Joy Christiansen Erb is a contemporary photographer and artist whose creative research explores themes such as memory, identity, and storytelling. Her recent body of work explores the subjects of motherhood and family. This autobiographical journey examines the lives of her family and her domestic space. The images included in the series document both the struggles and triumphs of parenthood.
Her photography has gained recognition through regional and national exhibitions and lectures as well as a 2015 Ohio Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. Recent solo exhibition venues include the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Center for the Emerging Visual Artists in Philadelphia, Peoria Arts Guild, and the Galveston Arts Center. Recent group exhibitions include Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, OR, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. Her artwork has also been highlighted in a variety of publications, including two textbooks.
She currently resides in Youngstown, Ohio, where she serves as Special Assistant to the Dean and professor in the Cliffe College of Creative Arts at Youngstown State University. Prior to this appointment she served as the Department of Art Chair for 3 ½ years. In 2016, she received a Distinguished Professorship for Excellence in Scholarship Award, from Youngstown State University. Christiansen Erb received her B.F.A. from Miami University in Oxford, OH in 2001 and her M.F.A. from Texas Woman’s University in 2005.