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 art is inclusive and accessible. She encourages viewers to make their own conclusions about her work.

 

Livingston is a member of IATSE 478, and she is a certified welder. When Livingston is not creating, she works as a university professor teaching visual arts and art history.

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TIMELINE

Selected Press/ Publications

*EPIX -Enslaved (S1 E4): New World Cultures- 2020

*PBS News Hour- How discovery of the slave ship Clotilda informs U.S. history-2020

*archleague.com- Image and article- 2020

*The Philadelphia Tribune- Image and article- 2019

*BBC News- Image and article- 2019

*latimes.com -Image and article- 2019

*smithsonianmag.com- Article and Image- 2019

*Curiosity Stream- The Illegal Arrival of America's Last Slave Ship-2019

* boredpanda.com- Image-2019

* theatlantic.com- Image and article- 2018

*National Geographic – images and articles 2018 – 2020

92ZEW – radio interview 2020

*Washington Post – images and article 2018

New York Times – article 2018

Access Magazine – featured article, “Whole New Weld” 2018

Alabama Public Radio – featured story 2018

WKRG, WPMI, and Lagniappe – Cudjoe Lewis project 2016 & 2017

 

Professional Experience—Education—Selected Exhibitions—Awards/Honors

2021-GisfjordurArts Residency, Northern Iceland, 2021

2021- “Best Sculptor” at Lagniappe Weekly’s Nappie Awards – Mobile, Alabama

Official Alabama 200 Bicentennial Artist 2018-20

2018 – Guest Curator: For Freedoms- 50 State Initiative at the Alabama Center for Contemporary Art – 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 – 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

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 – Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa, Alabama