John F Simon, Jr.



John F Simon Jr, a New York-based artist uses programming and digital language as his primary visual medium. He combines his digital explorations of color and pattern with diverse laser cut, engraved and inlayed materials, assemblages, paint and graphite to create complete environments and visualizations of meditative explorations.  Simon also explores the web as an important tool for creativity and communication. He has been creating a new drawing everyday and posting them on since 2008. 
Simon earned his MFA in computer art from the School of visual arts in New York, an MA in Earth and Planetary Science form Washington University in St. Louis, as well as a BA in Studio Art and BS in Geology, both from Brown University in Providence, RI. His artworks have been exhibited internationally and he was represented by Sandra Gering in New York for much of his career, Simon has had numerous museum exhibitions at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Albright Knox Art Gallery; Buffalo, NY, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Digital Art Museum [DAM], Berlin, Germany, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA, Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA, University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY, an Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX, Denver Art Museum; Denver, CO, among many other others.




Endlessly Expanding, Sandra Gering Inc., New York, NY
Endlessly Expanding (Large Scale Works), Racine Berkow Associates, Long Island City, NY
DATAStream: John F. Simon, Jr., Moss Arts Center, VA
Well Planned Improvisations, Mindy Ross Gallery SUNY, NY


The Ever Present Sun, Edward Hopper House Art Center, Nyack, NY


Moment of Escape, Sandra Gering Inc, New York, NY
Intersections, The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC


Digital Paintings, Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge, LA


Innerhole, Gering & Lopez Gallery, New York, NY
Riverrun, Galleria Glance, Turin, Italy
Hybrid Media: John F. Simon & Mathew Kluber, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell, IA
Streaming Museum: The Poetics of Code: John F Simon, Jr. and Eduardo Kac, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY


John F. Simon, Jr., Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy


Color & Time, Galeria Javier Lopez, Madrid, Spain


Winds Across the Inner Sea, Gering & Lopez Gallery, New York, NY
John F. Simon Jr., & Mark Napier, Digital Art Museum, Gallery [DAM], Berlin, Germany


Nonlinear Landscapes, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY


Stacks, Loops, and Intersections: Code Sketches by John F. Simon, Jr., University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York, Albany, NY
John F. Simon Jr., Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA
Endless Victory, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, NY


Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville, TN


SITE Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
Channels, permanent installation, The College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
New Instructions, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA


Systematic Drawing: Janet Cohen and John F. Simon, Jr., The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Complicated Boundaries, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York, a project of Creative Capital


ComplexCity, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York


CPU, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York



Art as Information: Maps, Plans and Diagrams, Kennedy Museum of Art, OH
30th Year Distinguished Alumni Exhibition, SVA's Flatiron Gallery, New York, NY
Tech-né-Color, Sandra Gering Inc, NYC
AftermodernisM, Neumann Wolfson Art at Nicole Ripka Gallery, Watermill, NY


Contemporary Art Projects at the Phillips, The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
Technologism, Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA, Australia


//the_ART_of_DATA, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO


Vicious Circles, Steven Vail Fine Arts, Des Moines, IA


San Antonio Collects: Contemporary, San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Colliding Complexities: Extreme Feast of the New York – New Aesthetic, Frederieke Taylor Gallery, New York, NY
The Experience Machine, Ikkan Art International, Singapore


Videosphere: A New Generation, The Albright Knox Art Gallery; Buffalo, NY
Blink!, Denver Art Museum; Denver, CO
Experience Space, Gallery [DAM] Berlin, Germany
Time and Place, Kunsthalle Detroit, MI


01SJ Biennial, San Jose, CA
The Poetics of Code: John F. Simon Jr. and Eduardo Kac, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY
The Incomplete, Galerie Jean-Luc & Takako Richard, Paris, France
Small, Gallery Seomi, Seoul, South Korea
Traffic Art 2010, Sequence, Quebec, Canada
Digital Art @ Google: Data Poetics, The Project Room for New Media, New York, NY


Holy Fire art of the digital age, iMAL Center for Digital Cultures and Technology, Brussels, Belgium


