Celebrate the BMA's 110th anniversary at the spectacular BMA Ball and After Party on Saturday, November 23, 2024.
EDS students and community partners at the Baltimore Museum of Art, November 2023. Photo by Traci Archable-Frederick
EDS students and community partners at the Baltimore Museum of Art, November 2023. Photo by Traci Archable-Frederick
Download Images

Event kicks off No Stone Left Unturned: The Elizabeth Talford Scott Initiative, a reunion of the artist’s work at five museums and four university sites across Baltimore City

BALTIMORE, MD (January 4, 2024)—The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) today announced the Elizabeth Talford Scott Community Celebration and kick-off for the No Stone Left Unturned: The Elizabeth Talford Scott Initiative will be held at the museum on Sunday, February 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. The event is held in conjunction with the BMA’s exhibition Eyewinkers, Tumbleturds, and Candlebugs: The Art of Elizabeth Talford Scott and celebrates the art, life, and legacy of the late artist. Highlights of the afternoon include a live musical rendition of Floating on a Thread, the exhibition’s music commission produced and performed by Bashi Rose and Adam Holofcener, with performers Michele Blu, Akilah Divine, Scott Patterson, and Cheyanne Zadia. Hear from MICA’s Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) instructor Deyane Moses and former program participant and educator Mygenet T. Harris as they share the impact, process, and history of the EDS program, and meet artists, educators, students, community leaders, and innovators during a reception catered by Xquisite Catering.

The No Stone Left Unturned: The Elizabeth Talford Scott Initiative brings together five museums and four university sites across Baltimore City for a reunion of Talford Scott’s work from February through May 2024. Each venue had students from the participating colleges—Coppin State University, Johns Hopkins University, MICA, and Morgan State University—working on a presentation of the artist’s work for their gallery spaces and organizing a free public program. Under the guidance of 2023-24 EDS Instructor Deyane Moses, the students met with the artist’s estate at Goya Contemporary Gallery to learn about Talford Scott’s legacy and met with staff from each location to determine the curatorial direction of their presentation and draw out connections to each organization’s collection, space, history, and/or audience. A description of each exhibition follows in chronological order:

Eyewinkers, Tumbleturds, and Candlebugs: The Art of Elizabeth Talford Scott

November 12, 2023 – April 28, 2024
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive | artbma.org

Nearly 20 innovative mixed-media fiber works demonstrate Talford Scott’s belief in artmaking’s ability to offer people an opportunity to break free of social limitations, evolve new ways of communicating, and nurture dreams. Her works incorporate unconventional objects such as stones, buttons, and sequins in heavily layered surfaces, with organic, unstructured shapes embedded with personal and worldly narratives and symbols. Among the exhibition’s highlights are Plantation (1980), a dazzling quilt that envisions the big dipper as a matriarchal beacon of freedom; and Grandfather’s Cabin/Noah’s Ark (1993–96), an exquisite story quilt that recalls memories of the cabin her grandfather built on Blackstock Plantation in South Carolina. The exhibition is guest-curated by MICA Curator Emeritus George Ciscle and organized by BMA Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Cecilia Wichmann. EDS student curators Aleem Allison and Maddie Hazouri created a Community Celebration Gallery featuring a timeline of Talford Scott’s life and career, a resource table with slides and materials from the 1998 retrospective, books for all ages, and a scrapbook of research.

Transcending Tradition: The Art of Elizabeth Talford Scott and the MICA Quilt Group

January 25 – March 10, 2024
Decker Gallery at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)
1301 W. Mount Royal Avenue | mica.edu

Talford Scott’s Covered Wagon (1983) was selected as it speaks to transitions, bridging her earlier asymmetrical scrap quilt work to her later fiber artwork with a new visual vocabulary of images, materials, and techniques. The exhibition also features examples from the MICA Quilt Group made during the pandemic. This long-established group moved from in-person get-togethers to an online gathering where 75 people across the country completed 14 quilts. A quilt by the EDS students will also be exhibited. EDS student curators: Miriam Arenberg, Alice Kil, Charlotte Witty

BLACK WOMAN GENIUS: Elizabeth Talford Scott—Tapestries of Generations

February 1 – September 30, 2024
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture (RFLM)
830 East Pratt Street | lewismuseum.org

Talford Scott’s early work, Stamps and Flags (1980), is the centerpiece of this exhibition positioning the artist as the mother figure to the featured Black women fiber artists, embodying the genius of their experiences. Talford Scott’s work is showcased alongside contemporary artists from the Chesapeake area in thematic groupings on ancestry, tradition, fiber narrative, and healing. Featured artists include Kibibi Ajanku, Aliana Grace Bailey, Aliyah Bonnette, Mahari Chabwera, Murjoni Merriweather, Joyce J. Scott, Nastassja Swift, Glenda Richardson, and Katherine Stewart Wilson. These intergenerational connections pay homage to the artist’s enduring legacy in the evolving realm of fiber arts. EDS student curators: Joseph Taylor, Simeng True

Reverberations: Disruption and Healing Through the Hands of Elizabeth Talford Scott

February 1 – April 18, 2024
George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries
17 E. Mount Vernon Place | library.jhu.edu/gpl

