Day’s art career (b. 1916, Hartford, Connecticut) spans eight decades, and extends over the urban and rural geography of the Northeast from New York City to Craftsbury, Vermont. Day graduated from Yale University in 1939 with a B.A. in English, and was voted the Class Poet. He studied painting at Cranbrook Academy in Michigan, and served in the US Army, at the Pentagon, during World War II. 

As a young artist, Day exhibited regularly in both New York City and Vermont, maintaining artistic kinships, and lengthy correspondence, with other artists, including: Fairfield Porter; John Marin; Alex Katz; Rackstraw Downs; and, Lois Dodd. 

In 1968, he founded the Green Mountain Gallery in Greenwich Village, which later moved and became one of the first galleries in SoHo. It would become a lively forum, retreat, and intellectual center for contemporary painters with realist tendencies during the eleven years Day was with the gallery. Constant throughout Day’s career has been his interest in perspective – how we see what we see. Day offered a new perspective in his work, combining scientific knowledge with creative action, demonstrating his principle that the eye sees different angles of space simultaneously, whether he was painting Vermont landscapes en plein air, or the steel constructions of Manhattan. 

Some of the Museums and Gallerys where Lucien Day has exhibited his art:The Museum of Modern Art, Hudson River Museum,Philip Goodwin, Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford Conn, Rogert Fleming Museum Burlington Vermont, New Britain Museum of American Art the Philips Memorial Gallery, Chase Manhattan Bank(NYC), Prudential Insurance(NYC) and Citi-Bank(NYC). As well as exhibits in G. Passsedoit Gallery(NYC) Green Mountain Gallery(NYC) Blue Mountain Gallery(NYC) Equipax Gallery (Newport VT), Royal Tyler Theater Lobby(Burlington VT) and the Helen Day Art Center(Stowe VT).