallery and the education department of The Art Gallery of Windsor