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Cartoonist Alumni Share Their Work, the Published and the Rejected

This year is The New Yorker's 90th anniversary, so we reached out to three Cooper Union alumni -- Edward Sorel, Jon Agee and Liana Finck -- whose work has appeared in the magazine. This gallery includes some of their best known published work in addition to a few cartoons and covers that didn't quite make it.

Images 1 - 5 © The New Yorker & used with permission. All others © respective artists & used with permission.

  • 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.