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Oyster Bay Artist’s Painting Travels The World

Oyster Bay artist Barbara Ernst Prey’s iconic painting The Collection was selected by the U.S. State Department for the cover image for all invitations sent out by every U.S. Embassy and U.S. Ambassador worldwide for their Independence Day celebrations at the Embassies.

Prey, recognized as one of the most significant American artists, is known to the U.S. State Department through her participation in the ART in Embassies program, which exhibited her paintings in Paris, Madrid, Oslo, Prague and through her lectures worldwide about American art.  This holiday season Prey will donate a portion of the proceeds of the sale from The Collection print to support Habitat for Humanity.

One of the country’s most acclaimed contemporary landscape painters, 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.  Prey’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, Kennedy Space Center and the private collection of 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 traveling exhibit.

Prey is the recipient of many honors and  awards including the New York State Senate Women of Distinction Award. 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.  

The print can be viewed on her website