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April Willy was born in Philadelphia, but grew up in Indianapolis. After graduating from Herron School of Art, April became an advertising and editorial illustrator. She spent almost 20 years working for local and national agencies before her growing interest in fine art redirected her career. April has illustrated eight children’s books and still takes on commercial projects, but focuses primarily on painting.

From 2015-2017, April served as president of the 100 year old Indiana Artists organization. In the spring of 2017 she won 2nd place at the IMA exhibition. During the summer April won Best Landscape in the national Art Comes Alive competition and in the fall, first place at the Carmel International Arts Festival. Her work has been in over 45 juried shows and exhibitions and has been sold to a number of corporate and private collectors here in the United States and beyond.

April has a studio located on the third floor of the historic Stutz Car Factory building in downtown Indianapolis. She is represented by Art Design Consultants in Ohio, The Wit Gallery in Massachusetts, The Chemers Gallery and EL Design in California.

In addition to her passion for art, April enjoys gardening, cooking, reading, staying physically active and deepening her faith. She lives with her husband of 32 years who is a creative director, 3-D designer and sculptor.  They have a daughter and son, also both artistically talented, along with a new son-in-law.

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Collections & Exhibitions

Selected Collections:

Community North Cancer Center
Dress for Success Indianapolis
Franciscan Health Lafayette
Indiana Library Foundation
Indiana Spine Center
Katz, Sapper & Miller
London Witte & Associates
Moser Consulting Corporate Headquarters
Old National Bank of Zionsville
Reindeer Logistics
St Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church
St. Louis de Montfort Day Chapel
St Vincents Women’s Center
UC Health in Cincinnati

Solo Exhibitions:

Clowes Memorial Hall Butler University
Harrison  Gallery Annex
Hilbert Circle Theatre
Hoosier Salon of Broad Ripple
Indiana Design Center
Indiana State Museum Visiting Artist
Fishers Town Hall
Carmel Clay Public Library
Eye On Art Gallery of Carmel
Encore Sotheby’s International Realty
St. Luke Methodist Church Upper Gallery

Two Person Exhibitions:

Dean Johnson Gallery
Hoosier Salon of Carmel
Thomas Kincaid Gallery of Zionsville
Sullivan Munce Cultural Center of Zionsville
Eye On Art Gallery of Carmel
New Harmony Art Gallery
Sugar Creek Art Gallery
Delphi Opera House Gallery

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2017   Richmond Art Museum Annual Exhibition Purchase Award

2017   Best Landscape Award Art Comes Alive National Show

2017  First Place Carmel International Arts Festival

2017   Second Place Indiana Artists IMA Spring Exhibition

2016   Best in Media Carmel International Arts Festival

2015   Indiana Artists Member Exhibition Merit Award

2014   Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibition Merit Award

2013  Best Emerging Artist Art Comes Alive

2013  Gallery Contract Art Comes Alive

2013  Publishing Contract Award Editions Limited

2012   Indiana Artists Merit Award IMA Spring Exhibition

2011   Indiana Artists Member Exhibition Merit Award

2011   Best of Show at the Carmel International Arts Festival

2011   Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibition Outstanding Contemporary Painting

2010   Best in Media Carmel International Arts Festival

2009   Indiana Artists Club Member Exhibition Merit Award

2009   Grandparents Choice Award for Three Cups

2008 Gold Medal Moonbeam Children’s Book Award Why Is Mommy Sleeping?

2008  Indiana State Governor’s Choice Award

2007   Indiana Artists Club Merit Award IMA Spring Exhibition

2006   Mix In ’06 Arts Exhibit Honorable Mention

2006   Renditions of Nature Exhibition Honorable Mention

2004   Indiana Artists Club Award of Distinction

2003  Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibition Best Contemporary Work

2002   Hoosier Salon Annual Exhibition Purchase Award

2002   American Women Artists Honorable Mention

2001   Indiana State Fair Honorable Mention Painting

2000   Indiana State Fair Second Place Painting

1986  National Society of Illustrators Honorable Mention

1984  Indiana State Fair Fifth Place Watercolor

1969   First Place Third Grade Easter Egg Decorating Contest

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Reyner, Nancy, Acrylic Works, 2014

St. Germain, Mark, Tres Tazas, 2010

Yakola, Carrie, Lucy's Shooting Star, 2010

Yakola, Carrie, Clayton and the Planets, 2009

Yakola, Carrie, Full Moon Maxi, 2009

Havlik, Yopi, Why Is Mommy Sleeping?, 2007

St. Germain, Mark, Three Cups, 2007

McClain, Jamie, Have You Ever Seen A Moose Brushing His Teeth?, 2003

McClain, Jamie, Have You Ever Seen A Moose Taking A Bath?, 2001

Key Curriculum Press, Discovering Algebra, 1992,1993,1994

Edelman, Carole Lium, Health Promotion Throughout the Lifespan, 1992

Purdum, Jack, QuickC Programming, 1990

Bartlett, Bruce, Recording Audio Tapes at Home, 1989

Highsmith, Patricia, Mermaids on the Golf Course, 1985