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Donald Whitely Artist




About the Artist



I am a lifelong resident of Tarrytown, having attended the Public Schools of Tarrytown and graduated from Sleepy Hollow High School in 1973. I attended and graduated from SUNY Albany in 1977, and received a Master’s in Public Administration in 1982 from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. I have always loved photography, but was never formally trained until I took my first class during the fall of 1999 at the Center for the Arts (Westchester Community College) in White Plains. It was quite an experience as I learned black and white film photography and the techniques of developing the final print. I continued my interest by taking a variety of photography courses using film 9black and white, and color), including lighting, portrait, documentary and more. Until this day, I rarely leave my house without my camera. There are always interesting subjects to photograph whether it be street photography, landscape or people that can create that perfect shot.


As an Admissions Counselor and Associate Professor at Westchester Community College for the past 29 years, I have had the opportunity to exhibit my work in the school’s art gallery for my first public showing. I have since exhibited my work at the AC-BAW Gallery in Mount Vernon, NY; the DeWindt Gallery in Shrub Oak, NY; an art gallery in New York City; the Harlem Fine Arts Festival; the Blue Door Gallery in Yonkers, NY. I am presently exhibiting at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY and the Tarrytown Warner Library, Tarrytown, NY.  


I have also had the opportunity to travel to a several of countries and photograph a variety of cultures. Such countries included Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa; Senegal and Ghana in West Africa; Seoul, South Korea; London, England; Toronto, Canada as well as the Hawaiian Islands. All countries offers any photographer different canvases to photograph.  
Finally, it is such a pleasure photography different subjects, and I plan to learn as much as possible to improve this rewarding craft of art.