Ernst Prey will give a talk on her insights and inspiration highlighting her four decades of painting Maine. New York-based but long-time summer resident, Barbara has a connection to the islands of Maine; her family were among the first settlers of Vinalhaven and North Haven, Midcoast and other Maine islands and it is these islands and the structures that she is drawn to.
Her paintings are in numerous collections worldwide, including, National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Brooklyn Museum, White House, Smithsonian National Museum of American Art, Kennedy Space Center and collections of Tom Hanks, and in more than 100 American embassies and consulates worldwide.
In 2015, Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art commissioned Prey to create the world’s largest known watercolor painting ( 8 by 15 feet) for its new Building 6, which opened last summer.
In 2003, She was invited by the President and First Lady to paint the official White House Christmas card.
As a NASA artist she joins an group of American artists who have been invited by NASA to document space history executing commissioned work for NASA on four occasions. Her painting of the x-43 was included in the Smithsonian’s 12 museum traveling exhibit NASA/ART: 50 Years of Exploration. Her other NASA commissions are: The Columbia Tribute, the International Space Station, and the Shuttle Discovery: Return to Flight on exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center. She was recently featured on the CBS Evening News for her NASA artwork.
For 10 years, Prey has served as the sole visual artist on the U.S. President-appointed National Council on the Arts, the advisory board to the National Endowment for the Arts. Members are elected for their established record of distinguished service or achievement in the arts.
Prey is the recipient of many honors and awards including the New York State Senate Women of Distinction Award.
A graduate of Williams College, with a master’s degree from Harvard, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. She is adjunct faculty at Williams College.
This presentation is the second in a series of eight hosted by the Camden Yacht Club and is free of charge and open to the public. Donations at the door will be accepted, to benefit the non-profit Camden Area Youth Seamanship Program (CAYSP). For more information, contact the CYC office at 207-236-7033 or visit our web site: camdenyachtclub.org.