Amy Papaelias

Instructor, Continuing Education

Amy Papaelias is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at SUNY New Paltz, where she teaches web design, typography, and senior thesis. She has written for Adobe Create magazine, and TypeNetwork, among many other type and design-related publications. When not social distancing, you can find her speaking about her research and teaching at conferences and events such as American Printing History Association conference, the Type Directors Club, and TypeCon. She helps keep the lights on at, a network that supports and promotes the work of women in type and the lettering arts. 

  • 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.