1953年 Jacqueline HobanとJoseph Coleman Srが結婚、 後に離婚。
1955年11月22日 Norwalk, CT. にて Joe Coleman Jr 誕生。
1965年 10歳の時に描いた作品(ゴミ)がLady Bird Johnson から賞を受ける。
1967 小学校に火をつける。 St. Mary's Catholic Church, Norwalk, CT. の教会でいくつかの殺人を告白する。
1972年 一連の"party explosions"パフォーマンスを始める。
1976年 School of Visual Arts, New York.に出席する。Bizarre Sex を Kitchen Sink Press から出版。
1977年 The Joe Coleman Portfolio を Bagginer Press から出版。
1980年 "Ten-year high-school reunion" piece (a.k.a. the Doug Sprag prank).
1981年 最初の"art world" パフォーマンス。 The Kitchen, NY. にて。Nancy Pivar と結婚。
1982年 The Mystery of Woolverine Woo-bait を自費出版。
1985年 Begins exhibiting paintings at Limbo and Civilian Warfare galleries in the Lower East Side.
Exhibitions at Wooster Gallery, Chronocide Gallery, Limbo and Civilian Warfare Galleries, NYC.
Exhibition at Chronocide sells out. Victoria and Albert Museum curator David Owsley buys a piece and hangs it next to a Breughel in his collection. Other shows at New York Academy of Art, NY Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle.
Apocalypse Culture, with cover image by Coleman published by Feral House.
Performance at Cuando Theater, NY.
Death of Joseph Coleman, Sr. of a massive heart attack.
1988 Performances at Yale University; The Goteborg Film Festival, Sweden; The Werkstattkino, Munich; Hotel Amazon New York.
Exhibition at Todd Capp Gallery, New York.
Appears in shockumentary film, Mondo New York: Bob Barker has Coleman arrested for mouse-munching.
1989 Exhibitions at La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles; Stockwell Gallery, New York.
L.A. performance at The Bridge cancelled by police. Coleman performs secretly by the light of car headlights at Venice Beach instead.
Creates painting for movie poster of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, which is later dropped by the film company for being too extreme.
Death of mother, Jacqueline Coleman, from lymphatic cancer and cancer of the pancreas and spleen.
Boston Film and Video Foundation performance.
Coleman arrested for being an "Infernal Machine" 10/30/89.
1990 Nancy Pivar Coleman abandons marriage.
Infernal Machine picture-disk LP with color booklet , Steel Tips songs and old-time murder music issued by Blast First Records.
Coleman meets Dian Hanson.
Exhibition at La Luz de Jesus Gallery, New York.
1992 Exhibitions at Psychedelic Solution, New York; La Luz de Jesus, Los Angeles.
Plays The Misfit in Black Hearts Bleed Red, an independent film by Jeri Cain Rossi.
Publication of Cosmic Retribution, Feral House and Fantagraphics Books.
The Man of Sorrows published by Gates of Heck, Inc.
Cult Rapture exhibition at Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle.
Moves from the Lower East Side of Manhattan to Brooklyn, NY.
1995 Raw Vision outsider art magazine features Coleman (Spring 1995 issue, Number 11).
Coleman and Dian Hanson break up.
R.I.P.: Rest in Pieces, a documentary film about Joe Coleman by Robert Pejo (Prisma Films) premieres at the Rotterdam Film Festival.
The End is Near! exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore.
Ozone Gallery Group show, New York City.
Original Sin: The Visionary Art of Joe Coleman published by Heck editions, New York.
Original Sin exhibition at The Horse Hospital, London, England (visits Scotland Yard's Black Museum by special invitation.)
LOVE show at American Visionary Art Museum
Solo exhibition at Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL
Cover feature articles on Coleman in World Art and Poliester Magazines
1999 "Joe Coleman: Matrix 139" solo exhibit at The Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford, CT
"Odditorium" show at Jim Corcoran Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Cover feature article in Juxtapoz Magazine
Joe celebrates 44th birthday on 11/22/99
2000 Exploding Preacherman perfomance at Disinfo Conference, New York City.
The Collectors, a documentary film about serial killer art collectors, featuring Joe.
Joe Coleman and Whitney Ward are married on 11/11/00 at The American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
World Premiere of Scarlet Diva, a film by Asia Argento in which Joe plays an unscrupulous Hollywood producer.
Scarlet Diva plays in Norway, Italy, the US and elsewhere.
Heironymus Bosch show, Rotterdam the Netherlands. Joe Coleman's Man of Sorrows painting is included in the selection of artists influenced by the master.
War and Peace, The American Visionary Art Museum
Brooklyn/718 exhibition at Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art
Outsider/Music at the Barbican Theatre, London England. A film of Joe's paintings accompanied by the music of The Delgados.
Group exhibitions at The Wadsworth Museum in Hartford, CT; the Franz Hals Museum in The Netherlands; Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT.
Doppelganger, a mockumentary about a Robert deNiro lookalike. Joe plays a psychotic derelict who attempts to murder the lookalike, thinking he is the real actor.
The Book of Joe published by La Luz de Jesus Press and Last Gasp
2004 R.I.P: Rest in Pieces DVD released by Disinformation Networks in the USA.