JSU Art Galleries

Johnson Hall Gallery Department of Art
1400 JR Lynch Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39217
Monday-Friday, 8:30am until 5:00pm

College of Liberal Art Gallery:
Dollye M.E. Robinson Liberal Arts Building
1400 JR Lynch Street
Monday-Friday, 9:00a – 5:00p

JSU Downtown Campus
101 W. Capital Street
Jackson, MS 39201
Monday-Friday, 9:00a – 5:00p

Lorenzo Gayden: The Color of Music

Lorenzo Gayden/Artist and Owner of






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Lorenzo Gayden is a native of Jackson, MS and a proud product of Jackson Public Schools who graduated from Lanier High School.  He discovered a love for creating art at an early age, but his focus on art shifted to academics and music.  A number of years later, after attending Mississippi State University as an engineering student, he noticed something was missing from his life; this is when a trusted friend suggested that he reacquaint himself with a long lost love for art while integrating this with his passion for music.  This led him to Jackson State University to pursue a Fine Art Studio major with an emphasis in 3-D design and painting.  It was here that Lorenzo’s art career began to take flight.

Lorenzo has entered and won juried art competitions, including a Best of Show award and two purchase awards personally selected by the previous President of JSU (Dr. Ronald Mason).  He subsequently went on to have solo and group exhibitions at Seven Studioz*, The Smith Robertson Museum, Jackson Municipal Art Gallery, the B.B. King Museum, and the Delta Interpretive Center.  He has placed frequently at the annual Storyteller’s Ball Juried Art Show sponsored by the Greater Jackson Arts Council, winning first place in 2014.  He has active collectors from California to Washington, D.C. as well as locally. 

Despite these accomplishments, Mr. Gayden had a desire to make an even bigger impact on the Arts community here in Jackson.  In 2008, he set out to open Sanaa Gallery.   Here, he has not only exhibited his own art at Sanaa Gallery but also local art luminaries such as Harold Miller, Professor Johnnie Mae Mayberry, and the late Gwendolyn Magee.

Currently, Lorenzo is a practicing artist, gallery owner (, and musician/co-founder of the Southern Komfort Brass Band.