Nanette Carter, Pratt Institute Residency

Our latest residency in collaboration with Pratt Fine Arts at the Siena Art Institute. With her work, artist Nanette Carter tackles the theme of life’s beauty and the complexity and precariousness of the society in which we live. 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.
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Shoshana Dentz, August 2021 Resident Artist

Shoshana Dentz (born 1968, NYC) is a Brooklyn-based artist. Her small, seemingly abstract works are based on meticulously faithful, close-up and prolonged observation of a transparent, scotch-taped-together box that she poses with mirrors. Conceived and constructed by the artist, this barely-there still-life subject has been the singular and serial subject of her painting and drawing practice of the past decade. Chasing, over and over again, to grasp every ephemeral reflection bounding through the microworld set up on her studio table, her paintings are meditations on the workings and instability of perception itself.

Dentz received her MFA from Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY (2004) and her Bachelors degree from Brandeis University, Waltham, MA (1989). She has been the recipient of several awards such as Pollack Krasner Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, Lower Eastside Printshop and The FID Drawing Prize. Along with residencies at Art Omi in upstate New York (2005 & 2020), Dentz has been awarded 2021 residencies at Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy and at Interlude Residency in Livingston, New York. She recently completed a public, site-specific installation for Time Equities Inc. Art-in-Buildings in New York. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at The Rose Art Museum, The Graduate Center New York, MoMA PS1, The Drawing Center, Rubin Museum of Art, Building 92 at The Brooklyn Navy Yard, Pera Museum Istanbul, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Center for the Arts at Wesleyan University, Kohler Arts Center, Spertus Museum Chicago and a host of private galleries. She currently teaches in the BFA and MFA programs at Parsons The New School and School of Visual Arts, New York.

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Brandeis in Siena 2021

At long last, on Thursday our students for the Brandeis in Siena summer program are arriving in #Siena!

Brandeis in Siena is a special summer program developed in partnership with Brandeis University and the Siena Art Institute .

In this intensive, culturally-immersive two-course summer program, students study studio art and art history in Siena, Italy. The program offers students the opportunity to combine classroom coursework, field trips to historic cultural sites in Tuscany, and practice traditional techniques in the studio, which together give the students a holistic understanding of this unique and culturally important environment.

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Art Cloud Greece Project 2021

2021 SNF-SART Cultural Entrepreneurship Pilot Program

What are we up to in Greece?

With support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), the Siena Art Institute (SART) is launching Art Cloud Greece, a new Athens-based project during 2021 that sees the direct involvement of our former students as cultural entrepreneurs. The aim is to engage the international art community that rotates around the Siena Art Institute; to provide professional experience for young artists beginning their careers; to enrich the cultural activities of local communities in Greece with particular attention to marginalized communities. Participants are organized in small teams to work on specific project goals to be completed within December 2021. 

This is an expansion of the Siena Art Institute’s SNF-sponosored initiatives which began in 2014. See our website for more information:

Participants in the 2021 SNF-SART Cultural Entrepreneurship Pilot Program include:

On our visit to Athens this past weekend, we also met up with our former Siena Art Institute resident artist Alexandros Georgiou, to see some of his current work-in-progress. Our recent resident artists Vassiliki Spachou & Fotis Flevotomos also joined us for brainstorming meetings as we work towards more exciting Greek collaborations! Their residencies at the Siena Art Institute were sponsored by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

June 4th Online Conversation + Poetry Reading

A Conversation and Poetry Reading with Policromia Poets Past and Future

On Friday June 4th the Siena Art Institute’s series of online events continues with a poetry reading and conversation.

Mairéad Byrne and Will Schutt, organizers of Policromia, the Siena Art Institute’s annual international festival of poetry and translation, will be talking with award-winning poets John Murillo and Dirceu Villa about the purpose and practice of writing poetry today.

Live streaming on our Facebook and YouTube channels at at 6 p.m. Italy, 5pm UK, 7pm Greece, 9:30 pm India, noon NYC, 9 a.m. LA.


Mairéad Byrne’s poetry collections include Talk Poetry (Miami University Press), SOS Poetry (/ubu Editions), and The Best of (What’s Left of) Heaven (Publishing Genius). Her work has been translated by Dirceu Villa in the collection Famosa na sua cabeça (Dobra Editorial). Recent work includes two chapbooks In & Out (Smithereens 2019) and har sawlya (above/ground 2019); and two essays, “Light in July,” in David (Jhave) Johnston’s ReRites: Raw Output/Responses (Anteism 2019) and “The Shed of Poetry,” in A Line of Tiny Zeros in the Fabric (Shearsman 2020). She is a Professor of Poetry at Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.  She is a co-curator of Policromia, the Siena Art Institute’s annual international festival of poetry and translation across the arts.

