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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




In my current series, “Dig,” I explore the relationship between organic structures and abstract forms. By mashing up such elements as the striations of a geode, a tree’s root system and Platonic solids, I make new landscapes out of organic geometry.  

My studio is filled with rocks, acorns, rulers, postcards with Buckminster Fuller’s work, a set of geometric models, three-dimensional puzzles, and other collectibles. These disparate elements, such as a crystal cave and the mathematical properties of solid shapes, compel me to contrast them. What properties do they share? When do they create a complementary tension with one another? Through my work, I construct worlds that combine these natural and conceptual expressions of geometric forms.


Paula Bolduc wrote of Parker's work that as viewers, "we are left to our own design regarding what to make of her organic shapes, along with her curious choice of neutral colors.  For me, the colors suggest a dissipation of memories. Memories we have often brush up against each other, bump each other around, displace each other, morph and blur. Parker magically captures this experience in her paintings... The paintings themselves become “places” of complex interaction and perplexing diversity, like new small towns morphing into manic cosmopolitan cities, then back again." (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, with 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 studios in Sausalito and San Francisco. 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



Awaken, group show with Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown and others, Gallerie Citi, Burlingame, CA

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

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

Art at the Palace, Parker’s Artist-in-Residency show, with local artists, IHangar, San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

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


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




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

Amy Haddad, “Art by America at The Art House: Trends and Traditions in Two-Dimensional Contemporary Art,” show review, The Art House, July 3rd, 2015, Chicago, IL, Banner for “Portfolio Website Feature” section, Image, February 2015, Falls Church, VA


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

ArtSlant 6th Showcase, National "Juried Select Winner: Abstract," October, 2014, Los Angeles, CA (Jurors Jennifer Jacobs, Michal Raz-Russo, Stefan Benchoam)

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


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


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


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:

Jun, 2015 Art by America
The Art House Chicago
Apr, 2015 "Bold," juried by Robert Green
O'Hanlon Center for the Arts
Mar, 2015 Awaken
Gallerie Citi
May, 2014 Nest
Gallerie Citi
Dec, 2013 ICB Open Studios
Industrial Center Building
Dec, 2013 Small Works Holiday Show
Gallerie Citi
Click here to see all exhibits for April Dawn Parker

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