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:

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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Image may contain: 12 people, people smiling, people sitting, table and indoor

Artist’s Talk with Marina Mangubi

We’re delighted to have Marina Mangubi starting her residency at the Siena Art Institute, as the final artist-in-residence for our Fall 2019 season. A painter, printmaker and installation artist, Mangubi works on thematic projects that probe hidden meanings in familiar historical and philosophical constructs, and she is Professor of Art at the College of Wooster. Her current visual and performance art series, titled Painting Biathlon, posits an artist as an athlete.

Marina Mangubi will be leading an artist’s talk on Tuesday Nov 12 at 6pm at the Siena Art Institute as part of our ongoing series “StARTers: Assaggi d’Arte” (Tastes of Art).  The talk will be free and open to the public.  We hope you can join us to learn more about her unique artistic practice and the projects she’ll be working on during her residency here in Siena!

For more info, visit her residency profile page.


TWO LATE : Giacomo Casprini @BarIlPalio 16 Oct

Questa sera, 16 ottobre alle ore 19.00, vi aspettiamo al Bar Il Palio (Piazza del Campo) per il primo appuntamento di TWO LATE, il programma di tre incursioni artistiche nelle marginalità della città di Siena. (ENGLISH TEXT BELOW)

Due soli giorni di workshop, tre artisti che si confronteranno e apriranno un dialogo con altrettante comunità locali. Tre mesi perché artisti e comunità ospitanti producano sei progetti d’arte che saranno presentati nel 2020: opere grandi appena 20 cm e da esporre nello storico Bar il Palio quelle degli artisti, variabili di volta in volta quelle delle comunità. Una collezione in continua crescita di opere che darà vita col tempo a un archivio di memorie, consultabile quotidianamente.
Questo progetto è realizzato da Siena Art Institute nell’ambito del progetto “Racconti dal Margine” nell’ambito del bando Toscanaincontemporanea 2019 con il contributo della Regione Toscana e GiovaniSì.  Si ringraziano per la collaborazione Bar Il Palio e Residenza d’epoca Villa Il Borghetto.

Il primo artista di TWO LATE è Giacomo Casprini che lavorerà con la Casa Circondariale di Siena (Piazza S. Spirito 3)

BIO: Giacomo Casprini nasce a Montevarchi nel 1980, studia fra Firenze ed Arezzo muovendosi soprattutto nelle discipline che vanno dalla pittura alla scultura, appassionato anche di altri media come la fotografia e l’installazione cerca di andare verso realtà quotidiane nuove e sorprendenti mettendo in relazione segni e colori in opere molto grandi. Dai suoi lavori si possono trarre delicate vibrazioni, come i suoni di un brano musicale, una sorta di astrazione che vuole lasciare la massima libertà interpretativa all’osservatore.


This evening, Oct 16 at 7.00 pm, join us at the Bar Il Palio (Piazza del Campo) for the first appointment of TWO LATE, the program of three artistic incursions into the margins of the city of Siena.

In two days of workshops, three artists will confront and open a dialogue with many local communities. Three months for artists and host communities to produce six art projects that will be presented in 2020: works that are just 20 cm in size to be exhibited at the historic Bar Il Palio, with the possibility of including alongside those of the community. A constantly growing collection of artworks that over time will create an archive of memories, which can be viewed daily.
This project is carried out by the Siena Art Institute as part of the “Racconti dal Margine” project in the context of the Toscanaincontemporanea 2019 call with the contribution of the Tuscany Region and GiovaniSì. We would like to thank Bar Il Palio and Villa Il Borghetto for their collaboration.

The first TWO LATE artist is Giacomo Casprini who will work with the Siena Prison (Piazza S. Spirito 3)

BIO: Giacomo Casprini was born in Montevarchi in 1980, he studied between Florence and Arezzo moving especially in the disciplines ranging from painting to sculpture, also passionate about other media such as photography and installation, trying to move towards new and surprising everyday realities by relating signs and colors in very large works. From his works one can draw delicate vibrations, like the sounds of a musical piece, a sort of abstraction that wants to leave the maximum freedom of interpretation to the observer.