Timeline

1938
Born: Durham, NC
1956–1960
Studied art at North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
1984
Official Sports Artist for the Games of the XXIII Olympiad
1985
Named the first Sports Artist of the Year, United States Sports Academy
1990
Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC
1996
Selected by the National Basketball Association to commemorate the NBA's 50th anniversary
1999
Awarded the University Award, the highest honor by The University of North Carolina Board of Governors
2004
Named America's Best Painter of Sports, American Sport Art Museum & Archives, Daphne, AL
2007
A Tribute to Artist and NFL Alumni Ernie Barnes, sponsored by the NFL and Time Warner, New York City, NY
2009
Died: Los Angeles, CA

Exhibitions

2005
Back to Black: Art, Cinema & Racial Imaginary, Whitechapel Gallery, London, England
1995
20th Century Masterworks of African-American Artists, Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, NY (traveling group exhibition)
1972–1979
The Beauty of the Ghetto (traveling solo exhibition)
1978
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC (solo)
1965
Grand Central Art Galleries, New York, NY