Mid-term Critique

Our program participants were able to present their mid-term projects for group critique, getting feedback from each other as well as visiting artist Kathy Butterly and instructors  Valeria D’Ambrosio, Annunziata de Comite, Bernardo Giorgi, Irene Lupi, Lisa Nonken, Jacqueline Tune, and program director Miriam Grottanelli de Santi.

You can visit the individual profile pages for more information about the projects that participants in the Siena Art Institute’s Fall 2017 semester have been working on:

Presentation by Visiting Artist Kathy Butterly + Mid-Term Open Studio

We hope you can join us for the artists’ talk of Kathy Butterly Tuesday Oct 24 at 6pm.  The presentation will be in English, and will be followed by refreshments and an Open Studio inviting visitors to see the work-in-progress of our Fall 2017 participants.
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Having just arrived to Siena on Friday, Kathy Butterly is currently in residence at the Siena Art Institute as a Visiting Artist.  Selected as the Siena Art Institute’s 2018 Fall Project Fellow, Kathy Butterly is here for a Fall 2017 research trip as part of our new initiative connecting contemporary artists with Sienese craft/artisanal practices and new technologies.

New York based artist Kathy Butterly brings a painterly sensibility to her idiosyncratic ceramic sculptures. To realize her witty, quirky and inventive fired forms, she applies a range of sophisticated glazes and delicate textures. For Butterly the kiln is a crucible of possibilities. With each firing, a playful intuitive sensory dialogue ensues. Over decades she has mastered teasing out highly associative meaning with each additional glazing. Her aesthetic synthesizes Asian ceramics and California Funk.

Kathy Butterly was born 1963 in Amityville NY. She received her BFA at Moore College of Art before earning an MFA at University of California, Davis where she studied with Robert Arneson. She lives and works in New York City alongside her husband, artist Tom Burckhardt. She has exhibited across the United States and many of her works are in the permanent collections the Museum of Modern Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the de Young Museum of San Francisco. In addition Kathy Butterly has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants such as a Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and inclusion in a Carnegie International.

For more information about Kathy Butterly, you can visit her website: http://www.kathybutterly.com/

Residency Profile page: http://www.sienaart.org/Dettaglio-figura/id:290/

Workshop + Lab: Landscape and Participation

Young artists from the SienaArtInstitute participating in the “Paesaggio & Partecipazione” Workshop + Lab led by the organizations Culturing EU , AR Scape, and Galleria FuoriCampobrainstorming for the revitalization of Siena‘s urbangardens for cultural & artistic events.
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Morning brainstorming session at the Leocorno contrada:

Exploring the Valle di Follonica:

Afternoon brainstorming lab heading to the Giraffa contrada garden:

Luoghi di Fuga: Notebook Projects

A group critique checking out the notebooks that students have created as a response to the Luoghi di Fuga project presented by Annunziata de Comite, and the writings of Rebecca Solnit.

To check our our students’ current work-in-progress, more details are on their individual profile pages.

Participants in the Siena Art Institute’s Fall 2017 semester include:


Visiting Siena’s Biblioteca Briganti and City Archives

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We had the privilege to visit the Biblioteca Briganti & City Archives with participants in the Siena Art Institute‘s Art & Society course.  The Biblioteca Briganti is part of the museum complex of Santa Maria della Scala, and is a treasure trove of resources, including the amazing volumes of Piranesi’s views of Rome, and many books related to Siena’s history, artists, and craftspeople. The City Archives contains centuries worth of records and artifacts related to Siena’s history, in a beautiful palazzo overlooking Piazza del Campo.  Their collection includes many one-of-a-kind antique maps of Siena, allowing us to trace the growth and changes of the cityscape over time.
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