April Dawn Parker was raised in California and has worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, New York, and now Marin County, CA. She is a graduate of Brown University, where she earned a BA with honors, and she completed one year of graduate study at Yale University School of Art in the MFA Graphic Design program. 

Parker’s work is in numerous public and private collections. She shows regularly at a variety of galleries and is frequently selected for national juried exhibitions. Her paintings have been included in such magazines as Sunset and CA Home + Design, and she has been profiled on CBS Bay Channel 5. Online, Parker's work has been highlighted by Saatchi Art and HuffPost. In 2015, Parker did a three month residency at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts and in 2022, she completed a residency with Mother's Milk in Kansas.

Parker is represented by Andra Norris Gallery in the SF Bay Area.

CV [PDF]

Industrial Center Building, 480 Gate Five Road, Suite 207, Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 694-8882  •  april@aprildawnparker.com  •  www.aprildawnparker.com
Born in Palo Alto, CA. Works in Sausalito, CA.

EDUCATION

Brown University, BA with Honors, Providence, RI

Yale University, School of Art, one year of Graphic Design MFA program, New Haven, CT

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2022

Outside the Open Window, April Dawn Parker, Susan Manchester and Ryan Reynolds, three-person show, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

New Perspectives in Drawing and Painting, national juried exhibition, awarded 2nd Place, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Clayton, MO (juried by Lizzy Martinez, Painting & Drawing Faculty at University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO)

Strange Paradise: A Window into Surrealism, national juried exhibition, Annamarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center (Smithsonian Affiliate), Solomons, MD (juried by Anne Hyland, Curatorial Coordinator, Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC)

Ripples, invitational exhibition for Northern CA artists, UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA

2021

31st Annual Intl. Juried Exhibition, annual intl. juried exhibition, Viridian Artists, New York, NY (selected for "Director's Choice" digital presentation by Vernita Nemec)

Faber Birren 41st National Color Award Show, national juried exhibition, Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT (juried by Michael Neumeister, Asst. Curator, American Federation of Arts, New York, NY)

Later Impressions, annual national juried exhibition, awarded Best in Show, The Chicago Alliance of Artists, Chicago, IL

2020

LOOK, group show, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

Salon Style, group show, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2019

Lobster Dinner: a show of small works, national juried exhibition, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (juried by Will Hutnick, Artist and Curator) 

Faber Birren National Color Award Show, national juried exhibition, Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT (juried by Meredith A. Brown, Curatorial Assoc., Modern & Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art) 

Sanctuary, national juried show, online portion, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA (juried by Bryan Yedinak, Director of Themes+Projects, San Francisco)

Bay Area Masters, juried exhibition, San Mateo County Fair, San Mateo, CA (juried by Ruth Waters, Peninsula Museum
of Art)

Fall Selections from the Artists Gallery, group show, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Something About Lines, juried exhibition, O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA (juried by Katy Kuhn, Artist)

Southern Exposure: 45th Annual Auction, juried auction, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

Movers and Shakers, invitational exhibition for SFBay Area female artists, The Drawing Room, San Francisco, CA

2018

Skies of Gold: Willard Dixon, Sophie Dixon Dillo, Jane Kim, David Molesky, April Dawn Parker, and Irene Zweig, group show, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

Southern Exposure: Monster Drawing Rally, live drawing auction, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

2017

Startup Art Fair, solo booth, Hotel Del Sol, San Francisco, CA

The IXA: Venice, art and design pop-up show, Interior X Art (IXA), Venice, Los Angeles, CA

21st Annual Art for AIDS Auction, juried auction, Alliance Health Project, San Francisco, CA

2015

Art at the Palace: April Dawn Parker, Artist-in-Residence, solo show, IHangar, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

Awaken: Elizabeth Barlow, Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, Kim Froshin, April Dawn Parker, John Wood, group show, Gallerie Citi (now Andra Norris Gallery), Burlingame, CA

Art by America, national juried exhibition, Art House, Chicago, IL (juried by James Wood, School of Art Institute of Chicago, and Ginny Voedisch, Art Institute Museum of Chicago)

Summer National, national juried exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA (juried by Nancy Meyers, Curatorial Asst. at Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art)

Bold, juried exhibition, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA (juried by Robert Green, Director of Robert Green Fine Arts)

Dart for Art: 4th Annual Auction, silent auction, Lymelight Foundation, Burlingame, CA

2014

Nest: April Dawn Parker and Alyson Belcher, two-person show, Gallerie Citi (now Andra Norris Gallery), Burlingame, CA

Dart for Art: 3rd Annual Auction, silent auction, Lymelight Foundation, Burlingame, CA

2013

Narbutas Spring Art Salon: April Dawn Parker and Marguerite Elliott, two-person show, Ross, CA

