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Eyewinkers, Tumbleturds, and Candlebugs: The Art of Elizabeth Talford Scott

January 15 - March 1, 1998

Born in 1916 in South Carolina on the land her family worked as sharecroppers and where previously her grandparents had worked as slaves, Elizabeth Talford Scott learned the art of piecing cloth from her mother. As the artist turned 82, this retrospective exhibition included her extraordinary quilting work–embroidered and beaded fabrics, ornamented with stones, buttons, shells, bones, and other unexpected materials. Her vibrantly colored and reflective cloths from around the world were assembled into asymmetrical shapes and pattern that expand and celebrate the traditional concept of quilt making.

A group of Maryland Institute College of Art students worked with George Ciscle, the guest curator, participating in the curatorial process and developing outreach activities and the Learning Center.

The Exhibition

Decker Gallery - Mount Royal Station

The Elizabeth Scott retrospective show featured 45 quilts and objects made in the course of her life. The nature of the work was playful and engaging for viewers of all ages and of particular interest to children. Information was provided to guide viewers through Scott's world of fantastic creatures and curious environments. Volunteers were available during scheduled times to answer questions and lead tours.

Meyerhoff Gallery - Fox Building

A Learning Center for the exhibit was open in the Meyerhoff Gallery. This discovery-based resource center contained books, games, hands-on activities, and a community made quilt. Visitors were invited to add to this in-process community quilt. This gallery also exhibited works by Elizabeth Scott's parents, her daughter, the Baltimore artist, Joyce Scott, and four recent quilts made by local recreation and senior centers.

Satellite Exhibitions

The Maryland Historical Society

An exhibit of crazy quilts entitled, "Crazy for You" was on exhibit from January 15 - March 1, 1998. The show featured four quilts: one by Elizabeth Scott, one from the Police Athletic League's recreation center, one from the Shilo senior center, and a crazy quilt from Jericho Mills, MD - the oldest known crazy quilt in America.

Community Outreach

Recreation and Senior Centers

In conjunction with the Elizabeth Scott exhibition, Maryland Institute College of Art students taught and learned the art of quilting in three recreation centers and three senior centers. The quilts produced in this process were displayed in the satellite exhibitions listed above.