Emmy Mikelson

Coordinator of Student Exhibitions and Special Projects

Emmy Mikelson is the Senior Associate for Public Programs and New Initiatives in The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, where she administers the development of summer programs and the public events and lectures sponsored by the School of Architecture. She is the editor of the school's annual newsletter and manages the production of long reports, and administers other various projects and research.

In addition to her work at The Cooper Union, she is a visual artist and curator. She received her BFA from the University of Iowa and her MFA from Hunter College. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and recently received the Italian award the 2014 Celeste Prize in Painting. Her paintings have appeared in the magazines Fresh Paint, Paint Pulse, 491 and The Round: A Journal of Literary and Visual Arts (Brown University).  She has also published text and paintings in the architecture journals Nova Organa, KTISMA, T3xture, Moinopolis, among others. She has been an invited speaker at Parsons the New School for Design; Maysles Cinema, Harlem, NY; Pace University, NYC; and she was a guest curator for the James Gallery at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She currently teaches in the Fine and Performing Arts Department at Baruch College, CUNY.

Projects & Links

  • 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.