Ned Griner, born in Tipton, Indiana in 1928 and raised in Lubbock, Texas and Albany, Indiana, began his education at Ball State Teachers College. After graduation he attended the University of Iowa where he earned the MA degree. His education was then interrupted by a stint in the military service. Upon discharge he attended Indiana University where he obtained the MFA degree. He then assumed a teaching position at Arkansas State College where he taught a broad range of courses. After a six-year tenure at Arkansas State he enrolled at Pennsylvania State University to pursue further graduate studies earning his D.Ed. in l962.
In 1961 he was invited back to Ball State. His career at Ball State involved both teaching and administration. He began the metals program and taught throughout the art curriculum. For his first 25 years at Ball State, Griner was a highly productive studio artist working and exhibiting in areas of painting, printmaking, sculpture, and jewelry. In 1970 he was elected head of the department, a position he held for eleven years. He ended his career teaching art appreciation for non-art majors, receiving the Lawhead Award in recognition of excellent teaching in the core curriculum. He retired from Ball State in 1994 ending a 41-year teaching career, 33 of which were at Ball State.
During his years in Muncie he was involved in a number of arts organizations and served as the president of Indiana Artists Craftsmen, the Muncie Art Association, and the Delaware County Council for the Arts, as well as serving on numerous councils and boards. In 1993 he was awarded the Delaware County Very Important Volunteer Award by the Muncie Newspapers Incorporated and the Muncie Rotary Club in recognition for his support of the arts. In the year 2000 he was awarded the Ball State Presidents Medal of Distinction.
Griner ceased working in his studio in the early 1980s and began writing, mostly about Indiana art and local cultural history. These manuscripts were published by Ball State University and the Minnetrista Cultural Center. He continues to be an arts advocate in his community and is a staunch supporter of the Ball State and the David Owsley Museum of Art.