School of Art

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

  • Inventing the Past

    A free, public talk by Tinashe Mushakavanhu on the absence of history in Zimbabwe, and how the country's creative writers have filled in the gaps

  • Attention Ecology in the Digital Age

    Yves Citton delivers a free, public lecture on how education, research, and art institutions might better be conceived as “laboratories of curiosity”, so that our “attentional crisis” is recast

  • Rewriting Painting

    Barry Schwabsky and a panel of leading painters - all graduates School of Art graduates - and critics debate the state of contemporary painting 

  • 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.