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Photograph by Blair J. Meadows

Bahamian/American,
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

April Bey’s work delivers audacious critiques of the mainstreaming and monetization of radical politics via a diverse range of media. Moving deftly between painting, printmaking, collage, video, intimately scaled artist’s books and immersive installations, Bey wittily skewers pop culture’s sacred cows. Icons and anti-heroes of both American and Bahamian culture populate the bold and bright environs of her compositions, allowing for ambiguity in our assessments of their impact and legacies. Bey’s incorporation of mass-produced objects and reproductive media including printmaking and video underscores the means by which images come to define reality through their incessant replication in a world we experience increasingly through virtual means. 

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EDUCATION
2014   MFA California State University Northridge, CA 2009 BFA Ball State University, Muncie, IN

SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2021   April Bey: Atlantica, The Gilda Region, The California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2020   April Bey, UNTITLED ART ONLINE, UPFOR Gallery, Portland, OR
2020   Welcome to Atlantica, Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA
2018   Made in Space, Band of Vices Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017   COMPLY, Coagula Curatorial, Los Angeles, CA
2014   Picky Head, Liquid Courage Art Gallery, New Providence, Nassau, Bahamas

GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2021   TEXTURES: The History and Art of Black Hair, Kent State Museum, Kent, OH curators: Tameka Ellington and Joseph L. Underwood
2021   Floating Rib, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas, curated by: Natalie Willis
2020   Show Me the Signs, Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA
2020   INVOCATION DEMOCRACY: A Political and Mystical Virtual Exhibition, curated by: Monet Clark
2020   Nasty Women, Gavlak Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2020   SPACELAND IV WAR, Bermudez Projects, Los Angeles, CA, curated by: Julian Bermudez
2020   Access, Reflect Space Gallery, Glendale, CA, curated by: Ara and Anahid Oshagan
2020   Sanctuary, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA, curated by: Mar Hollingsworth
2020   Breathe/Breath, Seer Virtual Gallery curated by: The Association of Hysteric Curators
2019   Welcome to the AfroFuture, New Orleans African American Museum, New Orleans, LA, curated by: Gia M. Hamilton
2019   Dear Lucy, UPFOR Gallery, Portland OR
2019   Black, Brown and Beige, Self-Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA, curated by: Nery Gabriel Lemus and Jimmy O’Balles of Suvir Arts Collective
2019   From the Head to the Heart, The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, CT, curated by: Kimberly Hendrickson
2019   Atlantica, Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2019   LA Painting Survey, Museum of Art History, Lancaster, CA, curated by: Cooper Johnson
2019   BLACK HISTORY 365, University of La Verne College of Law, Ontario, CA, curator: Gary V. Lett
2019   AMERICAN, Golden West College Art Gallery, Huntington Beach, CA, curated by: Evan Senn
2019   Black on Black III, Raleigh Arts, Raleigh, NC
2019   NE9: The Fruit and the Seed, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas, curated by: Derek Rolle, John Cox, Allan P. Wallace, Holly Bynoe, Naima Keith, Diana Nawi
2018   Shika Shika Art Fair, Brazil House Gallery, Accra, Ghana curated by: Efo Sela
2018   Visual Resistance, Fullerton College Art Gallery, Fullerton, CA, curator: Carol Henke
2018   Glendale Community College Faculty Exhibition, Glendale, CA
2018   Back to Black, Avenue 50 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, curators: Kayla Salisbury and Peter Woods
2018   Eye Forward, Curating Our Narratives, Fresno State University, Fresno, CA, curators: James Panozzo and Mar Hollingsworth
2018   Dis...Miss, Freewaves Los Angeles, CA, curator: Anne Bray
2018   Eyes Forward, LA Artshow, Los Angeles, CA curators: James Panozzo and Mar Hollingsworth
2018   MANIFESTO: A Moderate Proposal, Pitzer College Art Gallery, Claremont, CA, curator: Olga Koumoundouros
2017   The Fabulous 7, Feral Projects, Los Angeles, CA, curator: Isabelle Lutterodt
2017   Dis...Miss, Freewaves, Los Angeles, CA, curator: Anne Bray
2017   CHALE WOTE, Jamestown, Ghana, curator: Dr. Sionne Neely
2017   ICONIC: Black Panther, Gregorio Escalante Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, curators: SEPIA Collective
2016   NE8, The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas, curator: Holly Bynoe
2016   Shift and Fade, BLAM Projects, Los Angeles, CA, curator: Dani Dodge and Alanna Marcelletti
2016   Reflections on the Self: Selections from the Permanent Collection, California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA, curator: Mar Hollingsworth
2016   SKIN, Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, curator: Isabelle Lutterodt
2015   Colored Girls, Autonomie Projects, Los Angeles, CA, curator: Chelle Barbour
2015   Hard Edged: Geometric Abstraction and Beyond, The California Africa American Museum, Los Angeles, CA, curators: Mar Hollingsworth
2015   CA 101, Redondo Beach Power Plant, Redondo Beach, CA, curator: Nina Zak Laddon
2015   Out of Nothing, Glen Echo Park Gallery, Washington DC, curator: Michael Edwards
2015   We Choose Art: A Feminist Perspective, Los Angeles, CA, curator: Kristine Schomaker and  Baha Danesh
2015   50 Years and I Still Can’t Breathe, Watts Towers Arts Center, Watts, Los Angeles, CA, curator: Michael Massenburg and Rosie Lee Hooks
2015   Pulse of LA, Southern California Women’s Caucus of Art, Los Angeles, CA, curator: Leslie Cozzi
2014   Fresh, Southbay Contemporary, Southbay, CA, curator: Mat Gleason
2014   Antillean: An Ecology (NE7), National Art Gallery of The Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas, curator: Holly Bynoe and Michael Edwards
2014   GLAMFA, California State University, Long Beach, CA
2014   #Whodoyouworship? Graduate Thesis Show, California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA
2014   Sudden Impact, 11:11 Collective Gallery, Woodland Hills, CA, curator: Zeina Baltagi

PUBLIC ART COMMISSIONS
2021   Fringe Projects Miami
2021   Glendale Library Arts and Culture
2020   Destination Crenshaw Outdoor Museum Finalist
2020   Census Campaign East LA: Make It Count!
2020   LA METRO Willowbrook Through the Artist’s Eyes

RESIDENCIES
2020   Self-Help Graphics, Los Angeles, CA
2020   Fullerton College Artist in Residency, Fullerton, CA
2019   Center for Contemporary Printmaking Artist in Residence, Norwalk, CT
2019   Nkyinkyim za, Ada, Ghana
2018   The Current, Nassau, Bahamas
2018   In-Flux Artist Residency, Ghana, West Africa
2017   In-Flux Artist Residency, Bali, Dubai, Senegal, Morocco, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana
2017   CHALE WOTE, Jamestown, Ghana
2012   Can Serrat Artist in Residence, El Bruc, Spain

AWARDS
2020   Center for Cultural Innovation Artist Grant 2019 GCC Foundation Grant
2019   Student Equity Grant
2017   Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant Nominee 2015 Melvin Best Award
2014   CSUN Arts Council Award

COLLECTIONS
2020   Fullerton College Art Gallery
2020   Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA
2020   Inter-American Development Bank
2020   Self-Help Graphics
2019   Center for Contemporary Printmaking
2018   The Current Bahamas Tradewinds
2015   California African American Museum
2014   National Art Gallery of the Bahamas

VISITING ARTIST
2020   University of the Bahamas
2020   Wheaton College
2020   Pepperdine University
2020   Claremont University
2020   California State University Fullerton
2020   Fullerton College
2020   Women Painter’s West
2019   Tulane University
2019   University of Alaska, Anchorage
2019   Los Angeles City College
2019   Otis College of Art and Design
2019   Chapman University
2018   Art+Practice
2018   The MAIN Museum
2018   California African American Museum

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2015-pres.   Tenured Professor, Glendale Community College, Glendale, CA
2015-2016   Inglewood Cultural Arts Instructor, Inglewood CA
2014-2015   Adjunct Professor, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
2014-2015   Instructor, artworxla, Los Angeles, CA
2014-2015   Ryman Teaching Artist, Fullerton, CA
2012-2014   Adjunct Professor California State University Northridge, CA

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