About April Terra Livingston
“Art is the best way to put into being those things for which you don’t have words.”
April Terra Livingston is a classically trained sculptor, photographer, and painter whose works have been exhibited both nationally and abroad. She studied art in both the United States and Italy. Her works are primarily made of cast and fabricated metals, as well as new materials such as plastic and resin. Along with her more traditional work, Livingston has created sculptures and scenic art for several films, including Get Out (2017) and Before I Wake (2016).
Many of Livingston’s creations are poignant and humorous--Cast iron coyotes wearing tin-foil hats and giant Faberge eggs made of steel and glass. She also enjoys taking on politically motivated or memorial projects. In 2016, she helped raise money to fund the creation of a cast iron portrait bust of Cudjoe Lewis, a man believed to be the last living slave from the last slave ship to enter America.
Livingston’s inspiration is in nature, humanity and every other place. She is not an artist who tries to impose her interpretations on others. Her art is inclusive and accessible, encouraging viewers to make their own conclusions about her work.
Livingston is a member of IATSE 478, and she is certified in welding. When Livingston is not creating, she works as a university professor teaching visual arts in Alabama.
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Professional Experience—Education—Selected Exhibitions—Awards/Honors
2018 – Guest Curator: For Freedoms- 50 State Initiative at the Alabama Center for Contemporary Art – Mobile, Alabama
2018 – Finalist for “Best Sculptor” at Lagniappe Weekly’s Nappie Awards – Mobile, Alabama
2018- Visiting artist at Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum and Foundry – Solsberry, Indiana
2018 – Commission-Trio of Sculptures for Mobile Medical Hospital – Minorities in Medicine: Honoring Midwives, Bessie McGhee, and Dr. James A. Franklin – Mobile, Alabama
2017 – Commission- Arty Awards-Mobile Arts Council. 13 original sculptures
2017 – Scenic Artist for the Oscar-winning film, Get Out
2017 – Finalist for “Best Sculptor” at Lagniappe Weekly’s Nappie Awards – Mobile, Alabama
2017 – Memorial Bust of Cudjoe Lewis for Union Missionary Baptist Church – Plateau, Alabama
2016 – Sculptor for the film Before I Wake
2016 – Began Professorship at Spring Hill College
2016 – Finalist for “Best Sculptor” at Lagniappe Weekly’s Nappie Awards – Mobile, Alabama
2016 – Finalist for “Visual Artist” at Mobile Art Council’s Arty Awards – Mobile, Alabama
2015 – Visiting Artist at Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum and Foundry – Solsberry, Indiana
2014 – Selected Annual Sculptor at the New Orleans Healing Center – New Orleans, Louisiana
2014 – Internship at Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum and Foundry—Solsberry, Indiana
2011 – Began Professorship in Sculpture/3D Design, Art History, Art Appreciation, Painting, and Digital Photography at the University of Mobile
2011 – Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, Alabama
2009 – Idle Hands Exhibit at The University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Nebraska
2007 – Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Ceramics, Fresco, and Painting from the Studio Art Centers International – Florence, Italy
2007 – Piano, Piano Exhibit at Galleria La Corte – Florence, Italy
2006 – Bachelor of Arts from the University of Mobile & the University of New Orleans – Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans, Louisiana