Profile: Abigail DeVille (1981-)

Abigail DeVille is an artist who creates large sculptures and installations, often incorporating found materialsfrom the neighborhoods around the exhibition venues. DeVille’s sculptures and installations often focus around themes of the history of racist violence, gentrification, and lost regional history. 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.

Early life and education

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).

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

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