Artists Registry

Karin Batten

New York NY United States

Statement of Work

In 2001 I was awarded a residency through LMCC at the World Trade Center to paint the vista from the 92nd floor. On the morning of 9/11 I stopped off to vote on my way to my studio in the North Tower. My life was spared but not my work.
Influenced by moon explorations, using my imagination, I paint cityscapes from above. Traveling over New York City and its boroughs in an airplane, I began to directly experience the urban landscape from a spatial dimension hidden from a surface perspective and observed how phenomenally light continually changes and transforms the urban landscape. In 2001, I had the opportunity to paint on a daily basis from the perspective of the 91st floor of the WTC, Tower One. Here, through direct visual observation, I experienced the urban landscape from above.


463 West St., #102A
New York, NY 10014
Phone 212.352.8622
Email: webpage:

MFA, Hunter College, New York
BFA, Central School & St. Martin’s, London

One-Person Exhibitions
2006 My New World, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2003 Manhattan, Show Walls, The Durst Organizarion, New York
2002 View from WTC, Corridor Gallery, Pfizer Inc., New York
2000 Karin Batten New York From Above, The Lobby Gallery, New York
1999 Inside the Sea, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1996 Karin Batten: Paintings, 850 Third Avenue Lobby Gallery, New York
1995 New Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York, catalogue
1994 Paintings by Karin Batten, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, catalogue
Karin Batten Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, New York
1993 Karin Batten (USA) Bilder X-TRA, Zürich
1992 New Paintings, June Kelly Gallery, New York
Karin Batten New York, Galerie a16, Zürich
1991 Drawings, Galerie 20 Fine Arts, Paris
1990 New Paintings, essay by Margaret Sheffield, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1988 New Paintings: Karin Batten & Stan Brodsky June Kelly Gallery, New York
1984 Karin Batten, 1984 Gallery, Lansing, Michigan
Unholy Alliance, Caldwell College, New Jersey
Contamination, Partisan Gallery, Toronto,
1982 Alternative Liste, Berlin
Atombilder aus Disneyland, Galerie 70, Berlin
1981 Contamination, Gallery 1199, New York
1979 New Works, 22 Wooster Gallery, New York

Group Exhibitions
2007/2008 Small Works, 80 Washington Square East Gallerries, New York
2007 Remembering Ruth:25 Years of Giving (Ruth Chenven Foundation), NoHo Gallery, NY
2006 Its About Real Estate, Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York
2005 Change I, Federico Secondo Galleria, Bari, Italy
2002 Karin Batten Paintings, online virtual exhibition,
2002 Re-Imagining New York, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND
2001 The New York City Skyline, Michael Ingbar Gallery, New York
1999 Summer Tides, Nabi Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York
1998 Concerns, Chamot Gallery, New Jersey, 1998
1997 Dialogue Est/Ouest, Centre d’Art du Puy Guérin, Vayolles, France; catalogue
1996 Promenade Art Show, BACA/The Brooklyn Arts Council, New York
Fire Island Art Show, Point O’Woods Casino Gallery, Fire Island, New York
1995 Visual Evidence, presented by Art Initiatives The New York Law School
1994 Sensual Landscapes, The Shirley Fiterman Gallery, Borough of Manhattan
Community College, City University of New York
1993 7th Annual Women in the Visual Arts Exhibition, Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT
Group Exhibitions continued
1993 13 Emerging Artists, The Viking Gallery, LTD., Merrick, New York
New Works, Fine Art Gallery of Southwest Louisiana, Lake Charles, LA
1991 The Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA
1988 New York City: Works by 21 Artists, One Penn Plaza, New York
The Changing Face of Soho, Arts for Transit, Metropolitan Transportation Authority,
New York
1987 Exit Art, New York,
1986 The Emerging Collector, New York
The La Lucha Murals, Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York
1985 Arresting Images, 10 on 8, New York
La Lucha Continue, La Plaza Cultural, New York
1984 FacultyShow, Parsons Exhibition Center, New York
Artists Call Against Military Intervention in Central America, Work Gallery, New York
Abstractions, The First Women’s Bank, New York
Adieu 84-Variierte Phantasmen, Deplanakunsthalle, Berlin
1983 New Beginnings, The Pentonville Gallery, London, catalogue
Municipal Gallery, Burlington, Vermont
Terminal New York, US Army Terminal Brooklyn, New York
1982 Ben Shahn Gallery, Wayne New Jersey
1979/1981 Faculty Show, Parsons Exhibition Center, New York
National Drawing ‘79, Holman Art Gallery, Trenton State College, NJ
1975 New Talent, Galerie Ariadne, New York

