The Visionary Woman Awards (VWA) are presented to women who have had major impacts in their fields, exemplifying excellence in the visual arts and design, arts advocacy or philanthropy. Proceeds from the annual VWA event support scholarships for undergraduate students in Moore’s Visionary Woman Honors Program.

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2022 Visionary Woman Awards

This year’s VWA will take place on October 19, 2022 and our awardees are interdisciplinary artist Janet Biggs ‘81 and quilter, sculptor, and painter Joyce Scott.
Janet Biggs Interdisciplinary Artist

Janet Biggs is a research-based, interdisciplinary artist known for her immersive work in video, film and performance. Biggs’ work focuses on individuals in extreme landscapes or situations, navigating the territory between art, science and technology. Her work has taken her into areas of conflict and to Mars (as a member of crews at the Mars Desert Research Station and Mars Academy USA). Biggs has worked with institutions from NOAA to NASA and CERN. She has collaborated with high-energy nuclear physicists, mathematicians, neuroscientists, Arctic explorers, aerospace engineers, astrophysicists and a robot named Shimon. Last year, Biggs sent a project up to the International Space Station as part of MIT Media Lab’s Space Exploration Initiative.

Photo by Katja Aglert.

Joyce J. Scott Quilter, Sculptor, Painter

Joyce J. Scott is a versatile artist from Baltimore, MD. She is a printmaker, weaver, sculptor, performance artist and educator, but she is probably most well-known for her work in jewelry, beadwork and glass. Her art reflects her take on all aspects of American popular culture, as well as her ancestry and her community.

Her pieces serve as a commentary for issues regarding race, politics, sexism and stereotypes. Of her own work, Scott says, “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….” She received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and MFA from the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Her work is in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Spencer Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. In 2016, she was named a Fellow of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Photo by John Dean.
Bio courtesy of Craft in America.

Watch the 2021 VWA Ceremony