Maine painter Prey adds new accolade to portfolio

Posted Nov. 22, 2010, at 6:16 p.m.

The Aspen Institute has invited renowned American painter Barbara Ernst Prey to participate in the institute’s Washington Ideas Roundtable Series.

The Aspen Institute is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering enlightened leadership and open-minded dialogue through seminars, conferences, policy and leadership.

Prey has studios in Oyster Bay, N.Y., and Maine, which she claims as a second home and a source of inspiration.

As a key figure of 21st century landscape painting, Prey was appointed by former President George W. Bush to the 14-member National Council on the Arts, the advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts. She also was chosen in 2004-2010 to participate in the United Sates Arts in Embassies Program and has art-work in the White House’s permanent collection.

As an environmental conservationist, she explores the importance and urgency of maintaining the environment in her watercolor paintings.

Her paintings are included in public and private collections across the country, including The Brooklyn Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Farnsworth Art Museum, Reader’s Digest Collection and New York Historical Society.

Prey has been called an Ambassador for Maine as her paintings of Maine have been exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently in Paris. Prey graduated from Williams College where she studied with Lane Faison and has a master’s degree from Harvard. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a Henry Luce Foundation grant for her work. With work in the White House’s permanent collection, her appointment to the National Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as a long list of important private and public collections, her place as a significant American artist is secure.

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