2018 Student Exhibition: The Photo Gallery

The 2018 annual Student Exhibition opened May 22. Free and open to the public, it fills virtually every space of The Cooper Union with works by the next generation of artists, architects and engineers.

Open Tuesdays through Fridays, from noon until 7 pm, through June 10.

Here is but a small sample. Works from the School of Art are identified only by author. Works from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture are identified by studio, or by author in the case of thesis work.

Photos by João Enxuto / The Cooper Union

  • 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.”

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  • 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.