by Joy Christiansen Erb
Joy Christiansen Erb is a contemporary photographer and artist whose creative research explores themes such as memory, identity, and storytelling. Her most recent body of work explores the subjects of motherhood and family. This body of work is an autobiographical journey examining the lives of her family and her domestic space. The images included in the series document both the struggles and triumphs of everyday life.
Her work has gained recognition through regional and national exhibitions and lectures. Recent exhibition venues include the Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, OR, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, and the Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO. Her artwork has been highlighted in a variety of publications including two noteworthy textbooks. A portfolio of her most recent work is housed at the Museum of Contemporary Photography as a part of the Midwest Photographers Project in Chicago, IL.
She currently resides in Youngstown, Ohio, where she is an Associate Professor of Photography at Youngstown State University. She received her B.F.A. from Miami University, Oxford, OH and her M.F.A. from Texas Woman’s University.