James Carroll and the New ARTS Program (NAP) are universally considered among Keith Haring’s earliest supporters. In the late 1970s, across the street from the NAP offices in Kutztown, Haring established one of his first studios. Carroll, voracious in his support of emerging artists, embraced Haring and his friend, Kermit Oswald, and became an early proponent of their work. Over the ensuing years, Haring collaborated on a number of projects with NAP; even painting a massive mural on the studio floor. As his fame in the industry grew, Haring never forgot his roots; one of his last print editions was in support of a NAP benefit concert.
[Keith's] strength and attributes are in his improvisational lines, the spontaneity, the hurriedness, the quickness and the very raw natural qualities that are arrived at being fluid and momentary. His space is agitated and permeated with both short and long lines, and one is not able to pick out what is positive and negative space, as it is interchangeable in a dual ground-figure relationship of sometimes-social references.
James Carroll, Founder of NAP