American Craft

Honoring Accomplishments

WHILE SO MUCH IS ON PAUSE IN 2020, PEOPLE across the country continue to practice their crafts. Indeed, craft offers much to culture and to our lives at this time, reminding us of the importance of slowing down, reconnecting to the creative spirit, transforming raw materials into objects with beauty and meaning, and experiencing the satisfaction that comes with making things with your own hands.

So, this year it is especially meaningful to us here at the American Craft Council – the nonprofit publisher of American Craft – to honor individuals and organizations for exceptional artistic, scholarly, and philanthropic contributions to the craft field. We are delighted to introduce you to the winners of the 2020 American Craft Council Awards in the following pages.

With this award, five accomplished makers enter the ACC’s College of Fellows, which honors those who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of craft for more than 25 years. These new members have been elected by their peers and other leaders in craft.

We also celebrate the Gold Medalist for Consummate Craftsmanship, a career-crowning honor reserved for a previously elected Fellow; an Honorary Fellow for scholarship; the winner of the Aileen Osborn Webb Award for Philanthropy; and the Award of Distinction, which goes to a craft museum this year.

We invite you to cozy up, make some tea, and fill your cup with inspiration as you meet this year’s awardees. ~The Editors

Joyce J. Scott

Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship

JOYCE J. SCOTT WAS BORN TO make art. “People ask me how I started as an artist, and I tell them: ‘In utero. I came out of my mother’s womb. I had a little beret hat on. I was waving. I said to the doctor, ‘Move, you’re in my light.’ I think I had a cigarette and a martini, and I was ready,’” says Scott, this year’s recipient of the American Craft Council’s Gold Medal for Consummate Craftsmanship. “I don’t think I had a choice. My direction – my avatar, my point, that horizon – always had art splayed all over it.”

Scott, a 2016 MacArthur grantee, is a mixed-media visual and performance artist best known for figurative sculpture and jewelry made using freeform, off-loom bead-weaving techniques similar to the peyote stitch and its variations, as well as blown glass and found objects. She learned beadwork at age 5 from her mother, well-known art quilter Elizabeth Talford Scott, whom Scott refers to as “my

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