Profile: April Sunami (1980-)

April Sunami is a mixed-media artist based in Columbus, Ohio. Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and private collections across the United States, and in both Ghana and Cuba, and is represented in the permanent collections of the Southern Ohio Museum in Portsmouth, Ohio and the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center in Wilberforce, Ohio. She was described in the Columbus Dispatch by Columbus Museum of Art director Nannette Maciejunes as an heir to the legacy of (fellow female, African-American Columbus-area artist) Aminah Robinson (a winner of the MacArthur “genius” grant). She has served in leadership roles in local arts organizations Creative Arts of Women, Mother Artists at Work and Creative Women of Color (formerly Sistahs of the Arts), served as Assistant Director at the William H. Thomas Gallery and was the first board president of All People Arts Incorporated. She is currently featured as part of the “Columbus Makes Art / Art Makes Columbus” tourism campaign as a face of Columbus art.  She has a BA in Art History from The Ohio State University and a MA in Art History from Ohio University. She is one of the current artist-in-residence at the King Arts Complex, along with Marshall Shorts and Talle Bamazi (who was one of her early mentors).

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