For the past ten years, artist Norwood Viviano has used tools of mapping and materials of industry – ceramics, glass, steel, computer-aided modeling and rapid prototyping – to investigate the relationship between industry and population change in American cities. His current series, Mining Industries, uses transparent cast glass to describe changes to the landscape caused by the growth and/or collapse of industries in sites across Detroit, Houston and Seattle over the last fifty years.
Viviano’s work from his installation Cities: Departure & Deviation is being shown at the 2014 Architecture Biennale in Venice. In 2015 his work will be the subject of a solo museum exhibition at the Grand Rapids Art Museum and included in the planned MFA Boston exhibition Object in Flux. 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.