From her early days as a student at the Art Institute of Chicago to opening the first art gallery in Newark’s Weequahic neighborhood to igniting a modern mural movement in her adopted city, Gladys Barker Grauer was a legendary artist, educator, organizer, curator, originator, agitator, and mentor. She worked in painting, sculpture, collage, weaving, and mixed media art. Her legacy — spanning 70 years in the art scene — earned her the moniker of “Mother of Newark Arts.” 



“Art is my life. Art is the way in which I express my feelings, emotions, my anger, and my joy.”

Gladys Barker Grauer