Author Archives: Barbara

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Barbara is invited to lecture about her creative process and new paintings at The Williams Club/Princeton Club in NYC Thursday, April 15 6:00pm Wine reception, 6:30 lecture. $10 for non-members

Barbara Ernst Prey ’79 is one of our country’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. She 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. Continue reading

The Monuments Men

The story of the “monuments men” is fascinating and truly deserving of the attention it will garner through this film. Irene Rawlings calls it “the greatest treasure hunt in history.” Continue reading

Last Chance for Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Paintings at the Frick Museum

The Frick Museum has been a favorite of mine since I was young. When I had an internship at The Metropolitan Museum after graduating from Williams College, and I wasn’t spending my time sitting on the streets of New York City drawing (which later became artwork for the New Yorker), I would spend my lunch breaks going to the Frick and looking at the collection, which I came to know by heart. Continue reading

The Importance of Art Conservation: An Artist’s Perspective

I was invited last week to speak at the Williamstown Art Conservation Center and to discuss five Winslow Homer watercolors they are currently restoring. What I like about these presentations is that it affords a wonderful dialogue of different perspectives Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

Gosling, Guns, and Gangsters

With the upcoming (Jan. 11) release of the all-star-cast film Gangster Squad, I spoke with author Paul Lieberman about the movie and his true-life book that inspired it. Paul had shared the stories and his research a couple of years ago when they first appeared in The Los Angeles Times, where he then was its New York-based culture writer. Paul also wrote the introduction to my book, Reflections. Continue reading

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The Free Press

by Georgeanne Davis A Conversation with Barbara Prey On a recent foggy-but-clearing morning in Port Clyde, artist Barbara Prey took some time to sit on her deck overlooking the harbor … Continue reading

An Artist’s Perspective: Arts Education, Schools and the Rewards of Stepping Into the Field

I have always been a staunch believer in the importance of the arts in education and the community, both at home and abroad. In the ’80s, I spent time at a college in Taiwan as a visiting lecturer on Western art, and more recently I led the art program at a summer camp in Croatia for children with Down’s Syndrome and related illnesses. Continue reading

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The Williams Club of NYC presents “A Response Revisited: Remembering 9/11 Through Art,” an interview with Barbara Prey

Join us as we remember September 11th through the unique lens of one of America’s most accomplished artists. Renowned painter Barbara Ernst Prey ‘79 and Charles A. Riley II, arts journalist, curator, and professor originally collaborated for the 2002 exhibition “A Trace in the Mind: An Artist’s Respose to 9/11” Continue reading