Joan Erbe, a native Baltimorean, received her early instruction at the Maryland Institute College of Art, which - following high school - she later attended as a scholarship student. At Eastern High School, she was one of the first students to major in art through the Carnegie Art Program. During her teen years, she was a private student of Louis Bouche in upstate New York.
Ms. Erbe has had more than 60 solo art shows since 1952. Some of the major exhibitions she has had include hosting venues such as the Baltimore Museum of Art, Johns Hopkins University, Towson University, Morgan State University, Pennsylvania State, and George Washington University; St John's College and Goucher College; The Corcoran Galleries, various Smithsonian Institutions, The Library of Congress, the Butler Institute of Art, the Peale, the Cooperstown Museum, the Birmingham Museum, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Enoch Pratt Library, the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, the Jewish Community Center, the Catholic Diocese of Baltimore, the Theatre Project, the Rehobeth Art League, and the National Academy of Arts and Letters.
Privately, Joan Erbe has been represented by and has hade solo artist shows at the Salpeter Gallery in New York City, the Zenith Gallery in Washington DC, the Vanderlitz Gallery in Provincetown, the Phoenix Gallery in Baltimore, and the Aart Vark Galleries in Philadelphia. From 1958 through 1982, she was represented by the IFA Galleries in Washington DC; from 1988 through 1990 by Partners Galleries in Bethesda; from 1991 through1992 at the Faith Nightingale Gallery in San Diego; and from 1992-1993 at Originals, an Art Gallery in Del Mar, California. Since 1990, Ms. Erbe has been represented by the Gomez Gallery in Baltimore and is also affiliated with the Freites-Revilla Gallery in Bocca Raton, FL, the Telluride Gallery of Fine Art in Colorado, the Treasured Gallery in Denver, the Nightside Gallery in Santa Fe, the Hand Artes Gallery in Truchas, NM and New Castle, PA; the Aaron Gallery in Washington DC, and the Carol Behrman Gallery in Los Angeles. She was part of a small group show in 2004 at Fleckenstein Gallery & Archival Framing in Towson, MD.
Ms. Erbe's work has received many honors, awards, and prizes including purchase awards at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Morgan State University, The Corcoran Galleries, The Smithsonian, and The Library of Congress. She has received numerous commissions including work for the District Courts of the District of Columbia and Choice Finance Corporation of Maryland Building. Her work is included in the David Lloyd Kreeger Collection, The Samuel Greenbaum Family Collection, The Baltimore Museum of Art permanent collection, the Morgan State University Collection, and The University College Center of the University of Maryland Collection as well as in many other fine collections.
Currently, a selection of her truly unique works can be seen at Fleckenstein Gallery & Archival Framing.