Kevin Caron

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Kevin Caron
Born
Kevin Caron

1960
NationalityAmerican
Known forSculpture
AwardsBest of the West Arts & Culture Award; Sculptor of the Year, ArtTrends magazine, 2012-2014
Patron(s)City of Chandler, Arizona; City of Avondale, Arizona; City of Tucson, Arizona; City of Chandler, Arizona; City of Surprise, Arizona; City of Temple, Texas; Harbourside Place, Jupiter, Florida; Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Kevin Caron (born February 2, 1960, Stratford, Connecticut) is a sculptor from Phoenix, Arizona. He has created more than 50 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, Avondale, Arizona, Chandler, Arizona and Surprise, 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.

Caron is also a pioneer in using 3D printing to create large scale 3D printed sculpture,[2] using an 8-foot-tall Cerberus 3D Gigante 3D printer that he had built for him. His largest 3D-printed sculpture to date is a 5-1/2-foot tall sculpture, Epic Swoon, commissioned by PricewaterhouseCoopers in Columbus, Ohio.

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.[3]

As he launched his art career, he also began a YouTube channel, adding a video each week. By December 2017, the channel had more than 490 videos, 53,000 subscribers and 14.4 million views.[4]

He lists M.C. Escher and Antoine Pevsner among his design inspirations.[5]

In 2014, he began working with 3D printing and now creates sculptures as tall as 5-1/2 feet using his 8-foot-tall Cerberus 3D Gigante printer.

Awards[edit]

  • 2014 Sculptor of the Year, ArtTrends magazine
  • 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]

  • 2016 Surprise, Arizona, City of Surprise City Hall Complex: Top Knot. Powder-coated steel, 108" x 56" x 56"
  • 2015 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts: Wherever You Go, There You Are. Steel, 108" x 120" x 26"
  • 2014 Jupiter, Florida, Harbourside Place: Giant Street Urchin. Powder-coated steel, 60" x 75" x 75"
  • 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]

