Joianne Bittle

43-50 11th St. Studio #200D
Long Island City, NY 11101


Through practices of field observation, scientific research and learning as simultaneous actions in different dimensions, my artworks address
the role of chance occurring between non-human and human consequences, and how the evolution of time impacts a landscape. Together through the process of painting, sculpture and video,
individual works are constructed through storytelling and observation about animals and their environments.


Born 1975, Indiana. Lives and works in NYC.


Present - City University of New York (CUNY-LAGCC). Associate of Science - Environmental Science and Animal Sciences.

1998 Indiana University, Bloomington. Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking, Minor in Art History and Physical Sciences. 1998-1999 Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Fellowship, Venice, Italy

1997 Indiana University, Annual Creative Activity Award - Honors Division, Overseas Study Program Grant Recipient, Florence, Italy

Independent Continuing Science Study and Essays:

2019, 2014 AMNH Seminars on Science: The Ocean System, Geology - Dynamic Earth, CTLE Certificate for SLS Next Generation Science Standards. Focus: Plankton and Tidal Sea Level Trends, “NYC: A City on the Rise".

Professional Work Experience:

2015-2023 School of Visual Arts (SVA), NYC

Humanities and Sciences

2001-2012 American Museum of Natural History, NYC

Exhibition Department Artist and Restoration Assistant (2007-2012), Coordinator of Science Lectures and Membership Programs (2003-2007), Educator for Volunteers (2001-2003)

1999-2001 Christies Auction House, NYC
Team Leader for the Works on Paper Warehouse (1999-2000). Registrar for Private Sales (2000-2001), Manager of the Private Sales Gallery


2023 (summer) A Position on Retreat AIR, Botanical Beach, Vancouver Island, Canada
2016 (winter) AIRIE Residency, Everglades National Park, Florida
2016 (summer) Chance Ecologies, Residency in the Park, Queens Museum, NYC

Solo Exhibitions:

2017 The Rib, 13 Monroe Street, Proto-Gomez, MEN-LES/Chinatown, NYC
2015 Others: Bittle and Veszi, "Limbo of a Hundred Feet," Firework Gallery, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
2014 Specimens, Wrong Gallery, Marfa, Texas
2012 On My Way Gone, Churner and Churner, NYC
2011 No Man’s Land, Churner and Churner, NYC
2010 Preserving Mass Extinction, Eugene Binder, Marfa, Texas
2008 Relics: A Royal Family, Eugene Binder, Marfa, Texas
2007 A Royal Family, Sunroom Project Space, Wave Hill, Bronx, NYC
2006 Bioluminescence, Bittle and Ritchie, Akus Gallery, Willimantic, Connecticut

Group Exhibitions:

2021 "Time Capsule," Art By Translation and Lab'Bel, Emily Harvey Foundation, NYC and Beaux-Arts de Paris
2020 "State of Nature,” Grunwald Gallery of Art, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
2019 "May You Live in Interesting Times" Central Pavilion, 58th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy
"The Autotopographers" John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
“Social Photography VI,” Carriage Trade, NYC
2018 "Martian Dreams Ensemble" Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
"The Astronomer" Command-X performance, Emily Harvey Foundation, NYC
"Rocklations" Unison Arts Center, New Paltz, New York
2017 "Jardin Infini" Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
2016 "Desertic 2066," DGF, K20, Dusseldorf, Germany
2015 "Desertic 2058," DGF, "1887-2058," Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
“Chance Ecologies: Chance Proverbs in 5 Acts,” Queens Museum, NYC
"For the Birds" RadiatorArts, Long Island City, New York
“Megalodon,” Proto Gallery, Hoboken, New Jersey
“Entomology Observations,” Emerald Triangle Museum, Greenwood, South Carolina
“Ensign Sgr A*,” OTO Show #28, RadiatorArts, LIC, NYC
2014 “Last Picture Show,” Churner and Churner, NYC “Intro II,” Proto Gallery, Hoboken, New Jersey
2013 “Notched Bodies," The Arsenal, Central Park, NYC
“Restorun A Soup Opera by Jugedamos”, Performa 13, NYC
NADA: New York, Churner and Churner, NYC
“The Paradox of Value,” Sophie Scheidecker Fine Art, Paris
"Social Photography III, IV, V" Carriage Trade, NYC
2012 “Art By Telephone...Recalled,” (traveling) Emily Harvey Foundation, NYC, San Francisco, CNEAI= Paris, Angers, Montpellier, France
“So Different, So Appealing,” 50 Gramercy, Churner and Churner, NYC
“Aviation Studies,” Kathy Caraccio Printing Studio, NYC
2011 “Tableaux Parisiens,” The Do Right Hall, Marfa, Texas
“A Live Animal,” Root Division, San Francisco, California
2010 “Entomologia,” Observatory Room, Brooklyn
2009 “Before & After,” Eugene Binder, Marfa, Texas
“Rubber Sheets,” C.R.E.A.M Projects, Brooklyn
“Viridis II,” Hewitt Gallery of Art, Marymount Manhattan College, NYC 2008 “Bittle, Knight, Terry, Alexander”, Eugene Binder, Marfa, Texas
2002 “Art Handlers,” Christies Auction House, NYC
“5 POINTZ,” Crane Street Studios, Long Island City, NYC
2001 “Art Frenzy,” Long Island City, NYC
1999 “Inverno,” Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy
1998 BFA Thesis Show, Hope School of Fine Arts, Bloomington, Indiana
Juried Exhibition: Intaglio and Process, Waldron Arts Center, Bloomington, Indiana
1997 “Architecture and the Print,” Tabor/Bruce/Puzzello & Associates, Bloomington, Indiana
Print Department Group Show, Hope School of Fine Arts, Bloomington, Indiana Creative Activities Award Exhibition, Honors Division House, Bloomington, Indiana

