Nov-Dec Resident playwright Harrison Rivers

On Nov 18th American playwright Harrison Rivers arrives for his residency at the Siena Art Institute!

Harrison David Rivers is the winner of the 2018 Relentless Award for THE BANDAGED PLACE. His other plays include WHEN LAST WE FLEW (GLAAD Media Award, NY Fringe Excellence in Playwriting Award), SWEET(AUDELCO nom), WHERE STORMS ARE BORN (Berkshire Theatre Award nom, Edgerton Foundation New Play Award), FIVE POINTS (MN Theatre Award for Exceptional New Work, Lavender Magazine citation for Outstanding New Playwriting, BroadwayWorld Minneapolis Award for Best New Work, Inclusion in MinnPost’s year-end “Best” List), THIS BITTER EARTH (MN Theatre Award for Exceptional New Work, Lavender Magazine citation for Outstanding New Playwriting, Joseph Jefferson Award nom), LOOK UPON OUR LOWLINESS, AND SHE WOULD STAND LIKE THIS, TO LET GO AND FALL and BROADBEND, ARKANSAS. 

Harrison was named a Runner-up for the 2018 Artist of the Year by the Star Tribune and a 2017 Artist of the Year by City Pages. He has received McKnight and Many Voices Jerome Fellowships, a Van Lier Fellowship, an Emerging Artist of Color Fellowship and residencies with the Bogliasco Foundation, the Hermitage, Duke University and the Williamstown Theater Festival. He was the winner of New York Stage & Film’s Founder’s Award in 2015. 

Harrison is an alum of the Public Theater’s Emerging Writers’ Group, Interstate 73, NAMT and the Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab. He is a NYTW Usual Suspect and a member of the Playwright Center’s Board of Directors. BA: Kenyon College. MFA: Columbia University School of the Arts. 

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Nov 8 Anna Morera talk

Collaboration and conflict resolution do not only affect human beings, but are also common in the plant world: this will be the focus of the intervention of Anna Morera, trainer and expert in regenerative agriculture. This ONLINE event for our StARTers – Assaggi d’Arte series “Learning to dialogue like plants” will take place exclusively online (not in person) and will be in Italian TODAY at 6.00 pm, live-streaming on the Siena Art Institute’s Facebook and Youtube channels.

 Viewers will be able to ask questions and interact with the speaker through the comments section of the video.

L’evento rientra nella programmazione realizzata dal Siena Art Institute per il progetto FRAGILE in Art per Toscanaincontemporanea 2022 con il contributo della Regione Toscana e GiovaniSì. 

Oct 25 Sheri Simons Artist’s Talk

Our current resident artist, Sheri Simons, will be leading an artist’s talk on Tuesday October 25th at 6pm at the Siena Art Institute, in person and also simultaneously live-streaming on our Facebook page and YouTube channel

Using materials such as wood, steel, electronics, men’s dress shirts, rubber, organ pipes, Sheri Simons (b. Detroit, Michigan, 1954) creates sculptures that engage the viewer with sight, sound, and movement. Her works of art utilize sculpture as an instrument, something designed to cause or aid in an action or reaction. Born and educated in Michigan, with a BFA from the University of Michigan and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Simons has resided in California since the mid-1980s. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the Michigan Council for the Arts. Residencies have taken her around the globe, including the Japan-US Friendship Commission and Youkobo Art Space residencies in Tokyo; a residency at ZK/U: Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik in Berlin; and a residency at Artpark in New York. In 2019, Simons worked in the Glass Shop as a G.A.P.P. (Guest Artist Pavilion Project) artist in residence at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Her sculptures have been included in exhibitions at such institutions as the Fukushima Biennale, Japan; the Cranbrook Museum, Michigan; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, the Kansas City Art Institute; and the Detroit Institute of Arts.

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Oct 11 Hanane Kai artist’s talk

Join us Tuesday Oct 11 for an artist’s talk with Lebanese artist and illustrator Hanane Kai in person at 6pm at the Siena Art Institute and live-streaming on Siena Art Institute’s Facebook page & YouTube channel.

Hanane Kai is an award-winning illustrator who brings a design approach to her art. Based in her home studio in the mountains of Lebanon, she has worked with various clients, ranging from small publishers to Pearson, Facebook and BBC. She is especially attuned to the role of emotion in visually communicating a message – something that is often overlooked in the process. Hanane’s areas of expertise include creative formats for publishing, visualising sensitive topics for children, and humanitarian storytelling.
Some of her many awards include the Bologna Ragazzi Award 2016 New Horizons category , several Etisalat Arabic Children’s Book Awards for Best Production and Best Illustrations, the multiple Mahmoud Kahil Awards, and shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards

This artist’s talk on Oct 11 is part of the initiative of Regione Toscana ‘s Giovanisì – Regione Toscana #toscanaincontemporanea

Oct 4 Talk with Dr. Leah Modigliani

Join us Tuesday Oct 4 at 6pm for a talk with our current artist-in-residence Dr. Leah Modigliani, part of our series of talks StARTers: Assaggi d’Arte (Tastes of Art)

The event will be in person with refreshments and also live-streaming online through the Siena Art Institute’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. (6pm Siena, 5pm London, noon NYC)

Currently at the Siena Art Institute for a month-long artistic residency, Dr. Leah Modigliani is an Associate Professor of Visual Studies at Tyler School of Art and Architecture (Philadelphia, USA). She is an artist and scholar with transdisciplinary engagements informed by fine arts, art history, critical geography, urban studies, and politics. Modigliani’s projects are engendered by and respond to the history of the avant-garde and its relationship to political critique, feminist art and writing, social dissent, the histories of photography, performance and re-enactment as political strategy, and the pernicious effects of neoliberal capitalism. The center of her art and writing is a focus on the myriad ways individuals’ freedom of expression is destroyed, curtailed, or displaced through socio-economic factors beyond their control.

Modigliani’s visual work has been exhibited at many galleries and museums including Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum (Philadelphia), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Colby College Museum of Art (Waterville, ME), the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax), the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (Toronto). Her critical writing can be found in academic journals and contemporary art magazines such as Mapping Meaning the Journal, Anarchist Studies, Prefix Photo, Art Criticism and C Magazine. Her book, Engendering an avant-garde: the unsettled landscapes of Vancouver photo-conceptualism, was published by Manchester University Press’s Rethinking Art’s Histories series in 2018. Her second book, Counter-Revanchist Art in the Global City will be published by Routledge in 2023.

More info on Dr. Leah Modigliani:

Instagram: @lmodigliani & @time_moves_in_mysterious_ways

Start of the Fall 2022 semester!

Welcome to our fall 2022 participants at Siena School for Liberal Arts & Siena Art Institute! We’re so glad to have you all with us and we’re looking forward to the autumn ahead! Here’re a snapshot from our orientation explorations of Siena and our trip to San Gimignano, in the Province of Siena. We’re kicking off our fall with participants from Greece, Turkey, US and China, incl students from Oberlin College Office of Study Away Swarthmore College Amherst College College of the Holy Cross & more! Many thanks to our #europeansolidaritycorps team for their help facilitating our orientation activities European Youth.