Three Cooper Graduates Selected as 30 Black Artists Under 40 You Should Know

February 27, 2013

Details of work by Malcom Davis, Sam Vernon and Awol Erizku

Details of work by Malcom Davis, Sam Vernon and Awol Erizku

The Huffington Post has featured Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know and included three Cooper Union School of Art graduates: Awol Erizku (A'10), Sam Vernon (A'09) and Malcolm Davis (A'05).

  • 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.