Abigail DeVille

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Abigail DeVille
Born1981 (age 36–37)
New York City
EducationPratt Institute, New York
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine
Fashion Institute of Technology, New York
Yale University, Connecticut
Known forLarge sculptures and installations
AwardsJoan Mitchell Foundation (2012)
Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust (2012)
Creative Capital (2015)

Abigail DeVille (born 1981) is an artist who creates large sculptures and installations, often incorporating found materials from the neighborhood around the exhibition venue.[1][2] DeVille's sculptures and installations often focus around themes of the history of racist violence and gentrification.[3][4][5][6] 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.[7][8]

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), earning a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology (2007) and an MFA from Yale University (2011). She has attended residencies at the Studio Museum in Harlem (2013–14) and the International Studio and Curatorial Program, Brooklyn (2012).[9][10]


DeVille's work has been featured in the following 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), and Joe's Pub (2014).[11]


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).[12][10] 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.[13]


  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. ^ "Abigail DeVille's Harlem Stories – Art21".
  4. ^ Cotter, Holland (December 24, 2015). "'If You Leave Me Can I Come Too?' A Show Whose Subject Is Death" – via NYTimes.com.
  5. ^ Cotter, Holland (March 16, 2016). "Are All-Women Shows Good or Bad for Art?" – via NYTimes.com.
  6. ^ "Abigail DeVille – America – Art Matter". November 10, 2015.
  7. ^ Kaplan, Isaac (August 1, 2016). "Abigail DeVille Aims to Disrupt Centuries of New York Gentrification". Artsy. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  8. ^ 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 2017-03-11.
  9. ^ Studio Museum in Harlem Announces 2013–2014 Artists in Residence, ArtForum, Retrieved April 15, 2016
  10. ^ a b "Abigail DeVille | Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University". www.radcliffe.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-10.
  11. ^ "Abigail DeVille – Art21".
  12. ^ "Creative Capital – Investing in Artists who Shape the Future". creative-capital.org.
  13. ^ Obie Awards, 2015 Winners.