The Incomplete, Chelsea Museum of Art, New York, NY
Ingenuity Festival, work Presented by MoCA Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
Art Under Glass, Macy's, Harold's Square, New York, NY


Art Under Glass: The Synergy of Art and Fashion, Macy's, Harold's Square, New York, NY
{Grid <> Matrix}, Mildrid Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
All Digital, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH


Techno/Sublime, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
ElectroScape, Shanghai Zendai Museum of Modern Art, Shanghai, China
Metamorfosis, Museo Extremeno e Iber oamericano de Arte Contemporaneo, Badajoz, Spain


Seeing Double: Emulations in Theory and Practice, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Contemporary Art and the Mathematical Instinct, Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Deluth; Stedman Art Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ; University Museums, University of Richmond, VA.
Paintings That Paint Themsleves Or So It Seems, Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
New York Show, Opelousas Museum of Art, Opelousas, LA
RuntimeArt, Mi2 Exhibition Space, Zagreb, Yugoslavia
Digital Sublime - New Masters of the Universe, Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei, Taiwan
Beginning Here: 101 Ways, Visual Arts Gallery, SVA, New York, curated by Jerry Saltz


Flower Power, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lille, France


ArtApparatus, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York
Split, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York
Dirty Pixels Show, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, New Zealand; Adam Art Gallery at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand


media_city seoul 2002, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea
Digital Louisiana, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
Techne, CCAC Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco, CA
Looking Back at Looking Forward: The Aldrich Museum's Emerging Artists Awards 1997 - 2001, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
Complexity, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, SUNY New Paltz, NY
2002 Media Art Dae Jeon - New York: Special Effects, Dae Jeon Municipal Museum of Art, Korea
Electrohype 2002 Biennial, Malmo, Sweden Optical Optimism, Gallery Simonne Stern, New Orleans, LA
Math-Art/Art-Math, Selby Gallery, Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL


BitStreams, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Glee: Painting Now, Palm Beach Institute for Contemporary Art, Palm Beach, FL
Selections from the Permanent Collection, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
Selections from the Permanent Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Perfect 10: Ten Years in Soho, Sandra Gering Gallery, New York
Locating Drawing, Doug Lawing Gallery, Houston, TX
TranspolyBlu, Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, St. Louis, MO


2000 Biennial Exhibition, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
An Art of Pure Form, works from the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York State Museum, Albany, NY
Glee: Painting Now, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
End Papers: 1890-1900 and 1990-2000, Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase College, Purchase, NY
City of Lights: Art Walk, Boutique Caron, New York, organized by Downtown Arts Projects
2000 Años Luz, Centro de Arte La Recova, Tenerife, Canary Islands
Scanner, CCAC Institute, San Francisco
Mapping, territory, connections, Galerie Anne de Villepoix, Paris
DEAF, Dutch Electronic Arts Festival sponsored by V2_Organisation, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Cyber Cypher Either End, Mario Diacono Gallery, Boston


Formulations, Sandra Gering Gallery, group show with Sol LeWitt and Hanne Darboven, curated by Timothy Druckrey, New York


Mac Classics Group Show, Postmasters Gallery, New York



Mutual Core, Biophilia, a software project collaboration with Bjork


HD Traffic, various cities, US, Europe, Asia


Mobility Agents, artist's book and cd published by Printed Matter, Inc., and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York


Channels, permanent installation, The College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Business in the Arts Award, commissioned artwork, Business Committee for the Arts


Unfolding Object, Commissioned by the Guggenheim Museum for



Beyond Interface, web site exhibition, juried show, Steve Deitz, chair


Color Balance, Robert J. Schiffler Foundation, web site installation, 
Every Icon, Stadium Online Gallery, curated by Ron Wakkary,, New York
HOMEPORT, Leo Castelli Gallery, Palace Project with Lawrence Weiner and adaweb,
Combinations, Sandra Gering Gallery,, New York


Words Link, Slate Magazine Gallery,
Space of Information – Archive Mapper, Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Center, group show curated by Laura Trippi,, Canada
Saver, Java based web project with Cheryl Donegan,
We Both Belong, web project with Ben Kinmont and ada web,
The Web’s Most Wanted Painting, Dia Center for the Arts, web project with Komar and Melamid


