David Karoff

David has lived in Providence and worked in Rhode Island’s nonprofit sector for over twenty years in organizations such as the Rhode Island Service Alliance and the Rhode Island Foundation. Much of that time he set aside the making of art for other preoccupations. Recently he’s been making sculptures again, mostly in steel, some inspired by ideas he set aside to percolate years ago. He enjoys the quirky, using found objects, and seeking ways to express his (supposed) sense of humor. He’s known several students for whom New Urban Arts has been an oasis in an intellectual and psychic desert. Knowing that his best mentors took risks to get him to take risks, he looks forward to doing the same. This is his second year as an artist mentor. 


Years: 2007-08 2008-09