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April Dawn Parker

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Lives in
Mill Valley

Works in
Sausalito, CA


Brown University, B.A.
Yale University School of Art, 1 yr. of MFA, Graphic Design

Representing galleries

abstract, contemporary, oil




Having moved around a lot during childhood and after, I became fascinated by maps at an early age. From birth to age 17, I lived in 17 different locations and all told, I have lived in 39 different homes.

Conceptually, I think both about maps as things that explain layered physical spaces, allowing you to see from varying distances, while also thinking about mapping as capturing a story or history. With my work, I create abstract maps that explore specific times and places. As maps distort reality through reduction and simplification, so does memory through reconstruction; the mapping I create in my work merges these various layers of distortion.

The visual building blocks that inspire my work range from aerial photography, cartography and geometry, to cellular imagery and natural history.



Paula Bolduc wrote of Parker's work that "as viewers we are at once soaring high above the earth into the cosmos, and then while standing on the ground, gazing beneath the skin into corpuscles, then deep into the ground, like cartographers, surgeons, and geologists. Her careful choice of forms and colors are part of her method of overlaying aerial topographical maps and close up, microscopic perspectives. Despite being highly imaginary, the forms serve as haunting reminders of actual places she has visited in her travels.  These components all work together to achieve a disorienting visual and psychological experience… Each of her paintings suggests a place of both danger and nourishment. She delves into her own experiences of displacement and reorientation that constituted much of her childhood." (Splash Magazine, 2014)

Parker is orginally from Sonoma Country, CA, and has worked in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Chicago, New York, and now Mill Valley, CA. She is a graduate of Brown University, having 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. She lives in Mill Valley with her family and paints out of her studio in the historic Industrial Center Building in Sausalito. Her work is in numerous public and private collections and she is represented by Gallerie Citi in the San Francisco Bay Area.




1994  Brown University, BA with Honors, Providence, RI
2001/02  Yale University, Schl. of Art, one year of Graphic Design MFA program, New Haven, CT



Nest, Two-person exhibition, Gallerie Citi, Burlingame, CA

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


Narbutas Spring Art Salon, Two-person exhibition, Ross, CA

Small Works Holiday Show, Group show, Gallerie Citi, Burlingame, CA

Gallerie Citi, Selected for representation, Director Andra Norris, Burlingame, CA

33rd Faber Birren Natl. Color Award Show, National juried exhibition, Stamford Art Assoc., Stamford, CT
     (Juror Derek Leka, Faculty at Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT)

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

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

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


Colorida Gallery, Group show, Lisbon, Portugal

Dwell Magazine Home Tours: Marin, Featured artist, Dehn Bloom Design, Mill Valley, CA

Marin Designer’s Showcase, Estate tour, works presented by SBFA, Tiburon, CA

One King’s Lane, Inaugural fine art sale, works presented by SBFA, San Francisco, CA


Headlands Center for the Arts, Silent auction, San Francisco, CA

Chocolate Party Art Show, Group show, SBFA, Mill Valley, CA

Serena and Lily Art Bazaar, On-line fine art sale, presented by SBFA, Mill Valley, CA


Stephanie Breitbard Fine Arts Consulting (SBFA), Selected to join artist roster, Mill Valley, CA

Industrial Center Building, Open Studios, Sausalito, CA

Marin Arts Council, Open Studios, Sausalito, CA


Allison and Jim Bloom, Mill Valley CA

Rob and Mary Bole, Silver Spring, MD

Bill and Jennifer Lynch, Portland, OR

Kes and Laura Narbutas, Ross, CA

Offices of Alto Law, Portland OR

Offices of One Economy, Portland OR



Paula Bolduc, "April Dawn Parker Exhibition Review: Small Works at Gallerie Citi," Review,, March 22, 2014

FolioLink Newsletter, “Clients in the Spotlight,” Profiled artist, January 2014 


Rebecca Wilson, Director, Saatchi Online, Selected for “The Bright Fantastic" Collection, December 3, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

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

Natalie Hegert, Editor, ArtSlant VIEWS e-newsletter and ArtSlant Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, “Featured Artist”  for the week of July 9, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

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

ArtSlant 5th Showcase, National "Juried Select Winner: Abstract," July 2013, Los Angeles, CA
(Jurors Neysa Page-Lieberman, Darren Jones and Deb Klowden Mann) "FolioLink Presents: April Dawn Parker," Profile, December 2013, Falls Church, VA

Soren Hemmila, “ICB Artists Exposed,”, Quoted artist, December 5th, 2013, Sausalito, CA

Benny Shaboy, Editor, Art Opportunities Monthly, e-newsletter, May 2013, p. 18, Benicia, CA

2012, “Dwell Home Tours: Mill Valley Loft,” Featured painter, Dehn Bloom Design, April 28th, 2012, San Francisco, CA

Mary Jo Bowling, “Interior Alchemy,” CA Home and Design magazine, Featured Artist, July/August 2012, p. 124-131, San Francisco, CA


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

7x7 SF blog, “ICB Artists Winter Open Studios: 11 Artists to Keep Your Eyes On,” Selected artist, November. 29, 2011, San Francisco, CA, “RSVP Hot Ticket: 2011 ICB Winter Open Studios,”  December, 2011, Sausalito, CA


Gallerie Citi, Director Andra Norris, Burlingame, CA


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

Recent Exhibits

April Dawn Parker participated in these exhibits:

May, 2014 Nest
Gallerie Citi
Dec, 2013 ICB Open Studios
Industrial Center Building
Dec, 2013 Small Works Holiday Show
Gallerie Citi
Oct, 2013 33rd Faber Birren National Color Award Show
Stamford Art Association
May, 2013 Gallerie CIti
Gallerie Citi
Mar, 2013 "Works on Paper" national juried by Juror Katherine Blood
Maryland Federation of Art
Click here to see all exhibits for April Dawn Parker

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