Artist Residency – Summer Art Intensive

The Cooper Union offers four artist residencies within the Summer Art Intensive Program. The fellowships will be given to outstanding visual artists who will spend one month, June 28th though July 30th, on-campus developing a new project in the Painting and Drawing Department. The residency, which began in 1993, was created to support teaching artists whose professional practice in action, would contribute to the education of the summer program students. The residency provides spacious, sky lit professional studios, and an exhibition honoring the residents’ work. The exhibition will be organized by the Cooper Union immediately following the residency in conjunction with the pre-college Summer Art Intensive program. Applications will open in mid December.

The 2018 Artists in Residence

Rachelle Dang (born Honolulu, Hawaii) is an installation artist, sculptor, and educator. She has exhibited her work at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii Pacific University, the Korean Cultural Center of Los Angeles and SPRING/BREAK Art Show (2018). Upcoming exhibits in 2018 in New York include group shows at Nathalie Karg Gallery and Hunter College. She was a recent artist in residence at the Studios at MASS MoCA and will have an upcoming residency at Shandaken: Storm King Art Center. She received her M.F.A. from Hunter College and her B.A. from Wellesley College.


Rachael Gorchov, a painter whose work spans a variety of media, mounted a solo exhibition at Owen James Gallery in Brooklyn in 2017 and a two-person exhibition at Simuvac Projects in Brooklyn in 2016. She has exhibited at Im Ersten in Vienna, Catinca Tabacaru Gallery in New York, Driscoll Babcock Galleries in New York and The Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). Her work and curatorial projects have been featured in Hyperallergic, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Temple Review. She is a founding member of Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York. Gorchov received her BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and her MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. Originally from Philadelphia, Rachael lives and works in New York City.

Sara Murphy works with a variety of media, including wood, paper, fabric, drywall, ink and paint, with an attentiveness to understanding how we reconcile images to our physicality. Hybridizing 2-D and 3-D forms, she constructs deceptively simple objects that appear at once familiar and unidentifiable. Her work plays up the tension between the depicted edge and the physical edge to result in surprising instances of wit and slippage. Murphy is an artist working in New York City. She received her BFA from Memphis College of Art, and MFA from Hunter College. She also holds a Certificate in Art Conservation from Studio Art Centers International, Florence.  She was a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist’s Grant in 2016 and a 2017 resident at Shandaken: Storm King. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Cleopatra's in Brooklyn, NY, and at NADA, NY with Essex Flowers, and in group shows including 3 Sculptors, Rachel Uffner Gallery, NY,NY; For Views, Hercules Art Studio Program, NY, NY; Freedom Culture, The Journal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Habeas Corpus, Halsey McKay Gallery, East Hampton, NY.

Theresa Sterner is a sculptor and teaching artist living in Los Angeles.  Her work has been included in exhibitions at A.I.R. Gallery and Present Company, both in New York, The Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale, CA, GAIT and Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Los Angeles, Woodmere Art Museum in Philadelphia, SOMA in Mexico City, and various venues in New York, Philadelphia, and Portland, Oregon.  She has also participated in residencies at Ox-Bow in Michigan, Coast Time in Lincoln City, Oregon, and at the Stripa Historic Iron Ore Mine in Bergslagen, Sweden.  She received her MFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and her BFA from the University of Oregon, and she has taught at Tyler and Virginia Commonwealth University.  

Zach Trow is the currently based in Los Angles California. I the Fall of 2017, Zach was a fellowship recipient at Lighthouse Works on Fishers Island, NY. In the summer of 2016, he attended Coast Time Residency on the Oregon Coast in collaborated with Theresa Sterner. During the academic year of 2015/2016, he was awarded the Fountainhead Teaching Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University in Sculpture. He earned dual degrees in Japanese and Sculpture at the University of Oregon, and a MFA in Sculpture at Hunter College in 2014. In 2013, he completed a study abroad program at the The Universität der Künste Berlin, Germany and mounted a two-person Exhibition at Greusslich Contemporary. In 2014, Zach was awarded a full scholarship to SOMA Summer Mexico City, and exhibited at Bikini Wax during his stay in Mexico. His solo exhibitions include Reynolds Gallery in Richmond Virginia, Doppler Gallery in Portland, OR and has participated in exhibitions in Philadelphia, New York, and Los Angeles.

Past Summer Artists in Residence include:


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