ROBERT JOY (1910-1993)
Robert Joy was born in 1910 in Erie, Pennsylvania. He studied in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and in New Hope, Pennsylvania with Charles S. Garner, Jr. In 1932, he moved to Houston where he lived, except for a time in the U.S. Army in World War II, until his death. He worked as a commercial photographer and as a designer for Foley's Department Store until he took the job of instructor at the Museum School, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. While there from 1933-1935 and 1937-1940, he taught portraiture, figure study, landscape and drawing. When he returned to Houston after the war he worked as a portrait artist for the next forty-plus years.
Joy's work was shown frequently in the Annual Exhibition of Work by Houston Artists, where he won a purchase prize in 1935 and an honorable mention in 1943. He also exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia (1929-1930); the Art Institute of Chicago; the National Exhibition of American Art, Rockefeller Center, New York as well as in many regional shows. His work can be found in the Capitol Historical Artifacts Collection, Austin; University of Texas, Austin; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and San Jancinto Museum of History, La Porte.