Joy Curtis

Joy Curtis, Atlas, 2019madder-dyed cotton duck and rope, wool, copper beads, grommets and steel92 x 29 x 16 inches, 233.68 x 73.66 x 40.64 cm
Joy Curtis, installation view, 2013
Joy Curtis, Pyrite Louis XV Chassis, 2012hydrocal, fiberglass, acrylic, acrylic mirror48 x 16 x 16 inches, 121.9 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm
Joy Curtis, King Flunky Chassis, 2013hydrocal, fiberglass, acrylic, acrylic mirror, silicone80.5 x 18 x 18 inches, 204.5 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm
Joy Curtis, Gear and Eye, 2011-2013hydrocal, paper, fiberglass, metal, acrylic52 x 19 x 16 inches, 132.1 x 48.3 x 40.6 cm
Joy Curtis, Conductor, 2013canvas, proclon dye, wax120 x 59 inches, 304.8 x 149.9 cm
Joy Curtis, Gravity Well, 2013acrylic, acrylic mirror, hydrocal, fiberglass, silicone80.5 x 18 x 18 inches, 204.5 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm
Joy Curtis, Foursided, forced, folded, 2011paper, hydrocal, fiberglass20 x 13 x 11 inches, 50.8 x 33 x 27.9 cm
Joy Curtis, Displaced, distributed, forced, displayed, 2011hydrocal, fiberglass, steel, sumi ink90 x 16 x 16 inches, 228.6 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm
Joy Curtis, Fivesided, forced, folded, 2010paper, hydrocal, fiberglass24 x 24 x 24 inches, 61 x 61 x 61 cm
Joy Curtis, untitled, 2013hydrocal, fiberglass, acrylic, acrylic mirror, salt22 x 4.75 x 4.75 inches, 55.9 x 12.1 x 12.1 cm
Joy Curtis, Bust of the Basement, 2010hydrocal, fiberglass and salt98 x 29 x 24 inches, 248.9 x 73.7 x 61 cm
Joy Curtis, St. Virga, 2011hydrocal, fiberglass and steel98 x 23 x 18 inches, 248.9 x 58.4 x 45.7 cm


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


MFA in Fine Art, Ohio University, Athens, OH

BA Fine Art, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

Solo Exhibitions

Soul Shell, Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York, NY

Joy Curtis, Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York, NY

Empty is Run About Freely, Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York, NY

Joy Curtis, Klaus von Nichtssagend, Brooklyn, NY

Amphibological Displays, HQ, Brooklyn, NY

Counter, Seigfred Gallery, Ohio University, Athens, OH

Pyooraktivity, Black Box Theater, Cedar Falls, IA

Selected Group Exhibitions

Cult of the Crimson Queen, curated by Michelle Segre, Ceysson & Bénétière, NY

The Spooky Show, curated by Neesh Interactive, Aquarius, Queens, NY
Baggage Claim, Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York, NY
Throat Chakra, organized by Christine Heindl, Songs for Presidents, Ridgewood, NY

Weight Over Time, curated by Vincent Como, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY
Rational Curves, curated by Robert Otto Epstein, Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, NY
Drawing for Sculpture, curated by Courtney Puckett, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY
Object’hood, curated by Inna Babaeva and Gelah Penn, Lesley Heller, New York, NY

Location, Location, Location, Brooklyn, NY
Thanks, Lu Magnus, New York, NY

Found Outside, curated by Alyson Baker and Richard Klein, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT

The Finishers, curated by Ethan Greenbaum and Eric Gleason, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY
Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY
Temporary Antumbra Zone, curated by Udora Hajimik, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Tensile Strength, ZieherSmith, New York, NY

Painting Comes Alive, curated by Erik den Breejen, ArtJail, New York, NY
On Display, curated by Hrag Vartanian, Storefront, Brooklyn, NY
Eternal Return, Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY

Time Bandits II, Bushwick Open Spaces, Brooklyn, NY

Tensegrity, Klaus von Nichtssagend, Brooklyn, NY
Eggcartonopolis, HQ, Brooklyn, NY
Wagmag Benefit, Front Room Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Time Bandits and Portraits of Yoda, Bushwick Open Spaces, Brooklyn, NY

Infrequently Asked Questions, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY
On It, Bushwick Open Studios, Brooklyn, NY

2005 Greater Brooklyn, CRG Gallery, New York, NY
In the Wake, Triple Candie, New York, NY

Ohio University Alumni Exhibition, Ohio University, Athens, OH

Unframed First Look, curated by Ross Bleckner, Peter Halley, and Sue Williams, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY

Cross Sections, Seigfred Gallery, Athens, OH


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,”


Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Completion Grant

Joan Mitchell Award Nominee

Ohio University Scholarship and Teaching Associateship

Dafedalus Foundation Award Nominee
Harry Z. and Grace R. Foster Memorial Scholarship

Tostlebe-Ray Fine Art Scholarship
Norwest Bank Undergraduate Research Award

University of Northern Iowa Undergraduate Research Award