Robert Barnum is a Professor of Fine Arts at Ferris State University since 1989. He has received over 40 awards in national and international juried fine art competitions. In 2003, he was awarded the Michigan Artist of the Year Award and is currently the Ferris Resident Artist. Through national and international competitions in the last decade he has created five large scale murals throughout the United States. A sixth commission is underway in Cedar Rapids Iowa’s Oxley Public Service Center. In addition to sculptures throughout the campus and community, his murals can be seen on campus in the FLITE building and atrium that joins the Science/Starr buildings.