The Cooper Union will be closed Wednesday, March 21, 2018 due to inclement weather. Classes are cancelled and offices are closed.

School of Art

Upcoming Events & Exhibitions

  • Jennifer Packer, Jordan (detail), 42" x 54”, oil on canvas, 2014

    A Free, Public Lecture by Jennifer Packer

    Jennifer Packer, Alex Katz Chair in Painting (Fall ’17), will give a lecture about her work.

  • Avant-Garde in the Anthropocene

    Joan Retallack, a poet and essayist, appears in a free public event as part of the Intra-Disciplinary Seminar series

  • Mar 27 Opening Receptions

    Senior presentations by Olivia Hagerty and Victor Sylva; Joel Polanco and Xavier Polanco; Maya Ramos; Oskar Russakis; and student shows by Ben Werther and Grace Volinksy; and Printmaking



  • 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.