Scott has held some of
the most prominent positions in the art world. He served as the
Director of the National Collection of Fine Arts from 1964-1969
where he initiated discussions which led to the Smithsonian Institution’s
acquiring the Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design in New York and the
founding of the Renwick Gallery devoted to American crafts and design.
He also helped to launch the Arts Embassies Program, created two
displays of contemporary American art at the White House, and expanded
the collections and archives of the National Collection, all the
while planning for that museum’s move to a new home. In 1969
Scott coordinated the National Gallery with the completion of the
East Building which opened in 1978, hailed as one of the most architecturally
distinctive buildings on the Mall. Before his retirement in 1984,
over two-thirds of the National Gallery’s million square feet
had passed through his office for programming and design review.