Stanley is an artist and chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Winthrop. He also served as director of Winthrop University Galleries from 1990-2010. Born in Fort Hood, Texas, Stanley grew up in Concord, N.C. He received a B.A. in Art from Sacred Heart College in 1972. After serving two years alternative service in lieu of induction, he worked in Passaic, N.J., and New York City in the design and wall accessory industry. He received an M.A. in applied art history and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of South Carolina in 1980, where he also taught relief printmaking and 2D design at maximum security Central Corrections Institute. Stanley has served on the faculties of Arkansas College (now Lyon College) in Batesville, Ark.; Barry University in Miami, Fla.; and Livingstone College in Salisbury, N.C. He also was director of the Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury. As a practicing artist, Stanley began explorations into visual art and music as early as 1960 with painted impressions of familiar musical forms. His work relies upon personal memory, an interest in contemporary folk art imagery, and hands-on experience as points of artistic departure. Much of his technique is based in mechanical drawing. In recent years, his artwork has been exhibited at Barbara Archer Gallery in Atlanta, Ga., the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C., and Gallery twenty-four in Berlin. In 2005, his "Floating" series was exhibited at the South Carolina State Museum's Triennial Exhibition and in 2004 at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. In 2002-03, he exhibited at La Galerie du Marché in Lausanne, Hodges Taylor Gallery in Charlotte, N.C., Musée de la Halle Saint Pierre in Paris, and the Halsey Gallery in Charleston.