The Saturday Program Fall 2022 Open Studio

The Saturday Program opened the doors to its classroom studios last weekend, inviting the broader Cooper Union community to view high school students’ artwork and learn about their creative processes at the midpoint of the 2022–2023 academic year.

The Saturday Program is made possible by generous support of the Altman Foundation, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Jeffrey and Paula Gural Foundation, Keith Haring Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and the Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation.

All photos by Argenis Apolinario.

  • 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.