All in the Family

Raymond Granville Barger (1906-2001), Transition, 1965, bronze, H. 21 x W. 25 x D. 6 feet, James A. Michener Art Museum. Gift of the Artist.

Visitors to the Michener Art Museum are familiar with the large sculpture in front of the building, “Transition,” by Raymond Granville Barger (1906-2001). Barger was not only a sculptor but a poet, and his poem of the same name, “Transition,” appears on a plaque in front of the museum. It is about the Michener’s history, transitioning from a prison to an art institution.

Barger’s daughter, Illia, 50, is an artist as well. Trained at Cooper Union, she is a painter who has created public murals on architecturally significant buildings and walls from Brooklyn, N.Y., to Trenton, N.J. A resident of Stockton, N.J., she is presently at work on a large public mural in Princeton, N.J. You can read about it here.

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