Illia Barger

Illia Barger received her B.F.A. from Cooper Union in NYC, where all students are admitted solely on merit with full scholarships, and was honored with the prestigious Pollack-Krasner Foundation Award in 1999, and residency at the PS 122 Project Studio Space (1997-98).

Barger’s work is in numerous public and private collections with features in Huffington Post, The New York Times, Philadelphia Magazine, and New Jersey Life.

In 2016 Barger received a Dodge Foundation Grant and proclamation from the County Executive of Mercer County that honors individuals for outstanding contributions to the community for her public murals.

To see more of her work at Art Fair 14C, please visit Morpeth Contemporary in Exhibition Rooms 805 & 809.

"Louise" by Illia Barger, oil on linen, 48 x 48, courtesy Morpeth Contemporary

Illia Barger
oil on linen
48 x 48 in.


My work – inspired by nature – is created in my studio on the Delaware River.

Though a peony at first glance, the floral form is merely a platform. Transmuted by light, the petals shallow space allows for a meditation on tone. This in turn sets the stage for the real subject; the dance of light and shadow.

Illia Barger appears courtesy of Morpeth Contemporary