Emmy Mikelson

Senior Associate for Public Programs and New Initiatives

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 MFA from Hunter College and her BFA from the University of Iowa. Her work has been exhibited at Jack Tilton Gallery, NY; the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Brooklyn, NY; Paul Robeson Galleries, Rutgers University, NJ; Valentine Gallery, Queens, NY; Crane Arts, Philadelphia, PA; DiVA Fair Miami and the Bridge Art Fair, London, among others. Her work has been published in Direct Art magazine and the architecture journals Nova Organa, KTISMA and Ampersand. She has curated exhibitions for the James Gallery at the CUNY Graduate Center, NY Studio Gallery, NYC, and the Peter Fingesten Gallery at Pace University, NYC, as well as assisting with the exhibition and publication for the James Frazer Stirling retrospective at the Yale Center for British Art. She has been an invited speaker and participant at events at the New School, the CUNY Graduate Center, Maysles Cinema, Harlem, NY, and Pace University where she has also taught. She is currently an Assistant Professor Adjunct at Baruch College.

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.