Tania Saleh Resident Artist

Our latest resident artist arriving at the Siena Art Institute is Tania Saleh, coming to Siena from Beirut for October-November 2021!  Join us on Tuesday October 26th for an artist’s talk (in English) both in person at the Siena Art Institute and live streaming on our Facebook page and YouTube channel at 6pm Siena / 7pm Beruit and Athens / noon NYC.   This talk will be a wonderful opportunity to meet the artist in person and to learn more about her creative process.

(Note: for our in-person audience the covid Green Pass is required and reservations are recommended as space is limited)

The Lebanese singer/songwriter/visual artist Tania Saleh has been one of the most central artists in the Arabic alternative music scene since the nineties. She has never stopped seeking new connections with countless other art forms, mixing traditional music forms with an ever expanding pallet of new impulses.

Throughout her career, she has released 5 studio albums and 2 live albums and cooperated with a who’s who of Lebanese and international artists. In 2018, her audiovisual album “Intersection” was launched with a 15-minute film as an ode to Arabic poetry, calligraphy and street art.

Tania drew all the murals and wrote the music to almost all the poems. “Intersection” has won the German Record Critics’ Award for 2018. Also, Tania has been awarded the Lebanese American University Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018 for her outstanding work in the visual and musical fields for more than 25 years.

As a visual artist, she was part of various workshops and residencies around the world and as a singer/songwriter she performed live in various venues locally and internationally:
The Roxy, U.S.A. – The Barbican and Liverpool Philharmonic, U.K. – Stallet, Sweden – Wasla Music Festival, U.A.E. – Dar, Kuwait – The Opera House and Cairo Jazz Festival, Egypt – Oslo World Music Festival and The Nobel Peace Center, Norway – Visa for Music, Morocco – Byblos International Music Festival and Music Hall, Lebanon – Institut du Monde Arabe, France – La Mercè, Barcelona and many more. Her latest animated single “Ya Reit” (I Wish), was released in 2020, a song she has written, illustrated and animated during the lockdown period. Her 7th album entitled “10 A.D.” was released in 2021, co-produced by the Norwegian label KKV.




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SNF-SART Resident Nina Papaconstantinou 

We are pleased to be welcoming Nina Papaconstantinou as a Fall 2021 resident artist at the Siena Art Institute through the SNF-SART residency program, co-sponsored by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Join us on Tuesday October 19 at for an artist’s talk with Nina Papaconstantinou, both in person and online (streaming from the Siena Art Institute’s Facebook page and YouTube channel) at 6pm Siena / 7pm Athens / noon NYC. 

Born in Athens, Greece in 1968, Nina Papaconstantinou studied Greek Literature in Athens and Visual Arts:Drawing in Camberwell College of Arts, London. In 2015 she was artist-in-residence at the Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies in Princeton University. Her work is mainly an investigation of the relationship between text and its image.

She has presented her work in several group and personal exhibitions in Greece and abroad, more recently in: Home (duo show), Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens, Under / erasure, Pierogi gallery, New York, After Babel, AnnexM, Athens Concert Hall, At the Beginning Was the Word, Concepts –Images- ScriptNational Art Museum of China (NAMOC), Beijing, Multitudinous Seas, Fondation Hippocrène, Paris, Antidoron -documenta 14 FridericianumKassel, NP or the possibilities of a lifeLocus Athens, Genii Loci. Greek Art from 1930 to Present, Manège Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, Russia, Urgent Conversations: Athens-Antwerp, EMST National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens. Where There is Sea There Are Pirates, 3137, Athens, Typo (solo show) Kalfayan gallery, Quieter in Every Phrase (solo show), Martine Aboucaya gallery, Paris, Drawing Time, Reading Time, The Drawing Center, New York, 1st Arezzo Biennial Icastica:  Glocal Women, Arezzo, Italy, Pen to Paper, Athr gallery, Zeddah, Saudi Arabia, La Plasticitédu Langage, Fondation Hippocrène, Paris, Lecielbientôtseratropcourt, Martine Aboucaya gallery, Paris, Others: Le Biennali d’ Arte di Marrakech, Atene e Istanbul α Catania e Palermo, Fondazione Puglisi Consentino, Catania, Italy, Heaven, 2nd Athens Biennial, Instead of Writing (solo show), ΕΜSΤ National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens, Greece. 



Talk with resident Mashuq Mushtaq Deen Oct 12

We are very pleased to host a public talk with our current resident Mashuq Mushtaq Deen in person at the Siena Art Institute and online streaming live on the Siena Art Institute’s YouTube channel and Facebook page on Tuesday Oct 12 at 6pm Siena / noon  NYC:


The event is in English. Audience participation is encouraged!‼ For people attending the event in person at the Siena Art Institute, it is recommended to arrive 15 minutes before the start of the event to allow for the implementation of Covid-19 related measures. Green pass is mandatory. ‼

‼ Space is limited so reservations are strongly encouraged (email info@sienaart.org or call 0577 573086 to reserve a place) ‼


Mashuq Mushtaq Deen
 is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, a Playwrights Center CORE Writer, and a Lambda Literary Award Winner. His full-length plays include Flood (covid-cancelled production at Kansas City Rep 2021), The Empty Place (commission, workshop production at NYU), The Betterment Society (upcoming publication, Methuen Books), The Shaking Earth (covid-postponed production at National Queer Theater 2020; first runner-up for Sulthan Padamsee Playwriting Prize, India), Draw the Circle (productions: PlayMakers Rep, Mosaic Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre; published: Dramatists Play Service; winner Lambda Literary Award), and Tank & Horse (world premiere: Berkshire Fringe Festival).

Deen’s work has been presented/developed/supported by a number of institutions including New Dramatists, Sewanee Writers Conference (upcoming), Sundance Institute/Ucross, Blue Mountain Center, The Public Theater, NYTW, MacDowell Colony, Bogliasco Foundation, Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Target Margin Theatre, Keen Company, New Harmony Project, Phoenix Theatre, Chesley/Bumbalo Foundation, Arch and Bruce Brown Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, InterAct Theatre, Page73, Ma-Yi, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, Georgetown University, BEAT Festival, PACE University, Hampshire College, Averett University, Dixon Place, Passage Theatre, Queens Theatre in the Park, Tofte Lake Center, and the Berkshire Fringe Festival. He has also received a 2017 Kilroy’s List Honorable Mention, been a Jerome New York Fellowship finalist (twice), O’Neill Conference semifinalist (thrice), Weissberger Award nomination, Playwrights Center Core Writers finalist (twice), and has received a James Baldwin Award, and Dennis Johnston Playwriting Prize honorable mention. He is a member of the NYTW Usual Suspects, Ma-Yi Writers Lab, founding member of the Public Theater Alumni Writers Group, and the Dramatists Guild. He earned his MFA from the Actors Studio Drama School/New School for Drama. He is represented by the Gurman Agency. In his spare time, Deen is a man of many hobbies.