Internationally Acclaimed Landscape Artist Featured in New Exhibition ‘New Works: Meditations on the Environment’
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Barbara Prey Gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by internationally acclaimed landscape painter Barbara Ernst Prey. “New Works: Meditations on the Environment” will be on view from July 27 through September 1, 2013. The exhibit features a compelling collection of some 40 watercolors, dry-brush and oil paintings of the Berkshires and beyond. An opening reception with the artist, who is considered one of the key figures of 21st century landscape painting, will be held Saturday, July 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend the event, which is free of charge. The gallery, located at 71 Spring Street, is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and by appointment. For more information, call 413-884-6184 or see www.barbaraprey.com.
“Barbara Prey [is] one of America’s most gifted watercolorists… her flawless technique ranks her among the most important artists who ever painted in the medium,” said Heckscher Museum Director Michael Schantz.
Prey has painted powerful views of her surroundings, including Williamstown and the Berkshires, for forty years. She takes the watercolor medium, which has a distinguished role in the history of American art, to innovative, yet traditionally based, places. Citing the work of Winslow Homer (1836—1910), one of the core figures of 19th century American art, as a profound influence on her artistic development, in “New Works: Meditations on the Environment”, Prey continues her exploration of the New England landscape, seeking out new vistas and compositions, and her reflections about our complex relationship with the environment.
[Of note: “Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History” is on view at The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute through September 8.]
“We look and we learn and we incorporate and then we put our own mark, world view, and experience into the work,” said Prey. “Watercolor develops on its own . . . you have an idea, but the beauty is in the process.”
Prey was appointed by the President of the United States to serve as the only visual artist on the National Council on the Arts, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts. Members are elected for their established record of distinguished service or achievement in the arts.
As an artistic ambassador, Prey’s artwork is displayed in more than 100 embassies and consulates worldwide, through the U.S. Art in Embassies program. She was recently honored by the U.S. State Department when her painting “The Collection” was selected as the cover image for all invitations sent out by every U.S. embassy and ambassador for their 2013 Independence Day celebrations.
Prey is part of an elite group of American artists (which includes Norman Rockwell) who have been commissioned by NASA to document space history for its collection. She was recently featured on the CBS Evening News for her NASA artwork, currently part of a Smithsonian traveling exhibition. She is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the New York State Senate Women of Distinction Award, an honor that had been previously awarded to Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Prey’s work is in the White House’s permanent collection as well as a long list of important private, public, national and international collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Farnsworth Art Museum, Williams College Museum of Art, The Henry Luce Foundation, the Kennedy Space Center, and the Bush Presidential Library, among many others. Private collectors of her work include President and Mrs. George Bush, Nobel Laureate Dr. and Mrs. James Watson, celebrities Tom Hanks and Orlando Bloom, Ambassador and Mrs. Craig Stapleton, and Prince and Princess Johannes Lobkowicz.
The New-York-born Prey is a graduate of Williams College with a master’s degree from Harvard and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation. She maintains studios in Williamstown, Tenant’s Harbor, Maine, and Oyster Bay, New York. She is an Adjunct Faculty at Williams College and is an art blogger for The Huffington Post.
Barbara Prey Gallery, which opened in May 2013, is dedicated to the work of acclaimed landscape painter Barbara Ernst Prey. The gallery, located at 71 Spring Street, Williamstown, Mass., is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and by appointment. For more information, call
413-884-6184 or see www.barbaraprey.com.