NEW Temporary Exhibition Featuring Norwood Viviano Opens at the Chihuly Collection

23 Oct 2018, Posted by Morean Administrator in Community, Events, News, Press Releases


October 23, 2018

CONTACT: Sarah Aldrich


NEW Temporary Exhibition Opens at the Chihuly Collection 
Norwood Viviano: Postindustrial


St. Petersburg, Fla. – The Chihuly Collection presented by the Morean Arts Center opens a new temporary show featuring works by Norwood Viviano. Viviano is a world-renowned glass artist, with many installations in permanent collections around the globe including the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague, Czech Republic, Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA, Renwick Gallery and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, as well as numerous private collections. Viviano is a unique glass artist, combining social science with sculpture and visually presenting his case findings.

“Viviano’s approach to glass as an artistic medium and a vehicle for exploring the socioeconomic impact of American production is a fascinating take with a truly unique voice. We’re thrilled to have his work at the Chihuly Collection”, said Andy Schlauch, Executive Director of the Chihuly Collection.

Postindustrial is a site-specific installation showcasing several of his recent studies. “Within my work, I balance a practice that intersects traditional modes of sculpture production and contemporary digital technology”, stated Viviano.

One of Viviano’s recent studies, Mining Industries, will be displayed and is comprised of kilncast glass works showing aerial views of sites in the United States and the iconic industries associated with their evolution. Pieces in this series are comprised of stacks of clear kilncast glass blocks topped with detailed renditions of urban sites generated from converted LiDar scans data and output via 3D printing. Sanborn Maps and aerial photographs that reference a time of peak industrial power are layered in between the blocks, so that the imagery is filtered through the polished glass landscape from above and seen through the layers in the mirrored reflection below.

Manufacturing Cities will also be showcased and is an assembly of suspended glass objects. The size, color, and form of each glass object demonstrate how population data can be expressed visually over time and Viviano plans to incorporate St. Petersburg cultural history within this installation.

Viviano’s work is well known internationally and well respected throughout the industry. He was presented the Emerging Artist Award from the Glass Art Society (GAS) in 2001. GAS is a prestigious international non-profit organization based in Seattle that advances education in glass, promotes the appreciation and development of the glass arts, and supports the worldwide community of artists who work with the medium. St. Petersburg is looking forward to hosting the annual GAS Conference in March of 2019, and Viviano’s show preceding their arrival helps solidify the city’s immense presence in the glass world, and the growth of the Glass Coast.

“It’s an honor to share my work with the community and participate in the excitement around glass in the region. I’m looking forward to discussing the content of the work as well as making connections in the area as this is my first exhibit in St. Petersburg”, said Viviano.

Postindustrial will run Saturday, November 10 through Thursday, February 28 and included with general admission to the Chihuly Collection.

Chihuly Collection location:
720 Central Avenue
Downtown, St. Petersburg FL
Monday-Saturday: 10AM-5PM, Sundays: 12PM-5PM



Dale Chihuly’s passion and support of children’s art education was a prime reason for choosing St. Petersburg as the home for the Chihuly Collection. All net proceeds stay local to St. Petersburg to help support and sustain the educational programs at the Morean Arts Center.


The Morean Arts Center, with roots dating back to 1917 as the Art Club of St. Petersburg, focuses on an innovative, community-oriented approach to art and art education. The mission of the Morean Arts Center is to connect people with art and to contribute to the economic development of the region. Operating under the Morean Arts Center includes the Chihuly Collection, Glass Studio & Hot Shop and the Morean Center for Clay.

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