John T. Scott was a sculptor, painter, printmaker, and collagist born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned a BA at the Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans and an MFA from Michigan State University in East Lansing, where he studied under painter Charles Pollock. He also taught at Xavier University for 40 years.
Among Scott’s awards and honors received are a grant to study under sculptor George Rickey, an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Michigan State University, an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Tulane University in New Orleans, and a MacArthur "Genius Grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
His works are in several permanent collections including The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, The Louisiana State University Museum of Art in the Shaw Center for the Arts in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; The Amistad Research Center Collection at Tulane University in New Orleans, The Blanche and Norman C. Francis Collection at the Xavier University of Louisiana, Loyola University in New Orleans, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas; The Scripps College in Claremont, California; The Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC; Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee; Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in New Orleans, and the Baltimore Museum of Art in Maryland.