Talford Scott’s Rock Circle 2 (1993) and Grub (1993) are dazzling prayer quilts made to lay on the body for comfort and to ease pain. These artworks suggest art as a path to healing and repair—for individuals and for society. As Johns Hopkins University (JHU) grapples with its history of racism and discriminatory and segregationist practices, Baltimore-based performance artists are invited to engage with Scott’s work and consider how art fosters processes and methods towards repair. Visitors are also encouraged to share their views about how JHU might best contribute to alleviating systemic harms. EDS student curators: Ringo Lisko, Elijah Ramos

Kaleidoscope: Changing Perspectives

February 1 – May 19, 2024
The Peale
225 Holliday Street | thepeale.org

Talford Scott’s Water Lilies (1979) was selected for the beauty held within its subtle details. This quilt is presented in conversation with over 300 works from Baltimore City public school students participating in the Arts Every Day Annual 10×10 exhibition. The Kaleidoscope theme brings together a meaningful narrative about community, hopes and desires, fears, and reality. Just as Talford Scott valued community through her work, The Peale, as “Baltimore’s Community Museum,” serves as a wonderful space to allow these conversations to flourish. EDS student curators: Anahita Arun, Grace Flinchbaugh, Iris Ruvalcaba, Anika Shah

Material & Memories: Elizabeth Talford Scott and the Crazy Quilt Tradition

February 1 – December 1, 2024
Maryland Center for History & Culture (MCHC)
610 Park Avenue | mdhistory.org

Talford Scott’s Abstract #1 (1983), the first quilt by a Black artist in the MCHC’s collection, is presented with a selection of historic crazy quilts dating from the 1880s. Crazy quilts are characterized by irregular shapes and sizes of fabric sewn together and embellished with embroidery and topstitching. The exhibition also features recent works by the African American Quilters of Baltimore, audio of Talford Scott, and examples of needlework from the student’s families. EDS student curators: Izabela Cookson, Nathan Hrdlicka, Phoebe More

American Africanisms: The Musings of Elizabeth Talford Scott

February 2 – May 9, 2024
JELMA, James E. Lewis Museum of Art at Morgan State University
2201 Argonne Drive | jelmamuseum.org

Two of Talford Scott’s quilts: Africa (1985) and Bits and Pieces (1995) explore the themes of ancestry, family, and migration in conversation with West African textiles, photographs, and paintings from JELMA’s collection. These works relate to both the narrative of Talford Scott’s life and the African American experience. EDS student curator: Olubunmi Bakare

Elizabeth Talford Scott: ’98 til Infinity

February 4 – April 27, 2024
Cary Beth Cryor Gallery at Coppin State University
2500 West North Avenue | coppin.edu

Talford Scott’s Untitled (1983) quilt is presented alongside selected artworks by Blanche and Wendy Blackwell and the Gee’s Bend Quilting Collective, reflecting themes of joy, family, science, space, and universal love. These fabric narratives celebrate a rich artistic heritage, blending traditional styles with contemporary influences, and the exhibition serves as a bridge between generations, inviting visitors to witness the enduring legacy of quilting skills from the past to infinity. EDS student curators: Aleem Allison, Tori Carlisle, Deborah Mason

Stitched Memories: Celebrating Elizabeth Talford Scott

February 7 – May 12, 2024
The Walters Art Museum
600 North Charles Street | thewalters.org

This exhibition highlights how Talford Scott transformed source materials into tools for storytelling through two works from her “Chinese Pillow” series. The Walters Art Museum collection provides a unique opportunity to place these works in conversation with Chinese textiles similar to those that the artist used to create her pillows. In this multi-sensory exhibition, learn how materials tell stories and keep memories alive. EDS student curators: Kendra Brewer, Sasha Kramer


Major support for the No Stone Left Unturned: The Elizabeth Talford Scott Initiative is provided by the Bunting Family Foundation and Friends of MICA’s Exhibition Development Seminar. Community Day is supported by Lorraine Whittlesey & Markell Whittlesey. Printed and digital materials are supported by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund. The Closing Reception is supported by Carol and Jerry Doctrow. In-kind support is provided by the Estate of Elizabeth Talford Scott at Goya Contemporary Gallery.

About the Baltimore Museum of Art

Founded in 1914, the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) inspires people of all ages and backgrounds through exhibitions, programs, and collections that tell an expansive story of art—challenging long-held narratives and embracing new voices. Our outstanding collection of more than 97,000 objects spans many eras and cultures and includes the world’s largest public holding of works by Henri Matisse; one of the nation’s finest collections of prints, drawings, and photographs; and a rapidly growing number of works by contemporary artists of diverse backgrounds. The museum is also distinguished by a neoclassical building designed by American architect John Russell Pope and two beautifully landscaped gardens featuring an array of modern and contemporary sculpture. The BMA is located three miles north of the Inner Harbor, adjacent to the main campus of Johns Hopkins University, and has a community branch at Lexington Market. General admission is free so that everyone can enjoy the power of art.

Download PDF

Press Contacts

For media in Baltimore:

Anne Brown
Baltimore Museum of Art
Senior Director of Communications

Sarah Pedroni
Baltimore Museum of Art
Communications Manager

For media outside Baltimore:

Alina Sumajin
PAVE Communications