Donna Woodley is a painter whose most recent works merge the examination of black culture and fine art. She decided to pursue the life goal of a working visual artist after twenty years of working as an accountant. This journey has sparked her passion for painting currently informed by discourse concerning black women and their experiences in American society. She has served as gallery assistant at Tennessee State University’s Hiram Van Gordon gallery in addition to teaching assistant at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts during her undergraduate studies. While earning her MFA, she became involved from the very beginning serving as a “Buddy” for students newly accepted into the program and as facilitator of a Critique Etiquette seminar offered to new graduate students entering the MFA program. She was also designated by her cohort to speak at January 2016's graduate ceremony where she was fortunate to receive the Spring 2016 Alumni Award. Currently, she resides in Nashville where she is emerging within the art community having participated in a number of group exhibitions. She is ecstatic and passionate about her future in the art community and looking forward to what is ahead.