Fall 2020 Art & Society

The Art & Society course allows students to develop substantive projects to further their portfolio development, and to have numerous opportunities to deepen their understanding of contemporary art practices and the various roles that artists can play in a broader social context.

The students of the Fall 2020 semester are working on their artistic projects in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has required teachers and students alike to re-think their approach to art-making and the notion of travel and cultural exchange.  We are navigating the challenges and complexities of daily life in these tumultuous times, and re-examining societal structures in this new context.

The interdisciplinary Art & Society course is central to the mission of the Siena Art Institute (“SART”), and is required for all students.  The Fall 2020 course is co-taught by Lisa Nonken, Irene Lupi, and Bernardo Giorgi, and dove-tails with the elective coursework taking place this semester in Digital Multimedia, Creative Writing, and Photography.

The Art & Society course is divided into three project units: the Introductory Project Unit, the Mid-Term Project Unit, and the Final Project Unit. Through the progression of these projects, students are guided through the production of a strong personal body of work, fostering their ongoing portfolio development.

The students of the Fall 2020 semester include:

Below is the calendar for the Fall 2020 semester:

  • September 7-11: Online intro unit group meetings, focusing on preparation for your arrival in Siena
  • September 14: Students fly into Italy and arrive to Siena, meeting school staff at 4pm in Siena’s Piazza Gramsci bus station, in the area of long covered benches.
  • September 15: Orientation activities in Siena: city tour & arrivals paperwork
  • September 16-19: Intensive coursework for Italian language, Intro Projects for the Art & Society Interdisciplinary course.
  • September 21: Semester elective courses begin.
  • October 26-28: Mid-term exams
  • October 29-Nov 3: Mid-term break.*
  • December 5: End of Semester exhibition opening 4-6 pm.
  • December 7-8: Final exams.
  • December 8: Final Critique and Final Dinner.
  • December 10-11: Departure. (You are responsible for your own return transportation.)