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PBS' "Craft in America" Highlights MICA

The Show Centers on Members of the MICA Community in its "Messages" Episode

Posted 05.01.11 by MICA communications

Joyce Scott, "Tanzanian Flayed Albino Man's Face"

PBS' show Craft in America focuses its attention on the MICA community in May as it showcases bead artist Joyce Scott '70 (art education). Scott is an artist who uses her small, delicate beads to craft strong messages of societal issues embedded in gender, race and class.

Leslie King-Hammond, founding director of the Center of Race and Culture at MICA, speaks about Scott's work and the overall importance of highlighting the broken pieces of our American history. She highlights American tradition and culture as messages that are important to express, particularly through craft.

"We must go back and reclaim the things that made this country what it was, and it was the craft tradition," said King-Hammond in the show.

Also featured is George Ciscle, curator-in-residence, who discusses the images and messages behind Scott's work, in particular Man Eating Watermelon, in which Joyce takes the image of an African-American man eating a watermelon and personifies it through her beads, showing his relationship with stereotypes and prejudices despite his attempt to escape.

The Baltimore Convention Center will be hosting a free public screening of "Messages" on Sunday, July 10 at 11:30 a.m. at the Buyers Market of American Craft tradeshow. The screening will be the opening of the Buyers Market and the featured event of the public open house and first-ever Collector's Day.

Joyce Scott will participate in a Q&A alongside Carol Sauvion, executive director of Craft in America, following the "Messages" showing. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

WATCH: George Ciscle talk about Joyce Scott's work

WATCH: Leslie King-Hammond highlight the messages embedded in Scott's art

WATCH: Joyce Scott discuss her use of beads to symbolize societal issues


To learn more about Scott's work, please click here.


Image caption: Joyce Scott, Tanzanian Flayed Albino Man's Face, 2008
Seedbeads & thread, 4 ½ x 3 ¾ x 1 ¼ inches
Courtesy of Goya Contemporary

Founded in 1826, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) is the oldest continuously degree-granting college of art and design in the nation. The College enrolls nearly 3,500 undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students from 49 states and 52 countries in fine arts, design, electronic media, art education, liberal arts, and professional studies degree and non-credit programs. With art and design programs ranked in the top ten by U.S. News and World Report, MICA is pioneering interdisciplinary approaches to innovation, research, and community and social engagement. Alumni and programming reach around the globe, even as MICA remains a cultural cornerstone in the Baltimore/Washington region, hosting hundreds of exhibitions and events annually by students, faculty and other established artists.