Joy Bivins, Curator


Since joining the staff of the Chicago History Museum in 2002, Bivins has curated a number of exhibitions including Chicago History in Pictures (2002); Teen Chicago (2004); South Shore Posters (2004); Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America (2005); and Colonia to Community: The Southeast Side (2006). Most recently in 2010, Bivins cocurated Facing Freedom in America, an exhibition that examines conflicts over the meaning of freedom in United States history.

Ms. Bivins is a regular presenter at local elementary and high schools and has presented at the annual meetings of the American Association of Museums, the Association of African American Museums, the Association of Midwest Museums, and the Oral History Association. Bivins has authored two exhibition-related articles for the Museum’s Chicago History magazine, has served as a part-time instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was awarded the American Association of Museum’s Diversity Fellowship.


M.P.S., Africana Studies, Cornell University, 2003;

B.A., History and Afro-American and African Studies, University of Michigan, 1998