Summer Art Intensive Special Events

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NYC Field trips

Each section will benefit from New York City Field trips that will enhance their chosen concentration.  Trips may include visits to world famous collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and private Chelsea art galleries.  Students will also view works from the archive of the Herb Lubalin Center for Design & Typography and from outstanding professional type designers selected for the Type Director’s Club annual exhibition at the Cooper Union.

Summer Artist in Residency

International artists selected for the Summer Artist in Residency program will talk to students about their careers and the site-specific projects created on-campus this summer.  The work of these professional artists will also be presented in the annual summer A.I.R. exhibition.

Exhibition with animation screening

To complete the summer art intensive, Cooper Union will host a reception for the Artists in Residence in situ projects, and for the student exhibition showcasing finished works in drawing, graphic design, and digital photography, which will be held on three floors in the historic Foundation Building.  During the exhibition reception, parents, teachers, and counselors are invited to join the entire Cooper Union Summer Art Intensive community in the Great Hall, where the student animation shorts will be screened.   Following the screening, a select number of students will present from Peter Cooper’s podium, the most outstanding pieces from the creative writing workshops.

Digital Portfolio

Upon completing the Summer Art Intensive, students will be provided with a Digital Portfolio (up to 10 pieces) to assist their college applications, and a 150 page print publication celebrating each student’s and instructor’s hard work, a highly developed curriculum, exciting field trips, and guest artists projects, and designed by an advanced graphic design undergraduate at Cooper Union.

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  • 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.