Small Works Holiday Show, group show, Gallerie Citi (now Andra Norris Gallery), Burlingame, CA

33rd Faber Birren National Color Award Show, national juried exhibition, Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT (juried by Derek Leka, Faculty at Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT)

Works on Paper, national juried exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis MD (juried by Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints, Library of Congress, Washington, DC)

Bold, juried exhibition, O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA (juried by Robert Green, Director of Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA)

Out of the Blue, juried exhibition, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, CA (juried by Ruth Braunstein, Director of Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA)

MEDIA AND PUBLICATIONS

2021

Lori Waxman, "60wrd/min COVID Edition: I'll Never Be Untrue; April Dawn Parker," art.newcity.com, April 9, 2021, Chicago, IL

2019

“Improve Your Art by Looking at This,” featured artist on video blog, Art2Life.com, San Francisco, CA

2017

“Launch: The IXA,” exhibition announcement with photograph, Luxe Interiors + Design: Los Angeles, December, 2017, pg. 126, Los Angeles, CA

“Design meets Tech in a new way in Venice Beach,” The IXA show write-up, EditorAtLarge.com, Editor at Large: Business of Home, August 1, 2017

2015

Amy Haddad, “Art by America at The Art House: Trends and Traditions in Two-Dimensional Contemporary Art,” show review, The Art House, July 3, 2015, Chicago, IL

“Spotlight, Best of the Bay: Gallerie Citi,” gallery review, Daily Post, February 24, 2015, p. 14, Palo Alto, CA

2014

National Juried Winner: Abstract, award, ArtSlant 6th Showcase, October 2014, Los Angeles, CA (juried by Jennifer Jacobs, Michal Raz-Russo and Stefan Benchoam)

Paula Bolduc, “April Dawn Parker Exhibition Review,” review, Splash, March 24, 2014, Los Angeles, CA

2013

Soren Hemmila, “ICB Artists Exposed,” article, MarinScope.com, December 5, 2013, Sausalito, CA

Rebecca Wilson, Director, “The Bright Fantastic,” collection, Saatchi Online, December 3, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

National Juried Winner: Abstract, award, ArtSlant 8th Showcase, October 2013, Los Angeles, CA (juried by Veronica Bruce, Wendi Norris and Charlie Hood)

Rebecca Wilson, Director, “New this Week,” collection, Saatchi Online, August 26, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

Natalie Hegert, Editor, “Featured Artist: April Dawn Parker,” feature, ArtSlant VIEWS e-newsletter, ArtSlant Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, week of July 9, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

National Juried Winner: Abstract, award, ArtSlant 5th Showcase, July 2013, Los Angeles, CA (juried by Neysa Page-Lieberman, Darren Jones and Deb Klowden Mann)

2012

“Dwell Home Tours: Mill Valley Loft,” article with photographs, Dwell.com, Dehn Bloom Design, April 28, 2012, San Francisco, CA

Mary Jo Bowling, “Interior Alchemy,” article with photographs, CA Home and Design magazine, July – August, 2012, p. 124–131, San Francisco, CA

2011

Frank Mallicoat, Anchor, “Bay Sunday,” television interview, CBS BAY CHANNEL 5, November 20, 2011, San Francisco, CA

“ICB Artists Winter Open Studios: 11 Artists to Keep Your Eyes On,” spotlight with photograph,

7x7 SF blog, November 29, 2011, San Francisco, CA

“RSVP Hot Ticket: 2011 ICB Winter Open Studios,” post with photograph, MarinMagazine.com, December 2011, Sausalito, CA 

SELECTED PRIVATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Dehn Bloom Design, Mill Valley, CA

Innovation Hangar, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

Kes and Laura Narbutas, Ross, CA

Offices of Alto Law, Portland OR

Offices of One Economy, Portland OR

Work held in private collections throughout the United States 

TEACHING/VOLUNTEER SERVICE

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum, bi-monthly volunteer service, San Francisco, CA, 2017 – 2019

“Painting with Gouache,” painting workshop sponsored by Winsor & Newton, Flax Art and Design, San Francisco, October 10, 2015 

RESIDENCIES

Mother's Milk Residency, Newton, KS, July 2022

Innovation Hangar, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA, June – August, 2015

GALLERY AFFILIATION

Andra Norris Gallery (formerly Gallerie Citi), Burlingame, CA 

MEMBERSHIPS

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young and Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA

Industrial Center Building Artists’ Association, Sausalito, CA

Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco, CA

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

BLOG SECTIONS

ABOUT / CV

April Dawn Parker was raised in California and has worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, New York, and now Marin County, CA. She is a graduate of Brown University, where she earned a BA with honors, and she completed one year of graduate study at Yale University School of Art in the MFA Graphic Design program. 

