"You know, art can be something which can really disempower people, or it can be a vehicle which can empower people."
Abigail DeVille (b. 1981, New York, New York, USA) 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 Harvard University (2014-15), the Studio Museum in Harlem (2013-14), and the International Studio and Curatorial Program, Brooklyn (2012). Her awards include grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2012) and The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust (2012), among others. Her work has been included in the exhibitions Rites of Spring, Contemporary Art Museum Houston (2014); Guts, Abrons Art Center, New York (2013); Black in the Abstract, Contemporary Art Museum Houston (2013); Invisible Men: Beyond the Veil, Galerie Michel Rein, Paris (2013); Gastown Follies, Artspeak, Vancouver (2013); Bronx Calling: The Second AIM Biennial, Bronx Museum (2013); Future Generation Prize Exhibition, the 55th Venice Biennial (2013); They might as well have been remnants of the boat, Calder Foundation, New York (2013); Fore, Studio Museum, New York (2012); Future Generation Prize Exhibition, Pinchuk Art Centre, Kiev (2012); First Among Equals, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2012); The Ungovernables, New Museum Triennial, New York (2012); Bosh Young Talent Show, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2011); The (S) Files 2011, El Museo del Barrio, New York (2011); Planet of Slums, Mason Gross Galleries, Rutgers University (2010); Dark Star, Recess Gallery, New York (2010); and Gold Mountain, Marginal Utility, Philadelphia (2010). 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).done reading