For Immediate Release
Contact:  Pattie Pardee


Will Barnet: Early Works

October 11 – December 22, 2019

600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, FL

DELAND, FL – October 2, 2019 – The Museum of Art – DeLand is featuring prints, drawings and paintings by important American artist Will Barnet in an exhibition that opens October 11, 2019 titled Will Barnet: Early Works. 

Barnet was born in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1911.  His first encounters with art were the carvings of skeletal heads and other images on colonial tombstones in a local cemetery. “These were mementos of what had taken place,” he recalled. “At the age of 10 or 12, I discovered that being an artist would give me an ability to create something which would live on after death.” 

By age 12 Barnet had made his own studio in his parents’ basement.  He went on to study at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and then at the Art Students League in New York.  By 1936, Barnet was an established professional printer and the youngest instructor of graphic arts to ever hold a faculty position at the Art Students League. He later taught art at Yale University and Cornell University.

Barnet’s expressionist works of the 1930s and 1940s are prominently featured in Will Barnet: Early Works.  This work often deals with social issues of the depression era as well as the more personal themes of mother and child, and family life – themes which continued throughout his career.    

Barnet died in 2012 at the age of 101. His artistic legacy provides a microcosm of modern movements in the history of American art and of the development of printmaking as a fine art form

Barnet’s work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; the National Gallery of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  He was the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2011 National Medal of Arts, presented by President Barack Obama.

Will Barnet: Early Works opens on Friday, October 11, 2019 and will be on view through December 22, 2019 at the Museum of Art - DeLand, located at 600 N. Woodland Blvd.  Gallery Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 and free to children under the age of 12 and all Volusia County School Students and Stetson Students.

About the Museum of Art – DeLand

The Museum of Art – DeLand is a vital and interactive visual arts museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, display and educational use of the fine arts in Central Florida.  Established in 1951, the Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and is comprised of a 23,000 square foot arts facility housing five galleries on two levels located at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. and the Downtown Galleries located at 100 N. Woodland Blvd in DeLand, Florida. Enriching the community through its permanent collection, art exhibitions and educational programs, the Museum is a source of cultural focus and is recognized statewide by its peers for academic excellence and community outreach.  The Museum is supported by its Guild, Krewe Nouveau, grants, admissions, generous patrons and donors, and Museum Store adjacent to its galleries in Downtown DeLand.  To learn more about the Museum, its programming exhibits and opportunities to engage with the Arts visit us at or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Left:  Will Barnet, go go, 1947, Color serograph and lithograph
Right: Will Barnet, Drawing Class, 1943, Gouache