April Gornik lives and works in New York City, where she has been a resident since 1978, and in North Haven, Long Island, NY. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1953, she received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1976. She has work in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the National Museum of American Art in Washington, DC, the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC, the Cincinnati Museum, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Modern Art Museum of Art of Fort Worth, the Orlando Museum of Art, and other major public and private collections. She has shown extensively, in one-person and group shows, in the United States and abroad.
Some noteworthy one-person exhibitions have been at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in conjunction with the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA, 1998; Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, NY, 1994; the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, 1993; and the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY, 1988. She had work represented in the 1989 Whitney Biennial in NY, the 10+10 Show of American and Soviet Painters originating at the Fort Worth Museum in 1989, the Art Museum of the Rhode Island School of Art and Design in 1988, and “Paradise Lost; Paradise Regained” at the American Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 1984. April Gornik is represented by the Danese Gallery in New York City, and has had one-person shows in New York regularly since 1981. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guild Hall Museum in 2003, and was the Neuberger Museum’s Annual Honoree in 2004. A mid-career retrospective began at the Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY in early fall, 2004. It has traveled to the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery in Nebraska, and its final venue was the Allen Memorial Art Museum in Oberlin, Ohio, from March-June, 2006. A monograph, also serving as a catalogue for the show, was published by Hudson Hills Press and the Neuberger Museum, featuring 140 color plates, an essay by Donald Kuspit, and an interview with Dede Young, Contemporary Curator at the Neuberger Museum. It has sold out but may be available used. Another small retrospective took place at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, NY, in summer 2009.
April Gornik’s most recent one-person show in New York was at the Danese Gallery in Chelsea, in fall 2008. She represented the gallery at the ADA Armory show, February 2010, and her next solo show at Danese will be fall, 2011.