Orangeburg artist and art educator Alvin Staley will be included in the upcoming “Who’s Who in America 2015,” according to Marquis Who’s Who.
Staley, a native of Philadelphia, received his early academic training in the public schools of South Carolina, and the bulk of his artistic training in museums, schools and galleries in the Washington, D.C., area. He earned his bachelor’s degree in art education from Claflin University, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1976. In 1980, he received an American University Fellowship to pursue a master’s degree in painting from the Washington university and completed the program in 1981.
Staley has been an active artist and teacher since 1976. He has taught in public schools in Greenville, Florence, Orangeburg and Colleton counties, and has worked in the art programs of Morris College, Voorhees College, South Carolina State University and Claflin, where he was chairman of the art department.
Staley is listed in several editions of “Who’s Who In America” and “Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers.” He has exhibited his work nationally and has received numerous awards. In 2011, he received the South Carolina State Fair Fine Art Spirit Achievement Award.