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.

www.nolenstudios.com

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:


Spring 2022 Critique

Exploring the work of our @sienaart & @sienaschool Spring 2022 #studyabroad students during our final critique, including projects from coursework in Painting, Art & Society, Book Arts, Ceramics, Silversmithing, Museum Studies as well as #DigitalStoryTelling projects of the #CErTiFYproject of the European Erasmus+ Program! Our Spring 2022 participants have joined us from Brandeis University
Oberlin College, Williams College, College of the Holy Cross, Swarthmore College and more!

Suzanne Mathew Residency May 2022

We are delighted to be hosting Suzanne Mathew for a May 2022 residency at the Siena Art Institute.
A registered landscape architect with a multidisciplinary background, she is an Associate Professor at RISD.

Her research techniques range from developing tools to document changes in environmental phenomena such as light, temperature and sound to experimenting with hand and digital methods for drawing spaces that change over time. She has published and presented her work on temporal and dynamic spaces both nationally and internationally, including articles in the recent publications Representing Landscapes: Hybrid (Amoroso) and Innovations in Landscape Architecture (Anderson and Ortega). With a background in science, architecture and landscape architecture, she focuses on the relationship between human infrastructures and environmental resilience. Recent work has included consulting for the Mayor’s Institute on City Design, working with the National Parks Service to develop visitor experience strategies (as part of a team selected through the National Parks Now Competition) and presenting climate resilience strategies at the Newport Historical Society’s Keeping History Above Water conference.

Mathew has earned a number of awards, including multiple ASLA Honor Awards, the Stanley and Helen Abbot Award for Excellence in Landscape Design, The Ken Roberts Memorial Award for Excellence in Hand Delineation and the AIA Washington DC UnBuilt Honor Award. In addition to teaching at RISD, she has worked as a designer and project manager at Landworks Studio in Boston, overseeing projects in locations ranging from Cambridge, MA to Nanjing, China.

More info: https://www.risd.edu/academics/landscape-architecture/faculty/suzanne-mathew