Exploring the cabinets of curiosities at the Fisiocritici Museum

Just down the block from the Siena Art Institute here in the city’s historic center, we visited the Fisiocritici Museum to explore their cabinets of curiosities.  The Accademia de’ Fisiocritici was founded in 1691, and their museum showcases diverse collections, packed with all kinds of objects and specimines in antique cabinets with handwritten labels: it’s a museum that belongs in a museum!

Upcoming Spring 2019 Residents

There’s an exciting line-up of residents who will be guests of the Siena Art Institute for the Spring 2019 season.  Throughout the year, professional artists and writers are in residence at the Siena Art Institute to pursue independent projects and to serve as inspirations to our program participants. 2019 residents include:

For more information on previous and upcoming residents at the Siena Art Institute, visit: https://www.sienaart.org/Residencies/Recent-Upcoming-Visiting-Artists-Residents/

The first Spring resident, writer Caoilinn Hughes, arrives on Feb 1st!


(Caoilinn Hughes headshot photo credit Danijel Mihajlović)

Caoilinn Hughes’ debut novel Orchid & the Wasp (Oneworld 2018) was shortlisted for the 2018 Butler Literary Award. Her poetry collection Gathering Evidence (Carcanet 2014) won the Irish Times Shine/Strong Award and was shortlisted for four other prizes. She won The Moth International Short Story Prize 2018. A fellow of the James Merrill House, the Bogliasco Foundation, Faber and La Napoule Art Foundation, she has been awarded a Tin House Workshop Scholarship, a Literature Bursary Award from the Arts Council of Ireland and The Ireland Funds Monaco Award. Her writing has appeared in Granta, Tin House, POETRY, The Stinging Fly, BBC Radio3 and elsewhere. She holds a PhD from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and she was recently Visiting Writer at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

For more information on Caoilinn Hughes:


Looking ahead to Spring Semester 2019, beginning Jan 24

After a great Fall semester, we are looking ahead to the start of our Spring 2019 semester, which will begin on Thursday January 24th and will run through May 17th!

Detailed information about our Spring 2019 calendar can be found on the pages for our Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs.

Spring is a very exciting time to be here in Tuscany.  For some general tips about springtime activities, you can find more info through the Tuscan tourism portal “Discover Tuscany”:



A very successful End-of-Semester Exhibit Opening

Hearty congratulations to our fabulous Fall semester students for this weekend’s End-of-Semester exhibit inaugurations at the Siena Art Institute and the Fisiocritici Museum of Natural History.

The exhibit at the Siena Art Institute will be on view Dec 10-12, 10:30 am to 6pm, if you didn’t have a chance to make it to the opening, and the Fisiocritici Exhibit will be on view through Dec 21 Mon-Fri from 9am-2pm!

You can see more info on the individual projects of our students through their profile pages listed here:

Exhibit flier