Selected Lectures:

2020 "Cross-connecting Systems and Collections - How to Build a Matrix in your Backyard," FDNS Lab Art + Science Series, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn
2018 “The Deep Time Machine and Animal Super Senses,” SVA, NYC
2017 SUNY Visiting Artist Lecture Series, New Palz, New York
2016 "Chance Ecologies" panel discussion Queens Museum, NYC
"For the Birds," screening and talk, RadiatorArts, Long Island City, NYC
2015 “Restoring Dioramas from 1942 to the Present: Painting Systems, Concept and Function Today,” State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
2013 “Notched Bodies: Insects in Contemporary Art,” The Arsenal, Central Park, NYC
2012 “Considering Visual Display and the Institution,” Parson’s New School for Design and Technology, NYC
“On My Way Gone,” artist talk, Churner and Churner, NYC
Thesis Panel, Museum Studies Graduate Review, U. of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
“Ideas As They Come,” guest lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
North American Mammals Restoration Project Panel Discussion, AMNH, NYC
2011 “Tracks and Travels: A Look At Noguchi’s Drawings,” The Noguchi Museum, LIC, NYC
2010 “Insects, Naturalists and World Travels,” Observatory Room, Brooklyn
2007 Sunroom Project Space Presents, artist talk, Wave Hill, Bronx, NYC
2006 “A Royal Family,” artist talk, Akus Gallery, Willimantic, Connecticut


2022 Giovanni Sanzone, "Joianne Bittle: insetti in mondi distopici e misteriosi," Accademia di Brera di Milano, (May 2022) (ill.)
2019 Sebastien Pluot in conversation with Joi Bittle, “Cosmorama,” Focus: Venice Biennale L’Art Meme 79, (September 2019) (ill.)
2019 Jose Villarreal, "10 Contemporary Artists Explore Material Aspects of Self," artdaily (April 2019)
2019 Karen Patterson, ”Art and Biography Intersect at Kohler Art Center," Shepherd Express (Aug. 2019) (ill.)
2019 Charlotte Higgins, "Climate to Fake News: Venice Biennale takes on Era's Big Challenges," The Guardian (May 2019) (ill.)
2019 Paris-LA (July 2019) (ill.)
2019 Ralph Rugoff talks with Daniel Birnbaum, "Double Vision," Artforum (May 2019) (ill.)
2019 Alina Cohen, "At the Venice Biennale, Artists Create Their Own Truths in the Era of "Fake News," Artsy (May 2019) (ill.)
2019 Tobi Maier, "Martian Dreams Ensemble," Artforum (January 2019) (ill.)
2018 Anna Flora Schade, "gfzk invites you to dream trip," Leipziger Volkszeitung, (October 2018) (ill.)
2017 Gaelle Crenn, U. of Lorraine, “An intranquil garden,” The Conversation (April 2017) (ill.)
2016 Fanny Hauser, “DGF 1887-2058,” Art and Signature (January 2016) (ill.)
2014 John Daniel Garcia, “Artist Couple Knight and Bittle show Marfa their Specimens,” The Big Bend Sentinel (March 2014) (ill.)
2013 Jennifer Lantzas, “Notched Bodies: Insects in Contemporary Art,” Issues in Science and Technology, National Academy of Sciences Magazine (Fall 2013) (ill.) and Wall Street Journal ( Sept. 2013) (ill.)
2012 Serena Qui, “Learning Natural Histories,” the WILD (September 2012) (ill.)
2012 Oscar Laluyan, “An Artistic Odyssey by Joianne Bittle,” Arte Fuse (September 2012) (ill.)
2012 Marie Lechner, “Art By Telephone...Recalled.” Liberation, (December 2012)
2011 Juliet Macey, “The Very Best of NYC Art,” GO Magazine (April 2011)
2011 Rachel Churner, “No Man’s Land,” New York Magazine (April 2011) (ill.)
2011 Megan Heuer, “Joianne Bittle: 500 Words,” (March 2011) (ill.)
2010 Sterry Butcher, “Bittle Diorama Shows Marfa as It Was, Maybe,” The Big Bend Sentinel (December 2010) (ill.)
2010 Ann Landi, “Where The Art Happened,” ARTnews (June 2010) (ill.)
2009 Randy Kennedy, "It's Only Natural, This Thing for Books," New York Times (Sept. 2009)(ill.)

