MacArthur Fellows Program

John T. Scott

Sculptor | Class of 1992

Rochester, New York
52 at time of award
September 1, 2007
Area of Focus
3-D Visual Art
Published July 1, 1992

About John's Work

John T. Scott is a sculptor who creates powerful, painted, vividly colored, steel sculptures.

His works are abstract, melding subtle references to the Caribbean and traditional African tribal arts with contemporary techniques and styles.  Scott’s sculptures often include kinetic elements and are especially effective on a large scale; he has received several public commissions in recent years.  He was one of the first African-American artists to exhibit in commercial galleries in New Orleans.


Scott is a professor of fine arts at Xavier University of Louisiana.  His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions at such galleries and institutions as the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the National Museum of American Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, the Kansas City Jazz Museum, the Sculpture Center in New York City, the Boston Center for the Arts, and the Tubman African American Museum in Macon, Georgia.  The New Orleans Museum of Art hosted an exhibition covering forty years of Scott’s work entitled Circle Dance: A John T. Scott Retrospective (2005), including his other works in silkscreen, etching, and woodcuts.

Scott received a B.A. (1962) from Xavier University of Louisiana and an M.F.A. (1965) from Michigan State University. 

Last updated January 1, 2006

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