Stitched Memories: Celebrating Elizabeth Talford Scott

February 07, 2024–May 12, 2024

Charles Street Building, Level 2, Treasury

Stitched Memories: Celebrating Elizabeth Talford Scott invites visitors to experience the artworks of Elizabeth Talford Scott (1916–2011). A Baltimore quilt artist, Talford Scott used quilts and other textiles to tell stories and to preserve memories.

Twenty-five years ago, the Maryland Institute College of Art’s (MICA) inaugural Exhibition Development Seminar (EDS) organized a landmark retrospective of Elizabeth Talford Scott’s vibrant mixed-media fiber works. Now, EDS students, guided by MICA instructor Deyane Moses have organized the Elizabeth Talford Scott Community Celebration, which brings together five museums and four universities across Baltimore City that have a significant history with the artist and/or EDS for a reunion of Talford Scott’s work. The installation at the Walters is part of the larger No Stone Left Unturned: The Elizabeth Talford Scott Initiative.

Curated by Kendra Brewer and Sasha Kramer with aid from Dany Chan, Associate Curator of Asian Art at the Walters, Stitched Memories: Celebrating Elizabeth Talford Scott reveals how materials keep memories alive in an intimate multi-sensory exhibition that aims to expand the recognition of Talford Scott’s art.

Visitors will see the works Chinese Pillow and Cloud Collar Fantasy by Elizabeth Talford Scott in conversation with Woman’s Ceremonial Collar from the Walters collection of Asian art. This installation provides visitors a unique opportunity to experience these works in conversation with Chinese textiles similar to those the artist used to create her pillows.

A touch interactive featuring materials made by Sarah Zenobia Barnes, Studio Manager and MICA instructor, is also included in the exhibition to provide visitors with a tactile experience of Talford Scott’s work.

Major support for “No Stone Unturned” provided by the Bunting Family Foundation and Friends of EDS. 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.