Pfizer Inc.,New York
Davidson College, Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson, NC
Galerie 70, Berlin
Thumb Gallery, Ltd., London
The Federal Reserve Bank of NY, East Rutherford, NJ
Reliance National, New York
Hotel Millenium, New York
Salomon Brothers Inc.,New York
Continental Insurance Company, New York
Philipp Brothers Inc., New York
European Illustration, Publishing House, London

Reviews and Articles
2004 Site Matters: The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s World Trade Center Artist Residency, 1997-2001, book by Moukhtar Kocache, Erin Shirreff, Liz Thompson
2002 “Windows on the world”, Local Life Arts, 8/9/02, Carol Graham
2002 “Farm is haven for anxious artist”, Brattleboro Reformer, Vol9NO.165, Willow L. Dannible
2002 “North Dakota Museum of Art”, University of North Dakota Alumni Review, 8-9/02, ND
2002 “The Long Good-Bye”, New York Magazine, Aric Chen, New York
2002 “New Yorker of the Week” interview with Tanya Valle on NY1 television
1997 “Festival Des Arts Dialogue Est/Ouest,” catalogue, Anne Guiet, Vayolles, France
“New American Paintings,” The Open Studio Press, Vol. 2, No. 4
1996 “Art Calendar,” Barb Dougherty, Upper Fairmount, MD
1995 “Karin Batten,” catalogue essay by David Bourdon, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1994 das neue, Anke Schröder, Hamburg, Germany
1990 “Karin Batten”, essay by Margaret Sheffield, June Kelly Gallery, New York
1988 “Penn Plaza Art,” The Westsider, N. F. Karlins, New York
“The Arts Community,” Daily News, Joan Shepard, New York
1984 “Scandal in the Art Department,” The Kettle, Linda Kosenski, Caldwell, New Jersey
“Feast for Art Lover’s Eyes,” Lansing State Journal, Lansing, Michigan
1983 “Karin Batten,” New Beginnings, Geoff Evans, London
1982 “Holocaust Visionen,” Art Das Kunstmagazin, Gabrielle Von Arnim, Hamburg, Germany
“Al zeigt abgesetzte Ausstellung,” Der Tagesspiegel, Hamburg, Germany
“Versuchskaninchen,” Die Tageszeitung, Berlin
1981 “Karin Batten,” The Guardian, Carol Leven, New York
“Open Season,” The Village Voice, Lucy Lippard, New York
“Contamination,” catalogue essay by Alice Neel, Gallery 1199, New York
“Art Comes to the Environment,” The Aquarian, Diane Umansky, New York

Grants, Books & Awards
2008 Ragdale Foundation, Lake Forest, Ill, residency
2006 Byrdcliffe Arts and Crafts Colony, Woodstock, NY, residency
2005 Hambidge Center, Rabun Gap, GA, residency
2002 The Hall Farm Center for Arts & Education, Townshend, VT, residency
2001 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, New York, NY
Artists’ Fellowship Inc., emergency fund grant, NY
Residency, Studioscape in the World Trade Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY
1998 Artists’ Fellowship in Painting, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York
1997 Cummington School for the Arts, MA, residency
1996 1st Prize in the Promenade Art Show, BACA/The Brooklyn Arts Council, NY
1991 Emma Lake Artists’ Workshop, Saskatchewan, Canada
1988 Cummington School for the Arts, MA, residency
1987 New York State Council on the Arts
Artmakers, Inc., Metropolitan Transportation Authority, New York
Artmakers, Inc., North Star Fund, New York
Fellowship, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY
1986 Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sweet Briar, VA
1985 Artmakers, Inc., North Star Fund, New York
1976 Finalist, Graduate Fellowship for Women, The Danforth Foundation

1993-present Norwich University, Vermont College, Montpelier, VT
1974-1985 Parsons School of Design, New York
1981-1982 School of New Resources, College of New Rochelle, New York
1976-1979 New York City Community College, New York

Lectures & Films
2008 Clear Blue Tuesday, Director Elizabeth Lucas, Painting as prop in movie
2002 Tribeca Film Festival, Panel Confusion in a Time of Uncertainty: Life After September 11th,
Pace University, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, with Jon Stewart, Spalding Gray,
Susan Sarandon and Wendy Wasserstein
1987 University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
1984 Caldwell College, NJ
1983 Fashion Institute of Technology, NY
1981 Parsons School of Design, NY