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Gayle Shaw Camden

Gayle Shaw Camden, 77, of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, died on 27 June 2023.

Gayle Shaw Camden was born March 8th, 1946 to Walter Carlyle Shaw, Jr. and Anne Jane Robb. A Daughter of the American Revolution on both her father’s and mother’s side she grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and spent summers in Chautauqua, New York from the tender age of 2. She is survived by her husband, Andrew L. Camden, her sister Pamela Shaw Morey and her four nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Walter Carlyle Shaw III (Corky) and her sister Deborah Shaw Hiscox. Gayle was admired, even from a young age, for her style and taste and known for her creativity throughout her life.

Gayle’s twin passions for design and art are interwoven throughout her life and career like strands of her DNA. She was an accomplished, award-winning Interior Design professional whose work has been featured in numerous publications. While operating her high-level residential practice, GSC Design Associates since 1979, Gayle avidly pursued her love of art and became increasingly involved in the art world, most notably with the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA).An example of her commitment to doing the best creative work possible and finding the right design is best exemplified by her encouraging a young child to use crayons to create a unique color for her bedroom walls.

Chautauqua was an integral part of Gayle’s entire life and her life together with Andrew who became a stalwart, dyed in the wool Chautauquan as well. Arts are one of the four pillars of Chautauqua and certainly were a central pillar for Gayle and Andrew’s life together. Gayle and Andrew are longtime supporters of the Chautauqua Theater.

After graduating from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1968 with a degree from the School of Interior Design, Gayle worked continuously as an interior designer. She was a professionally accredited member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) since 1975. She joined the Junior League of Detroit in 1975 as well.

Gayle shared a passion for international travel with Andrew which they often did to far-flung, exotic locations, eventually exploring over 70 countries. Gayle learned to appreciate the native textiles and began to seek them out as another way to experience and explore the local culture more deeply. Gayle’s keen eye led them to acquire many pieces that were of interest to the DIA curators causing the Camden’s to gradually donate them to the DIA collection.

Gayle was an Honorary Trustee of the Detroit Institute of Arts and served on the Board of the Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art at the DIA for 35 years. Her involvement in the art world spanned decades and she served numerous institutions and organizations. She served on the boards of the Downtown People Mover Art Commission, Founders Junior Council DIA, Detroit Artists Market, and the American Society of Interior Designers.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Gayle Shaw Camden may do so by making a contribution to:

Detroit Institute of Arts - Friends of Modern and Contemporary Art Acquisitions Fund
Attn: Edward Maki-Schramm
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 833-7900
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Chautauqua Foundation
One Ames Avenue
Chautaqua, NY 14722
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Planned Parenthood of Michigan
PO Box 3673
Ann Arbor, MI 48106

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