Lecture: March 16, 2020 • 5:30 p.m.
Greater Denton Arts Council | 400 E. Hickory St., Denton, TX 76201
Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by The UNT Fine Arts Series, College of Visual Arts and Design Department of Studio Art and the Onstead Institute.
Joyce J. Scott is best known for her depictions of racially and politically charged subjects, crafted from bead work.
Also working with jewelry and glass, Scott’s works are influenced by a variety of cultures, including Native American and African.
Scott was awarded the 2020 Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship by the American Craft Council for exceptional artistic, scholarly, and philanthropic contributions to the craft field.
Scott relates her work as an artist to her family's craft traditions and to her African American heritage. In her jewelry and sculpture, she employs humor and irony to address cultural stereotypes and issues of racism and sexism. Although Scott identifies African American, Native American, and West African Yoruba beadwork as primary influences, she emphasizes that her work refers to cultures around the globe, stating that "If we are going to work things out, we have to work together."
Scott received a B.F.A. in 1970 from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an M.F.A. in 1971 from the Instituto Allende, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, and training from her mother, Elizabeth T. Scott, who was an internationally recognized fiber artist. Her work has appeared in solo and group exhibitions at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Md.; the Museum of Art and Design, New York City; the Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Ma.; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, among others, and it is held in the public collections of numerous national and international museums. She is a recent MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
About the PLATFORM Speaker Series
The PLATFORM Speaker Series, founded by the CVAD Department of Studio Art, in partnership with The Onstead Institute invites contemporary artists, critics, and curators whose work is fueled by critical discussions around marginalized voices and narratives. Free and open to the university community and beyond, PLATFORM events are conducted in collaboration with other cultural institutions, departments and centers. In addition to a public lecture, speakers meet with students in individual and/or seminar settings providing additional contact and deeper conversations. The Department of Studio Art and The Onstead Institute for Education in the Visual Arts and Design are part of the College of Visual Arts and Design at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.
If you have questions or would like to support the PLATFORM Speaker Series, contact Lauren Lake, Chair and Professor of Art, CVAD Department of Studio Art.