Barbara Ernst Prey Comes Home in “Vanishing Point”

SOUTHAMPTON PRESS By Michelle Trauring, July 15, 2021 When weather and time allow, Barbara Ernst Prey packs her paints, canvas and easel into the back of her car, hops behind the steering wheel and drives due east from her home in Oyster Bay [...]

October 16th, 2021|

Touching Lives With A Paintbrush

CREATIVE MAINE MAGAZINE By Nancy Gordon, September, 2021 “I was commissioned in 2002 by the President [George W. Bush] and First Lady to paint the White House Christmas card. I chose [...]

October 14th, 2021|

Barbara Ernst Prey. Lineage and New Frontiers

MAINE WOMEN MAGAZINE By Rachel Romanski, August, 2021 You might recognize Barbara Ernst Prey's watercolor paintings. She's been commissioned by the White House, NASA, MASS MoCA and The United States Arts in [...]

October 5th, 2021|

Interview with The Greylock Glass

Barbara Prey is discussing her current solo exhibition at the Hancock Shaker Village Barbara Prey Interview with Greylock Glass Transcript of interview: Greylock Glass (GG): For this episode, we spoke with [...]

June 4th, 2019|

A Physical Connection

WILLIAMS MAGAZINE —Barbara Ernst Prey '79—whose watercolor paintings hang in private and public collections including the White House and NASA headquarters—was commissioned to paint Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Arts’ Building 6 ahead of its opening this month

October 31st, 2017|

Maine artist makes what may be the world’s largest watercolor

PORTLAND PRESS HERALD —Barbara Prey has a golden resume: a bachelor’s degree from Williams College, a master’s from Harvard and a Fulbright scholarship, which she used to study baroque art and architecture in Germany. One of her first jobs was drawing illustrations for the New Yorker.

August 31st, 2017|

Mass MoCA thinks big with latest expansion

THE BOSTON GLOBE by Malcolm Gay The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s 130,000-square-foot expansion will make it the largest contemporary art museum in the country NORTH ADAMS — When [...]

May 22nd, 2017|

Barbara Prey Featured in VIE Magazine

An American Masterpiece By Tori Phelps Acclaimed artist Barbara Ernst Prey puts down her paintbrush to discuss White House requests, the Williams Mafia, and German princes PDF: Vie Magazine - An American [...]

September 8th, 2014|

Boston Globe Features Barbara’s Exhibition

“New Works: Meditations on the Environment,” Prey’s exhibit of 40 watercolors, dry-brush, and oil paintings of the Berkshires and more. Daily 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Sept. 1. Free. Barbara Prey Gallery, 71 Spring St., Williamstown. 413-884-6184.

August 19th, 2013|

The New York Times

Huntington “Nocturne IV,” a watercolor by Barbara Ernst Prey, is on display at the Heckscher Museum of Art, 2 Prime Avenue, through Jan. 8. Information: (631) 351-3250;

December 4th, 2011|


Celebrating Barbara Ernst Prey The Heckscher Museum honors artist Barbara Ernst Prey of Oyster Bay with a “Celebrate Achievement Benefit Gala.”

November 18th, 2011|

100 Artists of New England: Ashley Rooney

I am an artist because it is in my nature. My mother was an artist and Head of the Design Department at Pratt Art Institute. I grew up outside New York, but my roots go back to the early 1700s in New England.

January 1st, 2011| The Artist’s Role in the Community: Six Perspectives

[Video] The National Endowment for the Arts - The Artist's Role in the Community: Six Perspectives, including musicians Andrew Bird and Irvin Mayfield Jr., renowned painter and National Council for the Arts Member Barbara Ernst Prey, James Ballinger, Director of Phoenix Museum of Art, and visual artist Mike Weber.

August 1st, 2010|

Williams Club Newsletter

Williams Women at the Helm of American Art On Friday, December 11, The Club hosted four of the top players in today’s American art world. Member and internationally recognized artist Barbara Ernst Prey ’79 moderated.

