As a professor and artist Barton works primarily in two-dimensional media including painting, printmaking, and mixed media. He has shown his work extensively in national and international exhibitions and has received numerous grants and awards for his work, including the Award for Excellence in Creative Works from BYU's College of Fine Arts and Communications and the Utah Arts Council Visual Arts Fellowship.
While at BYU, Barton has served as the 2-D studio area coordinator, associate chair of the Department of Visual Arts and has been the director or associate director of several study abroad programs. He has also served on the Gordon B. Hinckley Presidential Scholarship Committee, the London Center Study Abroad Committee, and the University Rank and Status Council. In 2010 Barton was named Associate Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications, he continued in this position through June of 2013. In 2013 Barton had the opportunity to deliver the keynote address for the college's April convocation.
From January of 2012 to January of 2013, Barton served as a mentor to Nicholas Bontorno as part of a print exchange, a collaborative printmaking project between BYU and the University of Hawaii. An exhibit of the final works was displayed at the Harris Fine Arts Center on BYU campus and at the Honolulu Print Makers Guild.
In July of 2013, Barton gave the university wide campus devotional.
- CFAC News - New Chairs Announced for the Departments of Design and Art (17 November 2014)
- The Universe - Arts Professor Teaches about seeing life through a dark lens (25 July 2013)
- The Deseret News - Holding them accountable: Colleges and universities refocus on learning outcomes to ensure student success (7 Nov 2010)