Exhibitions & Events


Barbara Prey will be  the exhibition BLUE, opening March 13, 2020 at the Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY

Handmade, 2018, Watercolor on paper, 28 x 40 inches

Handmade, 2018, Watercolor on paper, 28 x 40 inches



Nassau County Museum of Art

Energy: The Power of Art July 20 – November 3

 Featured a series of her never before exhibited paintings and drawings for her four NASA commissions

Watch Video of Barbara Prey’s Gallery Talk on her NASA Commissions

International Space Station II, 2003, Watercolor on paper, 28 x 40 inches



Artist in the Gallery Series 

Saturday, September 7

Nassau County Museum of Art

After the debut of her stunning MassMOCA site-specific masterpiece, the world’s largest watercolor, Barbara Prey’s international fame only soared higher. The first woman commissioned more than once by NASA to be an artist in residence, she created the official commemorative print for the space shuttle Columbia. Her first-hand stories of working with NASA are glimpses into the excitement of art’s highest-level interaction with science


 Borrowed Light :Barbara Ernst Prey

Channeled Light copy copy


NASA 60th Anniversary Art Exhibit

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Space Center Houston showcases the artistic side of space exploration, displaying some of the most famous artists of the 20th century in a new exhibit open now through Jan. 6. To help celebrate NASA’s 60th anniversary on Oct. 1, we are preparing a display of more than 25 works of art, including paintings, photography, poetry and musical compositions.

International Space Station, NASA Commission

BARBARA ERNST PREY | The International Space Station, 2002, Watercolor. Prey chose watercolor for this rendering of the International Space Station before its construction was completed. Watercolor lends itself to fragility, freshness, drenched colors and speed. This work was the first of four NASA commissions for Prey. For this and her other paintings Prey visited NASA centers and did extensive research.