Amy Jean Porter

For over a decade I've drawn more than 1,200 species for my ongoing project "All Species, All the Time." I'm interested in the places where human culture intersects with the natural world. Here there is joy, tragedy, absurdity, terror, confusion, and humor. I want to understand how we relate to animals and how that is changing with the advent of new technologies. My drawings are a kind of natural history experiment and homage to the life around us. I'm currently working on a series of monarch butterflies (whose amazing migration is quickly diminishing) and a series of vulnerable hedgehogs (whose numbers are rapidly dwindling). -Amy Jean Porter




1975  Indianapolis, Indiana
      Lives and works in Bethany, Connecticut


2015 Social Butterflies, Gleichapel, Paris, France
2012 Of Lamb, Umpqua Valley Arts Center, Oregon
2011 The Making Of Lamb, Real Art Ways, Hartford
2011 Of Lamb, P.P.O.W. (project room), New York
2008 Freaked Out Monkeys in the Trees, Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago, and Finesilver Gallery, San Antonio
Tiny Horses Say What, Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago
2005 Birds of North Africa Speak French and English Both at Once, G-Module, Paris
2003 North American Mammals Speak the Truth and Often Flatter You Unnecessarily, Debs and Co., New York
2002 Birds of North America Misquote Hip-Hop and Sometimes Pause for Reflection, Debs and Co. (project room), New York

-- I Can't Spell Group without a You, Lovey Town

-- Tweet, Children's Museum of the Arts, New York

-- Unhinged, Pierogi Gallery, Brooklyn
-- Visual Aids Annual Postcards from the Edge Benefit (2003–13)
-- The Words and Pictures Show, Matthea Harvey & Amy Jean Porter, Flying Object, Hadley, Massachusetts (catalogue)
-- A Perfect Day, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam
-- Out of Nature: An Exhibition of Alternatives, The Institute Library, New Haven (curated by Stephen Kobasa)
-- Wings: The Imagery of Flight, Seattle ArtResource
-- Washington Project for the Arts Auction Gala, Katzen Arts Center, American University
-- Seriously, Funny: Without Borders V, University of Maine, Orono
-- Lots of Things Like This, Apex Art, NY (catalogue; curated by Dave Eggers)
-- G-Salon, G-Module, Paris
-- Aqua Wynwood, Miami (Lisa Boyle Gallery)
-- Year_07 Art Projects, London (Lisa Boyle Gallery and G-Module)
-- A Drawing Show, Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago
-- Millay Colony Artists, Columbia Council on the Arts Gallery, Hudson, New York
-- John/Jane Project, Artspace, New Haven, CT
-- Tiny Horses Say What, Tinlark Gallery, Los Angeles
-- Why Look at Animals? Artspace, New Haven, CT (curated by Denise Markonish)
-- Beast, Finesilver Gallery, Houston
-- Small Stories: A Mini-Comics Reading Room, Memphis College of Art, Tennessee
-- 19th Drawing Show, Mills Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts
-- Aqua Art Miami (Lisa Boyle Gallery)
-- FIAC, Paris (G-Module)
-- Haskins Laboratories, Yale University (Artspace satellite show), New Haven, CT
-- The Obligation to Endure: Art and Ecology since "Silent Spring," New York Academy of Sciences (curated by Nick Debs)
-- Things Fall from the Sky, Evanston Art Center, IL (catalogue; curated by Ciara Ennis)
-- New Works on Paper, Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago
-- Drawing II (Selected), G-Module, Paris, France
-- D. Dominick Lombardi and Amy Jean Porter, Lisa Boyle Gallery, Chicago
-- Art Star/Sausage Factory, Debs and Co., New York
-- BirdSpace: A Post Audubon Artists Aviary, Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans (catalogue; curated by David Rubin; touring through 2006)
-- For the Birds, Artspace, New Haven, CT (catalogue)
-- Birds of North America. . ., Project Room, Sandroni Rey, Venice, CA
-- Birds of North America. . ., Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA

-- Spider, Man (an arty comic book; Hic & Hoc/Flying Object)
-- Of Lamb (collaboration with Matthea Harvey; McSweeney's Books)

-- Curiosity and Method: Ten Years of Cabinet Magazine (Cabinet Books, 2012)
-- Art of McSweeney's (Chronicle Books, 2010)
-- More Things Like This (Chronicle Books, 2009; includes an interview)
-- McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern; artist’s project, Tiny Horses Say What (Issue 25)
-- Greetings from the Ocean's Sweaty Face: 100 McSweeney's Postcards (Chronicle, 2009)

-- Lucky Peach; drawings for issue 6 "The Apocalypse"
-- Meatpaper; artist's sketchbook (issues 14, 17, 19)
-- Graze; cover art for issue 2
-- How To Be: North Dakota; cover art for humor book by Abe Sauer (fall 2011)
-- Cabinet magazine; Bradwardine in Action (summer 2011)
-- Girl Crush Zine; Sacred Heart (summer 2011)
-- Capsule show; drawings for fashion men's/women's show (interview)
-- Opium; special project curated by Jesse Nathan (Issue 7)
-- Filter; cover images for hand-made literary journal by Jennifer Borges Foster
-- Jubilat; artist-poet collaboration, Bats of Nicaragua (Issue 14)
-- The Next American City; drawings for cover and inside (winter 2005)
-- Happy Pappy; artist’s project, published by Milch Gallery, London (December 2003)
-- Cabinet magazine; artist’s project, Birds of North America Misquote Hip-Hop and Sometimes Pause for Reflection (summer 2002)
-- Columbia (annual journal of art and literature); cover art (2002)

