End of Year Show 2016: The Photo Gallery

An annual tradition at The Cooper Union, the End of Year Show lets students from all three schools exhibit work completed during the past two semesters. On display from May 23 to June 12, this year's show highlighted inventive and rigorous examples of student work from a snow-shoveling robot to daring proposals for interventions into the cityscape of New York. Art works ran a wide gamut of media including fabric work, photography, graphic design, video making, painting, sculpture and drawing.

Photos below by João Enxuto, taken on opening night, May 23, 2016. As is traditional with the show, works from the School of Art are not identified by a title, but only by the artist's name and year. Likewise, works from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture are identified most often only by the studio in which they were created, without a specific author. Click the links to see more student work from the End of Year Show in architecture and engineering.


  • 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.