2024 SWC Delphi Artist

Norwood Viviano named as 2024

Smithsonian Women’s Committee Delphi Award Recipient

The Smithsonian Women’s Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Norwood Viviano as the recipient of the 2024 Delphi Award for his work in glass. His hypnotic and beautiful creations prove to be thought-provoking contributions to the contemporary art world. A master of many techniques, Viviano often utilizes hand-blown glass as well as 3D computerized modeling. Known for complex sculptures and installations, Viviano illustrates the story of climate and population changes throughout the world.  Many of his pieces exemplify how urbanization, industry and immigration shape personal and shared histories.

Viviano uses data to inform his glass sculptures and express an understanding about the changing world around us.  He has stated that his intention is “telling stories through objects” and that he presents “data-driven information in a three-dimensional format using traditional craft materials in ways that allow viewers to place themselves in the work.” Viviano’s pieces are characterized by a unique approach to glass art, especially his attention to industrial and urban themes, and his exploration of material.

Norwood Viviano earned a B.F.A. degree at Alfred University and a Master of Fine Arts at Cranbrook Academy. His work can be found in selected public collections including the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Corning Museum of Glass, the DeYoung Museum and the Chrysler Museum of Art and in private collections. Norwood Viviano has received numerous awards and grants for his work, including the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and the Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship.  He is currently an Associate Professor and Sculpture Program Coordinator at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.

The SWC Delphi Award is given annually by the Smithsonian Women’s Committee to one or more mid-career American artists who demonstrate distinction, creativity, and exceptional artistry in their work, and who are predicted by experts in the field to someday join that pantheon of artists who have reached the pinnacle of sculptural arts and design.  Previous winners are Stephen Young Lee, Roberto Lugo and Amber Cowan. Viviano will receive his Delphi Award from Trudi Hahn, President of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee, at the 2024 Smithsonian Craft Show, to be held

May 1 – May 5 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.