Gustafson holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (summa cum laude) with a minor in Art History. Gustafson has exhibited widely in the United States and abroad at prestigious institutes including GV Art (London, England), Plains Art Museum (ND), Lexington Art League (KY), Pence Gallery, (CA), San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles (CA), and Burnet Gallery (MN). Grants awarded include the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2017, 2012) and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Next Step Grant (2014). Artist Residencies include Vermont Studio Center, VT (2022), Kingsbrae International Residency for the Arts (KIRA), St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada (2019), and The Hambidge Center for Creative Arts & Sciences, GA (2002). Gustafson was featured on MN Original and nationally including NYC-ARTS and LaARTS. Gustafson lives and works in Minneapolis, Minnesota.