Re/Connecting July 1 – 14
- July 09, 2020
Barbara Prey Projects celebrates the gallery’s 20th anniversary season with Re/Connecting featuring never before seen oil paintings as well as a selection of newly released limited edition prints. After weeks of quarantine, Re/Connecting refers to our engaging with each other, to our communities and to our world. These paintings chronicle a unique dialogue and fresh perspective of Prey’s immediate environs and her iconic village and island series - all painted onsite, whether traveling to remote islands or setting up an easel in town. The Boston Globe writes:
Her attention to windows recalls Vermeer..it’s a painter’s job to notice, and to draw out the nuance and light in what the rest of us ignore. Prey has that eye and hand... what she makes touches the divine and has staying power. - The Boston Globe
For over 40 years, Prey has maintained a studio in Maine. The artist’s innovative eye for the American landscape has placed her paintings in the private collections of U.S. Presidents and dignitaries, business titans, European Royalty, celebrities including Orlando Bloom and Tom Hanks, as well as the prominent public collections of The National Gallery in Washington D.C., The Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kennedy Space Center and the permanent collection of The White House, where she is one of two living female artists represented, among many other institutions. Prey was recently commissioned by contemporary art museum MASS MoCA to paint the largest watercolor in the world for their new building. PBS referred to the MASS MoCA commissioned artists as “global leaders in contemporary art”. For the past ten 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. Artists are appointed for their contributions and recognition in American Art.
New print releases include Fibonacci’s Workshop (collection The National Gallery of Art), Gallantly Streaming(currently on exhibit in the lobby of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations) as well as a newly released print of Prey’s 8’ x 15’ MASS MoCA interior portrait - considered the world's largest watercolor – in addition to prints of her NASA commissioned work. New York based Prey is a longtime resident of Tenants Harbor, her family were some the original settlers of midcoast Maine. Prey’s much anticipated annual exhibit “20 in 2020” celebrating the gallery’s 20 Anniversary is at Barbara Prey Projects July 15-Labor Day.
Come Celebrate our 20 anniversary in Port Clyde, the 100 Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage and 200 Years of Maine
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Barbara Ernst Prey, one of America’s most renowned contemporary artists. Prey’s work resides in the National Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the New York Historical Society, MASS MoCA, 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 ten 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.
Overturned Red Dory, Teel Island Oil on Panel 11” x 14”
Hupper Island 8 AM Oil on Panel 11” x 14”
Exhibition: July 1–14, 2020
BARBARA PREY PROJECTS / Main Street / Route 131, Port Clyde, ME
Gallery Hours: Daily 10am–5pm, and by appointment
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