Bryan Barnes



Originally from Houston, I attended the University of North Texas where I studied drawing & painting, photography and communication design, graduating with top portfolio and honors in art direction. After working at a few agencies in Dallas, I joined BBDO in New York City and have spent the last six years creating work that impacts culture. My work has been recognized by the Obama Administration, Cannes Lions and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, winning 80+ top International advertising awards including a Cannes Lions Film Grand Prix and 2018’s Outstanding Commercial Primetime Emmy. Most recently I was ranked in One Show’s Top Ten Art Directors and Cannes Lions Top 50 Globally. Outside of work I like to paint miniature oil paintings, co-teach a junior portfolio class at the School of Visual Arts and volunteer with organizations like the LGBTQ Ali Forney Center.

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BBDO New York – Associate Creative Director / Art Director

3.2015 – Present
American Red Cross, Dunkin’, P&G, Snickers, Sandy Hook Promise, AT&T, Humana Insurance, Bombay Sapphire gin, Macy’s, Pedigree

Adjunct Instructor – School of Visual Arts
8.2017 – Present
Co-teaching an Undergraduate Advanced Advertising portfolio class. 
Students have won awards @ D&AD, One Show, Clio's, ADC, and Future Lions.

BBDO New York – Senior Art Director
2.2014 – 3.2015
Lowe’s, M&M’s, Dove Chocolate, Subway, CVS, 3M, Rogaine, Splenda, American Family Insurance

BBDO New York – Art Director
3.2013 – 2.2014
Gillette, Emirates Airlines, Tamiflu

TracyLocke – Art Director
2012 – 2013
Samsung, HP, 7-Eleven, Dallas Tourism

TBWA \ Dallas – Art Director
2009 – 2012
Slurpee, 7-Eleven, Arnold breads

Emmy Awards
Cannes Lions
One Show Awards
ADC Awards
D&AD Awards
Clio Awards
London International Awards
Cannes Young Lions, Team USA
Epica Awards
Addy Awards
AICP Awards
Ciclope Awards
Young Glory Professional
Communication Arts
Creativity Online
Lürzer's Archive
Washington Post
New York Times

University of North Texas
College of Visual Arts & Design
BFA in Communication Design - Art Direction
Honors Graduate, Top Portfolio
2019: Awarded UNT Frank W. and Sue Mayborn
Distinguished Professional Achievement Award