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 Worden Day  (1912 - 1986)

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Lived/Active: New York/Virginia/New Jersey/Ohio      Known for: painting, printmaking and sculpture

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Painter, print maker, sculptor Worden Day was born in 1912 in Columbus, Ohio. She earned her B.A. degree from Randolph-Macon Woman's College, Richmond, Virginia in 1934 at the unusually young age of eighteen. She then went to New York City where she studied with a variety of artists, some very well known, including German Expressionist social critic George Grosz, Mexican muralist Jean Charlot, and Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann at his school.

She also studied at the New School of Social Research and with Maurice Sterne and Emilio Amero, the latter with Charlot at the Florence Crane School. Other teachers were Will Barnet, Vaclav Vytlacil and Harry Sternberg at the Art Students League. Day later worked at printmaker Stanley William Hayter's Atelier 17 in 1943. She received a belated M.A. degree in 1966 from New York University at the age of fifty.

From 1955 to 1956, she was Instructor of Design at Pratt Institute, and from 1961 to 1966, taught at the New School of Social Research. From 1961 to 1969, she taught at the Art Students League.

By the late 1960s, Day, an abstractionist, had given up painting in favor of sculpture. In 1986, she was given a retrospective exhibition of forty years of her work by the New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, but tragically she died of cancer before the exhibition opened.

Day taught at the University of Wyoming, Laramie, in 1949, New School for Social Research, New York City, 1961 to 1966, and the Art Students League, New York City, 1966 to 1970. She won two Guggenheim Foundation fellowships one after the other in 1952 and 1953.

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Biography from Alpen Gallery:
Worden Day, painter, printmaker, and sculptor, was born in Columbus, Ohio on June 11, 1912 (this date is according to the American Social Security Index; biographers have used the date 1916 in the past). Day earned her B.A. from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1934. She moved to New York City where she studied with George Grosz, Jean Charlot and Hans Hofmann, and attended the New School of Social Research, the Florence Crane School, and the Art Students’ League alongside artists Maurice Sterne and Emilio Amero.

In 1943 she worked at Stanley William Hayter’s Atelier 17 in New York, where she met, among others, Anne Ryan and Sue Fuller, both of whom were working with experimental methods in woodcut and intaglio. Day received her M.A. degree in 1966 from New York University at the age of fifty-four.

Day taught at the University of Wyoming at Laramie (1949), Pratt Institute (1955-6), the New School of Social Research (1961-66) and the Art Students' League (1966-70).  In the late 1960s she began working primarily with sculpture and she had a solo exhibition at the Sculpture Center in New York in 1972. She was honored with J. Rosenwald Awards and two Guggenheim fellowships. Her work is represented in the collections of Library of Congress, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Worcester Art Museum.

Worden Day died on January 27, 1986 in Montclair, New Jersey, shortly before a retrospective was due to open at the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton.

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