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 Pavillion 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 Museums 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 MarchJune, 2006. A monograph, also serving as catalogue for the show, was published by Hudson Hills Press and the Neuberger Museum. It features over 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 from a used bookseller. More information about it is HERE. Another small retrospective took place at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, NY, in summer 2009. Her latest monograph was published in 2014, titled April Gornik: Drawings and it is an extensive look at her charcoal drawings done since the mid-'80s. The book includes essays by Steve Martin and Archie Rand, an interview with Lawrence Weschler, and a downloadable card from iTunes with a gorgeous piano and cello piece by composer Bruce Wolosoff, played by Bruce and Sara Sant'Ambrogio.
April Gornik's most recent one-person show was at Danese/Corey Gallery, in spring, 2014, in Frontiers Reimagined, a group show at the Museo Grimani that was part of the 2015 Venice Biennale, and is currently featured in Seeing Nature, a show featuring Monet, Klimt, Turner, Canaletto, Hopper, O'Keefe, Richter, Ruscha, Hockney, and other great landscape painters, which originated at the Portland Museum in Seattle, and will be at the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the New Orleans Museum of Art before closing at the Seattle Art Museum in early 2017. Gornik's next New York show is scheduled for October 2017 at Danese/Corey.