About the Artist
Joyce grew up in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She went to the Art Institutes International for her undergraduate degree in Graphic Design and worked as a designer for a short time. She felt like something was missing and looked for something different. She found a job with AmeriCorp Community Technology Empowerment Project, where she taught youth media arts in after-school settings on the West side of Saint Paul. This is where her passion developed for young people. She went back to school and received a Master’s degree in Youth Development and Leadership at the University of Minnesota and worked with Urban 4-H first as an Intern Program Leader and then as a Program Coordinator. She worked with 4-H for ten years. She attended the University of Minnesota for a second time and received a Master of Art Education degree with Teaching Licensure.
She is now teaching Media Arts at Southwest High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Joyce is married and has two children. She is close to her family, friends and community. Themes in her art explore environment, childhood and family trauma, historical oppression and healing. Children, youth and community are the center of her work.
Inspired by many artists, thinkers and philosophers. Her latest photography was inspired by Julie Blackmon’s Domestic Vacations. Her mixed work was inspired by the techniques of Robert Rauschenberg and James Rosenquist. She is also interested in Yinka Shonibare's themes and multidisciplinary work.