Ripley Whiteside (b. 1982) grew up in Chapel Hill and Durham, NC. He graduated with a BFA from UNC-CH in 2008, and in 2012 earned a MFA from SUNY-Buffalo, where he also taught foundations art courses. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in the US and Canada, and has been a resident at Willapa Bay A.I.R., The Peanut Factory, I-Park, and The Vermont Studio Center. He lives and works in Nashville, TN.