BIO

May Tveit is a sculptor and printmaker taking the materials of commerce and industry and using them to build abstractions. Her large scale and formally succinct sculptural work and installations are impactful, relevant and memorable. Found in traditional art venues or in nontraditional settings her works may exist for a few hours, a few days, or longer. She typically employs readymade products and architectural structures to investigate systems of order, desire, and use. The visual playfulness in her work generally serves as a seductive entry, giving way to provocation and criticality.

Tveit has had solo exhibitions at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Greenlease Gallery, Studios Inc. and the Epsten Gallery. Her work has been featured in Art in America, Art Practical and National Public Radio. Tveit is a recipient of a Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship, Andy Warhol Foundation Rocket Grant, American Institute of Architects Allied Arts & Craftsmanship Award, Lighton International Artist Exchange grant and multiple Arts KC inspiration grants. Tveit has participated in the Art OMI international artist residency; the Frans Masereel Centrum international printmaking residency and has received creative work fellowships and travel grants in support of public happenings in Kansas, New York, Europe and Mongolia. Her work is included in the collections of Hallmark, National Center for Drug Free Sport, Fishnet Security, The MDC Museum of Art and Design and private collections. Tveit received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, studied in Rome with the RISD European Honors Program, and received her Masters Degree from the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Kansas.



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