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.