Clyde McCulley was born in Benton, Arkansas in 1941, the last of six kids born to a father sixty years old and a mother of forty. Together, they tried to eke out a living on a five-acre farm with no running water and a two-holer outhouse.
He was determined to go to college and pursue fine art, ultimately leading him to complete both an MFA and a doctorate in Higher Education Administration.
After working as a professor of art at several private colleges,
McCulley spent twenty years as the director of the School of Art at Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute.
McCulley's memoir, The Boy on Shady Grove Road, is a collection of 100 stories from his early years in the conservative segregated South of the 1940s and 50s. The Boy on Shady Grove Road is his first book.