Daniel Barney graduated from Brigham Young University in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in printmaking and a certification in Art Education K-12, and in 2004 with a master's in art education. Barney is currently faculty in the Art Department at BYU.
He is married to artist Cassandra Christensen Barney. Although his degree was in printmaking and drawing, Barney has shown jewelry, glass work, photography, paintings, videos, drawings, and sewn work in galleries and museums across the US and Canada, including Ayden Gallery in Vancouver, BC; Coda Gallery in Park City, and Exit9 Gift Emporium in New York City. His art work has also been exhibited on campuses that include the University of Utah, The University of Illinois, Maryland Institute College of Art, and The University of British Columbia.
His glass beads have been exhibited throughout North America and can be found in 1000 Glass Beads: Innovation & Amp; Imagination in Contemporary Glass Beadmaking by Lark Books. Examples of his silver clay works appear in The Art of Metal Clay by Sherri Haab. He was also a consultant and contributor for the book Tricky Pix by Paula Weed and Carla Jimison.
He considers himself to be an artist, but also a researcher and educator. He taught art (including jewelry, design, commercial art, painting, drawing, photography, and studio art) at Timpview High School in Provo, Utah for eleven years. Barney is currently a faculty member in BYU's Department of Art. In 2009 he received the Gordon and Marion Smith Prize in Art Education and the Rita L. Irwin Scholarship in Art Education from the University of British Columbia. His 2009 dissertation "A Study of Dress Through Artistic Inquiry: Provoking Understandings of Artist, Researcher, and Teacher Identities" was nominated and selected as a finalist for the following two awards: The AERA Qualitative SIG Outstanding Dissertation Award 2009 and The Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (CACS) Dissertation Award. His academic publications include articles in Visual Arts Research and Mentoring and Tutoring, as well as in the following books: Curriculum and the Cultural Body edited by Springgay and Freedman, and Visual Culture in the Art Class: Case Studies edited by Paul Duncum.
Daniel Barney is a past President of the Utah Art Education Association (UAEA), and serves on the Executive Board of the Arts Based Educational Research (ABER) of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) as Treasurer. He was awarded the Pacific Region Art Educator of the Year Award by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) in 2011.
In 2012 Barney obtained third place in the 2012 Utah Ties Juried Exhibition at the Central Utah Art Center for his piece entitled, If the Odds Are Good, Take That Risk You’ve Been Considering. He also participated in the Fourth Biannual Untitled Exhibit, where each artwork comes with a pile of tags for the audience to suggest titles for the work. In both 2012 and 2011 Barney was awarded the Pacific Region Higher Education Teacher of the Year Award at the NAEA Conference in New York City.
Also, in 2012 Barney led the Billboard Poetry Project, funded by the Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts. He, along with other members of his committee, held a call for local writers to submit poems to be considered for display on three consecutive billboards. The poems had to incorporate or address some aspect of Utah's landscape, culture, or history. The selected poem was Small Prayer by Derek Henderson.
His work, "What Saved Me," was published in the international e-journal UNESCO Observatory Multi-Disciplinary Journal on the Arts Volume 3 issue 1 in 2013. Dr. Barney also presents his work frequently at national and international academic conferences.
In 2014, Barney and his co-author Nadine Kalin's article Hunting for Monsters: Visual Arts Curriculum as Agonistic Inquiry was published in the International Journal of Art & Design Education. In their article, Barney and Kalin utilize the work of Katie Jahner to suggest that students and teachers should actively seek a living curriculum that exceeds any static plan.
- Art Educators - NAEA Award Winners (2012)
- The Daily Universe - BYU art educators win award (24 May 2011)
- Daniel Barney and Nadine Kalin, "Hunting for Monsters: Visual Arts Curriculum as Agonistic Inquiry", International Journal of Art & Design Education 33, no. 1, (February 2014):19-31
- Billboard Poetry Project official website