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About the Artist

Barbara Prey is 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. Barbara’s paintings are in many of the nation’s most esteemed museums and collections including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, The White House (where she is one of two living American female artists included in the collection), The Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Kennedy Space Center and Tom Hanks. She was invited by The President and First Lady to paint the official White House Christmas card. Her painting Lineleader, is currently on exhibit at the National Endowment for the Arts in the office of the Chairman. As an artistic Ambassador, her artwork is displayed in more than 100 Embassies and Consulates worldwide through the U.S. Art in Embassies program. As a NASA artist she joins an elite group of American artists who have documented space history executing commissioned work for NASA on four occasions. Her painting of the x-43 was included in the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit NASA/ART:50 Years of Exploration. Her other NASA commissions are: The Columbia Tribute, the International Space Station, and the Shuttle Discovery: Return to Flight on exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center. She was recently featured on the CBS Evening News for her NASA artwork.

Barbara is the recipient of many honors and awards including the New York State Senate Women of Distinction Award. 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 faculty at Williams College. MASS MoCA commissioned her to paint the largest known watercolor painted by a living female artist to be on exhibit in their new space which recently opened. The Boston Globe compares her paintings to Vermeer and describes them as ‘divinely inspired’.

Prey’s artwork has been featured and discussed in numerous books, publications, radio and television programs including The CBS Evening News, The New Yorker, The New York Times, BBC Worldwide, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Sun, Newsday, The Boston Globe, CBS Sunday Morning, Larry King Live, PBS, NPR, Paula Zahn Now, CNN News Sunday, AP and Reuters Newswire, The New York Post, The Daily News, The International Art Newspaper, Harvard Magazine, Artforum, ArtNews, Forbes and NBC’s Extra.




Barbara Ernst Prey

Barbara Ernst Prey