Norwood Viviano uses digital 3D modeling and printing technology in combination with the casting process to create his sculptural works. Two recent bodies of works, Cities: Departure and Deviation and Kohler Pile, address power dynamics between industry and the surrounding communities that are dependent on it. Cities: Departure and Deviation, an installation comprised of 24 blown-glass forms, maps the relationship between industrial growth and decline relative to population expansion and contraction of major cities in the United States.
In 2001, Viviano was the recipient of the Emerging Artist Award from the Glass Art Society. He has held residencies at several museums and art schools, and his work has been shown at galleries throughout the United States, including the Heller Gallery in New York City. His art is represented in the collections of the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague; the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI; and the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA; as well as private collections.
In his March 2012 Residency at The Studio, Viviano created urban and industrial landscapes out of kiln-cast glass as an extension of his previous installations. His objective was to “focus on smaller Midwestern industrialized cities that witnessed a huge population exodus during the second half of the 20th century, and West Coast and Southern cities that went through a transition of population growth, loss, and re-growth during the same period".