Kevin Caron

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Kevin Caron
Born Kevin Caron
1960
Stratford, Connecticut
Nationality American
Known for Sculpture
Awards Best of the West Arts & Culture Award
Patron(s) City of Chandler, Arizona; City of Avondale, Arizona; City of Tucson, Arizona; City of Temple, Texas;

Kevin Caron (b. February 2, 1960, Stratford, Connecticut) is a sculptor from Phoenix, Arizona. He has created more than 40 private and public commissioned works which are on display across the United States. Among his works are pieces on public display in Tucson, Arizona, Temple, Texas, and Avondale, Arizona. His public art sculpture Hands On won 17th Annual Best of the West Arts & Culture Award for 2009.[1] He works primarily in fabricated steel.

Life and career[edit]

Caron was born on February 2, 1960. He moved to Arizona with his family in 1973. He served six years in the United States Navy, where he worked in machine shops, and aircraft maintenance yards. He was stationed in various ports of call including Diego Garcia, and Misawa, Japan. He was honorably discharged in 1983.

He managed a car repair shop, and in between jobs, built his own vehicle. His career as a sculptor was inspired by his work on a privacy screen. When he had completed the screen, he visualized a fountain made from the same material. Caron became a full-time artist in 2006.[2]

As he launched his art career, he also began a YouTube channel, adding a video each week. By August 2013, the channel had more than 300 videos, more than 15,000 subscribers and 5 million views. [3] He lists M.C. Escher and Antoine Pevsner among st his design inspirations. [4]

Awards[edit]

  • 2013 Sculptor of the Year, ArtTrends magazine
  • 2012 Sculptor of the Year, ArtTrends magazine
  • 2009 17th Annual Best of the West Arts & Culture Award, Westmarc, West Valley, Arizona
  • 2008 Juried member, Arizona Artists Guild, Phoenix, Arizona

Public commissions and installations[edit]

  • 2012 Chandler, Arizona, City of Chandler: The Seed. Powder-coated steel, 168" x 76" x 83"
  • 2012 Tucson, Arizona, Pima Community College East Campus: Wherever You Go, There You Are. Steel, 96" x 96" x 24"
  • 2009 Avondale, Arizona, City of Avondale: Hands On. Steel, powder-coated steel, 168" x 145" x 146"
  • 2007 Avondale, Arizona, Rancho Santa Fe Elementary School: Bronco Brand Birch. Steel, 84" x 42" x 42"
  • 2007 Litchfield Park, Arizona, Litchfield Park Elementary School: Mighty Owl Oak. Steel, copper, 109" x 94" x 169"
  • 2007 Temple, Texas, City of Temple: Temple Falls. powder-coated steel, 48" x 27" x 32"
  • 2006 Tucson, Arizona, City of Tucson: Xhilaration. Steel, 92" x 41" x 68"

Reviews and commentary[edit]

  • D'Andrea, Niki. "Kevin Caron: Large Scale Sculptor," Phoenix magazine (January 2014)
  • Quail, Jennifer. "Fluid Metal: Kevin Caron," Luxe magazine (Fall 2013)
  • Simons, Ted. [2] "Arizona ArtBeat," PBS Channel 8 (July 18, 2013)
  • Haller, Sonja. "Phoenix metalartist shares inspiration" The Arizona Republic (July 2, 2013)
  • Dickens, Daryle. "Kevin Caron Featured Artist.” (2010)
  • Dirks, Courtney. “Interview with Kevin Caron Studio.”, (May 16, 2010)
  • Chan, Cecilia. “Westmarc's 17th annual Best of the West Award Winners.” The Arizona Republic, (November 6, 2009)
  • Lutjemeyer, Jessica. “Artist's 'Big Break' Comes in Form of Garbage Screen.” Arcadia News; Phoenix, Arizona, June 2009, p. 23.
  • Hedding, Judy. “Where in Greater Phoenix?” (May 27, 2009)
  • Buckhout, Marc. “Tree Sculpture Will Leave Hand-Some Mark On City.” West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, May 19, 2009, p. 21.
  • Madrid, David. “Public-Art Piece Takes Root.” The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Arizona (May 16, 2009) p. B-1.
  • Madrid, David. “Sculpture Conveys Hope for Avondale’s Future”, The Arizona Republic (May 16, 2009)
  • Lutjemeyer, Jessica. “Artist Creates Work by Recycling in Finest Form.” (April 23, 2009)
  • Lutjemeyer, Jessica. “Artist Creates Work by Recycling in Finest Form.” The State Press, Tempe, Arizona (April 23, 2009) p. 8-9.
  • Culp, L. Mildred. “Workwise: Adjusting to a New Customer Base.” The Modesto Bee (March 31, 2009)
  • Allen, L. Rebecca. “Avondale to Get $25,000 Tree Sculpture.” West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona, December 9, 2008, p. 31.
  • Madrid, David. “Sculpture to Feature Avondale ‘Hands’.” The Southwest Valley Republic, Phoenix, Arizona (November 15, 2008) p. 3.
  • Norris, Erin. “Outdoor Sculptor Has Kids at Heart.” Scottsdale Republic, Scottsdale, Arizona (October 11, 2008) p.1. Kevin Caron, Bibliography p. 2.
  • Norris, Erin. “Ex-Truck Driver Steels Spotlight with His Craft.” Scottsdale Republic, Scottsdale, Arizona (October 11, 2008) p.18.
  • Westheimer, Mary. “Doing What Comes Naturally.” San Tan Sun News, Chandler, Arizona (August 18-31, 2007) p. A+1.
  • Yost, Barbara. “Artist's Sculpture Takes Indirect Route to Exhibit.” Scottsdale Republic, Scottsdale, Arizona (August 9, 2007) p. 14-15. "New Tree Sprouts Up at Avondale School." West Valley View, Avondale, Arizona (June 5, 2007)
  • Kramer, Kelly. “Rock 'n' Rebar.” Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix, Arizona (July 2007) p. 64 – 69.
  • Landman, Roberta. “Driving Force.” Phoenix Home & Garden, Phoenix, Arizona (October 2005) p. 68 – 75.
  • _______. “Students, Artist Create Sculpture.” The Southwest Valley Republic, Phoenix, Arizona (June 6, 2007) p. 5.
  • McThrall, Linda. “Sculptor is a Work in Progress.” Let's Go, Fountain Hills, Arizona (December, 2008) p. 10.
  • McThrall, Linda. “Artist of the Month.” Let's Go, Fountain Hills, Arizona (November 2005) p. 14.
  • Westermans International "Awesome Artists – Kevin Caron shares his story" Westerman's blog (February 17, 2014)

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