Dustin Shulerwas born in 1948 in the borough of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. From 1968 through 1971 Shuler attended evening art classes at the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now known as Carnegie Mellon University) while working full time in heavy industry for the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. In 1971 he left Westinghouse to devote fulltime to his art career. In 1973 Shuler migrated to Southern California. Dustin Shuler died of cancer May 4, 2010 in his California studio.