Tom Scott: Transcriptions in Paint

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Tom Scott: Transcriptions in Paint
December 4 – 12
Creative Alliance (off-campus event)

Curated by UMBC students, Tom Scott: Transcriptions in Paint features more than a dozen paintings documenting “conversations” between the artist and his creative output from the last ten years of his extraordinary career. Working almost exclusively with the form of the grid, Scott employed found objects, such as metal vent covers or wooden picture frames as stencils to create the grids. His pigments, which ran from austere black and white to electric pops of color, were applied using only commercial enamel spray paint.

Tom Scott’s artistic career spanned from the early 1950s through the first decade of this century. Professionally, he served as a former Dean at the Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA), an instructor at the Pratt Institute in New York, and as an art consultant to The Center for Urban Education after having received his MFA in painting from the School of the Art
Institute of Chicago. His output is remarkable in its quantity and quality, amounting to over 3,000 works by his death at age 85 in March 2013. His work has been described as something apart from the mainstream and major movements, yet not at all reactionary or retrogressive — exhibiting a complexity that defies easy categorization.

The public is invited to an opening reception on Friday, December 4, 6 – 8 p.m. A brief gallery question and answer session led by the curators with art historian and Jungian analyst, Simone Campbell Scott, will place the artist’s late work in context.

Programming will also include an opportunity for families and children of all ages to create their own abstract artwork inspired by the exhibit on December 5 from 12 to 3 p.m. as part of the Creative Alliance’s regularly scheduled Kerplunk! Free Family Art Drop-In.

Tom Scott: Transcriptions in Paint is curated by students from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a final project for their Museum Practice course, taught by Sandra Abbott, Curator of Collections and Outreach, Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, UMBC. The course is offered through the Visual Arts Department and is also available under the Entrepreneurship Minor.

The exhibition and events are free and open to the public. The Creative Alliance at The Patterson is located at 3134 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224. For additional information, visit here.

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