Visiting artist Philip Carey to present gallery talks Oct. 24-26 at KCC

Visiting artist Philip Carey.

Want to find out how thousands of chocolate wrappers can be incorporated into amazing works of art? Artist Philip Carey can tell you.

Carey, a mixed-media artist from California, will discuss his work and artistic process during three gallery talks this month at Kellogg Community College, where his exhibit “Trashing My Art: Arting My Trash” is on display through Oct. 27. The gallery talks, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Eleanor R. and Robert A. DeVries Gallery in KCC’s Davidson Visual and Performing Arts Center, on campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek, on the following dates:

  • 1 to 1:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24
  • 10:15 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25
  • 1 to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26

During the talks, Carey will speak directly to attendees and answer questions about individual pieces of art that make up his exhibit at KCC. The exhibit includes unique collage and sculptural installations created using nontraditional materials including illustrated business envelopes; 3- by 5-inch Post-it notes; and bandages used during kidney dialysis treatments related to a successful kidney transplant.

“I see the visual artistic potential in just about everything,” Carey says. “The everyday items that pass through our lives and usually into the trash are what I use as my art media. Items such as medical packaging, prescription bottles, chocolate wrappers, dreams, meeting notes, patterns in the sand, combined with drawing, painting and photography are what I use for my installations.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public for viewing during regular gallery hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

These gallery talks, as well as some private workshops with KCC art students, are sponsored by the DeVries Visiting Artist Series lecture fund.

Carey is an award-winning artist who has exhibited in museums and art centers throughout the United States. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Carey earned a bachelor’s degree in Exhibit Design from California State University Long Beach and worked a 40-year career that included designing, installing and curating exhibits for organizations across the country.

For more information about Philip Carey, visit his website at

For more information about the exhibit or other arts initiatives at KCC, contact the College’s Arts and Communications office at 269-965-4126.

High-resolution photos of Philip Carey speaking at the opening reception for his exhibit last month at KCC are available for download for use by the media from a Dropbox online at Photos are also available by request by contacting KCC Digital Marketer/Writer Simon Thalmann at

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