Guest Artist Lecture: Joyce Scott

McDaniel College’s Department of Art and Art History will present "The Shape I'm In," a lecture by artist Joyce Scott, on Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m. in McDaniel Lounge.  The lecture, which is also sponsored by the McDaniel Art Club, Ars Nova, and by the College’s Department of Cross Cultural Studies and Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, is free and open to the public.

Renowned as the “Queen of Beadwork,” Joyce Scott’s exuberant beaded sculptural forms and neckpieces are provocative and confrontational, addressing contentious political and social issues such as gender, race, and class struggle.  Born and raised in Baltimore, Joyce is a descendant of African-Americans, Native Americans, and Scots.  Three generations of storytellers, quilters, basket makers, and wood, metal, and clay workers inspire her artwork.

With numerous one-person and group exhibitions, Scott has exhibited, performed, and lectured widely across the country and abroad.  The artist is represented in most major public collections including (but not limited to) the Baltimore Museum of Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, Corning Museum of Glass, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Mint Museum of Art, Yale University, Mobile Museum of Art, Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Museum of Art and Design in New York, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, The Delaware Museum of Art, Phillbrook Museum of Art, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Of her work, Scott says: "I believe in messing with stereotypes, prodding the viewer to reassess." Expanding on this, Scott has 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.  It allows interaction, sometimes masked, even scabrous, in ways polite society finds uncomfortable.  My work is not meant to be openly offensive.  I skirt the borders between comedy, pathos, delight, and horror.  I invite the viewer to laugh at our collective selves."

Scott received a BFA degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1970, and the following year, an MFA from the Institute Allende in San Miguel Allende, Mexico.  For more information on Scott, and to see samples of her work, visit

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 7:00pm

McDaniel Lounge

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