Jonathan Barnes has been selected the 2022 Juror for the Emerging Artist Program, which recognizes and features the artwork of up-and-coming artists who wish to establish themselves in a professional visual arts career.
Jonathan Barnes was born in Kissimmee, FL. From the age of three, Jonathan and his parents sailed the coasts of Florida, as well as the Caribbean. He studied Graphic Design and the University of Central Florida, and in 2002 graduated with a BA degree in Graphic Design from UCF.
Discovering that working in clay was much more rewarding to him than Graphic Design, Jonathan entered the graduate program at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS . During his time in Mississippi, he had the opportunity to be a part of a study abroad program to Shigaraki, Japan , through the University of Georgia , as well as numerous national juried and invitational shows.
After Completing his MFA in Ceramics from the University of Mississippi he returned to Florida to be a resident artist at the St. Petersburg Clay Company. After his residency he began working at St. Petersburg College and in 2012 became the Academic Department Chair of the Fine Arts/ Humanities department at the Clearwater Campus. In addition to his administrative duties, Jonathan teaches Ceramics, Printmaking and Art Appreciation at St. Petersburg College, and maintains an active studio art practice. He is a member of the Tampa Tour De Clay group.
Jonathan and his family live and work in Clearwater, he fires his work in a wood-fired soda kiln located at Hidden Lake Pottery.