John T. Scott, a New Orleans artist best known for large-scale abstract sculptures, has died. He was 67.
Scott, a longtime art professor at Xavier University in New Orleans who received the prestigious John D. MacArthur Fellowship -- commonly called the "genius grant" -- in 1992, died Sept. 1 at Methodist Hospital in Houston after a long fight against pulmonary fibrosis.
The New Orleans Museum of Art held a retrospective of Scott's work in 2005, shortly before Hurricane Katrina hit the city.
It featured a variety of works, including drawings, prints and huge metal sculptures.
"I have never seen the breadth of expression that I saw that day," Xavier University President Norman Francis said.
Scott's "passion for the historic contributions of African Americans in the arts, humanities and music was without limit," Francis said.
And, Francis said, Scott gave himself unstintingly as a teacher, wanting only for students to follow "the tradition, his tradition, of excellence."