Gary Justis was born in Wichita Kansas, April 4, 1953. He was raised in Maize, Kansas, a small farming community of around 600 people. In 1977 he moved to Chicago where he earned His Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. He has developed his work professionally in the area of sculpture for the last 30 years. He has exhibited work at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, NY, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, The Chicago Cultural Center, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. His work is included in various collections throughout the country; most notably: The Museum of Modern Art Library, The New York City Library (special collections), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Artist's Books Collection, The Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL, Chicago and U.S. Equities Corporation, Chicago.