-- 20x200; limited-edition prints
--; "Drawings in a Hurry" (monthly-ish series, 2009–11)
-- Aol Artists; drawings for first day of spring (
-- Pierogi, Brooklyn; flat files (
-- The Drawing Center, New York; online portfolio (
-- Underwater New York; a humpback whale (
-- Fine Art Adoption Network; cool site for adopting artwork (
-- The Sparky Project; Nelson and Sparky are the best! (

-- "Amy Jean Porter: All Species, All the Time," Carolyn Turgeon, Faerie magazine [pdf]
-- "The Magic of Amy Jean Porter," Derek Erdman, The Stranger (Oct. 18, 2011)
-- "from the desk of ...," Kate Donnelly, (July 2011)
-- "Stranger Territories: Reinterpreting Mary's Lamb," Nozlee Samadzadeh, Artlog (Jun. 22, 2011)
-- "Interview, Matthea Harvey & Amy Jean Porter," Erik Bryan, The Morning News (Jun. 1, 2011)
-- More Things Like This (Chronicle Books, 2009; includes an interview)

-- "Words of a Feather," Barbara A. MacAdam, Artnews (January 2014) [pdf]
-- "Marvelous Medicine: Books for Precocious Kids and Kid-Hearted Grownups," Dan Pinkerton, [PANK] magazine (Dec. 28, 2013) 
-- "Critic's Pick," George Stolz, ARTnews (February 2013) [pdf]
-- "The End of Summer, The Exit from Cat Town," Amy Shearn, (Sept. 17, 2012)
-- "Freaked Out Monkeys," TIJDSCHRIFT ei #7 (summer 2012)
-- "Calf-love Is Fanciful, Wistful," Samantha Zighelboim, THEThe Poetry (Jun. 14, 2012)
-- "Absent Things as if They Are Present: A History Of Literature Created By Erasure, Collage, Omission, And Wite-Out," Jeanne Vanasco, The Believer (Jan. 2012)
-- "Six Graphic Novels that Will Draw You In," Dan Kois, NPR (Dec. 21, 2011)
-- "The Best Books of 2011 You Haven't Read," Elissa Schappell, Vanity Fair (Dec. 13, 2011)
-- "11 Books You Will Fall in Love with Instantly," Leigh Newman and Abbe Wright, (Dec. 7, 2011)
-- "Mercurial Lamb: A Narrative of Collaborative Mutation," Eric Kim, West 10th (Oct. 23, 2011)
-- "The Making 'Of Lamb' at Real Art Ways," Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant (Oct. 13, 2011)
-- "Critics' Pick: Amy Jean Porter," Alpesh Kantilal Patel, (July 2011)
-- "Making 'Of Lamb,'" Thessaly La Force, The Paris Review Daily (Jul. 6, 2011)
-- "Of Lamb: A Children's Classic Retold for Contrarians," Kirstin Butler, Brain Pickings (Jul. 11, 2011)
-- "The Approval Matrix, Week of May 30," New York magazine (May 30, 2011)
-- "Lots of Things Like This," George Pendle, Frieze (Sept. 2008)
-- "Amy Jean Porter, Freaked Out Monkeys in the Trees," Alicia Eler, Time Out Chicago
(Jun. 12–18, 2008)
-- "Art for Healing, The Stunning Art Collection of the Dell Children's Medical Center," Rebecca S. Cohen, Austin Chronicle (Jan. 18, 2008)
-- "Basel's Orbit," Jen Graves, Art and Auction (Sept. 2007)
-- "A Drawing Show," Lauren Weinberg, Time Out Chicago (Aug. 16–22, 2007)
-- "Amy Jean Porter," Grace Bonney, design*sponge (
-- "All Species, All the Time," Graphic Design Bar (
-- "Beast, Houston," Christopher French, Art Papers (Jan.-Feb. 2007)
-- "Tiny Horses Say What," Flavorpill Chicago (; issue 87)
-- "Tiny Horses Say What," LeisureArts (
-- "Amy Jean Porter at Lisa Boyle Gallery," Bad at Sports (; episode 34)
-- "Report from Paris," Lucinda Masson, Art New England (Apr.-May 2006)
-- "In Brief: Amy Jean Porter," Stephen Sartarelli, Art on Paper (Jan–Feb 2006)
-- "Art Gone Avian," Margaret Regan, Tucson Weekly (Feb. 9-15, 2006)
-- "Amy Jean Porter at G-Module," Chris Sharp, GoGo Paris (Dec. 2005)
-- "Expos, Galeries," Molly Mine, Paris Capitale (Sept.–Oct. 2005)
-- "Things Fall from the Sky," Kathryn Hixson, Time Out Chicago (Jun. 30–Jul. 7, 2005)
-- "All Is Not What It Seems," Claire Lieberman, d'Art International (winter 2005)
-- "For the Birds," Britt Brown, Flaunt magazine (winter 2004)

-- University of New Haven, CT; lecturer (2012-current)
-- Umpqua Community College, OR; visiting artist (November 2012)
-- Artspace New Haven, CT; public school program (spring 2012)
-- Weir Farm NHS, Wilton, CT (February 2007)
-- Millay Colony, Austerlitz, NY (May 2006)
-- New York Studio Program; visiting artist (April 2005)
-- The Cleveland Institute of Art; visiting artist (January 2005)
-- Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA; lecturer (2002–2003)
-- Burren College of Art, Co. Clare, Ireland; lecturer (1999–2000)

Dell Children's Medical Center, Austin, TX

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2000 -- M.Phil. Textual and Visual Studies, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

1997 -- B.A. Humanities, Yale University