The Cooper Union will be closed Wednesday, March 21, 2018 due to inclement weather. Classes are cancelled and offices are closed.

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 2017 Artists in Residence

Tammy Kiku LoganTammy Kiku Logan is an artist and educator working in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is a recent graduate of the Yale School of Art and received her BFA from the School of Art + Design at Purchase College. Tammy is the recipient of the Fannie B. Pardee Prize in sculpture and was awarded the Maya Lin Art and Architecture Scholarship. Tammy has attended residencies at the School of Visual Arts, Chashama and Freehold Art Exchange and is currently a participant in the AIM program at the Bronx Museum. Recently, her work has been exhibited at Abrons Art Center in New York, NY and Yve Yang Gallery in Boston, MA.

Kate Starbuck ElliotKate Starbuck Elliot is a native New Yorker currently living and working in Brooklyn. She received her BFA in interdisciplinary art from SUNY Purchase and her MFA in sculpture from Hunter College. She has participated in residencies and fellowships at the Triangle Artist Workshop, SUNY Purchase and the Fabric Workshop and Museum. Most recently her work was included in the New York exhibitions Drawing for Sculpture at TSA Gallery and In the Project Space at Storefront Ten Eyck as well as Hand, Finger, Digit at The Old Hairdressers Gallery in Glasgow, Scotland.

Julia NortonSimulated oases, adventure game shows, and gymnastics are amongst the varied references in Julia Norton’s (b.1985, New York City) ongoing exploration of environment, body, and form. Her most recent series, Things That Could Go Wrong in the Holodeck, builds upon Norton’s interest in spaces as sources of fantasy, reinvention, and things gone awry. Norton received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in 2007 and her MFA from SUNY Purchase in 2014. She completed a book project titled Dark Level that was published by Art Vandelay Press in 2015, and has participated in exhibitions at The Wassaic Project (2016), Yashar Gallery (2015), Scott Charmin Gallery (2014), The Richard and Dolly Mass Gallery (2014), and Sardine Gallery (2014), among others. She completed a residency at The Studios at MASS MoCA in November, 2016, and will be in residence in 2017 at Cooper Union in New York in the Summer and at the SÍM Residency Program in Reykjavik, Iceland in the Fall. This past Spring (2017) she began the Artist Educator Program at Dia:Beacon in Beacon, NY and presented a solo exhibition at Dread Lounge in Los Angeles, CA. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Florine DemostheneFlorine Demosthene is an artist, designer, educator and global citizen. Demosthene was born in United States and raised between Port-au-Prince, Haiti and New York. Demosthene earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design in New York and her Master of Fine Arts from Hunter College-City University of New York. She has exhibited extensively through group and solo exhibitions in USA, Caribbean, UK, Europe and Africa. She is a recipient of the Arts Moves Africa Mobility grant (2015) and of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2011). Her work was featured in the premiere issue of ARC (a magazine that is dedicated to highlighting emerging and established Caribbean artists). She’s a 2012 Keybholder resident at the Lower East Side Printshop in New York and a Guest Artist for the 2014 Dakar Biennale. Demosthene resides between New York, Accra and Johannesburg. She is represented in South Africa by Gallery MOMO.

Past Summer Artists in Residence include:


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