Title: Art Educator (Retired)
Company: Flushing Community Schools
Location: Fenton, Michigan, United States
Robert V. Barnes, Retired Art Educator at Flushing Community Schools, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in art education.
Influenced by his parents and grandparents, who were all educators while he was growing up, Mr. Barnes felt it was a natural progression to delve into education. From 1971 until his retirement from education in 2002, he served as an art teacher at Flushing Community Schools in Michigan. During this time, he also acted as an instructor at the Flint Institute of Arts from 1975 to 1976 and a genealogy teacher in the adult education program at Mott Community College from 1976 to 1984. Since 2002, he has been a private art teacher.
Mr. Barnes holds a Bachelor of Arts from Adrian College and a Master of Arts from Marygrove College. He completed postgraduate coursework at myriad institutions, including the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Central Michigan University, the University of Michigan, the J. Paul Getty Museum and the Cincinnati Art Museum. He is a certified art teacher for kindergarten through 12th grade in the state of Michigan. Locally involved, he has been a mentor to students through the Fenton United Methodist Church since 2000, having previously held the post of president for the Flushing Area Historical Society, the A.J. Phillips Fenton Museum and Historical Society, and the Flint Genealogical Society.
As a testament to his success, Mr. Barnes received the Orren Hart Award from the Flushing Area Historical Society in 1983 and First Prize at the Flushing Art Fair through the Flushing Junior Women’s League in 1975 and 1978. Additionally, he has been highlighted in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World. Married to the late Sandra E. Mathews-Barnes, Mr. Barnes is the proud father of one daughter, Kathryn. He enjoys pottery, painting and genealogy in his spare time.
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