May Tveit is an artist 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 installations may exist for a few hours, days, or longer. She typically employs readymade products and architectural structures to investigate systems of order, desire, and use. Her current sculpture and works on paper explore geometric configurations of cardboard boxes and physical/metaphysical aspects of the self and being.
Tveit’s recent solo, two person and group exhibitions include (Universal Boxes) Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, (Fields, Planes, Systems: Self) Farmprojects, (Drop Unit) Greenlease Gallery (Template Days) UK Art Museum and (Art on Paper) at the Weatherspoon Museum.
Her work has been featured in Art in America, Art Papers, National Public Radio, Bad at Sports, among other periodicals. Tveit is a Charlotte Street Foundation Fellow and has participated in the Anderson Ranch, Haystack, Art Omi, Frans Masereel Centrum, residency programs. She 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. In tandem with her fulltime art practice, she has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Kansas City Art Institute and currently, the University of Kansas.