Awards were given in five categories: individual artist, arts educator, arts patron, small business and large business. A distinguished panel of judges with experience in various artistic disciplines reviews the nominations, which are received from people throughout the state.
This year's award winners included Joyce J. Scott of Baltimore, an artist, lecturer, teacher and international performer. Her creative works include fiber art, jewelry, sculpture and print, and she is considered one of the most skilled bead artists in the world. Herwork has been included in such private and public collections as the Philadelphia Museum, the American Craft Museum (New York), the Renwick Gallery (Washington, DC), the Baltimore Museum of Art and the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The BMA exhibited a 30-year retrospective of her work last year, entitled "Joyce J. Scott: Kickin' it with the Old Masters."
Dr. Nathan Mitchell Carter, Jr., chair of the Department of Fine Arts at Morgan State University, also received an award. Dr. Carter also directs the university's Performing Arts Series and its acclaimed University Choir, which has traveled throughout the US, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.
Doris E. Patz, a Baltimore writer and musician, was another Baltimore honoree. She was instrumental in establishing the University of Maryland University College Maryland Artists Collection, the largest and most comprehensive collection of Maryland artists in the state, with over 350 works by artists who were born or lived in the state. The collection has since been named in her honor. Ms. Patz and her husband, attorney Nathan Patz, have established a challenge grant to fund the maintenance and conservation of the collection.
For more information about award-winners, or about Maryland Citizens for the Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Ellicott City, call 203-1301.