COCA presents Kevin Carroll: The Art of Sport + Play

A Personal Collection of Global Artifacts

Kevin Carroll’s first exhibition is a profoundly personal look at selected pieces of memorabilia gathered from his travels throughout the world. The heart of the collection is a group of handcrafted balls, created by children with found materials from their native lands. With a playful spirit, this exhibit tells a story about the universal power of sport.

Created for a wide variety of viewers, the social and cultural issues described in the work are especially meaningful to artists, businesspeople, and children. Sport and play are common human denominators and equalizers. No matter where you go in the world - regardless of socioeconomic, political or religious system - we ALL PLAY + we ALL SPEAK BALL. Stories abound about the use of sport and play as social innovation tools versus foes of the human condition - HIV/AIDS, gender equity, social inclusion, homelessness, literacy, natural disaster, conflict and many others. Sport and play are ever-present throughout our world and there are human catalysts who utilize it to inspire change and action.

Number of Works: 103
Frame Sizes: Various sizes
Space Requirements: Approximately 150 linear feet and 1500 square feet. Sequence and installation plan are modular.
Tour Dates: Fall 2012 through Winter 2014
Participation Fee: $5,000 for 8 weeks
Support Materials: signage and educational materials

Reviews and News:

KMOV St. Louis News Channel 4 - Great Day St. Louis Interview (July 18, 2012)
KPLR St. Louis News Channel 11 Interview (July 16, 2012)
Kevin Carroll Katalyst Blog


Kevin Carroll + COCA present The Art of Sport + Play!

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