Dan Neil Barnes was raised in Western Kentucky to a family of artistic craftsman. It was oflittle surprise that, he too, would find arts and crafts to be his passion. Barnes graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in environmental design. For many years he worked to create and upholster furniture in his design studio. Seeking other creative outlets, he began working with stained glass. Pushing the boundaries of traditional lamps and windows, Barnes began incorporating wood and metal into his art, along with experimenting with different dimensional aspects and applications.
Today, he is a respected member of the Kentucky artisan community and travels across the country participating in top arts and crafts shows. When not exhibiting his work in art shows, Barnes is sought after as a lecturer on lighting and booth design, juror for national arts and crafts shows, and mentor for beginning artists. Some of his notable achievements include the Governor’s Award for the Arts, feature artist in numerous arts and crafts publications, and a large commission and installation of his work in the new Owensboro Convention Center.