Alter Stats – Condition of the Web Observer, Sandra Gering Gallery, web project and installation of associateddrawings,, and New York; web project also installed at The Thing at Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria
Jenny Holzer – Please Change Belief, web project with Jenny Holzer and ada web,


Line Drawings, The Thing Bulletin Board, online gallery,


Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Haifa Museum of Art, Haifa, Israel
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
University of Iowa Museum of Art, IA
Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KS
The Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, Deluth, MN
Robert J. Schiffler Foundation, Greenville, OH
The Print Collection of the New York Public Library, New York, NY
The Progressive Corporation, Cleveland, OH
Zurich Capital Markets, New York, NY
The College of Medicine, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Museo Extremeo e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporneo, Badajoz, Spain
Ackland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NC
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY



From the Opening Night of Intersections @5, by The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.


Drawing the Path, Buddhist Geeks Lecture, Boulder, CO


Intersections, by The Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C.
The Artistic Path is the Crooked Path, Interview by Vincent Horn for Buddhist Geeks


Studio Visit, by Pluto, NY


Collecting the Uncollectable, Guggenheim Museum, panel discussion moderated by Jon Ippolito, 9 April, New York
Art and Technology: Interviews with Sound and Video Artists, edition 3,


Galerie Simonne Stern, panel discussion moderated by Lawrence Rinder concurrent with Optical Optimisimexhibition, 14 September, New Orleans, LA
SITE Santa Fe, conversation with James Crutchfield of the Santa Fe Institute, 24 August, Santa Fe, NM
Coding as Creative Writing, Guggenheim Museum, lecture, 15 May, New York


American Visionaries, Selections From the Whitney Museum of American Art, Introduced by Maxwell L. Anderson, Whitney Museum of American Art, 2001, p283

Blais, Joline, and Ippolito, Jon, At The Edge of Art, Thames & Hudson Ltd, London 2006, p19

Tribe, Mark, Jana, Reena, New Media Art, Taschen GmbH, Koln, 2006, p 86 - 87

Maeda, John, Creative Code, Thames & Hudson Ltd., London, 1999, p46-47

Wands, Bruce, Art of the Digital Age, Thames & Hudson Ltd., New York, 2006 p 4, 29, 164, 170, 171

Rush, Michael, New Media in Late 20th-Century Art, Thames & Hudson Ltd., 1999, p 193-194

Valery, Paul, Luis Brea, Jose, Dietz, Steve, la Conquista De La Ubicuidad, Centro Parraga, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 2003, p 130-131

Stallabrass, Julian, Internet Art The Online Clash of Culture and Commerce, Tate Publishing, London, 2003, p135

Paul, Christiane, Digital Art, Thames & Hudson Ltd., London, 2003, p69

ed Mitchell, William J., Inouye, Alan S., Blumenthal, Marjory S., Beyond Productivity Information Technology, Innovation, and Creativity, National Academy Press, Washington D.D., 2003, National Research Council of the National Academies, p 38

Baumgartel,, Tilman, [ 2.0] New Materials Towards Net Art, Verlag Fur moderne Kunstg Nurnberg, der Autor und die Kunstlerlnnen, Germany, 2001, p96-105

Bild-Medium-Kunst, hrsg. von yvonne Spielmann und Gundolf Winter unter Miratbeit von Christian Spies. -- Munchen : Fink, 1999, p274-276, 284

GoTop, Digital Art Creation, E&T, 2006, p25, 168, 266


Turner, Kiki, “John F. Simon, Jr.”ARTnews, January, 2014

Morgan, Robert C., “John F. Simon, Jr. at Sandra Gering Gallery”World Sculpture News, Spring 2014

Yuan, Xiaoying Juliette, “The Artist’s Creative Process: John F. Simon, Jr.”,, 2014

McCarthy, Michael, “Simon Says: Outside the Lines”Modern Luxury DC, December 1, 2013

Miller, Robin. “Simon Goes Digital To Create His Ever-Changing Images.” The Advocate, September 2012

Moreno-Bunge, Sophia. “Spotlight on John F. Simon, Jr.’s ‘innerhole’, NYC.” The Huffington Post, October, 2010

“Gering & López Gallery; John F. Simon, ‘Innerhole’.” Time Out, New York, September 2010

Baumgartel, Tilman. “Art that does what it says: Interview with John F. Simon, Jr.” n.d.

