Prey has studios in New York, Massachusetts and Maine where she has worked and exhibited for several decades. She is an Adjunct Faculty at Williams College.
Prey has been recognized as one of the most significant artists of our time and her work has attracted the attention of major museums including the Brooklyn Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She was recently honored with a retrospective exhibit in Paris, curated by Sarah Cash of the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Prey’s artwork has been on exhibit at the White House and her painting for the official White House Christmas Card (commissioned by the President) is part of the White House permanent collection. Her painting Line Leader is on exhibit in the office of the Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. Many of her paintings are included in prominent private, corporate, and museum collections throughout the world.
The Heckscher Museum in New York honored Barbara with their “Celebrate Achievement Award” for her accomplishments and contributions to American art and culture on a local, national and global level. Heckscher Museum Director Michael Schantz said, “Barbara Ernst Prey [is] one of America’s most gifted watercolorists…Barbara’s flawless technique ranks her among the most important artists who ever painted in the medium.”