PORT CLYDE — Artist Barbara Prey will sign her newest book “Borrowed Light” 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at Barbara Prey Projects, 855 Port Clyde Road.
“Borrowed Light” references Prey’s current exhibit at the Hancock Shaker Museum in Massachusetts which runs through November. A core of the Hancock Shaker Museum’s exhibition program is to invite well-known contemporary artists to visit and reinterpret the space and ethos of the Shakers, along with Prey Yo-Yo MA was also invited. Prey spent time researching the Shakers at Sabbathday Lake in Maine. “Borrowed Light” alludes to her show “Light and Space” now on view in Port Clyde through Sept. 2.
Prey, one of America’s most renowned contemporary artists, was recently commissioned by MASS MoCA to create the largest known watercolor painting (8 by 15 feet) for its new building. Prey’s work also resides in the National Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the New York Historical Society, Kennedy Space Center and the permanent collection of the White House, where she is one of just two living female artists represented.
Prey has served for the past 10 years 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. Artists are appointed for their contributions and recognition in American Art. In 2003, her painting of the Diplomatic Reception Room was featured on the White House Christmas card. With dozens of artworks commissioned by government agencies and institutions, such as four paintings for NASA, Prey is a global ambassador for American Art. Tapped annually for the U.S. Art in Embassies program, Prey’s work has been on display in over one hundred U.S. embassies and consulates worldwide, including those in Paris, Hong Kong, and Madrid. Her painting Gallantly Streaming is currently selected for exhibit in the lobby of the U.S. Mission to the U.N.
Prey earned a Bachelor’s degree from Williams College, where she is an adjunct faculty member, and a Master’s degree from Harvard University. She has received numerous institutional accolades, including a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation and the New York State Senate’s “Women of Distinction” Award.