  • Ferreira, Nicole Martins. [2] "50 Ways to Get Sales With Dropshipping," Oberlo (December 2017) p. 44.
  • _______. [3] "Meet Kevin Caron of Kevin Caron Studios," VoyagePhoenix (Nov. 2, 2017)
  • Star, Charell. [4] "Where’d You Get That?," 3D Printed Fashion, "Good Day New York," Fox 5 (October 26, 2017)
  • Dishner, Jackie. [5] "Phoenix sculptor forges scrap metal, railroad spikes and more into memorable works of art," (June 2017)
  • _______. [6] "Kevin Caron," 3D Imperial (June 2017) p. 56 – 63.
  • Spanos, Litsa. "The Secrets of the Art World" (book), Blink Art Resource Press (2017) p. 224 – 227.
  • _______. [7] "Talking Metal Fabrication With Special Guest Kevin Caron," Crafted podcast (May 31, 2017)
  • Spanos, Litsa. [8] "How Artist Kevin Caron Uses YouTube to Promote His Work," Art Design Consultants (May 17, 2017)
  • Dishner, Jackie. [9] "Art Break: 3D Printing with Kevin Caron," Phoenix magazine (March 2017) p. 41.
  • Harkless, Gresham. [10] "16 Entrepreneurs Share How They Use Blogging for Business," (March 6, 2017)
  • Martin, Erik J. "Throw ugly out the window," Omaha World-Herald (Sunday, November 11, 2016)
  • Martin, Erik J. [11] "Throw ugly out the window," (November 11, 2016)
  • Stanek, Jacob. "Art going into place," Your West Valley (October 12, 2016) p. 6.
  • Stanek, Jacob. [12] and [13] "Top Knot — Public Art in Surprise," (October 10, 2016)
  • Stanek, Jacob. "Surprise —- Top Knot Art Installation Kevin Caron," (October 10, 2016)
  • Uptown magazine. [14] "Artful Musings, Five Local Artists Blending the Creative Cultures of Phoenix and Scottsdale," (September 2016) p. 37 – 38.
  • Trimble, Lynn. [15] "The 10 Best Artworks We Saw in Metro Phoenix in July," New Times (August 2, 2016)
  • Royce, Nicole. [16] "YabYum Seven," YabYum Music & Arts (May 2016)
  • Rhoades, Rebecca L. "Elemental Design," Phoenix Home & Garden, (Special Edition July 2016)
  • Edlund, Carolyn. [17] "Featured Artist Kevin Caron," Artsy Shark (May 17, 2016)
  • Clausen, Sally J. [18] "Shifting Gears," ElevateAZ online (Spring 2016)
  • Clausen, Sally J. [19] "Shifting Gears," Elevate AZ (Spring 2016) p. 8-9.
  • Edlund, Carolyn. [20] "How Artists Are Using 3D Printing," Artsy Shark (April 26, 2016)
  • D’Andrea, Niki. [21] "Top 5 Arts Events for February 1–7," The PhiX, Your Daily Culture Blog, Phoenix Magazine (February 18, 2016)
  • Trimble, Lynn. [22] "Here's the Coolest Art We Saw in Phoenix and Scottsdale on February's First Friday," New Times (February 8, 2016)
  • Ross, Deborah. [23] "Ten: Modern Abstract," show review. Visual Arts Source (Nov. 28, 2015)
  • Stanfield, Shea. [24] "Artist shares inspiration from the open road," Prescott Courier Kudos (October 15, 2015)
  • Miller, Matt. [25] "Say 'hi' to Harrisburg's newest piece of public art," The Patriot-News / PennLive (August 31, 2015)
  • Sentinel Staff. [26] "Whitaker Center to unveil anniversary sculpture," The Sentinel (July 29, 2015)
  • Caron, Kevin. "Creating the Sculpture Wherever You Go, There You Are," DVD video (July 28, 2015)
  • Trimble, Lynn. [27] "7 Must-See First Friday Art Shows in Downtown Phoenix on June 5," New Times (June 5, 2015)
  • Prankard, R.L.T. [28] "Symmetrical Asymmetry," CAC Cactus (April 19, 2015)
  • Dow, Brittany. [29] "3D Printing: 4 Small Businesses Cashing In On This Revolutionary Tech," Smart Hustle Magazine (Spring 2015)
  • Dishner, Jackie. [30] "Metal Art Magic," (Spring 2015)
  • Dishner, Jackie. [31] "Metal Art Magic," SuCasa Magazine (Spring 2015) p. 18.
  • Bardwell, Doug. [32] "3D Printing is Changing Our World," DougBardwell.com (March 26, 2015)
  • Corbin, Shawndrea. "New Age of Design." Phoenix Home & Garden (March 2015)
  • Haigh, Adam. [33] "3D Printing For Business," CastleInk (January 30, 2015)
  • _______. [34] "Art Marries Science: Sculpture Finds Romance with Technology," Virtual-Strategy Magazine (October 23, 2014)
  • Barkman, Linda. "Editor's Pick." Phoenix Home & Garden (August 2014)
  • Trimble, Lynn. [35] "Art adventures: Avondale." Art Musings (July 23, 2014)
  • Ackerman, Kevin. [36] "3D Printing in 3 Steps (Yes, Only 3!)." Staples
  • _______. [37] "Awesome Artists - Kevin Caron shares his story." Westermans.com (February 17, 2014)
  • Richman, Gabby. "Kevin Caron: The Accidental Artist." So Scottsdale (magazine) (February 2014)
  • D'Andrea, Niki. "Kevin Caron: Large Scale Sculptor," Phoenix magazine (January 2014)
  • Quail, Jennifer. "Fluid Metal: Kevin Caron," Luxe magazine (Fall 2013)
  • Simons, Ted. [38] "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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