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Biography: Norwood Viviano

Norwood Viviano

Utilizing digital 3-D computer modeling and printing technology in tandem with glassblowing and casting processes, Norwood Viviano creates work depicting population shifts tied to the dynamic between industry and community. “My material choices are meant to demonstrate the fragility of populations,” said Viviano. “I hope my work asks people to examine their own histories of migration, from personal and communal standpoints, just as it continues to help me navigate and explore my own.”

Viviano is an associate professor and sculpture program coordinator at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He earned a BFA in sculpture and glass from Alfred University, and an MFA in sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In his March 2012 Residency at The Studio, Viviano created urban and industrial landscapes out of kiln-cast glass as an extension of his previous installations. Viviano’s recent exhibitions include Grand Rapids Art Museum, Chrysler Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, and the Venice Biennale. Public collections include The Corning Museum of Glass, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, DeYoung Museum, and the Speed Art Museum. Viviano was selected as one of the 100 artists included in New Glass Now, a global survey of contemporary glass at The Corning Museum of Glass that opened in May 2019.

In May 2019, he was a David Whitehouse Research Resident Artist. During his residency, he researched cut, pressed, and molded glass artifacts and ephemera from Early American glass industries and the towns that grew up around them.