Kay Tuttle graduated from Arizona State University with an MFA in painting. She then joined the staff, teaching several courses as an adjunct professor. She relocated to Munich, Germany, for three years where she had a solo exhibition at Kunstforum Arabella Park. She then returned to Arizona where she resumed teaching at ASU. At this time she helped start the Phoenix artist's cooperative, Eye Lounge. Shortly after this she again relocated, to Toulouse, France where she lived for three and a half years. This period includes a solo exhibition at Galerie Le Confort de L'Etrange. In Denver she shows with Sliding Door Gallery.