By Cate McQuaid, Globe Correspondent, August 28, 2019 PITTSFIELD — Watercolors capture light like no other medium, so it’s easy for a skilled artist to paint something shimmery that goes down like [...]
By Lauren Abbate, BDN Staff • August 11, 2019 Watercolor painter Barbara Ernst Prey is widely known for her deeply colorful depictions of American landscapes. While blue skies play a central [...]
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 [...]
Museum's first day of free admission since its award-winning expansion
This Sunday, May 28th, MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA will open Building 6 - the Robert W. Wilson Building, to the public. This beyond-grand-opening doubles the vast museum’s exhibition space [...]
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
PBS Public Television —Artist barbara Ernst Prey is talking about her commission for MASS MoCA
TAKE —Barbara Ernst Prey super-sizes watercolor, a medium often reserved for smaller works, for MassMoCA’s new wing Building 6.
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.
There’s Only One Visual Artist on the NEA’s Board. Here’s What She Thinks of the Imperiled Organization’s Future
artnet news —We spoke to artist Barbara Prey about her career, her role on the National Council on the Arts, and how the NEA will fare in Trump's America.
SMITHSONIAN —The massive artwork marks the opening of the MASS MoCA’s new 130,000-square-foot wing, which makes it the largest contemporary art museum in the U.S.
VICE CREATORS —Barbara Ernst Prey's gigantic painting is on view at the North Adams institution.
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 [...]
Prey may be one of America’s most visible artists, in that her work is shown not only in galleries and museums, embassies and presidential libraries on earth, but also, in a way, in outer space.
“Starving artist” is a cliché for a reason. It’s how most artists begin, and often end, their careers. But Barbara Ernst Prey has never been one to follow the crowd. She [...]
The WSJ’s Art Gift Guide Tired of giving plaid scarves and gift cards for the holidays? Here are ideas for how to give art as a gift [...]
Barbara Ernst Prey's artworks have global reach, from U.S. embassies to the White House Renowned watercolor artist Barbara Ernst Prey works in her Oyster Bay studio on Oct. 9, 2014. [...]
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 [...]
Interview with Laura Serino for the Special 60th Anniversary Issue of Down East Magazine. Barbara painting the Nasa commissioned x-43, the fastest aircraft in the world, right before takeoff. 1/ When [...]
Read the full article about Prey's paintings commissioned by NASA Art Program here SCI_ART.
It’s easy to understand why Barbara Ernst Prey has been recognized as one of the most significant American artists of this century.
Art World with Nancy Mathews interviews Barbara Ernst Prey
Artist Barbara Ernst Prey is known for the bold hues in her watercolor paintings, which can be found in collections at the Smithsonian, the White House and the Kennedy Space Center.
“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.
Visual artist Barbara Ernst Prey has served on the NEA’s National Council on the Arts since 2008. A distinguished watercolorist, Prey’s work has been collected by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the White House, among others.
The National Endowment for the Arts has asked Barbara to share some of her thoughts about NEA supported projects that have especially resonated with her.
The Art of the Month Club is a regular feature on the Williams College Museum of Art blog. Each month we invite someone special to write about a work from our collection. This month we have selected artist Barbara Ernst Prey to reveal and discuss her favorite work.
For the past 30 years I have had an annual exhibition in Maine. I am currently preparing for this year’s exhibit Barbara Ernst Prey: Forty Years of Painting at Blue Water Fine Arts Gallery in Port Clyde, Maine.
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; heckscher.org.
Celebrating Barbara Ernst Prey The Heckscher Museum honors artist Barbara Ernst Prey of Oyster Bay with a “Celebrate Achievement Benefit Gala.”
Transcending Boarders: The Intersections of Arts, Science, Technology, and Society on a Global Stage
[Video] Rocco Landesman, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts speaking about Barbara's artwork at the recent Art and Science Symposium sponsored by the Salzburg Global Seminar and The National Endowment in Washington D.C.
[Video] A tour of the works from NASA's art collection highlighting Barbara Ernst Prey.
[Video] Port Clyde is a long way from Cape Canaveral. But they are both part of the world of artist Barbara Ernst Prey.
[Video] For a half-century, the US space agency has commissioned artists to document its missions. Barbara Ernst Prey is now one of these elite artists to receive the honor to do four commissioned works for NASA.
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.
[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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.”
Interview with Artist Barbara Prey and Sarah Cash, Curator of American and British Paintings at the National Gallery of Art
[Video] Barbara discusses her first major international exhibit "An American View" in Paris at the Mona Bismarck Foundation.
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.
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
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.
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
[Video] Barbara Ernst Prey: "An American View" The Paris retrospective of this world renowned American watercolorists, curated by National Gallery of Art Curator, Sarah Cash.
Paris, long known for its art and culture, is pleased to announce the arrival of American watercolorist Barbara Ernst Prey.
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.
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.
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
Time Off/Exhibit: Works on Water This exhibit showcases the deft hand and delicate sensibility of renowned landscape artist Barbara Ernst Prey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[Video] Barbara's choice in her subject was meant to immortalize the hopes and dreams of the Colombia crew.
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.
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.
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.)
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.”
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.