Art in Space: NASA Exhibit Launches Artist Into Ranks of Icons

As a child, Barbara Prey would watch her mother paint and dream that she, too, would someday become an artist.

In the years that followed, Prey has launched a successful career around her passion — being an artist and owning an art gallery (in Maine).

The New York-based artist is also one of a select few artists chosen by NASA to have their work displayed at the National Air and Space Museum as part of The Smithsonian Institution's travelling exhibit NASA|Art: 50 Years of Exploration.

Drawn from works in NASA and the National Air and Space Museum archives, the exhibit includes 50 paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures commissioned to help describe the accomplishments, setbacks and excitement of space exploration.

Prey, who paints with watercolors, has had four pieces of work commissioned by NASA, including a painting of the X-43 aircraft, which is included in the current exhibit.

"NASA knew of my work, and I think it fit with what they were looking for," Prey told BusinessNewsDaily.