Pat McElnea

Adjunct Instructor

Pat McElnea is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to video, his practice encompasses painting, photography, collage, and art criticism. Originally from Southern California, he received his BFA from Cooper Union and his MFA from Yale University. A recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant and the Schoelkopf Grant, McElnea exhibits his work nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include Clonlea Studios in Dublin, Ireland, the Weingart Gallery at Occidental College and the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende Arte Contemporaneo in Santiago, Chile. He has been in group shows at David Nolan, Marc Jancou, and Daniel Weinberg galleries. His work has also been exhibited at artist-run venues that include Soloway, Ortega y Gasset Projects, and gulflabor.org. His videos have been screened in festivals and exhibitions between Europe and North America. He also teaches video at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. 

  • 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.