Joy Armstrong has 15 years of experience in the museum and gallery world, most recently, a decade as an award-winning curator of modern and contemporary art at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College. In her professional life and beyond, she has dedicated herself to exploring authentic, creative, radically inclusive community engagement, applying this passion to her work with artists and various organizations. Since September 2019, she has served as the development director for Inside Out Youth Services, a non-profit striving to build power and equity for and alongside LGBTQ+ and allied young people of the Pikes Peak region.
Armstrong holds a B.A. in studio art and communications from the University of Denver, an M.A. in contemporary art history and criticism from Kent State University, and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. She is a phenomenologist with research centered around the individual and societal impacts of participatory public art. She lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband Mike, rescue dogs Ralph and Shelby, and kitties Bert and Opal.