Barger has studied at Bennington College, Vermont, and she holds a B.F.A. from Cooper Union in New York. She was the 2012 Anne Reeves Artist in Residence and has been the recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award (1999), a residency at the PS 122 Project Studio Space (1997-98),and the Faber Birren National Color Award (1998). Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in and around New York City including, Morpeth Contemporary Gallery, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, Broadway Windows, Saint John the Divine Cathedral, and Mercer County Community College.
Bargers newest body of work was completed at her studio along the Delaware River. Once again, Illia has immersed herself in the natural world, as her large, vigorously executed canvases intimately depict various flowering plants viewed at very close range. At second glance, the paintings divide into color fields, demonstrating her unerring sense of color-akin to perfect pitch. Yet, the subject and color of the paintings are vehicles, states Barger, always one to observe and convey the less obvious. She further observes that Nuance brings into focus subtlety. A marriage of the mystery of subject, subtlety and abstraction are formed through the colors and textures of petal surfaces as they dance in the light. The exhibition, entitled Nuance, defines the intention of these works, as ... color and subject [being] vehicles for the more subtle language of nuance and sensuality.
Bargers work has been featured in many publications including The New York Times,The New York Times Magazine, The Jazz Times, Philadelphia Magazine, Princeton Magazine, New Jersey Life, Saveur, The Trentonian, The Trenton Times.
As well as her paintings, Barger has executed murals both private and public. Her most recent work (2012) is the mural Continuum measuring 25 ft. x 45 ft. which she executed in downtown Princeton and a mural for Capital Health Hospital in Hopewell NJ, Poppies (2011), which measures 11 ft. x 32 ft. Her largest mural, commissioned by the EDC, is in the Brooklyn Army Terminal, Brooklyn, NY (1993) and measures 35 ft. x 150 ft.
1985 B.F.A The Cooper Union School of Art, New York
1979-81 Bennington College, Vermont (full Scholarship)
2012 Nuance, Morpeth Gallery, Hopewell, NJ
2009 Nectar, Broadway Windows, New York City
2008 The Botany of Desire, Morpeth Gallery, Hopewell, NJ
2003 Organics, The Gallery, Mercer County Community College
2003 Succulence, Broadway Windows, New York City
2000 L’Origine du Monde, Riverrun Gallery, Lambertville, NJ
1999 Sacrament, The Cathedral of Saint John The Divine, NYC
1996 Recent Works, Grange Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ
2013 Ebb and Flow, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, NYC, NY
2013 Continuum, New Hope Arts, New Hope, Pa.
2010 Four Notable New Jersey Artists, Open Space Gallery, Frenchtown, NJ
2007 Dangerous Women #2, The Gallery, Mercer County Community College
2007 Group Show, Bucks Gallery of Fine Art, Newtown, Pa.
2006 The Red Show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, NYC, NY
2006 The Flower Show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, NYC, NY
2005 The Red Show, Cheryl Hazan Gallery, NYC, NY
1998 Absolute Secret, David McKee Gallery, NYC, NY
P.S. 122 Annual Alumni Exhibition, P.S. 122 Gallery, NY
New York Studio School Juried Art Exhibition,
New York Studio School, David McKee, Juror
The 1998 National Competition, First Street Gallery, NY
Edward Thorpe, Juror
East Village Artists, Cork Gallery, Avery
Fischer Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC
Faber Birren National Color Award Show, Stamford Art
Association, Conn. Jane Adlin, Dept. of 20th Cent. Art,
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Juror
International Jazz Art Competition, NYC, NY
1997 Juried Annual Exhibition, New York Studio School, , NYC
1985 Recent Work, Houghton Gallery, Cooper Union, NYC
2012 Continuum, the Arts Council of Princeton , 25’ x 45’, Princeton, NJ
2011 Poppies, Capital Health Systems, 9’ x 32’, Hopewell, NJ
2010 Penn’s Grant, 8’ x 24’, Pineville Tavern, Pineville, Pa.
2006 Winds of Change, 33’ x 65’, 23 South Warren St.,Trenton , NJ .
2001 Peaceable Kingdom, 40’ x 8’, Hamilton Grill Room, Lambertville, NJ
1993 Underwater Sea, 150’ x 35’, 1% for Arts, The Brooklyn Army Terminal,
Brooklyn, NY commissioned by the Economic Development Commission
1991 Degas’ Dancers, 25’x 11’, Hershey Hotel, Center City, Philadelphia, Pa.
Yeltsin’s Orchestra, 26’ x 11’, Hershey Hotel, Center City, Philadelphia, Pa.
1990 Titian Mural, 11’ x 10’, Lambertville, NJ
Peaceable Kingdom, 8’ x 40’ , Lambertville, NJ
2012 Anne Reeves Artist in Residence Award
1999 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award
1998 Faber Birren Color Award
1997-98 P.S. 122 Project Studio
2006 Channel 13 News, mini-documentary, Sept. 13th
Channel 6, Eyewitness News, July 10th, 11th
NJN, July 10th, 11th
NJ-12, July 10th, 11th 12th
2006 Straight Talks, Interview with James Straight, July
2012 Princeton Magazine, Nov. 1
Trenton Times, Oct. 26
Princeton Packet, April 24
Newsworks, May 3
US #1, June 20
2008 Oprah Home, September
U.S.1, Capturing Nature’s Interior Design, October
Bucks County Herald, November
2007 Nouveau Magazine, November
2006 Saveur, September
New Jersey Life, September
Trentonian, July 12
The Times July 12
Trenton Downtowner, September
2005 Nouveau Magazine, September
2002 The New York Times Magazine, April 14
2000 Veranda, Mar.- April
The Times, November 1999 Jazz Times, May
1998 Culturati, October
Select Public Collections
Capital Health Systems, Hopewell, NJ
Princeton Hospital, Princeton, NJ
Greek Embassy, NYC
American Art Resources, Houston, TX.
Sun Corporation, Wilton, Conn.
Anthony Todd, NYC