Joyce Scott
Jewelry Maker and Sculptor
Baltimore, MD
2010 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by Andrew Glasgow.

Joyce Scott has been called the “Queen of Beadwork.” She is also a weaver, writer, and performance artist who performs solo and as one of the two members of the Thunder Thighs Revue. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and the Instituto Allende, Mexico. Descended from several generations of quilters and craft artists, Scott’s work is informed by her African American ancestry. Her intricate beadwork takes on social justice issues such as sexism, racial and class struggles, and genocide. In 2000, The Baltimore Museum of Art presented her 30-year retrospective.

Photo credit John Dean.

  • Artwork by Joyce Scott
    Gathering Water, 2009, glass beads, thread, glass jar, and wooden pipes, 8" x 8" x 4"; photo credit the artist
Artwork by Joyce Scott