Parker’s work is in numerous public and private collections. She shows regularly at a variety of galleries and is frequently selected for national juried exhibitions. Her paintings have been included in such magazines as Sunset and CA Home + Design, and she has been profiled on CBS Bay Channel 5. Online, Parker's work has been highlighted by Saatchi Art and HuffPost. In 2015, Parker did a three month residency at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts and in 2022, she completed a residency with Mother's Milk in Kansas.

Parker is represented by Andra Norris Gallery in the SF Bay Area.

CV [PDF]

Industrial Center Building, 480 Gate Five Road, Suite 207, Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 694-8882  •  april@aprildawnparker.com  •  www.aprildawnparker.com
Born in Palo Alto, CA. Works in Sausalito, CA.

EDUCATION

Brown University, BA with Honors, Providence, RI

Yale University, School of Art, one year of Graphic Design MFA program, New Haven, CT

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2022

Outside the Open Window, April Dawn Parker, Susan Manchester and Ryan Reynolds, three-person show, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

New Perspectives in Drawing and Painting, national juried exhibition, awarded 2nd Place, St. Louis Artists’ Guild, Clayton, MO (juried by Lizzy Martinez, Painting & Drawing Faculty at University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO)

Strange Paradise: A Window into Surrealism, national juried exhibition, Annamarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center (Smithsonian Affiliate), Solomons, MD (juried by Anne Hyland, Curatorial Coordinator, Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC)

Ripples, invitational exhibition for Northern CA artists, UC Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, CA

2021

31st Annual Intl. Juried Exhibition, annual intl. juried exhibition, Viridian Artists, New York, NY (selected for "Director's Choice" digital presentation by Vernita Nemec)

Faber Birren 41st National Color Award Show, national juried exhibition, Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT (juried by Michael Neumeister, Asst. Curator, American Federation of Arts, New York, NY)

Later Impressions, annual national juried exhibition, awarded Best in Show, The Chicago Alliance of Artists, Chicago, IL

2020

LOOK, group show, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

Salon Style, group show, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2019

Lobster Dinner: a show of small works, national juried exhibition, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (juried by Will Hutnick, Artist and Curator) 

Faber Birren National Color Award Show, national juried exhibition, Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT (juried by Meredith A. Brown, Curatorial Assoc., Modern & Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art) 

Sanctuary, national juried show, online portion, Arc Gallery, San Francisco, CA (juried by Bryan Yedinak, Director of Themes+Projects, San Francisco)

Bay Area Masters, juried exhibition, San Mateo County Fair, San Mateo, CA (juried by Ruth Waters, Peninsula Museum
of Art)

Fall Selections from the Artists Gallery, group show, SFMOMA Artists Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Something About Lines, juried exhibition, O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA (juried by Katy Kuhn, Artist)

Southern Exposure: 45th Annual Auction, juried auction, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

Movers and Shakers, invitational exhibition for SFBay Area female artists, The Drawing Room, San Francisco, CA

2018

Skies of Gold: Willard Dixon, Sophie Dixon Dillo, Jane Kim, David Molesky, April Dawn Parker, and Irene Zweig, group show, Andra Norris Gallery, Burlingame, CA

Southern Exposure: Monster Drawing Rally, live drawing auction, Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

2017

Startup Art Fair, solo booth, Hotel Del Sol, San Francisco, CA

The IXA: Venice, art and design pop-up show, Interior X Art (IXA), Venice, Los Angeles, CA

21st Annual Art for AIDS Auction, juried auction, Alliance Health Project, San Francisco, CA

2015

Art at the Palace: April Dawn Parker, Artist-in-Residence, solo show, IHangar, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

Awaken: Elizabeth Barlow, Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, Kim Froshin, April Dawn Parker, John Wood, group show, Gallerie Citi (now Andra Norris Gallery), Burlingame, CA

Art by America, national juried exhibition, Art House, Chicago, IL (juried by James Wood, School of Art Institute of Chicago, and Ginny Voedisch, Art Institute Museum of Chicago)

Summer National, national juried exhibition, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato, CA (juried by Nancy Meyers, Curatorial Asst. at Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art)

Bold, juried exhibition, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA (juried by Robert Green, Director of Robert Green Fine Arts)

Dart for Art: 4th Annual Auction, silent auction, Lymelight Foundation, Burlingame, CA

2014

Nest: April Dawn Parker and Alyson Belcher, two-person show, Gallerie Citi (now Andra Norris Gallery), Burlingame, CA

Dart for Art: 3rd Annual Auction, silent auction, Lymelight Foundation, Burlingame, CA

2013

Narbutas Spring Art Salon: April Dawn Parker and Marguerite Elliott, two-person show, Ross, CA

Small Works Holiday Show, group show, Gallerie Citi (now Andra Norris Gallery), Burlingame, CA