John Murillo is the author of the poetry collections Up Jump the Boogie (Cypher 2010), finalist for both the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the Pen Open Book Award, and Kontemporary Amerikan Poetry (Four Way Books 2020), winner of the 2021 Kingsley Tufts Award. His honors include two Larry Neal Writers Awards, a Pushcart Prize, the J Howard and Barbara MJ Wood Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Cave Canem Foundation, and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing. He is an assistant professor of English at Wesleyan University and also teaches in the low residency MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.

Will Schutt is the author of Westerly, awarded the 2012 Yale Younger Poets Prize, and translator, most recently, of My Life, I Lapped It Up: Selected Poems of Edoardo Sanguineti (Oberlin College Press 2018), Andrea Marcolongo’s The Ingenious Language (Europa Editions 2019) and Carlo and Renzo Piano’s Atlantis (Europa Editions 2020) He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Translation Fellowship, a PEN/Heim Translation Fund grant, the Amy Lowell Poetry Travelling Scholarship, the Raiziss/de Palchi Translation Fellowship, and other awards. He is a co-curator of Policromia, the Siena Art Institute’s annual international festival of poetry and translation across the arts.

Dirceu Villa  (1975, São Paulo, Brazil) is the author of 6 books of poetry, MCMXCVIII (1998), Descort (2003), Icterofagia (2008), Transformador (anthology, 1998-2013), speechless tribes (2018) and couraça (2020). He is also the translator of Joseph Conrad’s short-stories from A Set of Six (2009), Ezra Pound’s Lustra (2011), Mairéad Byrne’s Famosa na sua cabeça (selection and translation, 2015) and Jean Cocteau’s L’Ange Heurtebise (in print). Some of his poems can be found in literary publications abroad such as Rattapallax (USA), Poetry Wales (UK), Alforja (Mexico), Alba (UK), Neue Rundschau (Germany), Retendre la corde vocale (France), Atelier and Mediumpoesia (Italy), and others. He has written essas on contemporary poetry and a revision of the poetry canon of Portuguese language for Germina Literatura magazine (later expanded into a post-Doctoral study). He also organised na anthology of Brazilian contemporary poets for Mexico City’s La Otra magazine in 2009, and has written prefaces for Stéphane Mallarmé, Charles Baudelaire and Christopher Marlowe’s works in Brazil, as well as prefaces for contemporary authors like Alfredo Fressia and Ricardo Aleixo. He was invited to the 2012 PoesieFestival in Berlin. While working on his translation of Basil Bunting’s Briggflatts to Portuguese, he was selected for a Translation Residency organised by the British Council and the Writers’ Centre Norwich, in London and Norwich (2015), and was invited for the Festival Internacional de Poesía de Granada, Nicarágua (2018), joining, also, the Policromia Festival in Siena, Italy (2019). He holds a PhD from the Universidade de São Paulo (USP) on the Italian and the British poetry of the XVth and XVIth centuries (with a Doctorate internship in London, researching at the Warburg Institute Library). He taught Literature at the Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP) and presently teaches Literary Translation at Casa Guilherme de Almeida (Centre for the Study of Literary Translation), and writing in literary workshops. He has written against the 2016 coup d’état in Brazil and the far right politics that ensued.

May 25 StARTers LIVE with Dr Lyndsey Bakewell

Our spring 2021 series of online talks StARTers LIVE concludes on Tuesday May 25 with Dr Lyndsey Bakewell. Join us for the live broadcast at 6pm Siena / 5pm London / noon NYC / 9 am LA / 9:30 pm Delhi. Streaming simultaneously from the Siena Art Institute’s Facebook and YouTube channels.

Dr Lyndsey Bakewell is a Lecturer in Drama at De Montfort University, Leicester. Her research focuses on the exploration of key societal issues through applied storytelling and performance. 

She is currently working on two international research projects that consider how storytelling, drama and creative practice can teach lifelong educational skills for higher education and employment, and is currently developing a new strand of research into the experiences of parenting and motherhood through the pandemic. 

She has published in the area of applied practice on a range of topics, including mental health, education and environmental issues.

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June redident Nanette Carter

We can’t wait for the arrival in June of Nanette Carter, who has been selected for a  residency at the Siena Art Institute in partnership with Pratt Institute, where she has recently retired from teaching in the Fine Arts Department.

Born in Columbus, Ohio Nanette Carter spent most of her childhood in Montclair, New Jersey. Her first art classes started at the age of six in the Montclair Art Museum. She attended Oberlin College majoring in Studio Art and Art History. During her junior year she studied abroad in Perugia, Italy, traveling through Europe and Northern Africa. Nanette received her MFA at Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, New York. She has recently retired as an Associate Adjunct Professor teaching Drawing at Pratt.

Over the years Nanette has received several grants which include the New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation and more. She has had international solo exhibitions in Japan, Syria, Cuba and Italy. She is now represented by the Berry Campbell Gallery in Chelsea, NY and the Ami Kanoko Gallery in Osaka, Japan.

Working with intangible ideas around contemporary issues has been Nanette’s modus operandi. How to present these ideas in an abstract visual vocabulary of form, line and color has peeked her imagination for decades.

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