Rizzo, Renato. "Il profeta della software art." La Stampa, Torino, March 6, 2010.

Drake, Cathryn. "John F. Simon Jr.: Collezione Maramotti." Artforum. Summer 2009.

Quaranta, Domenico. "John F. Simon, Jr." Flash Art, May 2009.

Olson, Marisa, “The Nostradamus of New Media?”Rhizome, 16 March 2009

Caines, Marcia. “’Outside In’ – Interview with John F. Simon Jr.” Cluster, 10 March 2009

Luppi, Stefano. “Bit generation.” Il Giornale dell’Arte, March 2009

Franci, Francesco, “Outside In/ Ten Years of Software Art.”Abitare, 23 February, 2009

Bonami, Francesco. "Attenti alla software art." Vanity Fair, March 2009

"Maramotti e John Simon." Arte, March 2009.

Princenthal, Nancy, “John Simon Jr. at Gering & Lopez”Art in America, April 2008

Robinson, Walter, “John F. Simon, Jr.”Artnet Magazine, March 10. 2008

Pollack, Barbara, “John F. Simon Jr.: Winds Across the Inner Sea,” Time Out New York,October 25, 2007

“Goings On About Town: John F. Simon Jr.,” The New Yorker, October 23, 2007

Greben, Deirdre Stein and John F. Simon Jr., “How Bloopers Become Breakthroughs,” ARTnews, November 2006, p. 174

Kino, Carol, “Teaming With the Artists To Buoy the Bottom Line,” The New York Times, 29 March 2006

Litt, Steven, “Digital show both new and familiar,” The Plain Dealer, 2 February 2006

Tranberg, Dan, “Digital artist writes own code for endlessly changing images,” The Plain Dealer, February 2006

Boxer, Sarah, “Web Works That Insist On Your Full Attention,” The New York Times, 28 June 2005

Lambert, Emily, “Binary Art,” Forbes Magazine, 12 January 2004, p.210

Yablonsky, Linda, “Art/Architecture; To Replace Paint and Page, Artists Try Pixel Power,” The New York Times, 17 August 2003

Pollack, Barbara, “John F. Simon Jr. at Sandra Gering,” Art in America, January 2003

Berwick, Carly, “Net Gains,” ARTnews, December 2002

Kenyon, John, “Wall-to-Wall Art,” Iowa City Gazette, 10 October 2002, p.1B, p.5B

Smith, Roberta, “A Profusion of Painting”, The New York Times, 10 May 2002

Simon, John F., Jr., “Smock (Off the Wall)”, artist's project for Smock Magazine, Winter 2002

Mirapaul, Mathew, “Getting Tangible Dollars for an Intangible Creation”, The New York Times, 18 February 2002

Ippolito, Jon, “The Unknowable Object: John Simon's Unfolding Object”,, Spring 2002

Nappi, Maureen A., “Language, Memory and Volition: Toward an Aesthetics of Computer Arts”, Doctoral dissertation, 2002

Atkins, Robert, “True to His Code”, Artbyte, July/August 2001, vol.4, no. 2, p.39-43

Delson, Susan, “If Picasso Were a Programmer”,, 25 June 2001

Pollack, Barbara, “Simon Sells”Art & Auction, June 2001, p.79

Rossbach, Janet B., “John F. Simon, Jr.: Computer Art as Fine Art”, Visual Arts Journal, Spring 2001

Rosenbaum, Lee, “Tech Art: Boom or Bust?”, The Wall Street Journal, 6 April 2001, p.W14

Berwick, Carly, “The New New-Media Blitz”, ARTnews, April 2001, pp.112-116

Kimmelman, Michael, “’BitStreams’ and ‘Data Dynamics’: Creativity, Digitally Remastered”, The New York Times, March 23, 2001, p.E31

Bodow, Steve, “The Whitney’s Digital Sampler”, New York Magazine, March 26, 2001, pp.72-77

