Received B.F.A. from University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1956. Also studied at Columbia University, Hunter College and the University of London (England). Has won several grants and awards including two Fullbright Grants, a William and Norma Copley Foundation Prize for Painting, a Guri Siever award from the Art Institute of Chicago, a Childe Hassam purchase prize from The American Academy of Arts and Letters, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and an award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Barnes is in several major museums including the Art Institute of Chicago; Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Modern Art (New York); Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art (University of Chicago), Madison Art Center, and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.