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Gale Maureen Tolf, American artist, educator. Certified teacher Illinois, 1983. Recipient Best of Show award Ceramics, Monterey Art Fair, 1980, Best of Show award Photography, 1982; scholar, Illinois State University, 1971-1973, Joliet (Illinois) Kiwanis, 1973-1976, Joliet (Illinois) Business and Women's Club, 1973-1976. Member of Chicago (Illinois) Artist Coalition, Phi Beta Kappa, Mensa.


Tolf, Gale Maureen was born on December 2, 1953 in Joliet, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Arthur C. Tolf and Helen C. Kelly Tolf.


Associate of Arts, Joliet Junior College, Illinois, 1973. Bachelor in Art, Southern Illinois University, 1976. Student in Art Therapy, University Illinois, 1976.

Master of Arts in Gifted Education, Northeast Illinois University, 1982. Student, Governors State University, 1984—1987. Certified in Elementary Education, University St. Francis, 1984.

Student, C.G. Jung Institute, since 1996.


Art therapist Pacific Grove/Monterey (California) Adult Schools, 1978—1983. Teacher St. Mary Magdelene School, Joliet, Illinois, 1985—1986. Teacher reading Joliet (Illinois) Job Corps., 1986—1989.

Art therapist South Central Community Services, Chicago, 1989—1994. Part time art teacher, since 1994.


  • Certified teacher Illinois, 1983.


  • Other Work

    • Exhibitions include over 35. Author: 38 poems, 12 plays. 170 published illustrations, one-woman shows include Allyn Gallery Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois, 1975, Clay People Gallery, 1976, Tillie Gorts Cafe, Pacific Grove, California, 1980, Mandala Gallery, 1981, Carmel Valley (California) Cafe, Carmel Valley, California, 1982, Carl Cherry Foundation, Carmel, California, 1982, Lewis University, Romeoville, Illinois, 1990, Bicentennial Theater, Joliet, Illinois, 1990, Marquette Park, Chicago, Illinois, 1999, Bean Counter Cafe, Evanston, Illinois, 2000, Northeast Illinois University, Chicago, Illinois, 2001, Cafe Express, Evanston, Illinois, 2001, Kent (Connecticut) Community Playhouse, Kent, Connecticut, 2002, Koki, Evanston, Illinois, 2002.

      Editor: Joliet Job Corps Poetry and Art Review, 1986-1988.


Member of Chicago (Illinois) Artist Coalition, Phi Beta Kappa, Mensa.


Arthur C. Tolf

Helen C. Kelly Tolf