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Barbara Ernst Prey Selects Bowdoin College Museum of Art to Receive Money from Down East Magazine
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Barbara Ernst Prey Selects Bowdoin College Museum of Art to Receive Money from Down East Magazine

Artist Barbara Ernst Prey selected Bowdoin College Museum of Art  to receive $10,000 raised by Maine’s Down East Magazine at the Art of Giving Gala in Portland last Thursday.

In celebration of Down East’s 60th Anniversary, the magazine has invited Barbara Ernst Prey, along with other iconic Maine and New York artists, to be on an inside cover of the August anniversary issue. Her vibrant  Nocturne IV  is currently featured on the commemorative cover.  A new imited edition signed and numbered print release of Nocturne IV produced by U.L.A.E. is currently included in the exhibit Barbara Ernst Prey: American Contemporary at Blue Water Fine Arts in Port Clyde.  The exhibit has been extended through September 1st.

“As a member of the National Council on the Arts, the advisory Board to The National Endowment for the Arts appointed by the President of the United States,  I am a strong supporter of the arts.  I have worked closely with many students from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and look forward to  continued support of their work. As adjunct faculty at Williams College I am thrilled to support a small college museum in this way,” said Barbara Ernst Prey.

About the Artist

One of our country’s most acclaimed contemporary artists, Barbara Ernst Prey was appointed by the President of the United States to serve on the National Council on the Arts, the 14 member advisory board of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Members are elected for their established record of distinguished service or achievement in the arts.  She was invited by The President and First Lady to paint the official White House Christmas card and two of her paintings are in the new Bush Presidential Library and Center.  Barbara’s paintings are in many of the nation’s most esteemed museums and collections including The White House, The Brooklyn Museum, The Smithsonian National Museum of American Art and the Kennedy Space Center.  Her work is collected by respected celebrities and international dignitaries, including President and Mrs. George W. Bush, Nobel Laureate Dr. and Mrs. James Watson, Ambassador and Mrs. Craig Stapleton, Prince and Princess Johannes Lobkowicz, Orlando Bloom and Tom Hanks.  As an artistic Ambassador, her artwork is displayed in more than 100 Embassies and Consulates worldwide through the U.S. Art in Embassies program.  As a NASA artist she joins an elite group of American artists who have documented space history.  She was recently featured on the CBS Evening News for her NASA artwork part of a Smithsonian national traveling exhibit. Prey is the recipient of many honors and  awards including the New York State Senate Women of Distinction Award. The New York Times writes, “Prey is going where icons Rauschenberg and Warhol have gone before”. A graduate of Williams College with a master’s degree from Harvard, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and a grant from The Henry Luce Foundation.  Barbara Preys authentic vision, distinct style and keen understanding of the reflection of identity within a larger context, proves Preys place as a significant American artist furthering the genre of the American driven landscape.

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