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/

Brazilian resident Angerami video

The latest video on our YouTube channel features the art of our Spring 2022 resident artist, Brazilian painter Evandro Angerami (IG @angerami_ ) He is inspired by nature, which for him is sacred. In the works he created during his residency at the Siena Art Institute a message of freedom and beauty emerges. Thanks to the Lombardi Arte Gallery for exhibiting Angerami’s work and Gabriele Clementi for the filming!

Pratt Resident, Fashion Designer Claire McKinney

We are delighted to be hosting fashion designer Claire McKinney for an artist residency at the Siena Art Institute in partnership with Pratt Institute. Claire McKinney is a designer based in New York City, a visiting instructor at Pratt Institute and co-founder of SC103.

Below is a selection of her work, and links to her social media:

Claire McKinney personal website: www.cmck-nyc.com
instagram @cllaire_m

SC103 website: www.sc103.us
instagram @sc103_official

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.

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

Projects by resident artist Mo Abd-Ulla

Iraqi resident artist Mo Abd-Ulla has created a pair of art projects marking the conclusion of his Spring 2022 residency at the Siena Art Institute: ‘Memorial for the Unknown Artist’ and ‘I Swear The Stone Tells The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth’ which were inserted within the exterior of the Siena Art Institute entrance.

In describing the project, he has written, “I propose that the clay sculpture remains on the spot until it resolves by rain, sun and wind, ashes to ashes, dust to dust, clay to earth.” On my visit to the Archeological Museum in Siena, I saw some copies of sculptures that demonstrate how nature contributes to the sculpting process ‘naturally’. 

Earlier in his residency, Mo Abd-Ulla created this audio recording with the following accompanying image: