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History[ edit ] Founding and early history[ edit ] The Cooper Union was founded in  by American industrialist Peter Cooperwho was a prolific inventor, successful entrepreneur, and one of the richest businessmen in the United States.
Cooper was a workingman's son who had less than a year of formal schooling, and yet became an industrialist and inventor. Cooper designed and built America's first steam railroad engineand made a fortune with a glue factory and iron foundry. After achieving wealth, he turned his entrepreneurial skills to successful ventures in real estateinsurance and railroads.
The interior of the Great Hall, c. To achieve these goals, Cooper designated the majority of his wealth, primarily in the form of real estate holdings, to the creation and funding of The Cooper Union, a tuition-free school with courses made freely available to any applicant.
According to The New York Times in"Those [students] only are supposed to pay anything who are abundantly able, or prefer to do so. People with limited funds could obtain tuition in studies and receive knowledge from branches of higher education where all were welcomed, free of charge, to the opportunities the institution grants.
Since the opening of this institute all who desire, and particularly those who work for their own support, can avail themselves, free of charge, of all the advantages the institution affords.
Development after founding[ edit ] Originally intended to be named simply "the Union," the Cooper Union began with adult education in night classes on the subjects of applied sciences and architectural drawingas well as day classes primarily intended for women on the subjects of photography, telegraphy, typewriting and shorthand in what was called the college's Female School of Design.
The early institution also had a free reading room open day and night, and a new four-year nighttime engineering college for men and a few women. Tiemann John E.
The Cooper Union's free classes — a landmark in American history and the prototype for what is now called continuing education — have evolved into three schools: Peter Cooper's dream of providing an education "equal to the best" has since become reality. Sincethe Cooper Union has educated thousands of artists, architects, and engineers, many of them leaders in their fields.
Petersenone of the founders of the American Institute of Architects. It was the first structure in New York City to feature rolled-iron I-beams for structural support; Peter Cooper himself invented and produced these beams.
Douglas on the question of federal power to regulate and limit the spread of slavery to the federal territories and new States.
It is now referred to as the Cooper Union Address.
It is the stage for Cooper Union's commencement ceremony as well as the annual student orientation meeting for incoming freshman students. Cooper Union's Great Hall was also the site of the school's inauguration, whose primary address was given by the school's founder Peter Cooper on November 2, When not occupied by external or hosted events, the Great Hall is made accessible to students and faculty for large lectures and recreational activities, including the school's annual Culture Show.
The audience seats, which had not been altered since a prior renovation inwere replaced by modern seating designed to replicate the unique shape of the original furniture.
The hallway and lobby leading to the Great Hall were also redecorated during the renovation period, with additions featuring historical information and primary source documents relevant to the space.
Inthe Great Hall hosted a musical tribute devoted to the men, women and children affected by the American Civil War over years before. At present, these three fields represent Cooper Union's degree programs exclusively. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies provides classes and faculty to all three programs.
In SeptemberCooper Union opened its Student Residence Hall, located across 3rd Avenue from the Foundation Building, as the school's first-ever on-campus housing resource. In addition to resident assistantsthe Residence Hall provides living spaces for incoming freshman students of all three schools.At the level, courses in Drawing & Painting provide a material and conceptual knowledge base, moving through techniques and mediums, and developing skills from basic drawing to digital imaging.
A variety of approaches to painting include mixed media and . Third-year students who wish to take Drawing & Painting Thesis in fourth year must submit a Drawing & Painting Thesis Application form to the Faculty of Art office (Room , McCaul) by Friday, March 16, Amitabh Kumar Amitabh Kumar is a media practitioner.
Trained as a painter from the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU Baroda, Amitabh has worked with the Sarai Media Lab, Delhi, where he researched and made comics, programmed events, designed print media and co-curated an experimental art space.
Faculty Bios Joseph Ayers. Joseph Ayers is an artist and educator who earned a BA in from the University of New Orleans in Digital Media, and an MFA in from Hunter College NYC in . Drawing & Painting Choose a career in studio practice and exhibitions, teaching and lecturing, arts administration, graphic design, illustration and mural work, art conservation and restoration "Ensnared" by Linda Chalmers shown in the exhibition Next Big Thing, April 28, - May 22, History Founding and early history.
The Cooper Union was founded in by American industrialist Peter Cooper, who was a prolific inventor, successful entrepreneur, and one of the richest businessmen in the United initiativeblog.com was a workingman's son who had less than a year of formal schooling, and yet became an industrialist and inventor.