Norwood Viviano’s work from his installation Cities: Departure & Deviation was shown at the 2014 Architecture Biennale in Venice. He is currently included in the exhibition Crafted: Objects in Flux at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, his work will be the subject of a solo exhibition at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (Norwood Viviano: Global Cities) opening in late 2015, a solo exhibition at the Chrysler Museum of Art (Norwood Viviano: Cities: Departure and Deviation) opening in January 2016 and is one of four artists featured in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s 2016 Renwick Craft Invitational.
Norwood received a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His pieces are held in the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI and the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, as well as in private collections.
Norwood Viviano has shown his work internationally at venues such as the Venice Architectural Biennial, Prague’s Museum of Design, Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, and the Tacoma Museum of Glass. Viviano has also done residencies at Pilchuck and participated in the Creative Glass fellowship program in 2016.
50th Anniversary Visiting Artists
Viviano’s work takes statistical data and visualizes them into beautiful pieces of glass art. Viviano takes cities, populations, industrialism, landscapes, etc., and turns them into suspended air-glass pieces or three-dimensional glass worlds. For the 50th anniversary exhibition, Viviano chose to display pieces from his Manufacturing Cities series. The works are visuals of major American cities morphed into blown glass structures accompanied by vinyl cut drawings that illustrate the city’s population growth in correlation to major historical industrial developments.