Old Westbury Gardens  


A Barbara Ernst Prey: Out Painting

June 2 - 5, 2017
Westbury House

Barbara PreyWaterlillies watercolor 28" X 40"

Barbara Ernst Prey, one of America’s most renowned contemporary artists, is appointed by the President of the U.S. to the National Council on the Arts, the advisory Board to the National Endowment of the Arts. The 14 Council members are chosen for their widely recognized knowledge of the arts and for their established record of distinguished service or achievement in the arts. Her paintings are in some of the most important collections worldwide including The Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kennedy Space Center, The Bush Presidential Library, The New-York Historical Society, Williams College Museum of Art, Hood Museum Dartmouth College, and the White House, where she is one of two living female artists in the collection. Her work is owned by private collectors including President and Mrs. George W. Bush Prince and Princess Johannes Lobkowicz, Orlando Bloom and Tom Hanks.

She was commissioned by the President to paint the official White House Holiday Card and by NASA to document space history.

Barbara PreyArcadia watercolor 28" X 40"

Prey is an artistic ambassador for the United States. Her iconic painting The Collection was selected by the U.S. State Department as the July 4th image for every U.S. Ambassador and Embassy invitation around the world for their Embassy celebrations. Three of her paintings were exhibited this April at the U.N. Security Council and are currently on view at the U.S. Mission to the U.N in the lobby. Her art is on exhibit in many U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide including: Prague, Seoul, Baghdad, Abu Dhabi, Bogotá, Cairo and Athens.

NASA commissioned her to paint four paintings for their collection. The x-43, the fastest aircraft in the world, included in the Smithsonian Institution’s 12 Museum Traveling Exhibit NASA|ART:50 Years, was on exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. NASA invited her to be the artist spokesperson for the exhibit and she was featured on The CBS Evening News. Her other NASA commissions include: The Columbia Tribute, to commemorate the anniversary of the Columbia tragedy; the International Space Station, which is on exhibit with her painting of the Columbia Tribute, at the Kennedy Space Center; and the Shuttle Discovery: Return to Flight. Prey joins an elite group of American artists who have been invited by NASA to document the history of space exploration including Norman Rockwell and Robert Rauschenberg. Dr. H. Lester Cooke, former National Gallery of Art Curator who guided the NASA Arts Program comments, “future generations will realize that we have not only the scientists and engineers capable of shaping the destiny of our age but artists worthy to keep them company.”

Barbara PreyView from Seawanhaka Oil on Panel 8" X 10"

Prey is a graduate of Williams College with a Master’s from Harvard and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship and a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to work/paint in Europe and Asia. She is adjunct faculty at Williams College and serves on the Colonial Williamsburg Museum board. She is currently commissioned by Mass MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) to paint a monumental watercolor for their new building which opens in 2017.

Barbara Prey 

This exhibition is free with admission.

Paintings and prints of her work will be available for sale. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the continuing mission of Old Westbury Gardens.

Gallery Talk with the Artist on Sunday, June 4th at 2:00 pm.