A graduate of the University of Akron, Joan currently paints and exhibits and has won numerous awards in both juried shows and art festivals. In 2005 she was honored with the Outstanding Visual Artist award, presented at the biennial Arts Alive! by the Akron Area Arts Alliance. The Akron-Summit County Public Library owns work commissioned for new branch libraries- the most recent was installed in the North Hill Branch in summer 2004. As the First Night® Akron 2001 button designer she created a mixed media piece: a whimsical skyline with a dove, a peregrine falcon and a blackbird/jester. Her previous experience includes graphic work for both the City of Akron and the Akron-Summit County Public Library. She continues to do free lance illustration and promotions along with private commissions.

Joan was gallery director for Summit Artspace Gallery from 2007 to 2013, is a member of Artists of Rubber City and lives in the Highland Square area of Akron. Her home was featured in Artist in Residence – The West Hill Tour of Expressive Addresses in 2003.

Artwork is available at Joan Colbert Studios, 140 East Market Street, Akron, Ohio (third floor – Summit Artspace) and at Don Drumm Studios & Gallery.