Elizabeth Talford Scott. Hourglass. 1984. The Baltimore Museum of Art: Collectors Circle Fund for Art by African Americans, Baltimore Appliqué Society Fund, and purchased as the gift of the Joshua Johnson Council, and Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Greif, Jr., Lutherville, Maryland, BMA 2012.225. © Estate of Elizabeth Talford Scott

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


Twenty innovative mixed-media fiber works demonstrate Elizabeth 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 innovate the practice of quilting by incorporating unconventional objects such as stones, buttons, and sequins in heavily layered surfaces. Among the highlights of this exhibition is Grandfather’s Cabin/Noah’s Ark (1993–96), an exquisite story quilt that recalls memories of the cabin Talford Scott’s grandfather built on Blackstock Plantation in South Carolina.

A community celebration of the artist’s work with eight other exhibitions at Baltimore museums and colleges will be presented from February to May 2024.


This exhibition is guest curated by George Ciscle, MICA Curator-in-Residence Emeritus, and organized by Associate Curator of Contemporary Art Cecilia Wichmann.

Major support provided by the Bunting Family Foundation.

Music commission supported by Doreen Bolger, Retired BMA Director, and Amy Raehse, Goya Contemporary Gallery, in honor of George Ciscle, an extraordinary curator and creator of MICA’s transformative Curatorial Practice program and Exhibition Development Seminar.

Community Day supported by Lorraine Whittlesey & Markell Whittlesey.

Printed and digital materials supported by the William G. Baker, Jr. Memorial Fund.

Accessibility resources supported by Robbye Apperson & Kevin Apperson.

In-kind support provided by the Estate of Elizabeth Talford Scott at Goya Contemporary Gallery.