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A longtime professor at Manhattan's School For Visual Arts is featuring some of his own works at a new Chelsea exhibit. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.

A giant TV dinner, the King and Andy Warhol with a Campbell's soup can -- all on a Carousel that spans the 20th century -- is just part of an exhibition at the Art Director's Club on West 29th Street that looks back on the career of Kevin O'Callaghan.

The designer and SVA 3D Design Program Chairman is one of five people recently inducted into the Club's Hall of Fame.

"We've done many shows here at the Art Director's Club and I've always kind of stared at that Hall of Fame Wall and saw names like Jim Henson and Andy Warhol and it was a dream, and I got the call," O'Callaghan said.

Some of O'Callaghan's wildest work can be seen in the exhibition including a giant typewriter and a massive television set. The Long Island native has worked on numerous films and music videos, doing double duty teaching the 3D designers of the future at the School of Visual Arts. He has been there for 29 years.

"That's what this kind of celebrates. All of these large sculptures represent all of the different major exhibitions we have done with the students over the years," O'Callaghan said.

Among those who are very proud of Kevin O'Callaghan right now are his current and former students including Adria Ingegneri, who has been his assistant for 11 years.

"I'm so proud of him. He belongs there. He should have been there a long time ago in my opinion," Ingegneri said.

Others who have been taught by O'Callaghan say his class is one they just had to take.

"I feel like very grateful for having the experience of being in a class like that," said Jon Nazareth, an SVA student.

"He takes any idea that you have and he makes it everything it can be and more," said Ameilia Modlin, an SVA student.

"He gives you like so much room to experiment and he sort of trusts that you'll do a good job," said Daisy Millard, and SVA student.

SVA Graduate Joseph Pastor now works with O'Callaghan in the school's workshop and says the exhibit is just part of his imprint.

"There's countless numbers of students who have gone through this program through Kevin. So to kind of set up a slice of this and kind of show that and celebrate that is definitely something special," Pastor said.

The exhibition will be on display through October 25.

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