Vivian Visser

4455 N Malden 3S Chicago, IL 60640 312-217-3168  


Environmental Installations:

2017    Jens Jensen Formal garden Project. Humbolt Park, Chicago Installation Nation. Indianapolis Art Center, Indianapolis, IN

2016    Chicago Tree Project. Berger Park, Chicago Oak Park Sculpture Walk. Oak Park, IL

2015    Stone Quarry Sculpture Park. Cazenovia, NY When Art & Nature Meet. Forest Preserve of DuPage County, Mayslake Peabody Estate, IL Chicago Tree Project. Green Briar Park, Chicago, IL

2014    Chicago Tree Project. Armour Square Park, Chicago Oak Park Sculpture Walk, two installations, Oak Park, IL

2013    Seed & Life. Guandu International Outdoor Sculpture Festival, Guandu Nature Park, Taiwan.

2012    Form In Flora III. Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago Ragdale Artwork and Openhouse. Ragdale, Lake Forest, IL Chicago’s Twelve - 12 Artists Mobilizing for the Earth. Zhou B Art Center and Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago

2011    Form in Flora II. Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago. Curator Openlands Lakeshore Preserve Interpretive Public Art. Permanent art commission. Highland Park, IL

2010    Form in Flora. Garfield Park Conservatory. Chicago. Curator

2007 - Current. Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet. Traveled to Houston, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, and the Climate Conference in Copenhagen and Geneva. Book


Solo Shows:

2017    Terrain Biennial. Cultivator, Bray Grove Farm, Morris, IL.

Vivian Visser. Cultivate Urban Rainforest, Evanston, IL 2012 Vivian Visser. Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art, picnic University, Forest Grove, OR 2011 The Nature of Things. Cliff Dwellers Club, Chicago 2010 Refuge. Ryerson Woods Gallery, Chicago


Selected Exhibitions:

2015    Sculpture Invasion. Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, IL Convergence: The Poetic Dialogue Project. Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago

2012    Natural Connections. Christopher Art Gallery, Chicago Heights, IL Ways of Making: Sculpture. Governors State University, University park, IL 6 to the Third. Expo Chicago, Chicago

2011    6 to the Third. Art Chicago, Chicago Sculpture International Invitational. Hostetler Gallery, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL

2010    Artprize. Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI Counter Currents. Art Chicago, Chicago. American Survey Award Sculpture Invasion. Koehnline Museum of Art,Des Plaines, IL Fertile Ground - Honoring Nature in Art. Imlay Fine Art, Montclair, NJ

2009   Summer Sculpture. Niemi Sculpture Garden and Gallery, Kenosha, WI

2008   Feminist Ecology - Women and the Earth. Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, IL Let Us Examine the State of Our Environment. Phantom Gallery Installation Show, Garfield park Conservatory, Chicago Sculpted Green. Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition, Bellevue, WA

2007   Sublime Climate I/III Addressing Global Warming. Thompson Family Gallery, Garthwaite Center for Science and Art,Weston, MA

2006 Niemi Sculpture Gallery. Niemi Sculpture Garden and Gallery, Kenosha, WI

2005   About-For-From Nature. Yahoo, the Korean Nature Art Association Traveling Exhibition. Permanent collection of the Nature Museum, Gong, Korea Niemi Sculpture Gallery - Sculpture 2005. Uihlein Peters Gallery, Milwaukee,


Awards and Honors:

2015 Stone Quarry Sculpture Park Residency, Cazenovia, NY Ragdale 2014 DCASE Grant, Chicago 2013 Guandu International Sculpture Festival, Taipei Taiwan 2011 Chicago Artist Month Featured Artist, Chicago

I-Park Residency, East Haddam, CT 2010 American Survey Award, Art Chicago 2009 The Puffin Foundation Grant, Teaneck, NJ 2006, 2009, 2010 Chicago Artist Assistance Grant, Chicago



1992 Center for Creative Studies - College of Art and Design. Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Sculpture.



2017 Louise Burton, Chicago Tribune, “See It Now - Art of the natural world and urban jungle populate a pair of gallery shows”. Jan ‘17 2012 Danijela Krucun and Charles McFadden, “Contemporary Sculptors -84 International Artists”, Atglen, PA, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd.

2010    Joseph Bechere, Grand Rapids Press. Review. “Expert tour of Grand Valley State University Pew Campus exhibition center: Urban sculpture park should be ‘applauded’” Sept.’10

2009   The London Times, Cover photo. Cool Globe - Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet show in Copenhagen during the Climate Summit. London England.

2007   Imagination Publishing, “Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet”, Cool Globes coffee table book. Don Parker, “Vivian Visser - Sculpted by Nature”, Chicago Wilderness Magazine,  Fall