Jacki Apple is an interdisciplinary artist born in New York City in 1941. She works in visual art, media art, sound art, performance, and printmaking. She studied at Syracuse University and Parsons School of Design and worked as a curator.
She was also active as a radio producer and created her radio program Soundings on KPFK Los Angeles between 1981 and 1995. The radio series has been documented in excerpts through Apple's publication Papers, which includes many artist contributions, notes, correspondence, and interviews.
Early on, she was part of a movement that created alternative, self-managed artists' spaces; as a curator, she often exhibited artists' books and organized readings and performances. In doing so, she often took a feminist approach. In 1981 she moved to Los Angeles, where she continued to be an active part of the artist scene. She became involved in the non-profit artist space LACE, co-founded the Cactus Foundation, and organized performances and the annual EARJAM music festival.
She taught for many years in the Humanities and Sciences Department at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and was closely associated with the college through many assignments.
She has published numerous essays and other texts as well as books by various authors, catalogs, radio programs, and has edited such media as High Performance magazine, Media Arts Editor, and Fabrik Magazine.