Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

A Rare, Public Glimpse at a School of Art Critique

A Rare, Public Glimpse at a School of Art Critique

Part of "Art21 New York Close Up," a documentary film series, a new video showcases a final class critique of an Advanced Painting studio

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Mayor de Blasio Speaks in the Great Hall

Mayor de Blasio Speaks in the Great Hall

Marking his first 100 days in office, the mayor delivered an address in the Great Hall after being greeted by President Bharucha, trustees and deans. In his speech the mayor called The Cooper Union an "extraordinary New York treasure," among other accolades

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Prof. Atina Grossmann Named as Davis Fellow

Prof. Atina Grossmann Named as Davis Fellow

The European history and gender studies professor talks about her work on a lost history of Jewish survival during the Second World War and the surprising personal connection she uncovered

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Shigeru Ban AR'84, Wins Pritzker Prize

Shigeru Ban AR'84, Wins Pritzker Prize

Modeled after the Nobel Prize, the Pritzker is awarded each year to a living architect for significant achievement. The jury took special note of Ban's humanitarian work in impoverished and disaster areas

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2014 AIGA Medals Go to Three School of Art Alumni

Stephen Doyle A'78, Alexander Isley A'84 and Abbott Miller A'85 will each receive the design field's highest honor, "in recognition of their exceptional achievements in the field of design"

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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.