January 1st, 2010|

Robb Report

The Maine Event Artist Barbara Ernst Prey, a native New Yorker, finds inspiration for her large – scale canvases in a small fishing community in Maine.

July 1st, 2009|

The Art Newspaper

Comings and Goings Watercolour artist Barbara Ernst Prey has been confirmed by the US Senate to serve for a six-year term on the National Council on the Arts, the advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

February 1st, 2009|


Portrait of Speed A painting by Barbara Ernst Prey of Oyster Bay is part of “NASA | ART: 50 Years of Exploration,” a traveling exhibit marking the space agency’s 50th anniversary. The artist, who grew up in Manhasset, talked with Newsday about her career and the paintings she’s done during the past 35 years.

January 4th, 2009|


Artist Barbara Prey to Serve on National Council on the Arts Artist Barbara Ernst Prey has been confirmed by the US Senate to serve on the National Council on the Arts, an advisory body of the National Endowment for the Arts. The confirmation follows her nomination by President Bush to serve on the council.

December 29th, 2008|

More Magazine

Where a Painter Travels for a Visual Feast Barbara Ernst Prey, 51, is best known for her American landscapes, but she gets ideas from all over the world. “I’m never really on vacation,” the Long Island native says, “I’m always looking.”

May 1st, 2008|

Fine Art Connoisseur

Out and About Despite a transit strike, admirers of the American artist Barbara Ernst Prey (b. 1957) turned out en masse on October 18 to celebrate her new exhibition at Paris’s Mona Bismarck Foundation, An American View.

December 2nd, 2007|

The Wall Street Journal

Time Off/Exhibit Europe: An American View “An American View: Barbara Ernst Prey”: Drawing from the tradition of renowned American artists such as Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper

November 30th, 2007|

Paris Capitale

Mona Bismarck Foundation: An American View (English translation below) Une étonnante exposition d’aquarelles de l’artiste Barbara Ernst Prey, originaire de Long Island, qui nous propose un voyage au milieu des symboles de la société américaine et du Maine, qu’elle connait si bien.

November 1st, 2007|

Women’s Wear Daily

On The Drawing Board An American in Paris: Hubert Givenchy, his partner Philippe Venet, and U.S. Ambassador to France Craig Roberts Stapleton and his wife were among the guests at the Mona Bismarck Foundation

October 26th, 2007|

USA Today Magazine

Paris, long known for its art and culture, is pleased to announce the arrival of American watercolorist Barbara Ernst Prey.

July 1st, 2007|


Visions of Long Island, All Over the Map From an 1875 oil painting of Target Rock, the historic boulder just off a beach in Lloyd Neck, to a couple of moody seascapes painted only last year, the new exhibit at Huntington’s Heckscher Museum spans two centuries of artists’ visions of Long Island.

February 11th, 2007|

Harvard Magazine

Gallery High Art Since its founding, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has commissioned artists to depict explorations of the upper atmosphere and of space. Norman Rockwell, Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol, and Annie Leibovitz are among those who’ve done so. Another is Barbara Ernst Prey, M.Div. ’86, who has painted four watercolors for NASA since 2003.

December 1st, 2006|

The New York Sun

So Watery…The Works of Barbara Ernst Prey on Exhibit: Works on Water The works of Barbara Ernst Prey, featured in the exhibit “Works on Water,” include controlled scenes in watercolors from her home in

October 25th, 2006|

The Wall Street Journal

Time Off/Exhibit: Works on Water This exhibit showcases the deft hand and delicate sensibility of renowned landscape artist Barbara Ernst Prey.

October 19th, 2006|


The Art of Maine: Where Tradition Meets the Cutting Edge What seems to be an almost impossible range, from Maine to outer space, can be found within the repertoire of one artist, Barbara Ernst Prey, who shows in Port Clyde this summer.

