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R L Barnum artist specializing in metal outdoor sculptures, oil paintings, murals and watercolor paintings



1980 M.F.A         Idaho State University

1978 B.S              Southern Oregon State University

1974 A.A             Oregon College of Art

Teaching Experience

Ferris State University        Big Rapids, Michigan - 1989 to 2021

Granted tenure. Merit increase award 1996 and 2002. Promoted to Full Professor 2003.

Columbia College        Chicago Illinois - 1985 to 1989

Saint Francis College        Fort Wayne, Indiana - 1980 to1985

Idaho State University        Pocatello, Idaho - 1979 to 1980


Concept Development - Ferris State University

Michigan ArtWalk. Concept that has resulted in a 20-year plan to develop Ferris State University into a campus- wide art museum dedicated to Michigan artists.

Presidential Art Collection.  Concept to establish one major piece of art at FSU for the current and past 14

Presidents.  Concept accepted by the University. The first piece of this collection was unveiled November 1996. The second piece was unveiled spring 1999.

Mecosta County Public Art Initiative.  Public art design to create a county wide collection.



Received over 30 awards in National and International Juried Competitions, 2002-2008.

Patron of the Arts Award-Mecosta County Council of the Arts: Robert and Lisa Barnum

Michigan Artist of the Year Award 2003

Governor’s Award for the Arts and Culture, ArtServe of Michigan

Professional Achievement Award for Arts & Sciences, Idaho State University



Dialogue Magazine Chicago, IL

Watercolor Magic Magazine

Detroit Free Press

Pioneer Press, Big Rapids, MI                             

Images Magazine

Grand Rapids Press

Kalamazoo Gazette

Rockport Publisher

American Artist Magazine

Watercolor Magazine

The Artist Touch 2

Chronicle of Higher Education

Michigan Monthly Magazine

The Transparent Color Wheel

The Artist Magazine

The Creative Artist

Signature Memberships:       

American Watercolor Society               

National Watercolor Society               

Watercolor USA Society


Served as Juror 

Winter Park, FL 

Canton 18th Annual, MI

Lakefront, WI


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