Bachelor of Science in Art Education, University Wisconsin, 1945. Postgraduate, Art Center School, Los Angeles, 1945—1947. Postgraduate, Cardinal Stritch University, 1970—1990.
Instructor portrait and watercolor Milwaukee Area Technology College, 1972—1980. Owner Shirley Gruen Art Gallery, Port Washington, since 1972. Board member, curator Port Washington History Society.
Publicity chairman Eghart House Museum, Port Washington.
Member of Wisconsin Watercolor Society, Wisconsin Visual Artists.
Married Gerald A. Gruen, February 1, 1947. Children: Gerald Junior, Lorelei Hosler, Lorna Nagler.