Selected Catalogues, Essays and Publications:

2018 "Wonderbook" by Jeff VanderMeer, conversation essay for "Unconventional Ways of Approaching Narrative,” (New York: Abrams Books, 2018)
2017 "User's Manual," The Rib (New York: Subject Predicate Projects, 2017)
2017 "Dioramas Contemporains," conversation essay with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (Paris: Palais de Tokyo, 2017)
2017 "Jardin Infini" (Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2017)
2012 "On My Way Gone" (New York: Churner and Churner, 2012)
2011 "Tableaux Parisians" (New York: Eponanonymous Press, 2011)
2011 "Field Companion for Preserving Mass Extinction" (New York: self-published, 2011)
2011 "A Live Animal" (San Francisco: Root Division, 2011)

Landscape and Diorama Projects:

2020-present "Thoughts on Life," built environments for the film by Will Cavendish about the cellular automaton "Game of Life," Princeton, NJ, Brooklyn, NYC
2019 Cosmorama II, Venice Biennale, Central Pavilion, Italy
2018 Cosmorama I, Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany
2017 Mangrovama, Centre Pompidou-Metz, France
2016 La Monnaie, Royal Theater Opera, "Bluebeard," (production) Brussels
2016 Desertic III, K20/Kunstsammlung, Dusseldorf, Germany
2015 Desertic II, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2014 Red and Gray Fox Dioramas, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA
2010 Tropique, Balenciaga Fashion House, Paris, France
2009 Chronotopes and Dioramas, DGF, Dia Art Foundation, Hispanic Society of America, NYC
2007-2012 American Museum of Natural History: Hall of North American Mammals Restoration(2011-2012), Extreme Mammals diorama painting (2010), The Evolution of the Horse diorama painting (2009), Climate Change & H20=Life: Bleached Coral Reefs, Great Lakes Marshland dioramas (2007-2008), NYC

Selected Video Projects:

2018 "The Astronomer," music and production: Command-X, Emily Harvey Foundation, NYC
2017 "Occurrence at the Crawdad Pond" with Milton's Paradise Lost ch. XI, music remix: Command-X, Fort Davis, Texas - LES/Chinatown NYC
2015 "Limbo of a Hundred Feet," music remix: Nicholas Knight and A Constructed World, Marfa, Texas, Paris, France, Brooklyn, NYC
2015 "For the Birds," Hunter's Point Park, Radiator Arts, LIC & Queens Museum, NYC
2012 “The Swamp and Snake Traveler," HD video silent loop, Churner and Churner NYC - Big Cypress Preserve, Florida

Dance Background:

Southold Dance Theater, former company member and performance, ballet and modern dance, Notre Dame University Performing Arts Center, South Bend, Indiana (1990-1994), summer intensive workshops with SDT: Eliot Feld Ballet (1989-91), Hubbard Street Dance Chicago (1992), Firefly Festival (1992-1993). Children’s ballet instructor for Windfall Dance Company, Bloomington, Indiana (1994-1996)