Summer Art Intensive - Instructors

ANDREW - PHOTOGRAPHY Andrew Fillmore is a photographer and educator based in New York City. He received his MFA from RISD in 2012. His book of photographs titled “The Scenery of the Business”on the theater of politics will be published by Sturm and Drang Press (Zurich) in Fall of 2015. He teaches at City College New York and works in the Photography Department at Cooper Union School of Art. Instructor Andrew Fillmore

Andrew Fillmore

ANNE-MARIE - DRAWING Anne-Marie McIntyre is an artist and educator who maintains a studio in Dobbs Ferry NY where she focuses primarily on ceramics and drawing. She received her BFA From The Cooper Union and her MFA in ceramics from Tyler School of Art. She currently exhibits at Bkbx Gallery in Gowanus, Brooklyn, where you can see examples of her most recent work. Instructor - Anne-Marie McIntyre

Anne-Marie McIntyre

AURORA - DRAWING Aurora De Armendi is an interdisciplinary artist and teacher, working most recently in the medium of printmaking and artist's books. She studied at The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY (BFA, 2005) and The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (MFA, 2009). She was selected to be part of the program Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) at The Bronx Museum of Art during 2012-13 and she was awarded a full year residency from The Center for Book Arts, New York in 2013. Her work has been included on group exhibitions at the Bronx Biennial (Wave Hill Garden, Bronx, NY, 2013), International Print Center (New York, 2009, 2012 and 2013), The Center for Book Arts, (New York, 2013) as well as in cities in the United States, Iceland, Hungary, Argentina, Cuba among others. She is currently teaching at The Cooper Union Outreach Program and Parsons The New School for Design, works as a fine art printer at Two Palms and is part of the executive board of The Cuban Cultural Center of New York.  
MILDRED - DRAWING Mildred Beltré is the co-founder of the Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, a socially-engaged art project in Crown Heights, Brooklyn addressing gentrification and community building through art-making. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Vermont. Instructor - Mildred Beltre

Mildred Beltré

DAVE - CREATIVE WRITING Dave Johnson is a poet and plawright. His works include: Baptized To The Bone, Dead Heat, Marble Shoot, and Sister, Cousin, Aunt/ Sorella, Cugina, Zia. Dave is a Visiting Faculty member of the MFA program at The New School and a Lecturer at Yale University. His newest work is a translation of the play, Gomorrah, based on the international best selling book by Roberto Saviano. And appointed by the Mayor's Office of New York City, Dave is currently serving as Poet in Residence for The Department of Probation of NYC. Instructor - Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson

HAISI - ANIMATION Haisi Hu is an animator and artist. She teaches Mixed Media for the Outreach Program. Born in Guangzhou, China, Hu immigrated to New York City at the age of fifteen. After earning her BFA at the Cooper Union School of Art, animation became her passion. 2005, she completed her first feature length stop-motion animation, “Once Upon A Life.” In the the following years, she has been working on her new animation “On the Debris of Affluence.” Hu currently lives in Brooklyn NY. Instructor - Haisi Hu

Haisi Hu

SAMUEL CHUNG - DRAWING Sam Chung teaches Drawing and is a NYC based artist working in painting and sculpture. Born and raised in New Jersey, he moved up to NYC to attend The Cooper Union to study fine arts. He graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2010 and maintains his practice as an artist.  
SAM HOLLERAN- GRAPHIC DESIGN Sam Holleran is an urbanist, interdisciplinary artist, writer, and educator. Sam works as a Design Educator at the Center for Architecture Foundation and the 92nd Street Y, and previously was on staff at the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP). From 2014-2015 he is the Participatory Design Fellow with the Design Trust for Public Space. Sam is a graduate of the Cooper Union, where he was the recipient of the Lubalin Fellowship for Typography and the Menschel Fellowship for Creative Inquiry. Instructor - Sam Holleran

Sam Holleran

STEPHANIE HIGHTOWER - CONTEMPORARY ART ISSUES Stephanie Hightower is director and teaches Contemporary Art Issues. Her paintings and drawings were exhibited in 2014 at the Flatiron Prow Art Space, the New York Public Library, and currently at Wuersch & Gering on Wall St. Hightower’s work was selected for the “Artists in the Marketplace” at the Bronx Museum and for one-person exhibitions at The Cooper Union on two occasions. Hightower was awarded residency fellowships with CUNY, hosted by Technische Universität of Berlin, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Edna St. Vincent Millay Colony. The Bronx Council for the Arts also named her as a grantee. In 2011 she was named the Education Honoree for NURTUREart for excellence in teaching. As Associate Professor of Art at John Jay College, she teaches drawing and painting. She has lectured for Learning Through the Arts for the Guggenheim Museum, and was commissioned as a muralist for Brooklyn Public Schools through the Rotunda Gallery. She was awarded the Potawatomi Tribal Scholarship for graduate study. Education: MFA in Painting (Minor in Art Criticism) Pratt Institute (1987); BFA University of Dallas (1982). Instructor - Stephanie Hightower

Stephanie Hightower


  • 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.