Artist and administrator


March 20, 1997|By John Dorsey

David Scott, currently enjoying a retrospective exhibit at Salisbury State University, has had a dual career as artist and art administrator. Now 80, he spent his early career during the 1930s and 1940s as what he calls a "realist in perception, a romantic in mood."

His self-portrait titled "Drafted" was painted in 1942. After service in World War II he returned to painting and his work became more abstract. Then, from the 1960s to the 1980s, he was an art administrator in Washington. From 1964 to 1969 he was director of the National Collection of Fine Arts, now the National Museum of American Art.

In the 1970s and early 1980s he was at the National Gallery, where he first coordinated gallery planning during the development of I. M. Pei's East Building and then the remodeling of the West Building. He retired in 1984, bought a farm on the Eastern Shore and resumed painting. Both his early and late work are on view at Salisbury.

Scott's early work appears at the Guerrieri University Center Atrium Gallery and his later work at the Fulton Hall University Gallery of Salisbury State University in Salisbury, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through April 16. Call (410) 543-6271.

Pub Date: 3/20/97

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