Ernie Barnes  (American, 1939-2009) 


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Ernie Barnes Biography
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
Selected 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