Professor John Gargano is a ceramic sculptor who became head of the ceramics program at UL Lafayette in 2000. He has exhibited work at museums and galleries in 14 states and received awards and artist fellowships in Ohio and Louisiana. Gargano earned a B.F.A. with Honors from the Center for Creative Studies in 1992 and a M.F.A. from the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
John has taught in the Studies Abroad Paris Program at UL Lafayette, participated in a residency at Watershed in 2011, given numerous workshops and lectures at regional universities and at Hartwick College in Onenonta, New York, and the Ohio State University. His grant writing efforts funded the creation of an outdoor kiln yard for the ceramics area at UL Lafayette. He built and maintains a 1200 square foot personal studio in Broussard, Louisiana, spends free time playing music with his band, and is often in Costa Rica surfing.