Donald Starr
  • Henderson, NV
  • United States

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Artist Bio

Donald Corpier Starr, born in Wichita, Kansas, has been drawing since the age of five, and he credits his mother and a select group of early educators for recognizing and encouraging his artistic abilities. His primary mediums are pen/ink, pastel, charcoal and colored pencil. Donald’s formal art education began with a summer school scholarship to the Belmont Art Studios in Wichita as a sixth grader. He received an Associate Degree from Coffeyville College in Kansas and later attended and studied art at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, before enlisting in the Air Force in 1971. He worked as an administrative clerk and graphics specialist during his eight years of service. Donald received a degree in Occupational Education from Southern Illinois at Carbondale in 1983 and later obtained an MFA (Illustration) from Syracuse University in 1990. Donald has worked as a production artist in Seattle in the late seventies, and just completed a full career with the Department of Navy and Department of Labor, Mine Health and Safety Administration as a civil service graphic designer and videographer. Donald has always pursued being an artist, he has participated in various types of art festivals, art competitions and one man and group shows in different parts of the United States.  Donald’s philosophy for his God given art talent is to provoke a mood or some type of emotion with his images, “When the audience looks at a two-dimensional image I have drawn, I want them to get some type of positive feeling from the piece”.


Graduate, North High School, Wichita, Kansas, 1968

Graduate, AA Degree, Coffeyville Community Jr. College, Coffeyville, Kansas, 1970

Graduate, Bachelor of Science, Occupation Education, University of Southern Illinois at Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois, 1983

Graduate, Master of Fine Arts (Illustration), Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, 1990

Studied Art

Belmont Art Studios, Wichita, Kansas 1961

Coffeyville College, Coffeyville, Kansas 1968-1970

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1970-1971

Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, Washington, 1975

University of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, 1981

Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, 1989-1990

Art Shows and Competitions

  • City of Albuquerque, Recreation Department Exhibit, Albuquerque International Airport, Albuquerque, New Mexico   1970
  • Art in the Park Exhibit, Albuquerque, New Mexico 1970
  • 1st Annual Spokane Arts Festival, Spokane, Washington 1974
  • Mushroom Gallery, Spokane, Washington 1977
  • Annual Art Competition, Riverside Art Museum, Spokane, Washington 1977
  • Ponca City Fine Arts Festival, Ponca City, Oklahoma 1978
  • Junction City Arts Council, Art in the Park, Junction City, Kansas 1978
  • Arkansas City Arts Festival, Arkansas City, Kansas 1978
  • Art and Book Fair, Wichita, Kansas 1978
  • Hillsboro Art Festival, Hillsboro, Kansas 1978
  • Dodge City Kansas Art Festival, Dodge City, Kansas 1978
  • McPherson Arts Festival, McPherson, Kansas 1978
  • Sheppard Mall Art Festival, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 1978
  • Independence Arts Festival, Independence, Missouri 1978
  • One Man Exhibit, Tabor College, Hillsboro, Kansas 1979
  • Bach Festival, 1980, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Art and Culture Program Exhibit, Edward Waters College, Jacksonville, Florida 1981
  • International Art Competition, Selected Exhibitor of Drawing, Los Angeles California, July 1984 – October 1984
  • Art Mania Exhibit, Jacksonville, Florida 1992
  • Register Herald Juried Show, Merit Award Winner, Beckley, West Virginia October 1996

 Gallery Exhibits

  • One Man Exhibit, Fairchild AFB Library, Spokane, Washington 1974
  • “Blacks on Black”, Group Art Exhibit, Kent Campus Gallery, Florida Jr. College, Jacksonville, Florida 1981
  • Exhibit, Joan Ling Gallery, Gainesville, Florida 1981-1982
  • One Man Show, Charles D. Webb Library, Jacksonville, Florida 1982
  • 6th Annual, the National Art Exhibit, Gallery Triangle, Washington, D.C. February 1985
  • One Man Show, Register Herald Newspaper Gallery, Beckley, West Virginia, August – October 1996
  • The Gleam of Our Bright Stars:  Reflections of the African-American Experience (Group Show), Wright State University, Student Union Gallery, Fair borne, Ohio, January 1999
  • Images Portrayed: Drawings by Donald Starr, Museum Gallery, Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, West Virginia, September – October 2008
  • Gibson at the Greenbrier Gallery, Greenbrier Resort, Greenbrier, West Virginia 2008 - 2009

Exhibit Schedule:

"Encounters" Exhibition, Drawings by Donald Corpier Starr

Meet-the-Artist Reception, Saturday, December 20, 2016, 2-5 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

West Las Vegas Arts Center Community Gallery, 947 W. Lake Mead Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada.

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