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Art & Art History

University of Mississippi

Tyler Barnes

Assistant Professor of Graphic Design

Graphic Design
MFA, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
BFA, Northwestern State University-Louisiana


Tyler Barnes, a second-generation artist, originally from Alexandria, Louisiana, received his BFA in Graphic Communications from Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana in 2008. Upon receiving his BFA, Tyler worked in Austin, Texas, as a Design Associate at Marc English Design and has maintained his own freelance design studio since 2009.

In 2016, he received an MFA degree in Graphic Design from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi where he broadened his process and procured new insight into design theory and pedagogy. During his time in Corpus Christi, Tyler also worked as a graphic designer for The Collective, a Corpus Christi design cooperative made up of local firms, Artfly Design + Snyder and Associates. Tyler continues a working relationship with Artfly as a brand specialist for their New Orleans office.

A graphic designer and educator, Tyler draws his inspiration from the investigation and critique of the surrounding visual landscape. His work aims to not only solve a design problem but strives to elevate the experience of all communication art—so that the visuals and objects we encounter in our daily lives are more artfully presented and thoughtfully conveyed.

His work has earned ten American Advertising Federation Awards, including two district ADDY’s, has been featured in several publications including Under Consideration’s For Print Only Awards, Creative Quarterly, Graphic Design USA, and the Logo Lounge Book Series. He has also been featured in several exhibitions including The OSO BAY Biennial juried by James Victore and The Art of the Poster, National Juried Exhibition juried by Celene Aubry, Associate Director of Hatch Show Print.

Joining the art faculty in 2016, Tyler is currently an assistant professor of Graphic Design in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Mississippi, where he hopes to instill the value of visual communication for the empowerment of design’s future.