Williamsburg, Va. — Barbara Ernst Prey is invited to serve on the Museums board of The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. The Museums, which include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, offer one of the best collections of American and British antiques and decorative art from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries as well as significant holdings of bold and imaginative pieces of colonial and contemporary folk art. Prey comments “I am very honored to be invited to serve on the board of The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg. As an American painter who has always engaged various aspects of American culture, I look forward to working on a close level with these august museums, which showcase American visual history and culture in such a unique and important way.”
One of our country’s most acclaimed contemporary landscape artists, Barbara Ernst Prey was appointed by the President of the United States to serve on the National Council on the Arts, the 14 member advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts. Members are elected for their established record of distinguished service or achievement in the arts. She was invited by The President and First Lady of the United States to paint the official White House Christmas card and two of her paintings are in the new Bush Presidential Library. Barbara’s paintings are in many of the nation’s most esteemed museums and collections including The White House, The Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Kennedy Space Center, New York Historical Society, Dartmouth College and are owned by private collectors and celebrities including: Nobel Laureate Dr. and Mrs. James Watson, Ambassador and Mrs. Craig Stapleton, President and Mrs. George W. Bush, Prince and Princess Johannes Lobkowicz, Orlando Bloom and Tom Hanks. As an artistic Ambassador, her artwork is displayed in more than 100 Embassies and Consulates worldwide through the U.S. Art in Embassies program including Paris, Madrid, Oslo, Prague and Hong Kong. As a NASA artist she joins an elite group of American artists who have documented space history. She was recently featured on the CBS Evening News for her NASA artwork, part of a Smithsonian traveling exhibit. Barbara is the recipient of many honors and awards including the New York State Senate Women of Distinction Award joining Eleanor Roosevelt and Susan B. Anthony. The New York Times writes, “Prey is going where icons Rauschenberg and Warhol have gone before”. A graduate of Williams College with a master’s degree from Harvard, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation. She is Adjunct Faulty at Williams College and lectures on American Art both here and abroad. Barbara Prey’s authentic vision, distinct style and keen understanding of the reflection of identity within a larger context, proves Prey’s place as a significant American artist furthering the genre of the American driven landscape.
The board will convene for the first time on April 24 in Colonial Williamsburg. Prey has served on the advisory board of The Heckscher Museum and was awarded the Heckscher Museum Celebrate Achievement Award for her accomplishments and artistic contributions on a national level. As a Presidential Appointee to the National Council on the Arts she oversees the nation’s grants to the Arts and nominates the National Medal of Arts Awardees.
About The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg include the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum and the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum is home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, with more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum exhibits the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670–1830. The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg are located at the intersection of Francis and South Henry Streets in Williamsburg, Va., and are entered through the Public Hospital of 1773. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. For museum program information, telephone (757) 220-7724.