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School of Art Tours and Events

The Foundation Building of The Cooper Union

The Foundation Building of The Cooper Union

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The School of Art hosts small student led weekly tours for prospective art students. Space is limited to 15 and registration is required. Please Note: Weekly tours do not include a portfolio review. Portfolio reviews can only be done in person at one of our Open House events or at participating National Portfolio Day events. Register for a tour here!

Tours will meet in the lobby of the Foundation Building located at 7 East 7th Street where studios, facilities, and classroom spaces will be viewed.

Open Houses will be help in the fall, dates to be announced. 

The School of Art holds a series of on campus Open House events every fall. Each event starts at noon in the historic Great Hall which includes welcome remarks and an info session, followed by a portfolio review and student guided tour of the School. We will post the Fall 2020 dates once they are set.  

National Portfolio Review Day Events

If you cannot attend an Art Open House on campus, the School of Art participates in select National Portfolio Review Day events nationwide. This year the School of Art will be sending representatives to the below events. Please note, these events are first come, first serve and you must register with the host schools. Please visit for more info.

2020 dates to be announced but below are the events we attended in 2019.


Nashville, TN. Saturday, September 14, 2019 11-3PM
Atlanta, GA. Saturday, September 14, 2019 12-4PM
New Orleans, LA. Sunday, September 15, 2019 11-3PM
Memphis, TN. Sunday, September 15, 2019 12-4PM
Phoenix, AZ. Saturday, September 21, 2019 11-3PM
Milwaukee, WI. Saturday, September 21, 2019 12-4PM
Albuquerque, NM. Sunday, September 22, 2019 12-4PM
Austin, TX. Saturday, September 28, 2019 11-3PM
Kansas City, MO. Saturday, September 28, 2019 1-5PM
Dallas, TX. Sunday, September 29, 2019 12-4PM
St. Louis, MO. Sunday, September 29, 2019 12-4PM


Denver, CO. Saturday, October 5, 2019 12-4PM
Richmond, VA. Saturday, October 5, 2019 1-5PM
Minneapolis, MN. Sunday, October 6, 2019 12-4PM
Charlotte, NC. Sunday, October 6, 2019 12-4PM
Hartford, CT. Saturday, October 12, 2019 12-4PM
Boston, MA. Sunday, October 13, 2019 12-4PM
Chicago, IL. Sunday, October 20, 2019 10-2PM
New York, NY. Saturday, October 26, 2019 1-5PM
Philadelphia, PA. Sunday, October 27, 2019 12-4PM


Toronto, Canada Saturday, November 2, 2019 12-4PM
Washington, DC. Saturday, November 2, 2019 1-5PM
Rochester, NY. Sunday, November 3, 2019 12-4PM
Detroit, MI. Sunday, November 3, 2019 12-4PM
Baltimore, MD. Sunday, November 3, 2019 12-4PM
Seattle, WA. Saturday, November 9, 2019 11-3PM
San Diego, CA. Saturday, November 9, 2019 12-4PM
Los Angeles, CA. Sunday, November 10, 2019 12-4PM
Portland, OR. Sunday, November 10, 2019 12-4PM
Cincinnati, OH. Saturday, November 16, 2019 12-4PM
San Francisco, CA. Sunday, November 17, 2019 12-4PM
Cleveland, OH. Sunday, November 17, 2019 12-4PM


Miami, FL. Friday, January 25, 2019 11-3PM
Sarasota, FL. Saturday, January 26, 2019 12-4PM
  • 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.