A special ticketed event titled “CONVO with the Visionary” will take place Thursday evening, April 25th, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in the Auditorium of the National Building Museum when 2019 Visionary Artist Joyce J. Scott engages in lively conversation with Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, followed by a Q&A. The program will be introduced by Diana N’Diaye, Cultural Specialist and Curator, Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
The CONVO promises to be educational, provocative, highly entertaining and the audience should perhaps be prepared to expect the unexpected. Tickets at $45 each include all day Thursday entry to the Craft Show (open until 8:00 pm) and one complimentary drink.
Joyce J. Scott has been named the 2019 Smithsonian Visionary Award for her extraordinary work in jewelry. Scott’s gorgeous creations in beads and glass wed visual beauty, and often humor, with provocative statements on race, violence, and sexism. Her art celebrates a family history of craftsmanship and most particularly her mother Elizabeth Talford Scott, a nationally heralded fiber artist, who taught Joyce to sew with beads when she was 5 years old.
Born, raised and still living in Baltimore, Scott was named a Macarthur Fellow in 2016. Her work appears in major museums nationwide, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Selected pieces will be on exhibit during the Craft Show at the National Building Museum.
Stephanie Stebich is the Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). Together with the Renwick Gallery, its branch museum devoted to contemporary craft, SAAM is home to one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. Following a recent major renovation of the Renwick Gallery’s historic building, the museum has pointed to new directions in the field of craft with exhibitions and programs that showcase the work of artists exploring traditional and innovative approaches to making. The 2018 exhibition No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man attracted 766,000 visitors, more than doubling annual attendance at the Renwick Gallery.
Joyce J. Scott, Photo by John Dean