33rd Faber Birren National Color Award Show, national juried exhibition, Stamford Art Association, Stamford, CT (juried by Derek Leka, Faculty at Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT)

Works on Paper, national juried exhibition, Maryland Federation of Art, Annapolis MD (juried by Katherine Blood, Curator of Fine Prints, Library of Congress, Washington, DC)

Bold, juried exhibition, O'Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA (juried by Robert Green, Director of Robert Green Fine Arts, Mill Valley, CA)

Out of the Blue, juried exhibition, Gallery Route One, Point Reyes, CA (juried by Ruth Braunstein, Director of Braunstein/Quay Gallery, San Francisco, CA)

MEDIA AND PUBLICATIONS

2021

Lori Waxman, "60wrd/min COVID Edition: I'll Never Be Untrue; April Dawn Parker," art.newcity.com, April 9, 2021, Chicago, IL

2019

“Improve Your Art by Looking at This,” featured artist on video blog, Art2Life.com, San Francisco, CA

2017

“Launch: The IXA,” exhibition announcement with photograph, Luxe Interiors + Design: Los Angeles, December, 2017, pg. 126, Los Angeles, CA

“Design meets Tech in a new way in Venice Beach,” The IXA show write-up, EditorAtLarge.com, Editor at Large: Business of Home, August 1, 2017

2015

Amy Haddad, “Art by America at The Art House: Trends and Traditions in Two-Dimensional Contemporary Art,” show review, The Art House, July 3, 2015, Chicago, IL

“Spotlight, Best of the Bay: Gallerie Citi,” gallery review, Daily Post, February 24, 2015, p. 14, Palo Alto, CA

2014

National Juried Winner: Abstract, award, ArtSlant 6th Showcase, October 2014, Los Angeles, CA (juried by Jennifer Jacobs, Michal Raz-Russo and Stefan Benchoam)

Paula Bolduc, “April Dawn Parker Exhibition Review,” review, Splash, March 24, 2014, Los Angeles, CA

2013

Soren Hemmila, “ICB Artists Exposed,” article, MarinScope.com, December 5, 2013, Sausalito, CA

Rebecca Wilson, Director, “The Bright Fantastic,” collection, Saatchi Online, December 3, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

National Juried Winner: Abstract, award, ArtSlant 8th Showcase, October 2013, Los Angeles, CA (juried by Veronica Bruce, Wendi Norris and Charlie Hood)

Rebecca Wilson, Director, “New this Week,” collection, Saatchi Online, August 26, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

Natalie Hegert, Editor, “Featured Artist: April Dawn Parker,” feature, ArtSlant VIEWS e-newsletter, ArtSlant Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, week of July 9, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

National Juried Winner: Abstract, award, ArtSlant 5th Showcase, July 2013, Los Angeles, CA (juried by Neysa Page-Lieberman, Darren Jones and Deb Klowden Mann)

2012

“Dwell Home Tours: Mill Valley Loft,” article with photographs, Dwell.com, Dehn Bloom Design, April 28, 2012, San Francisco, CA

Mary Jo Bowling, “Interior Alchemy,” article with photographs, CA Home and Design magazine, July – August, 2012, p. 124–131, San Francisco, CA

2011

Frank Mallicoat, Anchor, “Bay Sunday,” television interview, CBS BAY CHANNEL 5, November 20, 2011, San Francisco, CA

“ICB Artists Winter Open Studios: 11 Artists to Keep Your Eyes On,” spotlight with photograph,

7x7 SF blog, November 29, 2011, San Francisco, CA

“RSVP Hot Ticket: 2011 ICB Winter Open Studios,” post with photograph, MarinMagazine.com, December 2011, Sausalito, CA 

SELECTED PRIVATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

Dehn Bloom Design, Mill Valley, CA

Innovation Hangar, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

Kes and Laura Narbutas, Ross, CA

Offices of Alto Law, Portland OR

Offices of One Economy, Portland OR

Work held in private collections throughout the United States 

TEACHING/VOLUNTEER SERVICE

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young Museum, bi-monthly volunteer service, San Francisco, CA, 2017 – 2019

“Painting with Gouache,” painting workshop sponsored by Winsor & Newton, Flax Art and Design, San Francisco, October 10, 2015 

RESIDENCIES

Mother's Milk Residency, Newton, KS, July 2022

Innovation Hangar, Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA, June – August, 2015

GALLERY AFFILIATION

Andra Norris Gallery (formerly Gallerie Citi), Burlingame, CA 

MEMBERSHIPS

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, de Young and Legion of Honor, San Francisco, CA

Industrial Center Building Artists’ Association, Sausalito, CA

Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), San Francisco, CA

O’Hanlon Center for the Arts, Mill Valley, CA

BLOG SECTIONS