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MUSeINGS - News From Artist Kevin Caron
January 2019
Artist Kevin Caron with Phoenix media legend Pat McMahon promoting the Camelback Studio TourHappy new year! We hope that you and yours had a terrific holiday season.

For Kevin, 2018 came to a wonderful conclusion. Now he is looking forward to 2019 ....   Now news ....  


Kevin Caron being awarded the 2018 Phoenix Mayor's Arts Award - with Annie Lopez and Joseph BeneshKevin won the Visual Arts Award from the Phoenix's 2018 Mayor's Arts Awards for his achievements and body of work. The seventh annual awards were announced at a sold-out event in Hance Park on Thursday, October 11. "I am deeply honored," says Kevin. In announcing the selection, Annie Lopez, last year's winner, noted Kevin's pioneering work using 3D printing to create unique sculpture.  

"The entire evening was amazing," Kevin says. "The park was alive with 300 people celebrating what art does for the spirit and the community. When Annie Lopez (left, with Kevin and Phoenix Center for the Arts Director Joseph Benesh) started describing the winner, I suddenly realized it was me! It was a crazy moment."

The Mayor’s Arts Awards identify outstanding leaders in seven categories: Dance Artist, Literary Artist, Music Artist, Theatre Artist, Visual Artist, Young Artist and Innovative Arts Organization. Nominees and winners are selected based upon their innovation, impact and integration. 

Phoenix has developed a thriving art scene that includes two evenings each month devoted to art in the downtown area that draw tens of thousands of people. Says Kevin: "It's exciting to be a part of it all."


Kevin Caron's studio during the Camelback Studio TourHeld November 2 - 4, Kevin's first year on the Camelback Studio Tour was a huge success.

The free event brought old friends and new to Kevin's home, where he does his 3D printing, and included some wonderful metal and 3D-printed sculpture sales. His home sits on the northwest slope of Camelback Mountain, just below its famous Praying Monk rock formation. 

This year's self-guided Camelback Studio Tour, its ninth, included 25 local artists in six different home studios as well as another 40 artists at the Shemer Arts Festival.

Kevin had his 8-foot-tall Cerberus 3D Gigante 3D printer running, which gave him an opportunity to show people how this 3D printer works."It really makes so much more sense when you can see it," he says.

New sculpture - including Twister (below in "Underway in the Studio"), which sold Friday morning - and three new jewelry designs - Flamenco, Tango and Dust Devil - debuted at the show. Kevin also had a number of small 3D-printed sculptures that sold quickly. "People are just fascinated by what this technology can do," observes Kevin.


Phoenix Home & Garden article about Kevin CaronKevin is the subject of a major feature in the January edition of Phoenix Home & Garden magazine. Author Rebecca Rhoades displayed a number of Kevin's sculptures as she provided a comprehensive perspective on Kevin's career and work.

Says author Rhoades in the article: "His artwork - reminiscent of that of M.C. Escher and Antoine Pevsner and rooted in such challenging mathematically based forms as fractals, tetrahedroms and Mobius strips - ranges from minute tabletop pieces ... to jaw-dropping outdoor sculptures, often kinetic, that tower upwards of 16 feet high by 18 feet wide."

"I was blown away," says Kevin about the eight-page profile. He also got the last word - the magazine features a "Last Question," and this time Kevin had the answer.

Since our last issue, Kevin also garnered press coverage twice in New Times by arts writer Lynn Trimble. One article shared the news of Kevin winning the 2018 Mayor's Arts Awards in the article "2018 Mayor's Arts Awards Winners Include Sculptor Kevin Caron and Poet Joy Young."   The second article, "15 Art Happenings in Scottsdale This Fall," shared news about the Camelback Studio Tour and included a photo of Kevin with his Gigante 3D printer.

Says Kevin: "I truly appreciate those publications that celebrate arts in Arizona."


Twister, a fine art kinetic sculpture - Kevin CaronKevin finished his kinetic sculpture Twister (left), which he worked on for many months, just in time for the Camelback Studio Tour in early November. Twister not only was a huge hit on social media and at the show, it sold on the first day of the tour. "It is always gratifying when a sculpture I created solely from my own imagination is greeted so enthusiastically," he says.

Also just completed is the commissioned sculpture Spikus contorta familia (below, in "One of Your Own"), a site-specific railroad spike sculpture that soon will head to Kensington, Maryland. Just 33" tall, 10" deep and 104" wide, it is designed for a planter under a window. "I can't wait to see it in place," says Kevin. The patron, a gardener, is eagerly planning the rest of her planting around this very special "perennial." See Spikus just after it was painted on its own page.

Beacon, a sculptural light - Kevin CaronRecently shipped to Montana is the light sculpture Beacon (right). Made of polished stainless steel, Beacon will sit outside on a stone pedestal, getting the chance to throw striking shadows into the natural landscape. See the dramatic shadow Beacon threw during testing.

Kevin has also started on a new sound sculpture, for which he has some interesting plans. It's in its earliest stages, as you can see on its Web page - watch it develop there.

Speaking of sound, Kevin discovered a beautiful tone when playing with some scrap metal. Who knows what may come of this experimentation .... Come along with Kevin on this project's own Webpage.

On the 3D printing front, two of Kevin's never-ending forms - Twilight and Strawberry Cannoli debuted at the November show. Both of them sport thermochromic paint, which changes colors with heat. "I'm really enjoying playing with this amazing finish," Kevin says. He writes about it in his latest blog postSee Strawberry Cannoli, sold at the November show, on its own page. See Twilight on its own page, too.

Stay tuned to Kevin's Work in progress Website section to watch his sculptures come to life.


Sculptor Kevin Caron is using thermochromic finishes on some of his sculpturesKevin provides insights into working with the fascinating - and sometimes frustrating - technology of 3D printing in his blog "A Sculptor's Take on 3D Printing."

Enjoy this brief blog post now:

"Fascinating finishes - 3D surface a blank slate" - You can put almost anything on the surface of a 3D-printed item, but Kevin kicks things up a notch with two of his newest ABS resin sculptures ....

You can always read more about the evolving world of 3D printing at, where there are posts from the start of Kevin's 3D-printing adventures.


Channel Kevin, Kevin Caron's YouTube channelMost of Kevin's videos are about process, which is not unusual since Kevin's sculpture is strongly influenced by the equipment he has used all his life. Now he has also turned his video spotlight on his sculpture, sharing the background and journey of his artwork, including the video about his Gordian Accordian series.

With more than 500 videos already online, Kevin adds a new video every week. Be sure to join his more than 64,000 subscribers and sign up on YouTube to see the latest.

Here are the videos Kevin has added since our last newsletter:
You can see all of the videos and subscribe to see each video as it comes out on Channel Kevin on YouTube and on Kevin's Web site.
Let's Make Some Sparks welding mug - Kevin Caron

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You can also buy your own Kevin Caron T-shirts, caps, stickers, mugs, etc. on his Zazzle page - check it out!


Sculptor Kevin Caron cutting metal with a plasma cutter.
"I get this question occasionally, and it's a fair one.

"Because of my videos, some people assume I do absolutely everything it takes to create my sculptures. (It isn't uncommon, by the way, for a sculptor to have his or her work entirely fabricated by someone else.)

"I enjoy the fabrication process, however, and on many levels consider it part of my art. 

"I do, though, 'farm out' some of the work it takes to create my sculpture - I don't always have all of the equipment or skills I need to create what I see in my mind.

"For instance, I use a company for sandblasting, and also subcontract powder coating and auto paint finishing. The aluminum 'ribbon' in my recent sculpture Twister was polished by a local company, and Big Bang was nickel-plated by another Phoenix company. 

"If I have the tools and the skill, I'll do it myself. And sometimes I'll get the tools or study until I understand something well enough to do it myself, but I'm also not afraid to let an expert do the job."

You can ask Kevin your own questions. Just email them to


Love and Marriage, a 3D printed fine art sculpture - Kevin CaronSee Kevin's sculpture Love and Marriage (right), which currently is on tour in the exhibition "In This Together: 60 Years of Daring to Create a More Perfect Arizona" in the venues below. For locations and maps, click on the location name. For more information about these and any upcoming events as well as maps, visit the Website Events page.


spikus contorta familia, a site-specific outdoor sculpture - Kevin CaronKevin is creating a site-specific sculpture (photo above) for some patrons' home in metro Washington, D.C.

Maybe it's your  turn to own a Kevin Caron original. A sound, water or free-standing sculpture adds immeasurable joy and peace to your home or workplace - or that of a special friend or family member.

If you'd like Kevin to create something special for you or a friend, just schedule a private consultation.

If you live out of town, just call or send a snapshot of the area where you want to see something special.

Kevin looks forward to hearing from you at or 602-952-8767.
For more frequent news, sights and sounds, keep an eye on Kevin's Web site at - we update it often.

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