April Hannah is an artist and designer working in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2001. In December 2010, April was awarded a residency at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD Museum)in New York City, where she designed and produced functional, sculptural objects through March of 2011. Most recently her work was shown at the McNeill Art Group Tribeca Project Space as part of the Mad About Art + Design Exhibition during the summer of 2012. Previously, April’s work was included in the 2010 CMCA Biennial at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport, Maine as well as a summer 2010, solo exhibition at the Islesboro Historical Society of Islesboro, Maine. Her work has also been shown in both local and national venues including Arthouse at the Jones Center in Austin, Texas; SPACES Gallery in Cleveland, Ohio and the Carlos Gallery of Sewanee: The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

April is now offering innovative products for the home, which she debuted at BKLYN DESIGNS 2010 in May. She received BKLYN Designs Inhabitat Editors' Choice Green Awards for Best Kids Design and Best Newcomer. Inspired by the networks, patterns and processes of nature the pieces exhibit a modern, simple yet sophisticated, playful aesthetic that engage both children and adults. A limited edition cast concrete table collection is available as well as a newly launched line of furniture for children and adults employing durable, environmentally sustainable materials and non-toxic coatings.

Prior to attending the School of Visual Arts, April worked for several years as a creative director for an advertising agency. Some of her clients included General Electric, PNC Bank and International Paper.

2016 Carrara Residency Party Retrospective

For the past 6 years, ABC Stone, in cooperation with New York Academy of Art, has sponsored a stone sculpting Artist Residency in Carrara, Italy, as part of its ongoing commitment to promoting the use of stone in artistic practice. Based at Corsanini Studios, located at the foothills of Apuan Alps, the Carrara Residency exposes students to the global art world, helps them cultivate lifelong relationships, and hone their craft in an immersive environment.

To honor the sculptures produced by the recipients of the 2016 Artist Residency in Carrara, New York Academy of Art students, Jiannan Wu and Brice Esso, ABC Stone held a celebration in its colorful Brooklyn warehouse.

As aerial acrobats entertained guests with their graceful maneuvers overhead, below were enjoyed dozens of new sculptures, from the hyperrealist sculptor Robin Antar, Stephen Shaheen, Barbara Segal, Alasdair Thomson, Michael Kukla, and Barry X Ball among others.

Brice Esso is a perfect example of a contemporary Renaissance Man. Born in Cote d’Ivoire in 1991, his childhood was filled with experiences that helped shape his sensibility for art and culture. Although his family had different expectations for him, he decided to travel abroad to pursue his college degree in America. While completing a Bachelor’s degree in business, Brice reconnected with his passion for visual arts. It is at New York Academy of Art that Brice continues to develop his skills as a sculptor.

Jiannan Wu is celebrated as a young artist specializing in sculpture and drawing. Born in 1990 in Dalian, China, Jiannan started to learn painting and drawing at the age of seven. From 2009 to 2014 he studied sculpture at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, and graduated with a BFA. He works in both sculpture and drawing, and is interested in the relationship between image and sculpture. In his creative approach, he uses the combination of two-dimensional images and three-dimensional sculptures—the perspective effect of pictures is utilized in his sculptures.

ABC is honored to have had the opportunity to further the education of these promising young artists. It is our belief that deepening the awareness of stone commensurately widens respect for this venerable medium and millennia-old tradition of transforming it through highly skilled craft.

Entertainment provided: Adair Moran Aerialists

Lighting: Ken Farmer & Kyle Garner of Wild Dogs International

Music provided: DJ Leecy T

Photography: Elliot Goldstein

Culinary delights: Halcyon Gourmet

Photobooth fun: Mashbooths

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