Local Artist In Residence
18th Street Campus
April Banks is a Los Angeles based multimedia artist and creative strategist. Her hybrid practice sits intentionally between image, space, and experience. Recent works from encaustic to public art time travel through historical archives and memories, questioning what we think we know of the past and how it informs our cultural systems and future identities. Her first artist residency was 18th Street Art Center in 2009. She now has an artist studio at the Airport Campus.
Banks’ work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, Minneapolis, Cleveland, Daytona Beach, New Hampshire, Maryland, New York, Switzerland, Colombia, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Senegal and Ethiopia. Her work is in the collection of the Getty Museum, the City of Santa Monica and private collections. Banks received a 2022 Fellowship for Visual Artist Award from the California Community Foundation and a 2023 California Humanities Grant for her collaborative project “Braiding Water” in San Luis Obispo, CA. Recent public art works include commissions in Santa Monica, CA, Sun Village, CA and San Bernardino County, CA and Washington, DC.
Banks is also the producer of Tea Afar, a nomadic storytelling experience, launched in 2016. Tea Afar was conceived as a salve—bringing us together across borders. She has produced events in Los Angeles, Montreal, Sri Lanka and San Francisco.
Banks graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Hampton University in Virginia in 1996 and a Master of Science in Environmental Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1999.
SUE BELL YANK
Director of Communications & Outreach
(310) 453-3711 x104