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You Can Meet 2019 Meeting Featured Speakers on Baltimore Tours

Friday, August 16, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

Joyce J. Scott. © John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation- used with permission.Get to know Charm City by hearing one of Baltimore's best in the opening plenary address at the 2019 meeting, and meet the featured speakers in person during the pre-conference tours.

The plenary stage will be graced by the inspirational Joyce J. Scott, visual artist, songstress and comic wit whose knowledge and insights into her hometown have contributed to her remarkable originality. Joyce has invited participants in the Rowhouse Arts tour to stop and say hello.

On Wednesday evening, Joyce will engage in an eye-opening, spirited dialogue with Ashley Minner, Maryland native and artist/folklorist from the Lumbee Indian community of East Baltimore, who will lead A Walk through “the Reservation”—The Historic Lumbee Indian Community of East Baltimore on Wednesday at 9:00 am.

"A Conversation with Joyce Scott” will follow the AFS meeting Opening Ceremony, starting at 5:00 pm on October 16, featuring:

  • Joyce J. Scott is pure Baltimore. Born and raised in Sandtown-Winchester and Penn North neighborhoods, she is a consummate creator who has depicted her life and observations through song, dance, beadwork, quilt making, glass and other performance and installation arts. A graduate of Eastern High School,  Maryland Institute College of Art and the Instituto Allende in Mexico she comes by her love of the visual and tactile world through her mother, late-blooming quilter Elizabeth Talford Scott, a South Carolinian whose life in a family of sharecroppers paired her with traditional basketmakers, woodworkers, chair caners, and blacksmiths. Mother and daughter shared a love of things bright and beautiful, and a home until the elder Scott’s death in 2011. It came as no surprise to Joyce’s universe of admirers when she was named a MacArthur Genius in 2016 for her achievement in “repositioning beadwork into a potent platform for commentary on social and political injustices.” This year, she received the Smithsonian Visionary Award, for her work at “the pinnacle of sculptural arts and design,” and an honorary doctorate from California College of the Arts. Her work is increasingly found in public and private collections internationally. She is represented by Goya Contemporary in Baltimore, Mobilia Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Peter Blum Gallery in New York City.
  • Ashley Minner was born and raised in Baltimore County’s Dundalk community and is about to complete her doctorate in American Studies at the University of Maryland. She received a Masters in Community Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Joyce Scott is one of her mentors. Minner recently served as a Maryland Traditions’ folklorist and now directs the new program in Public Humanities at University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Find out more about these and other events in the 2019 Annual Meeting online program.


Photo © John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation- used with permission.


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