Joyce Scott

Artist Statement

Women hold up half the sky, but it seems it’s raining much too much. How does the mother of the entire human race disappear in such great numbers, how? Infanticide, death from hunger and disease…lack of medical care, child birth, sold into drudgery and sexual abuse, murder. Murder by families and husbands, loved ones…LOVED ONES.

Joyce Scott is one of the exhibiting artists for ENOUGH VIOLENCE: Artists Speak Out.

Born: Baltimore, MD, 1948

Lives: Baltimore, MD



B.F.A., Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, 1970

M.F.A., Instituto Allende, San Miguel Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico, 1971 

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, ME, 1976


Selected Exhibitions


Glasstress New York: New Art from the Venice Biennale, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY (traveling)

Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists, Museum of Fine Art, Spelman College, Atlanta, GA

On Kilter, solo exhibition, Goya Contemporary, Baltimore, MD



CORRIDOR, The Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC

OPEN MIND, International Contemporary Jewelry Exhibition-History and the New Material, Sungkok Art Museum, Seoul, South Korea

Li’l Lies and Purty Thangs, solo exhibition, Goya Contemporary, Baltimore, MD



BROOCHING THE SUBJECT: ONE OF A KIND, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA (traveling)

Global Africa, The Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY

Joyce Scott: Recall, solo exhibition, McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, NC

Love Letters, solo exhibition, Mobilia, Cambridge, MA



Art Under Glass, Baltimore Conservatory, Baltimore, MD

Off the Beaten Path: Violence, Women and Art, University Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego, CA (traveling)



A People’s Geography: The Spaces of African American Life, The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, Baltimore, MD

Joyce J. Scott in Tampa, solo exhibition, Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, Tampa University, Tampa, FL



Basket [R]evolution/Unique Baskets and Vessels, Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA (traveling)

Dynamic Glass, The Noyes Museum of Art, Oceanville, NJ (traveling)

Legacies: Contemporary Artists Reflect on Slavery, New-York Historical Society, New York, NY (catalogue)


Selected Grants and Awards

2012 Residency, Venice Projects, Murano, Italy

2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, Women’s Caucus for the Arts, city, state

2007 Master of the Medium/Metal, The James Renwick Alliance, Washington, DC

2001 Fellow, American Crafts Council, New York, NY


Selected Publications

Buszek, Maria Elena. Ordinary/Extraordinary Craft and Contemporary Art. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2011.

Clark, Garth. The Artful Teapot: 20th Century Expressions From the Kamm Collection. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill, 2004, pp. 156, 157, 165 & 244.

Hector, Valerie. The Art of Beadwork: Historic Inspiration/Contemporary Design. New York, NY: Watson-Guptill, 2005, pp. 8, 77-83.

Miller, Rosemary Reed. Threads of Time/The Fabric of History: Profiles of African-American Dressmakers & Designers, 1850 to the Present. Killeen, TX: TS Publishing, Inc., 2003, pp. 94-99.

Stegman, Carolyn B. Women of Achievement in Maryland History. Forestville, MD: Anaconda Press, 2002, pg. 287.


Selected Collections

The Corning Museum of Glass, New York, NY

The Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI

Kruithuis Museum, Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Museum of Arts & Design, New York, NY

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC