Josette Urso


Josette Urso, M.F.A., University of South Florida. Recipient of awards including a Gottlieb Award (2013), two Pollock-Krasner Foundation grants, the Mid-Atlantic NEA and the Basil H. Alkazzi Award. Residencies include Yaddo, Stock 20, Taiwan; AIEP American Artist's Abroad, Cambodia; Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Ireland; Camargo Foundation, France; Ucross; Millay and the VCCA. In New York City, her artwork has been shown at the Drawing Center, the Bronx Museum, Markel Fine Arts, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Storefront, Norte Maar, DFN Gallery, Julie Saul Gallery, lyonswiergallery and in Chicago at the Gescheidle Gallery. 


  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.