Karl LaRocca

Adjunct Instructor

Karl LaRocca a.k.a. Kayrock is an artist, writer, printer, musician, white crane kung fu instructor, graphic designer, product designer and computer programer. He is the owner of Kayrock Screenprinting, a commercial and fine art studio located in Greenpoint, Brooklyn where he has designed numerous posters, books, and records and worked with many contemporary artists to realize their fine art editions. Recently published books by Karl include "3x5 Matrix" and "32 Geometric Shapes". Karl was raised in Philadelphia, received a BA in studio art and creative writing from Oberlin College and resides in Brooklyn.

Stories About Space Travel But Before Space Travel, Acrylic on panel, 19.5"x19.5"
Stories About Space Travel But Before Space Travel, Acrylic on panel, 19.5 x 19.5 inches


  • 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.”

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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.