Vivian Visser   Sculpture


Artist Statement

If we wrap our naked souls in the raw and mysterious power of nature, taking refuge, we would leave personal artifacts, vessels with the voice of nature.

I see the shelter form as embodying the souls desire to retreat into a comforting and protective environment. The human experience is explored through natural materials which bring the viewer away from the controlled man made world and into the raw and mysterious realm of Nature where I believe we are vulnerable and the most real.

Selected Exhibitions:


Stone Quarry Sculpture Park, Temporary installation, Cazenovia, NY

Sculpture Invasion Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, IL. (catalog)

Convergence:The Poetic Dialogue Project, Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago (catalog)

When Art & Nature Meet, Forest Preserve of DuPage County, Permanent installation, Mayslake Peabody Estate, IL

Chicago Tree Project, Permanent installation, Chicago Park District, Chicago


Chicago Tree Project, Chicago Park District, Armour Square Park, Permanent installation, Chicago

Oak Park Sculpture Walk, Two temporary installations, Oak Park, IL.


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


Vivian Visser,  Solo Show, Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art, Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR.

Form in Flora III, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago

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, IL

Ragdale Artwalk and Open House, Ragdale, Lake Forest, IL

Chicago’s Twelve-12 Artists Mobilizing for the Earth, Zhou B Art Center and Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago


The Nature of Things, Solo Show Cliff Dwellers Club, Chicago, IL.

Form in Flora II, Chicago Sculpture International group show. Lincoln Park Conservatory,  Chicago, IL. Curator.

Openlands Lakeshore Preserve, Permanent interpretive public art commission. Highland Park, IL.

6 Squared,  Art Chicago, Chicago Sculpture International group show. Chicago, IL.

Chicago Sculpture International Invitational, Hostetler Gallery, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL.


Refuge, Two person show, Ryerson Woods Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Artprize, Grand Valley State University. Grand Rapids, MI.

Counter Currents Art Chicago, Chicago Sculpture International group show, Chicago IL. American Survey Award.

Sculpture Invasion, Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, IL. Curator Lela Hersh (catalog)

Fertile Ground - Honoring Nature in Art. Imlay Fine Art, Montclair, NJ.

Form in Flora. Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL. Curator.


Geumgang Nature Art Pre-Biennale 2009. Gongju, Korea. (catalog)

Summer Sculpture, Niemi Sculpture Garden and Gallery, Kenosha, WI. 2007-11

Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet, Traveled to exhibitions in Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, the Climate Conference in Copenhagen and Geneva. (Book)


Feminist Ecology - Women and the Earth,  Koehnline Museum of Art, Des Plaines, IL.(catalog)

Let Us Examine the State of Our Environment, Phantom Gallery Installation Show. Garfield Park Conservatory, Chicago, IL.

Sculpted Green,Bellevue Sculpture Exhibition, Bellevue, WA. (catalog and audio tour)


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


Will's Creek Survey 2006 Exhibition, Allegany Arts Council, Cumberland, MD.

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


About-For-From Nature, Yatoo, the Korean Nature Art Association Traveling Exhibition,  To become part of the permanent collection of the Nature Museum, Gongju, Korea. (Catalog)

Niemi Sculpture Gallery - Sculpture 2005, Uihlein Peters Gallery, Saint John’s on the Lake, Milwaukee, WI.