The North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes

June 29, 2018 through March 3, 2019

Image: Friendly Friendship Baptist Church. Copyright © Ernie Barnes Family Trust

This exhibition will showcase many unpublished Ernie Barnes original paintings, as well as artifacts from his life. Barnes was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. After five seasons as a professional football player, he retired at age 27 to pursue art.

Known for his unique style of elongation, energy, and movement, Barnes is the first professional American athlete to become a noted painter!