Joseph Riley

Adjunct Instructor
Technical Assistant - Type Shop and Art + Architecture Shop

Joe Riley is an artist and Master of Yachts 200-ton Offshore Limited Mate. He has sailed aboard 112' schooner Argo, biked atop abandoned railroads in the U.S., paraded a mobile radio network in Ukraine, and helped organize the longest student-led occupation in United States history while studying at Cooper Union. In 2013 he was faculty at Bruce High Quality Foundation University, a resident at Izolyatsia (Kyiv, Ukraine) in 2014, and teaches letterpress printing and metalworking at Cooper Union. He is a collaborator with the artist collective Futurefarmers and a participant in the 2016-17 Whitney Independent Study Program.

Whitney Independent Study Program 2016-17 Studio Exhibition, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, 2017
Whitney Independent Study Program 2016-17 Studio Exhibition, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, 2017.


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  • 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.