Joyce J. Scott
Internationally acclaimed artist Joyce J. Scott is well known for her artwork and performances. She uses her art to speak out about racism, sexism and other prejudices. For more than three decades, Scott has been creating objects of exceptional skill and beauty while offering her own distinctive commentary on social issues such as stereotyping, violence and prejudice that we all confront at some point in our lives.
Born in Baltimore in 1948, Scott draws inspiration from her Scottish, Native American and African heritage. She is a descendant of three generations of basket makers, quilters and wood, metal and clay workers. Her passion and skill formed early in life as she watched her mother, renowned fiber artist Elizabeth Talford Scott, craft exquisite quilts. Scott's signature element is her beadwork, but she also incorporates glass, ceramics, cloth and metal into her designs. Scott earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in arts education at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1970 and a Master of Fine Arts in crafts in 1971 from the Instituto Allende in San Miguel Allende, Mexico. She is active in arts education and has received many national and international awards, including those of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation in 1995 and Anonymous as a Woman in 1997.
While in STUDIO-f, Scott chose images for her monoprints that were in keeping with her interest in contemporary culture as it exists on the streets of her urban neighborhood. The monoprints created by Scott in STUDIO-f included images of female figures and animals with an execution table. Since it was the 2008 election year, she also incorporated a variety of political figures including John McCain and Barack Obama. Scott lives and works in Baltimore, MD.