Joy Jacobs, a well-known abstract expressionist artist, died on March 26 from a brain hemorrhage. She was 75.
Her artwork had been exhibited in many galleries and museums, including the Cleveland Museum of Art May Show, The Butler Institute in Youngstown and The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She taught art to underprivileged children in schools and to individuals in prisons.
Born and raised in Youngstown, Ms. Jacobs lived in New York City and Cleveland. She began her career as an illustrator for American Greetings Co. in the mid-1950s. Later, she earned a bachelor's degree from the Cleveland Institute of Art and began to paint. In the late 1990s, Ms. Jacobs began incorporating photography into her work.
Surviving Ms. Jacobs are a daughter, Andrea Jacobs of Honolulu, Hawaii; and a son, Nicholas of Los Angeles. A memorial service will be held on May 2 at Beth El-The Heights Synagogue.