Will Barnet

Will Barnet studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and continued his education at the Art Student’s League, New York City. Early in his career he worked with the Graphic Arts Division of the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration. He taught at many institutions, including Cooper Union in New York City and Yale University, New Haven, CT.

Barnet was a member of the National Academy of Design and the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London. Barnet's artwork employs symbolic meaning, and the themes of dreams and daily life, to create a stylized, flat aesthetic. 

Barnet's work appears in more than 200 museum collections, including the MFA Boston; Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim Museum, New York City; Vatican Museum, Rome, Philadelphia Museum of Art; and British Museum, London. In 2011, Barnet received the National Medal of Arts from President Obama in Washington, DC.

Artist Info


May 25, 1911

Beverly, MA


November 13, 2012

New York, NY