Ellene Stampley Whiley was the Saint Louis Art Museum's 2004–2005 Romare Bearden Fellow. She completed her MA in art administration at the University of New Orleans in 2007. She earned her undergraduate degree in studio art from
Spelman College in 2003 and studied a semester abroad at the La Coste School of Arts in France. Whiley has completed advanced studio study at Parsons School of Design in New York and has exhibited her art work in the New Orleans Center for Creative Art, Southern University, the Hammonds House of Atlanta, M. Francis Gallery, and the New Orleans African American Museum. Prior to obtaining the Romare Bearden Fellowship, she worked at the High Museum in Atlanta and the Amistad Research Center in New Orleans. Whiley currently resides in New Orleans and works as a consultant for two organizations. Her most recent projects include designing and implementing an afterschool visual art curriculum for several East Baton Rouge Parish and New Orleans public schools, and serving on the planning team for the 2012 National Alliance of African and African American Art Support Groups Conference.