Sculptor and blacksmith, Craig Kaviar, has been producing forged iron and bronze sculpture, architectural elements, and furniture in Louisville, KY since 1985. Kaviar is an alumnus of Tufts University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and has studied at the Boston Museum School. Kaviar has been passionately making metalwork for over 30 years.
Kaviar now ranks as one of the Commonwealth’s most prominent artists. His work was featured on the Home and Garden TV network show, “Modern Masters” and has appeared in a number of books illustrating the art of ironwork. His work has been on display at the Worlds Fair in Japan, located in the United States Pavilion. In 2000, the Sister Cities program sent Kaviar on a cultural exchange to Mainz, Germany to help celebrate Johann Gutenberg’s 600th anniversary.
His work adorns many of the most prominent public and private spaces in Louisville, including the First Unitarian Church, The Jewish Community Center, The Temple, Bellarmine University, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and the Kentucky Center. He has recently sculpted a series of grills and gates for the courtyard garden of the newly restored Christ Church Cathedral. Brown-Forman has long been a patron, commissioning some of Kaviar’s most important work, including the entrance gates to the Labrot & Graham Distillery; “Oak Tree Melody,” the sculptural entrance to a walking tunnel; and “Corinthian Column,” a sculpture in the company’s garden. His work has now moved from the homes, gardens and public spaces of Louisville to its galleries, where exhibitions of Kaviar’s work have been mounted at Swanson-Cralle Gallery, Images Friedman Gallery, the Bernheim Arboretum, the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, and Galerie Hertz.
Blacksmith, Custom Furniture
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2013 - Martha Ryan Merit Award, 44th Mid-States Craft Exhibition, Evansville Museum
2013 - Thelma Karges Merit Award, 44th Mid-States Craft Exhibition, Evansville Museum