Artist: Norwood Viviano

  • Within my work, I balance a practice that intersects traditional modes of sculpture production and contemporary digital technology. I am fortunate to hold a position as an Associate Professor and Sculpture Program Coordinator at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, which has an extensive sculpture facility that supports many modes of making. At Grand Valley, I teach 3D Design in Foundations, a variety of sculpture courses, and a class exploring computer 3D modeling and digital fabrication. I live in Plainwell, MI, a small mill town between Kalamazoo and Grand Rapids, with my partner Sarah Lindley and our ten-year old son. In the studio, I am busy with an extensive research project – Mining Industries.Mining Industries is comprised of kilncast glass works showing aerial views of sites in the United States related to three cities – Detroit, Houston & Seattle – and the iconic industries associated with their evolution. Pieces in this series are comprised of stacks of clear kilncast glass blocks topped with detailed renditions of urban sites generated from converted LiDar scans data and output via 3D printing. Sanborn Maps and aerial photographs that reference a time of peak industrial power are layered in between the blocks, so that the imagery is filtered through the polished glass landscape from above and seen through the layers in the mirrored reflection below. The fragility of glass serves as a metaphor for balance between time, efficiency, and the inability of manufacturing to change and meet future needs. The project aims to reconcile the past with the potential futures of urban centers such as Detroit, Houston, and Seattle.I received my BFA in sculpture and glass from Alfred University and MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2001, I was the recipient of the Emerging Artist Award from the Glass Arts Society. Recently, I was an Artist-in-Residence at the Royal College of Art, London, UK, Ox-Bow School of the Arts, Saugatuck, MI, the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA, the Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY, and was awarded an Artists’ Residency, at the Kohler Company in Sheboygan, WI. Recent exhibitions include Zolla/Lieberman Galley, Chicago, IL, Heller Gallery, New York, NY, Art Miami/Context Art Miami, Miami, FL, and the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy. My work is also represented in the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI, Lincoln Motor Company, Dearborn, MI, and the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, as well as numerous private collections.

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    Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
    John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
    Kohler Co., Kohler, WI
    Lincoln Motor Company, Dearborn, MI
    Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic
    Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

  • 2014 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
    John H. Hauberg Fellowship
    Palazzo Bembo, Venice, Italy
    Venice Biennale, Best Exhibition Award, Global Art Affairs Foundation
    2012 Peter S. Reed Foundation Grant, New York, NY
    New Glass Review #33, The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
    Jurors Choice Award
    The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
    Artist-in-Residence
    Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MI
    Project Grant
    Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum, University Center, MI
    First Place Merit Award, Regional Biennial Juried Sculpture Exhibition
    2012, 2011, 2010 John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI
    Arts/Industry Artist-in-Residence (Pottery)
    2010 Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
    Visiting Artist-in-Residence
    2012, 2009, 2007 Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence, GVSU, Allendale, MI
    Summer Research Grant-in-Aid
    2007 Ox-Bow, Saugatuck, MI
    Professional Artist-in-Residence
    2006 Royal College of Art, London, UK
    (Residency and Workshop, Royal College of Art Foundry)
    2001 Glass Arts Society Annual Conference, Corning Glass Museum, Corning, NY
    Emerging Artist Award
    2000-2001 Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, WA
    PONCHO Artist-in-Residence
    1994 Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, WA
    Alfred University Partnership Scholarship

     

  • 2015 Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
    Mining Industries
    2014 Heller Gallery, New York, NY
    Mining Industries
    2013 Richmond Center for Visual Arts, Albertine Monroe-Brown Gallery, Kalamazoo, MI
    Ordinary Landscape (with Sarah Lindley)
    2011 Heller Gallery, New York, NY
    Cities: Departure and Deviation
    2008 University of Michigan, Taubman Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
    Trace
    2004 Lemberg Gallery, Ferndale, MI
    The Public Art Project: Billboard
    2001 Esther Claypool Gallery, Seattle, WA
    Installations