Nancy Morgan Barnes is a narrative realist. Often the concept of the narrative has led us to make-believe worlds of the ideal and a daydreaming of better times. Through the composing in all of her works, one finds explicitly rendered chaos and order….things are not as they appear.

Born in South Bend, Indiana, Barnes received her undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, Indiana, and her graduate degree from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1971. She has taught at DePauw University and the Indiana University Bloomington. Barnes has won numerous merit awards and prizes, including a Good Idea Grant from the Maine Arts Commission. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Indiana University Art Museum and Indiana State Museum.