Jana, Reena, “Restoring the Sistine Website”,, March 22, 2001 

Anton, Saul, “Net Gains: A Roundtable on New-Media Art,” a roundtable led by Saul Anton, Artforum, March 2001, pp.118-125

Sonkin, Rebecca, “Icons of the Small Screen”, ARTnews, March 2001, p.50

Daniel, Jeff, “Digital exhibition taps into many media and traditions”, St. Louis Post Dispatch, February 11, 2001

Breslin, Ramsay Bell, “Under the Digital Sun”, Eastbay Express, December 1, 2000

Madoff, Steven Henry, “Is This the Museum of the Future?”, Talk Magazine, March 2001, pp.132-37

Simon, John F., Jr., “Hot List,” Artforum, February 2001.

Rush, Michael, “New Media Rampant”, Art in America, July 2000, p.43

Korotkin, Joyce, “Review: John F. Simon, Jr. at Sandra Gering”, The New York Art World, May 2000, p.9

Pollock, Barbara, “On the Edge: Digital Evolution.”, ArtNews, April 2000, p.142

Princenthal, Nancy, “John Tremblay and John F. Simon, Jr. at Sandra Gering”, Art in America, April 2000, pp.154-55

Hamilton, Anita, “Clicking on the Canvas: A new exhibit of Net art is good, strange fun”, Time Magazine, April 10, 2000, p.129

Miller-Keller, Andrea, “Varieties of Influence: Sol LeWitt and the Arts Community”, Sol LeWitt: A Retrospective, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, 2000, p.76

Kleiner, Carolyn, “What’s the Whitney’s newest new thing?”, US News & World Report, March 27, 2000, p.52

Puente, Maria, “Pixel this: A museum exhibit with Web-only art”, USA Today, March 23, 2000, p.D1

Jana, Reena, “Whitney Speaks: It Is Art”, Wired News Online, March 23, 2000,

Brandabur, Susan, “Internet Art Takes Off”,, March 17, 2000

Rush, Michael, New Media in Late 20th Century Art, Thames and Hudson, London, 1999, p193-194

Weinbren, Grahame, “The PC is a Penguin,” essay in Bild-Medium-Kunst, edited by Yvonne Spielman and Gundolf Winter, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, Munich, 1999, pp.274-77

Greene, Rachel, "eBay Watch", Artforum, November, 1999, p.53.

Atkins, Robert, “State of the (On-line) Art,” Art in America, April 1999, pp.89-95.

Ippolito, Jon, “Cross Talk: Intellectual Property or Intellectual Polity?”, Artbyte, August/September 1998, vol. 1, no. 3, p.19

Ippolito, Jon, “Given: The Universe Shown: Every Artwork”, Deep Storage, exhibition catalogue from P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Prestel-Verlag, Munich/New York, 1998, pp.160-62

Druckrey, Timothy, “Work and Display,” Art Forum, November 1997, p.18

Mirapaul, Matt, “In John Simon’s Work Everything is Possible,” The New York Times online, Arts@Large Column, 17 April 1997

Pollack, Barbara, “Collecting On-Line: A Leap of Faith,” ArtNews, March 1997, p.65

Freyermuth, Von Gundolf S., “Kunst der Korperlosen,” Spiegel Special 3, 1997, pp.132-37

Simon, John F. Jr., “Alter Stats,” Parachute Magazine, January 1997, #85

“Arts Projects: “Alter Stats”,” Intelligent Agent, September 1996, vol.1, no.5

Rosati, Pavia, “,” World Art, 1995, vol.4, pp.54-57

Atkins, Robert, “The Art World & I Go On Line,” Art in America, December 1995, p.58-65

Simon, John F. Jr., “Building Process,” Millennium Film Journal, Winter 1994, No.27, pp.37-45

Simon, John F. Jr., “Are PC’s PC?,” 10.8 Magazine, Vol.2, No.2, 1991



Trustees Award for an Emerging Artist, The Aldrich Museum for Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT


Creative Capital New Media Grant



MFA, Computer Art, School of Visual Arts, New York


MA, Earth and Planetary Science, Washington University, St. Louis, MO


BA, Art (Studio), Brown University, Providence, RI
BS, Geology, Brown University, Providence, RI