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Fiber artist who works with beads to speak Oct. 30

7:25 AM EDT, October 28, 2013

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Called the "Queen of Beadwork," Joyce J. Scott, an internationally renowned artist, will speak at McDaniel College at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

The Baltimore native is a fiber artist, sculptor, jeweler, printmaker, performer and installation artist specializing in weaving, quilting, beadwork and glass.

She is also active in arts education.

A descendant of three generations of storytellers, quilters, basket makers, as well as wood, metal and clay workers, her inspiration comes from her African American, American Indian and Scottish heritage.

Her beaded sculptural forms and neckpieces address political and social issues, such as gender, race and class struggle.

"I believe in messing with stereotypes, prodding the viewer to reassess. It's important for me to use art in a manner that incites people to look and then carry something home — even if it's subliminal — that might make a change in them," she said in a news release.

Scott has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Anonymous Was a Woman and the American Craft Council.

She has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the country and abroad, and is represented in major public collections at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, National Museum of American Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

Call 410-857-2595 for information.