Joy Christiansen Erb is a contemporary photographer and artist whose creative research explores themes such as identity, family and motherhood. Her most recent body of work titled "Portrait of a Mother" is an autobiographical journey examining the lives of her family and her domestic space.
Christiansen Erb’s work has gained recognition through regional and national exhibitions including venues such as the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, The Mary Brogan Museum of Art and Science in Tallahassee and The Women’s Museum in Dallas. Christiansen Erb has lectured about her work nationally and most recently received an Individual Excellence Grant from the Ohio Art Council.
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, Denton, TX.