Millicent Young attended New York’s Dalton School on scholarship, and went on to Wesleyan University, the University of Virginia (BA), the University of Denver, and James Madison University (MFA). She has lived in the Piedmont region of Virginia, teaching art at the secondary and college levels and working as a landscape designer and gardener. Young currently lives in Kingston, New York, which is experiencing a renewal as artists move in and galleries open. She has a large detached Victorian home with a studio that she is renovating. When we visited, the entire downstairs was filled with her twig and horsehair sculptures.



68 x 31 x 6
wood, wax, paper, horse hair, steel

90 x 118 x 40
grapevine, horse hair

Canto for the Anthropocene: 33
30 x 30 x 7
horse hair, lead, steel bolts

97 x 44 x 12
grapevine, horse hair

94 x 15 x39
grapevine, sycamore, horse hair

16 x 72 x 8
refired glass, lead, steel, text

Striped Vessel
28 x 95 x 14
steel, wood, horse hair

85 x 82 x 50
grapevine, horse hair

Vehicle with Clay Foot
39 x 106 x 42
hickory, grapevine, twine, horse hair, adobe

Vehicle with Single Ascending Proboscis
120 x 60 x 72
hickory, grapevine, cedar, rosewood, horse hair

Vessel (Mother Ship)
26 x 238 x 36
steel, wood, horsehair

When There Were Birds
A site specific installation of 10 suspended forms, each up to 120 x 96 x 72 inches.
Grape vine and horse hair

by Michael Bailey

by June Collmer

Artist’s portraits


Millicent Young was born in New York City to a mother who believed in natural childbirth and a father who believed in her. Her mother was an anthropologist, a student of Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead, and a seamstress. Her father was a political scientist, oral historian, pianist, and closeted homosexual. Their lifelong marriage shaped Millicent, as influential as the natural world and her foreign travels. In 1972, accompanying her mother during her field study in Biabou village on St. Vincent, West Indies, instead of attending school, Millicent learned to see the ‘first world’ through the lens of poverty and disenfranchisement and became a citizen of the larger human ecosystem.

Young received Professional Fellowship Awards from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. She has received awards in juried exhibitions from curators at the National Gallery/Smithsonian, Hirshhorn, Dia, New, Guggenheim and Whitney museums. Her work received a top prize at the 2005 Biennale in Florence, Italy. Her most recent solo exhibition “When There Were Birds” will become part of an improvisational performance at Broken Wing Barn, Saugerties, New York in November, 2019.

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