‘Queen of Beadwork’ guest lecturer specializes in provocative sculptural forms

Joyce Scott
October 15, 2013

Joyce J. Scott, an internationally renowned artist, will present “The Shape I’m In” at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 on campus in McDaniel Lounge. This visiting artist lecture is free and open to the public.

Known as the “Queen of Beadwork,” Scott is a fiber artist, jeweler, printmaker, performer and installation artist specializing in weaving, quilting, beadwork and glass. Also active in arts education, she lives in the same Baltimore neighborhood where she was raised.

Scott’s inspiration comes from her African American, Native American and Scottish heritage. She descends from three generations of storytellers, quilters and basket makers, as well as wood, metal and clay workers.

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Her beaded sculptural forms and neckpieces are provocative and confrontational, addressing contentious political and social issues, such as race, gender and class struggle.

“I believe in messing with stereotypes, prodding the viewer to reassess,” Scott said. “It’s important for me to use art in a manner that incites people to look and then carry something home – even if it’s subliminal – that might make a change in them.”

Scott earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art and Master of Fine Arts degree from the Institute Allende in Mexico. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Anonymous Was a Woman and the American Craft Council. She is represented in most major public collections, including the Baltimore Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, National Museum of American Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For more information about Joyce J. Scott, and to view samples of her work, visit http://mobilia-gallery.com/artists/jscott.

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