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April 8: Colloquium hosts internationally acclaimed Baltimore artist

Monday, April 8, 2013

FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College's final spring colloquium event will feature an internationally acclaimed Baltimore artist whose work reflects her view aspects of American popular culture, her African ancestry and the immediate world of her neighborhood.

21st Century: A Talk by Artist Joyce J. Scott will be April 16 at 7 p.m. in the College's Whitaker Campus Center.

One of the most significant and versatile artists living and working in Baltimore today, Scott is a printmaker, weaver, sculptor, performance artist and educator, but she is best known for her work in jewelry, beadwork and glass. She will trace her 30-year journey as a visual and performance artist using music and images, and discuss the important influences on her work—her mother, renowned fiber artist Elizabeth Talford Scott; popular culture; her African American heritage; and her urban Baltimore neighborhood.

Scott uses her pieces to offer a distinctive commentary on social issues such as stereotyping, violence and other forms of social injustice. She has exhibited widely across the country and in 2000 was the subject of a major retrospective at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Her work is in the permanent collection there, as well as in the Mint Museum, Spencer Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. She has received awards for her work from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation and the American Craft Council.

The event is part of the College's annual colloquium series, which is funded in part by a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant, and is also sponsored by the Rosenfeld Family Lecture series.

For more information about the colloquium, contact Rebecca Prime, Ph.D., Sophia M. Libman NEH Professor of the Humanities, at