April Gornik (b. 1953) is a painter and printmaker, known chiefly for her landscapes. Her dramatic renderings of sky, water, and land are stylistically-mature panoramas untouched by humankind. Coming to prominence during a time when conceptual art was widely popular, Gornik’s practice considers “old world” sensibilities and traditional subjects through a contemporary lens.
Born in Cleveland, OH, Gornik received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1976. She moved to New York in 1978. Her first solo show debuted in 1981 in New York, and in 1984 she participated in the Venice Biennale’s American Pavilion. Her work was included in the 1989 Whitney Biennial. She has since exhibited widely at major museums. The Neuberger Museum of Art in Purchase, NY, held a mid-career retrospective of Gornik’s work in 2004. It later traveled to Art Gallery of Nova Scotial; Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, NE; and the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, OH. Mary Ryan Gallery held a solo show of her work on paper in 1993. The gallery included her in several group shows that took place in 1986, 1991, and 1995.
The Neuberger Museum published a monograph to accompany the show, featuring text by Donald Kuspit and an interview with Dede Young. She received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Guild Hall Museum in 2003 and a year later, she was The Neuberger Museum Annual Honoree.