Norwood Viviano’s work is about change. Utilizing digital 3D computer modeling and printing technology in tandem with glass blowing and casting processes, he creates work depicting population shifts tied to the dynamic between industry and community. By showing how landscapes and populations move and are modified as a result of industry, his work creates a 3D lens to view that which is invisible or forgotten. His use of blown glass forms and vinyl cut drawings are micro-models of macro changes at the regional, national, and international level.
Viviano’s work from his installation Cities: Departure & Deviation was shown at the 2014 Architecture Biennale in Venice. In 2015, his work was the subject of a solo museum exhibition at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and included in the MFA Boston exhibition Crafted: Object in Flux. In 2016, his work is the subject of a solo museum exhibit at the Chrysler Museum of Art and will be included in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery exhibition Visions and Revisions: Renwick 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 Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI; and the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, as well as in private collections. Norwood is currently an Associate Professor and Sculpture Program Coordinator at Grand Valley State University.