Tempo Zulu walk, part 1

Bernardo Giorgi led an introductory exploration of the Tempo Zulu project, contemporary interventions within the cityscape of Siena, with our group of students together with poet-in-residence Donna Stonecipher.

As a special part of the excursion, we were able to meet master stone carver Maestro Emilio Frati and see a glimpse into his personal studio. He is truly living history!

The participation of our Greek students during the Fall 2020 semester is thanks to the collaboration of the Stavros-Niarchos Foundation in supporting our SNF-SART scholarships.


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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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.