Alan OW Barnes

Associate Professor of Digital Art and Design
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B.M. in Commercial Music (Belmont University)
M.M. in Composition (Belmont University)
M.F.A. in Communication Art (Savannah College of Art and Design)

Books, Articles, and Other Resources: Man Grooves: Flight of the Fenghuang

Olivia Olivetti: A Japanese Yokai in London

Big in Japan

Big In Japan, Book II: Power (Volume 2)

Black Land (Crow Chronicles Book 1)


My favorite part about teaching at Johnson is: The environment.

When I’m not teaching, I love to: Draw comics and play acoustic music.

In my classes, students can expect: To feel great about accomplishing big goals.

My best advice to a new student in my program is: Work hard! Creative media, digital art, (whatever you want to call it) is tough stuff. It is multi-disciplinary. It’s drawing and painting in a variety of mediums, it’s calligraphy and typography, it’s digital art skills, it’s book design, it’s creative writing, it’s dramatic writing, it’s cinematography, it’s color theory, it’s narrative. Frankly, in today’s market it’s also web design, entrepreneurship, advertising, public speaking, performance, and business management among other things.

Because of my influence, I most want my students to become: Fantastic, interesting people who understand that ideas can only change the world if they are delivered in an engaging way.

The myth-busting truth about my discipline I most want people to understand is: Talent has almost nothing to do with one’s ability to succeed in the arts. It is FAR more about discipline.

A quote that influences how I live is: “Inspiration is for amateurs…the rest of us just show up and get to work.” – Chuck Close