Culture Quilt

An exhibition of John T. Scott Woodcuts


Philadelphia, PA- The Printed Image Gallery at Brandywine Workshop and Archives (BWA) will celebrate the art and life of John T Scott (1940-2007) with a new exhibition, Culture Quilt, a series of very large wood relief prints. The exhibition opens at 730 South Broad Street with a free public reception at 5:30 PM Friday, February 22, 2019 and after a series of free educational programs, concludes on April 28th.

As a multi-media, master artist and exceptional educator and cultural activist, Scott practiced and taught ceramics, sculpture, painting, and printmaking. While he was a true craftsman, Scott also embraced technology and used it to enhance his work in traditional media.  Scott’s creative process, as evidenced in Culture Quilt, included the use of chain- saws, drills (drimmel) , router and other power tools to create a variety of lines and texture.  Culture Quilt will continue a year-long emphasis on relief printing that began with the Printed image Gallery’s fall exhibition of experimental and highly innovative prints by Romas Viesulas, an internationally celebrated master printmaker.

Scott was raised in New Orleans Louisiana, studied at Xavier University (LA) and Michigan State University before returning to his hometown and chairing the Art Department at Xavier University for more than four decades.  For his excellence as an artist, he received the McArthur Foundation Genius Award (1996) and, for his excellence as a teacher and contributor to the culture and community of the Crescent City, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) in 2018 won a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities  (NEH) to build the John T Scott Center in downtown New Orleans. Among his many large public sculptures, Philadelphia is graced with Five Rings for Philly Joe, a hanging metal sculpture that pays tribute to the amazing jazz drummer Philly Joe Jones, in the southeast lobby of the Pennsylvania Convention Center at 13th and Arch Streets.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be free Artist Talks and Panel Discussions in the gallery exploring Scott’s aesthetic ideas and themes, Latin American history and influences in relief printmaking, digital and other new technologies.  Since jazz is synonymous with New Orleans and is a major influence in Scott’s “visual thinking,”  The Clef Club of Jazz will be on-hand with musicians at the opening reception. 

BWA is a diversity –driven cultural organization founded in 1972 to support fine art printmaking and create opportunities for students, professional artists and the public to learn, value and engage in the print medium through the lens of local, national and global perspectives.

For more information, contact BWA at 215.546.3675 or email us at

John T. Scott poses for a photograph in the studio surrounded by experiments.

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