E.V. Day (born 1967, New York) is a New York-based installation artist and sculptor. Day’s work explores themes of feminism and sexuality, while employing various suspension techniques and reflecting upon popular culture.[1]

E.V. Day
E.V. Day at Work.jpg
Born (1967-12-09) December 9, 1967 (age 52)
New York
Alma materYale School of Art, Hampshire College
WebsiteOfficial website


Day received her MFA in Sculpture from Yale School of Art in 1995, and began her “Exploding Couture” series in 1999—the first installment of which, “Bombshell,” was included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial and is now in the museum’s permanent collection.


In 2016 she was awarded the Rome Prize in Visual Arts from The American Academy in Rome, Italy for the 2016-2017 fellow.[2]

In 2011 she was awarded the Artpace Residency by the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio, Texas.

In 2010 she was awarded the Versailles Foundation Munn Artists program at Claude Monet's Garden in Giverny, France.

In 2007 she was awarded the Fellowship in Sculpture from the New York Foundation for the Arts.[3]


For “G-Force,” her 2001 solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum at Altria, Day suspended hundreds of resin-coated pairs of thong underwear from the ceiling in fighter-jet formations.[4] In 2004, the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University mounted a ten-year survey of her work.[5] In 2006, Day exhibited “Bride Fight”, a site-specific installation of two bridal gowns in mid-explosion, in the lobby of the Lever House on Park Avenue.[6] That same year, the Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum exhibited “Intergalactic Installations”, a solo exhibit of 3-D drawings in black light.[7] In 2008, she was commissioned by the Whitney Museum to create “Bondage/Bandage” from a bandage dress by Hervé Léger.[8] In 2009, she was commissioned by New York City Opera to create “Divas Ascending” at Lincoln Center from their vast wardrobe archival.[9] In 2010, she was awarded the Versailles Foundation Munn Artists Program residency at Claude Monet’s Garden in Giverny, France resulting in “Seducers,” high-resolution scans of the reproductive organs of flowers[10] and “Giverny,” digital prints of performance artist Kembra Pfahler in character in Monet’s Garden.[11] In 2011, she was invited to the International Artist-In-Residence Program at Artpace, the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio, Texas where she began work on “CatFight,” two saber-toothed cat skeletons engaged in battle that became part of her solo exhibition “Semi Feral” at Mary Boone Gallery.[12] In 2013, she was invited to create a site specific installation and exhibition on Philip Johnson’s Glass House Estate, resulting in “SNAP!,” red rope nets capturing and securing the iconic “Da Monsta” building to the ground.[13]


E.V. Day is in numerous permanent collections including


  1. ^ Spalding, Jill. "E.V. Day Interview". www.studiointernational.com. Studio International. Retrieved November 12, 2014.
  2. ^ "Winners of the 2016–2017 Rome Prize Announced". Artforum.com. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Directory of Artists' Fellows 1985-2013" (PDF). nyfa.org.
  4. ^ Glueck, Grace. "ART IN REVIEW; E. V. Day -- 'G-Force'". www.nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved December 7, 2001.
  5. ^ Inselmann, Andrea. "E.V. Day". museum.cornell.edu. Cornell University. Retrieved October 23, 2004.
  6. ^ Marshall, Richard D. "E. V. DAY, BRIDE FIGHT". leverhouseartcollection.com. Lever House Art Collection. Retrieved May 5, 2006.
  7. ^ Woodard, Josef. "where art meets the streets". www.independent.com. Santa Barbara Independent. Retrieved March 23, 2006.
  8. ^ Wilson, Eric. "A Wrap Dress Unwinds". www.nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved May 29, 2008.
  9. ^ Kennedy, Randy. "For City Opera Costumes, Lofty New Roles". www.nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved October 20, 2009.
  10. ^ Biondi, Elisabeth. "E. V. Day's Seducers". www.newyorker.com. The New Yorker. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
  11. ^ Johnson, Ken. "'Giverny': E. V. Day and Kembra Pfahler". www.nytimes.com. The New York Times. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
  12. ^ Herriman, Kat. "Claws Out". www.wmagazine.com. W Magazine. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  13. ^ Woods, Tyler. "New Canaan art installation to ensnare Da Monsta". www.newcanaannewsonline.com. New Canaan News. Retrieved May 3, 2013.