Joyce Scott

Joyce Scott

Joyce Scott

Born in 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland, Joyce Scott is a visual and performance artist celebrated for her elaborate and narrative beadwork. Art has been a part of Scott’s life since infancy. Her mother, Elizabeth Talford Scott, is a recognized Baltimore quilter who taught Scott how to bead and work with textiles as a child. Scott completed her BFA in education at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore (1970) before earning her MFA in crafts from the Instituto Allende in San Miguel Allende, Mexico (1971). Scott often speaks to social injustices and trauma in her work. Calling on the enticing beauty of her beading and her bountiful sense of humor, she pushes viewers to encounter pain and violence that often go overlooked. Though beading remains integral to her art practice, Scott has recently incorporated glassblowing and installation into her repertoire, and she has been one half of the performance duo Thunder Thigh Revue since the early '90s. A hometown favorite, Scott has remained closely connected to Baltimore, and she is a prominent member of the community. In 2016, Scott was named a MacArthur Fellow. In addition to this major honor, she was named a Master of the Medium by the James Renwick Alliance in 2007 and has received many fellowships. Her work is represented in a number of permanent collections, notably the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. She has mounted numerous solo shows and was recently selected to create a large- scale exhibition at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. Joyce Scott was elected a Fellow of the American Craft Council in 2000.