Viviano Awarded $13,000 grant to work on new sculpture series

Sculpter Norwood Viviano of Art & Design has been awarded the New Directions Initiative Grant through the Great Lakes Colleges Association. This summer and into the next academic year, he will work on a new series of rapid prototyped sculpture. This work will make use of the Kohler Summer Residency Program. Their website explains the program: "Arts/Industry is undoubtedly the most unusual on-going collaboration between art and industry in the United States. Hundreds of emerging and established visual artists have benefited from the Arts/Industry program at Kohler Co. since its inception in 1974." "Participants are exposed to a body of technical knowledge that enables them to explore forms and concepts not possible in their own studios as well as new ways of thinking and working." "Artists-in-residence may work in the Kohler Co. Pottery, Iron and Brass Foundries, and Enamel Shop to develop a wide variety of work in clay, enameled cast iron, and brass including but not limited to murals and reliefs, temporary or permanent site-specific installations, and functional and sculptural forms." During the summer of 2010, Norwood Viviano and Sarah Lindley of Kalamazoo College, will work as a newly formed collaborative team in the John Michael Kohler Art Center¿s (JMKAC) competitive Arts/Industry Residency Program. Residents of the JMKAC residency program typically create their own artwork alongside Kohler employees on the factory floor. As resident artists, we will create sculptural works that respond to the dynamic history of the Kohler factory itself in relation to the surrounding village, which Kohler describes as "one of the earliest planned industrial garden communities in the United States". We plan to create between one to three "industrial landscapes" comprised of multiple slip cast china clay components, probably in shades of gray. We will work together using both hand skill and three-dimensional prototyping technology to create the original forms for our slip casting molds. The content of this project encompasses new territory for our work, which previously focused on issues of gender, personal narratives, and domestic environments. JMKAC also sees the potential for new directions in our project; they accepted our proposal as one of eight out of 192 applications for 2010, based on our qualifications, the unique nature of our proposed project and its specific relationship to the Kohler community. This research-intensive singular exploration in a rigorous factory environment that is wholly different from the typical "artist in the studio" experience will provide a physically demanding, historically stimulating and socially challenging (there have been huge cuts and layoffs in the factory in recent years) environment in which to create work. Additional outcomes for this project include fresh critical dialog as a result of the collaborative effort, the acquisition of new skills (Viviano will learn slip casting, Lindley will learn about 3D modeling), the exploration of a new concept, and the creation of a sculptural project that is meaningful to the community on which it is based.

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