Mining Industries is comprised of kilncast glass works showing aerial views of sites in the United States related to several cities and the iconic industries associated with their evolution. The fragility of glass serves as a metaphor for balance between time, efficiency, and the inability of manufacturing to change and meet future needs. The project aims to reconcile the past with the potential futures of urban industrial centers.


Norwood Viviano’s work was exhibited at the 2014 Architecture Biennale in Venice. His work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (2015) and the Chrysler Museum of Art (2016). Viviano’s work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions including Crafted: Objects in Flux at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Visions and Revisions: Renwick Invitational at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery. Viviano received a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA in Sculpture from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. His work is held in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; de Young Museum, San Francisco; Speed Art Museum, Louisville; Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague; John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington. Viviano is currently an Associate Professor and Sculpture Program Coordinator at Grand Valley State University.