Author Archives: Barbara

Exhibitions & Events

UPCOMING : Barbara Prey will be  the exhibition BLUE, opening March 13, 2020 at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY   RECENT: Nassau County Museum of Art Energy: … Continue reading

MASS MoCA: Chronicle the development of Barbara Ernst Prey’s museum commission here

MASS MoCA’s Building 6 now open and Barbara’s painting — considered the world’s largest watercolor — on view, watch Barbara working on her commission onsite     November 2016 Barbara … Continue reading

Maine artist makes what may be the world’s largest watercolor

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. Continue reading

Painting Through the Irish Countryside

I have a major museum commission for MASS MoCA , but before I came back to my New York Studio to begin the project, I went on a painting trip … Continue reading

Painting Through Tudor England: A Unique Way to View History

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. I continued the … Continue reading

Last Weeks For Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible At The Met Breuer

I had been looking forward to this exhibit for a long time and was fortunate to be at the opening. The exhibit closes Sept 4th and if you haven’t had … Continue reading

Summer Destination: Colonial Williamsburg

I was recently invited to serve on the board of the Colonial Williamsburg Art Museums. I had known of the museums since my time at Williams College as an important collection of American art and artifacts Continue reading

A Walk Through the Art Show and the Armory Show

As an artist I am very interested in the process, and it was very informative to see Miro’s brushes (not the originals but copies), the paints and colors he used and the other objects that were in his studio in Mallorca. Continue reading

The Unseen Work of Preparing an Exhibit: An Artist’s Perspective

Fibonacci’s Workshop, watercolor 32″ x 40″ Two exhibits of my work, Oil and Water and Re/Viewing the American Landscapeare currently on view at Blue Water Fine Arts in Port Clyde, Maine. I’ve … Continue reading

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 Newly Renovated Harvard Art Museums: An Artist’s Perspective

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