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Joyce Scott named as a 2016 MacArthur Fellow

Among the winners of the 2016 MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grants is Baltimore artist Joyce Scott. Scott is a jewelry maker and sculptor repositioning craft, and in particular beadwork, as a potent platform for commentary on social and political injustices. In handmade works ranging from elaborate, over-sized neckpieces, to two- and three-dimensional figurative sculptures, to installations, Scott upends conceptions of beadwork and jewelry as domestic or merely for adornment by creating exquisitely crafted objects that reveal, upon closer examination, stark representations of racism and sexism and the violence they engender. Her work also includes performance art and large-scale sculptural pieces that incorporate traditional glass beadwork into pointed commentaries on American culture, the black female body and other subjects. This year's winners of the MacArthur fellowships were chosen for exceptional "originality, insight and potential." In addition to visual artists, winners include writers, scientists, nonprofit organization leaders and others. The MacArthur Fellowship, awarded since 1981, is one of the most pretigous in the U.S. and focuses heavily on creativity.

| Posted 16 Sep 23

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