Flagstaff Arts Council announces the hiring of a new Artistic Director, Erin Joyce, from Flagstaff, Arizona. Ms. Joyce is as an independent curator, developing exhibitions in New York, Texas, California, and London, with an upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Northern Arizona, You are on Indian Land in November 2015.
Ms. Joyce’s other professional roles include being an art critic for Hyperallergic in New York, an arts writer for Canvas Magazine in Dubai, and faculty in the department of Comparative Cultural Studies at Northern Arizona University. Ms. Joyce has also served as a consultant for SXSW on the implementation of art during the festival, was the interim Special Projects Editor at GOOD Magazine in Los Angeles, and was the inaugural art editor for Aslan Media Inc. Ms. Joyce is also a contributor to Salon, Gnovis Journal, SHFT, and content writer for the Modern Art Iraq Archive.
Erin Joyce has worked as an independent curator for two exhibitions in 2015 at the Coconino Center for the Arts; STEM City Arts in April 2015 and Sei Saito: Journey in July 2015. Ms. Joyce’s new role at Artistic Director will expand her responsibilities to include: developing the larger vision for the future of art exhibitions, working with the Arts Advisory Council on exhibition selection, and oversight of the 4-month business training program for artists, The ArtBox Institute.
Joyce holds a Bachelor of Arts in the History of Art from the University of North Texas, studied contemporary art at Sotheby’s Institute of Art London, and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
Joyce’s projects include exhibitions at Radiator Gallery in New York, IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, WAAS Gallery in Dallas, The-Contemporary in Monterey, California, the Museum of Northern Arizona, and the Coconino Center for the Arts. As a curator, Erin works with artists in a variety of media, from film works, installation, 2D and 3D mediums, performance art, and public art installations; representing emerging, mid-career artists, and established artists.
“We are very excited to bring Erin Joyce on as Artistic Director,” says John Tannous, Flagstaff Arts Council Executive Director. “She is a talented and creative visionary, with the experience and skill set to build upon the Coconino Center for the Arts’ position as an important artistic venue.”
Joyce begins in her new role at the Arts Council in September 2015.
In addition to hundreds of events at the Coconino Center for the Arts, The Arts Council manages many programs for the larger cultural community. They include: First Friday ArtWalk, Summer Nights on (Heritage) Square, the Art & Science Fund grant program, the ArtBox Institute, the annual Navajo Rug Auctions, and concerts at the Arboretum at Flagstaff, among others.