Janet Gorzegno

Professor of Drawing & Painting and Foundations


Janet Gorzegno teaches all levels of drawing and painting for the Department of Art and Design, and is a long-standing member of The USM Museum of Art Exhibitions Committee.  She has exhibited her paintings nationally and internationally, in solo and group shows, and has traveled nationally and abroad to pursue her creative research.

Awards for Visual Artist and Professor Janet Gorzegno include a 2015 Heliker-LaHotan Fellowship, a 2015 Mississippi Arts Commission Visual Arts Fellowship, residency awards at the Moulin à Nef in Auvillar France, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, the Ragdale Foundation, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.  Gorzegno has also studied Russian Byzantine Icon painting in the medium of egg tempera through the Prosopon School of Iconology, and fresco painting at the Accademia Caerite in Ceri (Rome, Italy), both with the support of faculty research grants from The University of Southern Mississippi.

Janet Gorzegno grew up in New Jersey.  She was inspired at an early age by her grandmother, who took up painting in her later years.  She attended Drew University where she received her B.A. in Studio Art, and then moved to New York City to continue her art studies at The New York Studio School of Painting, Drawing and Sculpture.  She received her MFA in Painting from Yale University.  Her current gallery affiliation is Bowery Gallery in Chelsea, New York City, where she will be having her next solo exhibition.