Des Moines Art Center announces artist Joyce J. Scott lecture and display at DMACC

Posted on Tuesday, August 13, 2019

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Des Moines, IA (August 2019) 

On Sunday, August 25, 1:30 pm, the Art Center will welcome artist Joyce J. Scott for a candid talk about her life and work. Titled “Joyce J. Scott: My Best Voice is an Artist,” the lecture will take place in Levitt Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public; reservations required.*

Scott says, “They say, talk about what you know . . . that’s why I use myself and my career as a visual and performance artist as my platform. Being born in the 1940's and now living in the first quarter of the 21st century as an African American woman, I have a lot to say about what I’ve experienced. It all converges in my artwork. My joys and challenges, fears and evolution blend. Many feel artists live only for their work. However, I like many, use my practice to express my citizenship and commitment to change by speaking through it, of our social and political existence. My work’s beauty is a lure. I hone my skills because I believe in my craftsmanship and the message it can deliver through its excellence.
I’d like my art to induce people to stop raping, torturing, and shooting each other. I don’t have the ability to end violence, racism, and sexism. But my art can help them look and think.”

Joyce J. Scott’s sculpture Mistaken Identity (above) entered the Art Center’s permanent collection in 2018. It will be on view at the Des Moines Area Community College Urban Campus, 1100 7th Street, Bldg. #1, Des Moines, August 19 – 23. According to Art Center Director Jeff Fleming “The staff and board are honored and excited to be able to work with DMACC to place this sculpture within the community. We are thrilled by the opportunity to share Scott’s art with broader audiences.” He added this is the first time in the Art Center’s history they are showcasing a newly acquired artwork outside the Art Center.

“DMACC Urban Campus is absolutely honored to be a part of this innovative project to bring art to the urban core,” said Urban Campus Provost Dr. Anne Howsare Boyens. “As a community, we are privileged to have this access to world class art through the Des Moines Art Center. To increase that access to all communities is at the heart of this partnership with the DMACC Urban Campus.”

*FREE reservations and RSVP's can be made at by clicking on the EVENT RESERVATIONS bubble on the homepage. An email confirmation will be sent shortly after a successful reservation. Lecture attendees may also opt for a Lecture + Brunch option, which reserves a spot for brunch at the Art Center’s restaurant, Tangerine, before the lecture. (Cost of brunch: $25 not including tax, alcoholic beverages and tip). The restaurant will be open 11:30 am – 1 pm. Brunch-goers will receive reserved seating for the lecture.

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