First Project Assignment

IMG_1107.JPGAfter a busy first week in the Intro Unit, our Fall 2018 students have created their first responses to the “Walk of Destiny” project!

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Exploring Hidden Corners of Siena

During our Intro Unit walks we’ve  had the chance to explore some hidden corners of Siena, including the Vicolo degli Orefici, a quiet alleyway filled with potted plants tended by the neighborhood residents.  We also stoppedy by the Miseriocordia headquarters (a historic organization providing emergency medical care for the community) and Siena’s synagogue and walked through the historic Jewish neighborhood.

Visiting the Leocorno Contrada Museum

In our Exploring Siena walks around the historic city center, we had the lucky chance to see the Museum of the Leocorno Contrada, which the neighborhood volunteers kindly opened for us.  It was a great opportunity to see some of the costumes and memorabilia from the neighborhood’s history, as well as the Palio banners they have won over the years and the beautiful chapel where the blessing of the horse ceremony is performed.

Intro Unit: Exploring Siena

In the theme of Orientation and Disorientation, we’ve had the chance to take several walks around Siena, exploring its multi-layered history and the structures of the cityscape, including traces of the earlier precursors to the city walls and gates, as well as historic fountains, which were vital for the survival of the city and became important hubs of community activity.

Librartis Artist’s Books in the Biblioteca Briganti

We had the chance to visit the Biblioteca Briganti, seeing the Librartis collection of contemporary artists’ books as well as some gems of their collection like books of prints by Piranesi! Many thanks to library staff for taking the time to meet with our students.

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Visiting San Gimignano & Contemporary Art Exhibits at Gallery Continua

As part of our orientation activities to kick off the Fall Semester, we had the privilege to see the current contemporary art exhibitions on view at Galleria Continua ( in San Gimignano:

  • Daniel Buren & Anish Kapoor
  • Carlos Garaicoa
  • Ornaghi & Prestinari

We also had a chance to explore the historic city center and see several of the site-specific contemporary artworks installed there. 




Fall 2018 semester begins!


Our Fall 2018 semester on Sept 1st, with our group of international students arriving for the start of our busy autumn program!

The semester program is grounded in the Art & Society course, which is divided into three main project units: the 3-week Introductory Project Unit, the 5-week Mid-Term Project Unit, and the 6-week Final Project Unit. Through the progression of these projects, students are guided through the production of a strong personal body of work, fostering their ongoing portfolio development.

Students’ work on their individual artistic projects is augmented by an exploration of the city of Siena and its surrounding territory as a complex historical and social setting to which students are asked to respond artistically. A variety of activities, including collaborative projects, research, visits to cultural/artistic spaces, and other locations in the local area, presentations from guest artists and creative professionals, and discussions of assigned readings contribute inspiration and context for students’ projects.

For more info about our semester schedule, visit:

Summer activities abuzz, looking forward to the Fall!

Summer activities are abuzz here at the Siena Art Institute, and we’re already looking forward to the start of our Fall 2018 semester on Sept 1st!  In the meantime, here is a glimpse of some of the activities happening over the summer at the Siena Art Institute.  Be sure to also follow the Siena Art Institute on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook, to stay up-to-date with our latest activities!

Brandeis in Siena from Siena Art Institute on Vimeo.