Born in Valparaiso, IN, 1976.  Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Represented by Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, 54 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002



2002 M.F.A. Ohio University

1999 B.A. University of Northern Iowa


Solo Exhibitions

2013 Joy Curtis. Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York, NY.

2011 Empty is run about freely. Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York, NY.

2009 Joy Curtis. Klaus von Nichtssagend, Brooklyn, NY.

2007 Amphibological Displays. HQ, Brooklyn, NY.

2002 Counter. Seigfred Gallery, Ohio University, Athens, OH.

1999 Pyooraktivity. Black Box Theater, Cedar Falls, IA.


Selected Group Exhibitions


Baggage Claim, Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York, NY.

Throat Chakra, Songs for Presidents, Curated by Christine Heindl, Ridgewood, Queens, NY.


Weight Over Time, with Terence Hannum, TSA, Brooklyn, NY.

Ecco Domus, Art House Gallery, Curated by Enrico Gomez, Jersey City, NJ.

Rational Curves, Matteawan Gallery, Curated by Robert Otto Epstein, Beacon, NY.

Drawing for Sculpture, TSA, Curated by Courtney Puckett, Brooklyn, NY.  

‘Til Death Do We Part, Lorimoto, Ridgewood, NY.


On the Inner and Outer Self, Church of St. Paul the Apostle, New York, NY.

Object ‘Hood, Leslie Heller Gallery, New York, NY.

Pleasures of the Flesh, Outpost, Ridgewood, NY.

Jewel, Schema Projects, organized by Norte Maar and Andrea Bergart, Brooklyn, NY.


Communal Table, Bjorn Meyer-Ebrecht Studio, Brooklyn, NY.

Mixtape, No.4 Studio, Brooklyn, NY.

The Last Brucennial, 837 Washington Street, New York, NY.


Location, Location, Location, on a loading dock in Sunset Park, curated by Sun You, Brooklyn, NY.

Thanks, Lu Magnus, New York, NY. 


Found Outside, The Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, CT. 

Low Epic, Chashama, New York, NY.

Heros, Small Black Door, Ridgewood, NY.

Sculpture Garden, The Onderdonk House, Ridgewood, NY.

Wavers, EJ Hauser Studio, Brooklyn, NY.

Undercover, Slag Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.


Socrates Sculpture Park EAF Exhibition, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY.

The Finishers. The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY.

Tensile Strength. Ziehersmith, New York, NY.

The Working Title. Bronx River Art Center, New York, NY. (Catalogue)

Temporary Antumbra Zone. Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.


Painting and Sculpture: Foundation for Contemporary Art Benefit Exhibition. Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY.

Painting Comes Alive!, Art Jail, New York, NY.

On Display. Storefront Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. (Catalogue)

Eternal Return. Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY

The Permanent Collection, Volume One. English Kills, Brooklyn, NY.


The Winning Hand. Workspace, Los Angeles, CA.


Tensegrity. Klaus von Nichtssagend, Brooklyn, NY.

 Eggcartonopolis. HQ, Brooklyn, NY.


Infrequently Asked Questions. ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY.

On It. Bushwick Open Spaces, Brooklyn, NY.


Greater Brooklyn. CRG Gallery, New York, NY.

In the Wake. Triple Candie, New York, NY.


Unframed First Look. Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY.


Cross Sections. Seigfred Gallery, Athens, OH.



2011 Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship

2009 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space

2005 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Completion Grant

2002 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award Nominee

1999-02 Ohio University Scholarship and Teaching Associateship


Harry Z. and Grace R. Foster Memorial Scholarship

Dedalus Foundation Award Nominee


Tostlebe-Ray Fine Art Scholarship

Norwest Bank Undergraduate Research Award


University of Northern Iowa Undergraduate Research Award



Fateman, Johanna, Jennifer J. Lee / Joy Curtis, New Yorker, February 4th, 2019

Halle, Howard, “Check Out the Best Group Exhibitions at Galleries This Summer,” Time Out New York, July 14 2017

Vartanian, Hrag, “NADA New York Does It Better Than Ever,” Hyperallergic, May 10 2014

Vartanian, Hrag, “Sculpture Today: A Discussion with Joy Curtis & Rachel Beach,” Hyperallergic, March 18 2011
Archey, Karen, “At Klaus von Nichtssagend, Joy Curtis’ Stalactites Freshen Lower East Side Offerings,” Artinfo, March 15 2011
Traux, Stephen, “Sculpting with Ruins or Imposing Force on Matter,” Hyperallergic, March 10 2011
Richardson, Benjamin, “‘Empty is Run About Freely’ at Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery,” Opening Ceremony New News, March 8 2011

Thelander, Emmy, “Sharon Butler, Joy Curtis, and Cathy Nan Quinlan ‘On Display,'” Brooklyn Exposed, August 2010

Griffin, Nora, “Tensegrity at Klaus von Nichtssagend,”
Kalm, James, “Tensegrity,” Wagmag, July 1 2008
Vartanian, Hrag, “Bushwick Open Studios and Arts Festival,”

Vartanian, Hrag, “A Tour of Bushwick Open Spaces 2007,”

Wagner, James, “The CRG Gallery Goes to Brooklyn,”


September 2000-June 2002

Instructor. Ohio University. Athens, OH. 

Advanced Sculpture, spring 2002

Foundations Concepts, winter 2002

Descriptive Drawing, winter 2001

3-Dimensional Studies, fall 2000


September 1999-March 2002

Teaching AssociateOhio University. Athens, OH.

Seeing and Knowing the Visual Arts, fall 1999

Sculpture 1, spring 2000, spring 2001, fall 2001