Joyce Scott

2019 Visionary Award Recipient

Joyce J. Scott was born Baltimore, Maryland in 1948. Scott is an African American artist best known for her depictions of racially and politically charged subjects, crafted from bead work. Scott’s works are influenced by a variety of cultures, including Native American and African. 

“I believe in messing with stereotypes. It’s important for me to use art in a manner that incites people to look and then carry something home— even if it’s subliminal.” 

Scott’s works are held in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

Scott’s numerous other awards include the MacArthur “Genius” Award in 2016, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Glass Society in 2017; an Honorary Fellowship from NYU Institute of Fine Arts in 2018; and an Honorary Doctorate from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2018.

Rago is privileged to participate in this exceptional event, celebrating these visionary artists and supporting one of our nation’s most important cultural institutions.

Suzanne Perrault

The Smithsonian Visionary Benefit Auction

Works Sold to Benefit The Smithsonian Institution

Rago is pleased to present The Smithsonian Visionary Benefit Auction within our Modern Design sale. This special section features items created by past and present Smithsonian Visionary Artists, all sold to benefit the Smithsonian Institution.

The Visionary Award, established in 2014, is presented annually to artists who are deemed by curators in the field to have risen to the pinnacle in the world of sculptural arts and design, who have works in major museums, and who have demonstrated distinction, creativity, artistry, and of course, vision in his or her respective medium.

Patti Warashina, the 2020 recipient of the Visionary Award, joins the small but prestigious list of past recipients: Joyce J. Scott, Faith Ringgold, Dale Chihuly, Toots Zynsky, Wendell Castle and Albert Paley. 

All lots in the Visionary Benefit Auction are of the primary market, unless otherwise indicated. They are being sold with all proceeds going to the Smithsonian Institution and will be shipped directly from the artist or the gallery. Rago is waiving the buyer's premium on each of these works.