September 1st, 2005|

The Washington Post

An Artist Ready for Liftoff At least she’s logging in frequent-flier miles. Landscape artist Barbara Ernst Prey is commissioned by NASA to capture the launch of the Discovery space shuttle.

July 22nd, 2005|


An Artist on a Space Mission An artist grounded for more than three decades in the watercolor landscapes of rural North America, Barbara Ernst Prey received her first request from NASA in 2003.

July 17th, 2005|

The New York Times

Artist Shooting for the Stars As an official portrait artist for NASA, Barbara Ernst Prey has paid tribute to the space shuttle Columbia, traveled to the Mojave Desert to capture the X-43 in flight and constructed her own model of a space station that wasn’t built yet, the better to imagine what it would look like.

July 10th, 2005|

Distinction Magazine

2005 March Women of Distinction It’s hard not to name-drop when talking about Barbara Ernst Prey and her work as a watercolor artist. Born in Manhasset, Prey has fond memories of sailing on Manhasset Bay. Now living in Oyster Bay, she is inspired by its working waterfront and rustic old barns.

March 1st, 2005|

The New York Times

She Answered a Call from Washington Last March, Barbara Ernst Prey, a watercolor artist who grew up in Manhasset and lives in Oyster Bay, received a telephone call from Laura Bush’s chief of staff asking her if she would like to create a painting for this year’s White House Christmas card.

December 21st, 2004|

The New Yorker

The Talk of the Town Longtime recipients of the annual Prey family Christmas card – fellow parishioners of the First Presbyterian Church in Oyster Bay, Long Island; summer residents in Tenant’s Harbor, Maine; the United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic – may have noticed something familiar about this year’s edition.

December 1st, 2004|

Los Angeles Times

Painter Seeing a Bigger Picture PORT CLYDE, Maine — It should have been a summer of normalcy and rest, if not self-congratulations, for Barbara Ernst Prey. She made her usual trek from her main home on Long Island to the peninsula here where over the last three decades she has developed her skills as a watercolorist specializing in bright, uncluttered paintings of the sort of elemental objects -- fishing boats, wildflowers, robust Maine houses -- that have long attracted artists to these parts.

October 4th, 2004|

The Associated Press

Artist Fulfills New Mission of NASA Until December, artist Barbara Prey’s best known works were watercolors of scenes in rural Maine – rowboats, farmhouses and ocean views. Then President Bush sent out a Christmas card featuring one of her paintings that was seen by more than a million people worldwide.

January 26th, 2004|

The Washington Post

The Fine Art of the Space Age After the space shuttle Columbia exploded on Feb. 1, NASA asked New York artist Barbara Ernst Prey to paint a memorial for the seven astronauts who died on board.

January 26th, 2004|

The Boston Globe

Artist Reaches New Heights PICTURE THIS It was an honor, but a bit daunting as well, says Barbara Ernst Prey of her commission from NASA. The artist, a New York native who summers in Maine, was asked to do the official portrait of the Space Shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated during reentry a year ago. (Other painters who’ve worked for the space agency include Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, and Andy Warhol.)

January 20th, 2004|


Trace of Terror on Canvas Oyster Bay artist Barbara Ernst Prey was crossing the Throgs Neck Bridge on Sept. 11, 2001, listening to the car radio, when she both heard and saw the unforgettable: “I was hearing the news as it was breaking, and I have this vivid image of seeing the towers on fire,” she recalled recently. “I just remember the smoke going across to Brooklyn.”

November 11th, 2002|

The New York Times

Painting a Still Life that Moves at 17,000 M.P.H The Celestron telescope that hulks, out of place and outnumbered by mahogany antiques, in the dining room corner was a whimsical Christmas gift from her to her family three years back. Until now, along with an unpublished astronomy book that her grandfather wrote, it represented the artist Barbara Ernst Prey’s karmic relationship to outer space. But no more.

October 31st, 2002|


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