Abigail DeVille

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Abigail DeVille
Abigail DeVille
Born1981 (age 38–39)
New York City, New York, U.S.
EducationPratt Institute
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Alma materFashion Institute of Technology
Yale University
Known forLarge sculptures and installations

Abigail DeVille (born 1981) is an artist who creates large sculptures and installations, often incorporating found materials from the neighborhoods around the exhibition venues.[1][2] DeVille's sculptures and installations often focus around themes of the history of racist violence, gentrification, and lost regional history.[3][4][5][6][7] Her work often involves a performance element that brings the artwork out of its exhibition space and into the streets; DeVille has organized these public events, which she calls "processionals", in several US cities, including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and New York City.[8][9]

Early life and education[edit]

DeVille was born in New York and lives and works in the Bronx, New York. She attended Pratt Institute (2000) and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2007). DeVille earned a B.F.A. from the Fashion Institute of Technology (2007) and an M.F.A. from Yale University (2011). She has attended residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2013–2014) and the International Studio and Curatorial Program, Brooklyn (2012).[10][11]

DeVille was in the reality television series, Artstar (2006), the first art-based reality show.[12]

Select exhibitions[edit]

DeVille's work has been featured in the following group exhibitions:

She has designed sets for theatrical productions—directed by Peter Sellers and Charlotte Brathwaite—at venues such as the Stratford Festival (2014), JACK (2014), Joe's Pub (2014), La Mama (2015), and Harlem Stage (2016).[19][20]


DeVille has received awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2012), the Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust (2012), and Creative Capital (2015).[21][11] In 2015, she also received the Obie Award for design for her work as a scenic and costume designer on Prophetika: An Oratorio, a production at La Mama Experimental Theatre Club.[22]


  1. ^ The Stuff of Life, Urgently Altered, Holland Cotter, August 28, 2014, New York Times, Retrieved April 15, 2016
  2. ^ "Abigail DeVille". Art21. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  3. ^ "In Profile: Abigail DeVille". frieze.com. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Abigail DeVille's Harlem Stories – Art21".
  5. ^ Cotter, Holland (December 24, 2015). "'If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?' A Show Whose Subject Is Death" – via NYTimes.com.
  6. ^ Cotter, Holland (March 16, 2016). "Are All-Women Shows Good or Bad for Art?" – via NYTimes.com.
  7. ^ "Abigail DeVille – America – Art Matter". November 10, 2015.
  8. ^ Kaplan, Isaac (August 1, 2016). "Abigail DeVille Aims to Disrupt Centuries of New York Gentrification". Artsy. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  9. ^ McGlone, Peggy; McGlone, Peggy (September 12, 2014). "A piece of D.C.'s 5x5 public art festival panned by local residents". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  10. ^ Studio Museum in Harlem Announces 2013–2014 Artists in Residence, ArtForum, Retrieved April 15, 2016
  11. ^ a b "Abigail DeVille | Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University". www.radcliffe.harvard.edu. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  12. ^ Herriman, Kat (June 1, 2016). "10 Years Later, a Look Back at Art's First Reality Show". Creators, Vice Magazine. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
  13. ^ "Bosch Young Talent Show, Exposición". ARTEINFORMADO (in Spanish). 2011. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  14. ^ Cotter, Holland (February 16, 2012). "'The Ungovernables: 2012 New Museum Triennial'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  15. ^ "Black in the Abstract, Part 1: Epistrophy (Outside the Lines series)". Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  16. ^ "Art Chat: Dean Daderko". PaperCity Magazine. June 1, 2014. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  17. ^ "Best Museum Show: Abigail DeVille, "Only When It's Dark Enough Can You See the Stars" via The Contemporary at the Peale Museum". citypaper.com. September 13, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2019.
  18. ^ "Abigail DeVille : MOMENTUM 9: ( alienation )". momentum9.no. Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  19. ^ "Abigail DeVille – Art21".
  20. ^ "United States Artists » Abigail DeVille". Retrieved March 4, 2019.
  21. ^ "Creative Capital – Investing in Artists who Shape the Future". creative-capital.org.
  22. ^ Obie Awards, 2015 Winners.