Worden Day Biography

Worden Day




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 with 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.