Norwood Viviano uses tools of mapping and materials of industry to make installations and sculptures, which consider various social and environmental factors leading to population changes in American cities. In his current series, Cities Underwater, Viviano visualizes the dramatic loss of land predicted to occur over the next 500 years in 16 US coastal cities, an area that some 127,000,000 Americans call home.
Viviano received a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work is represented in the collections of major museums including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Houston, TX; Museum of Glass, Corning, NY; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C., deYoung Museum, San Francisco, CA; Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA; Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic; Shanghai Museum of Glass, Shanghai, China; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI and the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA.
His work has been shown at the Venice Architectural Biennale (2014), Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX (2013); Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2015), Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park (2016), Bellevue Art Museum (2016), Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (2016) as well as at MOCA Jacksonville (2017). Recent solo exhibitions include Grand Rapids Art Museum in Grand Rapids, MI (2015); Heller Gallery, New York, NY (2011, 2014, 2016); Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk VA (2016) and Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY (2017-18).