Carol Scott Art
"...A transcendence of time, space, and reminder of why primitive people worshiped the sun with its infinite light refractions."
"...so beautiful and imaginative - this work moves me like no art I've ever experienced in some time."
These are some of the words written about Carol Scott's original approach to painting - and rendering in colored pencils - the glorious spectrum of light reflected in crystal.
A New Orleans native, Carol attended the University of New Orleans, where she earned a Master's degree in Fine Arts, graduating Phi Kappa Phi, and was a Graduate Teaching Assistant. She established two Art programs, Ganus High School in 1979 and the University of Holy Cross in 1987. She worked as a teacher, a sculptress, married and raised her family while continuing to perfect artistic techniques in paint, metal sculpture, and colored pencils. Her vibrant use of color conveys an emotional impact in her work. She began to be noticed and was included in Treasures: 72 Colored Pencil Masterworks from Around the World. In Louisiana Art Walk, her work was referred to as "Points of Brilliance."
Named Professor Emeritus in 2018 by the University of Holy Cross, Carol has been the recipient of three endowed professorships. UHC commissioned her to create two mural size paintings, The Spirit of Our Lady, Blue Rosary, and seven ink drawings, these are on permanent display. Carol received theOutstanding Faculty Award for 2018.
In 2009, Jean Bragg Gallery of Southern Art proudly started displaying her work because of its uncommon style, expertise, and artistic versatility. In 2016, the gallery changed ownership and is now, Gallery 600 Julia St. The gallery featured her in a one person show, Finite and Infinite, in July 2016 and Pop Rock, in January 2017. The Advocate spotlighted the exhibition with a full page color display.
In addition to painting in the traditional medium, she is one of a few artists who have elevated the color pencil to a fine art form. The Colored Pencil Society of America's recognized her contribution to this singular medium by choosing her for the Outstanding Recognition Award for the Colored Pencil Society of America's 19th International Exhibition. In 2014, CPSA elected Carol to Signature Status and in 2016, CPX, Signature Status. Her solo show Crystallography in November 2011 was a summation of three year's work and explored in paint complexities of the refraction of light through crystals. At Jean Bragg Gallery the widely ranging theme shows, whether landscape, figurative, still life, or portraiture, attest to her consummate skill as an artist.
In 2013, the New Orleans Arts Council selected her work for purchase by the city to become part of their permanent collection. Carol has also served on the board and as Vice President of the Women's Caucus for Art - Louisiana Chapter. The National WCA selected her work for their Best of 2014 showing at Chicago ARC Gallery and the 2014 Calendar. Kathleen Deshotel of the Advocate said Scott's Art was "a standout... the art becomes even more stunning in detail beauty." In December 2014, her work was accepted in the 118th exhibition for the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club on Broadway in New York. In April 2016, she received an invitation from the Alden B. Dow Museum of Science and Art in Midland, Michigan to participate in the exhibition, Reflections and Illusions. Manhattan Arts International "The Healing Power of ART 2016" exhibition, curated by Renee Phillips selected her work as Second Place with a Showcase Gallery Award. Carolyn Edlund of Artsy Shark selected her as a featured artist. The New Orleans Arts Council in partnership with Resource Bank, selected her work to be featured for three months, in an exhibition at their CBD branch, and awarded her a grant. Scott's work has been shown in various exhibits, museums and collected throughout the country, including Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and as far as Argentina. She has created a pantheon of over 600 works of art and participated in more than 300 shows.
In the spring of 2018, Carol retired from teaching, to spend her time as an Artist!