Spirit House maquette: John T Scott installation, Shreveport
Originally uploaded by trudeau
Scott, a longtime Xavier University art professor who received the prestigious John D. MacArthur Fellowship — commonly called the "genius grant" — in 1992, died Saturday at Methodist Hospital in Houston, after a long fight against pulmonary fibrosis.
Scott was born on a farm in the Gentilly section of New Orleans; his father was chauffeur to the owners of Kolb's Restaurant. When he was 7, the family moved to the Lower 9th Ward.
His love of art may have been sparked when his mother taught him to embroider.
He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1958 and began formal art studies, earning a bachelor of arts degree from Xavier University and a master of fine arts degree from Michigan State University in 1965.
Hurricane Katrina forced Scott to evacuate to Houston, where his disease required two double-lung transplant surgeries.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Rita Scott; a son, Ayo Scott; four daughters, Maria Scott-Osborne, Tyra Joseph, Lauren Kannady and Alanda Rhodes; and six granddaughters.
An exhibit of his work entitled Spirit House is on display at Meadows Museum of Art, Shreveport. In addition to his work, there are t-shirts and jewelry based on his designs.
Tues . . . 12-4
Wed . . . 12-4
Thur . . . 12-5
Fri . . . 12-4
Sat . . . 1-4
Sun . . . 1-4