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
Author Archives: Barbara
While a graduate student at Harvard University I spent much of my time in the Fogg Art Museum, either visiting the collection or attending art history courses Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
I was honored this summer to be invited by Down East Magazine, the magazine of Maine, to be one of their cover artists for Down East Magazine’s 60th anniversary issue. Joining me were artists Alex Katz and William Wegman. Down East invited iconic Maine artists for their 60th anniversary issue. Continue reading
“The Value and Importance of the Arts and the Humanities in Education and Life” by Barbara Prey on The Huffington Post
A number of my summer conversations have centered around the importance of the arts and the humanities. I spoke with my friend Dr. Mitchell B. Reiss, the President of … Continue reading
American Contemporary: 40 Years Painting at Blue Water Fine Arts July 19 – August 31. View exhibition Images here.
Opening Reception: Sunday, August 3 6-8 pm “American Contemporary” is Barbara Prey’s most recent body of spiritually driven landscapes. Her work encompasses the traditional in a contemporary light. In … Continue reading
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/ … Continue reading
Read the full article about Prey’s paintings commissioned by NASA Art Program here.
Barbara Prey:The Print Show July 3-20.“American Contemporary” July 19-Aug 31 at Blue Water Fine Arts Gallery Port Clyde, Maine.
Barbara Ernst Prey: The Print Show July 3-20 Blue Water Fine Arts Gallery Port Clyde, Maine Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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
I went down to Art Basel Miami Beach Wednesday for the opening but had to come back because I have an exhibit Saturday. Continue reading
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
It is still not too late to see Maine Sublime: Frederic Church’s Landscapes of Mount Desert and Mount Katahdin — a gem of a small exhibit which closes October 27th. Continue reading
PORT CLYDE – Watercolor painter Barbara Ernst Prey has made a career painting Maine. She depicts the coast of Maine, and specifically the tiny communities along St. George peninsula where she lives and operates her summer gallery, in sweeping paintings that are full of color and light.
“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
Every year for the past thirty, I travel to Maine to paint during the summer where I have an annual exhibit of my paintings. It is different than, say, my New York exhibits, but the same amount of energy goes into the preparation. This year’s show, East Meets West, just opened at Blue Water Fine Arts in Port Clyde, Maine. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
Barbara Ernst Prey: The Print Show July 3-18 Blue Water Fine Arts Gallery Port Clyde, Maine Email: email@example.com
Last Week Barbara Ernst Prey: East Meets West July 20-August 31 at Blue Water Fine Arts Gallery Port Clyde, Maine. (207) 372-8087
Barbara Ernst Prey: East Meets West July 20 – August 31 Blue Water Fine Arts Gallery Port Clyde, Maine Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Continue reading
It is not too late to see John Singer Sargent Watercolors, the first expansive exhibition of Sargent’s watercolors in twenty years, organized by The Brooklyn Museum, together with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on view at the Brooklyn Museum through July 28. Continue reading
One of Barbara’s most noted paintings, Hydrangeas, will soon be exhibited at the newly designed George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum in Dallas, Texas. The Museum is set to open … Continue reading
This year I returned to visit one of my early paintings commissioned by the Prince Lobkowicz family. It is a portrait of their daughter. Since the time that I painted … Continue reading
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
“This year’s artistic honoree is Barbara Ernst Prey, one of America’s most gifted watercolorists whose works are rooted in the grand traditions of American landscape painting. Barbara’s exquisite paintings are … Continue reading
Three weeks ago, I went to the IFPDA/Print Fair in New York City, the largest international art fair focusing on printmaking. This was right after Sandy, and I had no electricity, heat, phone or Internet, but I knew the electricity north of 34th Street was working so I set out. Continue reading
Although I grew up in New York and have lived there for many years, I have a summer studio in Maine. Continue reading