Art & Society Intro Meeting

Bernardo Giorgi and Irene Lupi led our intro session for the Art & Society course with our newly-arrived Spring 2020 participants.

Exploring and finding inspiration in the city of Siena and it’s surrounding territory, one important source of inspiration is the book “Invisible Cities” by Italo Calvino (born 1923 Cuba, died 1985 in Siena)



We looked at several references of contemporary artworks inspired by Calvino’s “Invisible Cities” including the short digital animation by Mario Pietro Brioschi:

…and the site-specific opera at the Los Angeles train station:
… and a longer video on the opera project:

San Gimignano Orientation Trip

On Sunday Jan 26 we travelled to the hilltop town of San Gimignano with our newly-arrived students from the Siena Art Institute & Siena School for Liberal Arts.  The day included a group lunch together and a guided tour of the city led by our Program Director Miriam Grottanelli de Santi.

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We were able to see two contemporary art exhibits by KIKI SMITH & JOSÉ ANTONIO SUÁREZ LONDOÑO organized by Galleria Continua.

If you weren’t able to join us in person, here is a little video to give you a glimpse of San Gimignano from above:

Madyha Leghari arrives for winter residency

profile_photo.jpgOn Saturday Jan 18 arrives Madyha Leghari for the start of her winter residency at the Siena Art Institute, a visual artist and writer based in Lahore, Pakistan.

Her first solo presentation, ‘Notes Towards Silence’ (2016) was held at Rohtas Gallery, Lahore. She has also been writing on art for a number of publications including ArtNow Pakistan and the Dawn Newspaper. She was the recipient of the Massachusetts College of Art

Teaching Residency in 2019 and the Murree Museum residency in 2014 and is nominated for the AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship 2020. She has been teaching at the National College of Arts, Lahore, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston and the Beaconhouse National University, Lahore.

For more information, check out her residency profile page.

End-of-Semester Dinner

…And another amazing semester comes to an end!

Thank you to all the international students, teachers and staff that took part in the our programs this Fall at the Siena Art Institute & Siena School for Liberal Arts: it’s been great to have you here – you were all essential to make these months a very special experience indeed.

Thank you!

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Fall 2019 Exhibit Dec 7


FALL 2019 SHOW  (Mostra di autunno, testo in italiano di sotto)

The evening will begin at 4:00pm with the presentation of the works and refreshments.  We’ll celebrate together the artworks created by the young artists of the Siena Art Institute and Siena School for Liberal Arts during the Fall 2019 semester.

In addition, during the exhibit opening event it will also be possible to visit the studios of artists-in-residence John Melvin, Marina Mangubi, Pamela Lawton, Danny Licul, and Honey Jones-Hughes.

Free and open to the public.

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