Highlights from Brandeis in Siena Summer 2022 program

Our Brandeis-in-Siena summer 2022 program has had a very action-packed schedule, including coursework in painting, art history, and trips to San Gimignano, Florence, Venice, and of course here in Siena! A special highlight this year was being able to attend the 59th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, titled The Milk of Dreams.

The Brandeis in Siena program is a two-course, intensive faculty-led summer program combining Studio Art and Art History in Siena, Italy. The program is a culturally immersive, experiential learning experience where students will come in direct contact with master works of art seminal to the canon of art history and Western culture. This program focuses on art of the Renaissance, giving the students the life-changing experience of learning and working surrounded by the experts they are studying.

More info: https://www.brandeis.edu/abroad/brandeis-programs/siena/

Brandeis in Siena 2022

A Return to the Renaissanceon Brandeis in Siena
The largest-ever cohort of students on Brandeis in Siena has arrived in Italy for the seventh annual running of this Brandeis-Run Study Abroad Program, hosted in partnership with the Siena Art Institute.
With a paintbrush in one hand and a notebook in the other, twenty-five students are taking Brandeis coursework in Studio Art and Art History while experiencing Siennese and Renaissance art firsthand.
The medieval city of Siena creates a perfect backdrop for these students’ study of Renaissance art and painting techniques. During the first few days of the program, students became familiar with Siena’s ancient turrets and alleyways, exploring the 17 Contrade as well as essential sites like the Piazza Duomo, Castelvecchio, and Basilica of San Domenico. 
Program coursework, which includes FA 28a: Painting Siena andFA 45a: Early Renaissance Art in Tuscany from the Age of Dante to the Medici, utilizes the program’s unique surroundings to experience art in situ. In addition to the Siena Art Institute classrooms and artists’ studios, class meetings take place in the Pinacoteca Nazionale, Palazzo Pubblico, and elsewhere throughout the city.
A biennial program highlight is the visit to La Biennale di Venezia (the Venice Biennale), one of the most important gatherings of contemporary artists and art exhibitions in the world. Students explored the historic canals of Venice and visited major Biennale exhibits including the Giardini and Arsenale halls.
In partnership with our colleagues at the Siena Art Institute, theBrandeis Office of Study Abroad is delighted to welcome this new cohort of students to the majestic city of Siena andthe Brandeis in Siena alumni community.
Learn More about Brandeis in Siena: Making, Seeing, and Mastering Art in Tuscany

June 25 Migrant Art & Fashion Show, plus Open Studio with resident Claire McKinney

Saturday June 25 join us for an exhibition of migrant art and fashion, which closes the cycle of workshops born from the collaboration of the Siena Art Institute with the migrant tailoring of Kirikuci!

Fashion show at 18.00; followed by the artistic production of silversmithing, tailoring and textile painting will be exhibited and can be acquired on donation. The donations will go to support the Kirikuci project.

At 7.00 pm refreshments and percussion improvisation by the performer Kossivi Sodja.

The initiative, created for the permanent laboratory Community Hub – Hybrid Cultures, was supported by the contribution of the Monte dei Paschi di Siena Foundation.

For information contact

3497268453 – projects@sienaart.org

Free admission

The event will be enriched by the open studio of artist Claire McKinney, fashion designer and current resident artist at the Siena Art Institute, in collaboration between the Siena Art Institute and the Pratt Institute of New York.

July resident painter Devin B Johnson

American painter Devin B. Johnson is one of our July 2022 resident artists at the Siena Art Institute!

Devin B. Johnson (b. 1992, Los Angeles) obtained his BA in Fine Arts from the California State University of Channel Islands (2015) and received a Masters of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute (2019). He was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 Art and Design (2022), was included in Cultured’s “Young Artists 2021,” and was one of sixteen artists from around the world selected for the inaugural year of the Black Rock Senegal residency (2020). His work is collected by the Columbus Museum of Art; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Longlati Foundation, Shanghai; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art;  the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Pond Society, Shanghai; the Rubell Museum, Miami; and many others. Recent exhibitions include Between Ground and Sky, Nicodim, New York (2022), My Heart Cries, I Set Out an Offering for You, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2021, solo); Long Walk, Galeria Nicodim, Bucharest (2021, solo); Melody of a Memory, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2020, solo); When You Waked Up the Buffalo, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles (2020); Hollywood Babylon: A Re-Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome, Jeffrey Deitch, Nicodim Gallery, AUTRE Magazine, Los Angeles (2020); Atmosphere of Certain Uncertainty, Residency Gallery, Inglewood (2019, solo); and Incognito, ICA LA, Los Angeles (2019).

Pratt Fine Arts Resident Matt Nolen

It’s a pleasure to be hosting Matt Nolen for an artist residency at the Siena Art Institute in partnership with Pratt Institute.

Since 2018, the Siena Art Institute has collaborated in a residency partnership co-sponsored by Pratt Institute’s School of Design and Pratt Fine Arts, and for June 2022 our Pratt residents are Claire McKinney and ceramicist Matt Nolen.

Matt Nolen is a studio artist living and working in New York City and Narrowsburg, NY.  Trained as a painter and architect, Nolen’s work includes sculptural objects and architectural installations using clay and mixed media.  His work has been exhibited internationally and is in numerous private and public collections including:  The Cooper-Hewitt Museum, NYC., The Museum of Arts and Design, NYC., The Newark Museum, NJ., The Houston Museum of Fine Art, TX., The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA., and The Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY.

Nolen’s work has been written about and reviewed in many periodicals and books including:  The New York Times, American Ceramics, Ceramics Art and Perception, Masters of Craft, Confrontational Clay, Postmodern Ceramics and Painted Clay and Sexpots.

Nolen has been awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Mid Atlantic Foundation (regional NEA) Fellowship and international residencies in Israel and China.  His residency at the Kohler Co.’s Art/Industry Program resulted in a handmade public washroom that has been named “Best Restroom in America” by the Cintas Corp. and among “The 10 Best Bathrooms in the World” by the Travel Channel.

He has recently served as President of the Board of Trustees for Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine, is currently serving as Trustee of the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation and Advisor to The Swimming Hole Foundation, NY.  Nolen is currently an Adjunct Professor of Art at New York University, Hunter College, and is Ceramics Area Coordinator at Pratt Institute.


Instagram:  @nolenstudios

For more information about our Pratt Institute partnered residencies: https://www.sienaart.org/Residencies/Pratt-Institute-Partnered-Residencies/