Gail Tremblay is descended from Onondaga and Micmac ancestors and resides in Olympia, Washington. She has contributed to the arts and cultural life of the Pacific Northwest and beyond for decades through her interdisciplinary artwork, critical writing, and poetry. She retired from teaching at The Evergreen State College in 2016, where, since 1980, she mentored hundreds of students in visual art, creative writing, and Native American Studies. She was a founding member of The Evergreen State College Longhouse and remains active on their advisory board.
Tremblay has been featured in numerous anthologies and exhibitions, including canonical group shows like Women of Sweetgrass, Cedar and Sage: Contemporary Art by Native American Women (1985) and The Submuloc Show/Columbus Wohs: A Visual Commentary on the Columbus Quincentennial from the Perspective of America’s First People (1992–94). Her artwork is included in many notable public collections, such as the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York; Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian, Washington, DC; and the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.