Milnes, Robert Winston was born on April 1, 1948 in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Son of James Earl and Virginia Rose (Murphy) Milnes.
Bachelor, Claremont Men's College, Claremont, California, 1970. Master of Fine Arts, University Washington, 1974. Doctor of Philosophy, University Pittsburgh, 1987.
Instructor ceramics, Cornish School of Allied Arts, Seattle, 1971-1974;
professor Art Department, Edinboro (Pennsylvania) U., Pennsylvania, 1974-1987;
chairman Art Department, Edinboro (Pennsylvania) U., 1980-1986;
director School of Art, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 1987-1990;
director, School of Art and Design, San Jose (California) State University, since 1990.
Chairman steering committee City National Bank College Art Competition, Baton Rouge, 1989. Member advisory board Gary Palmer Dance Company, since 1996. Co-chair San Jose-Santa Clara County Cultutal Planning Committee.
Member National Association Schools of Arts and Design (accreditation commission since 1990), College Art Association, National Council Art Administrators (president 1991-1993), Arts Council Santa Clara County (vice president 1993-1995, president since 1995).