Introducing betterArts Resident Kevin Carr

Kevin Carr is a 22-year-old artist from Canandaigua, N.Y., who has joined us for the month of September through a betterArts residency.

He attended Alfred University's School of Art and Design to receive a bachelor of fine arts with a minor in women's studies. He has also served as director of Alfred University's Robert C. Turner Student Gallery, and as a teaching assistant at his school's painting department. His work has appeared in several galleries and in print.

Kevin Carr.
"A lot of my work is about collections of objects that are often overlooked because they appear insignificant," Kevin told us, "but when displayed in large masses they become significant and make people think about what the object really is, what it does, and why it is so small.

"For a while, I have wanted to create works involving recycled items, things that would normally be thrown away or tossed somewhere to sit forever. Imagine thousands of beer bottle caps, bread clips, plastic grocery bags, or discarded receipts shown or displayed together in a systematic way. This would draw the viewer's attention to how throwing away something small like a rubber band or a toilet paper tube can actually cause a large amount of waste when 15 million other people also just threw away one of these objects.

"I aim to bring my creative and systematic way of lying out and creating work to prove a point about waste with a project about recycling. I would collect things like the above from households and businesses that would be willing to collect the items. I would reuse them to make new and exciting sculptures and paintings that promote recycling and sustainability."

Check out these bright samples of Kevin's work:

You can see Kevin's installation at Better Farm from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in conjunction with Jefferson County's First Annual Harvest Tour Weekend.
Better Farm is located at 31060 Cottage Hill Road, Redwood NY, 13679. Those locals who would like to donate items for his sculptures can contact us at (315) 482-2536 or


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.