Author Archives: Barbara

American Masterworks From the Corcoran at the National Gallery of Art

I was invited by The National Gallery of Art to give a presentation for the Winslow Homer exhibit with Chief Curator Franklin Kelly and Conservator Janet Walsh. I was also invited by The Corcoran Gallery of Art to give a gallery talk with Bechhoefer Curator of American Art Sarah Cash for the John Singer Sargent exhibit, Sargent and the Sea. I am familiar with both museum collections so it was of particular interest to me to see some of my favorite Corcoran paintings hanging at the National Gallery in a different light. Continue reading

Painting Through Israel: A Different Way of Seeing

I have always traveled with my paints and sketchbook and was fortunate to live in Europe while the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, and then later in Asia as the awardee of a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation. I have books filled with my European and Asian travel drawings and watercolors. Some of them became illustrations for magazines such as The New Yorker, Gourmet, and the New York Times. Continue reading


The Art of Giving

Family Portrait Over the years during the holiday season I’ve donated a portion of the proceeds from my print sales to support organizations that give back to the community. This … Continue reading

Our First Year: Opening a Gallery

As a member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board to the National Endowment for the Arts, creative placemaking has been an important topic, and I feel that I am on the front lines with the gallery. Continue reading

Painting Through Peru

Perched on a Rock Painting Machu Picchu For many years the New Yorker, the New York Times, Gourmet and other magazines would publish my travel drawings in their magazines. I’ve been to Africa, painted … Continue reading


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


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