March 7 talk with Serena Trinchero, curator and art historian

Join us Tuesday March 7 at 6pm for a talk with Serena Trinchero, part of our spring series of Tuesday talks- StARTers Assaggi d’Arte! 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 Italy, noon NYC)

Serena Trinchero, our spring 2023 Art History instructor, will discuss her recent research which has focused on the use of art as an element of identity and the function and possibilities of representation.
Serena received her PhD in Contemporary Art History from the Universities of Florence, Pisa and Siena in 2020.  For curatorial, educational and residency projects, she has collaborated with the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation (Strozzina Center for Contemporary Culture) in Florence, with the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art in Prato, with the Casa Masaccio Museum, Center for Contemporary Art in San Giovanni Valdarno and with the Virgilio Sieni National Dance Production Center for which she was responsible for the PIA Palazzina Indiano Arte space (Florence).  

Carol Elkovich Artists Talk Feb 28

Our new resident artist has just arrived, Carol Elkovich! Tomorrow Feb 28th at 6pm Carol will have an artist’s talk to introduce herself and share a glimpse into her interdisciplinary artwork and background.  This will be a great opportunity to get to know her as she begins her month with us. The event is free and open to the public, also simultaneously live-streaming on the Siena Art Institute’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.  

Working in the San Francisco Bay Area for over twenty-five years, Carol Elkovich navigates the terrain between imagination and concrete experiences of place. Her work explores installation, sculpture, and painting —often blurring the boundaries of those dimensions. Her paintings and installations are exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent residencies and exhibitions in galleries and museums include Los Angeles, New York, South Korea, Ireland, and France.

As an art educator, she is committed to shaping minds toward a creative future and she is an Associate Professor and Chair of the First Year Program at California College of the Arts, in San Francisco, CA.
More info on Carol Elkovich:

Emily Ginsburg Resident Artist’s Talk Feb 21

Join us Tuesday February 21 at 6pm for a talk with our current resident artist Emily Ginsburg, part of our series of talks StARTers!

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 Italy, noon NYC)

Currently at the Siena Art Institute for a month-long artistic residency, Emily Ginsburg is a Professor, and Chair of BFA Programs, at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland Oregon, Department Head of the Intermedia Program, as well as Faculty in the MFA in Visual Studies Program. Her conceptually driven work maps the affective impact of everyday communicative transmissions through diverse media. These works have been exhibited nationally and internationally as well as commissioned for public art projects at Seattle City Light, Seattle Washington, Portland State University, Modera Buckman, and Cyan/Pdx in Portland, Oregon, and at Foothills Elementary School through the Washington State Arts Commission. Recent exhibitions include hard&soft at Congress Yards Projects, and New Ownership at Eutectic Gallery.She has also been awarded various project grants through the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and residencies at Vermont Studio Center, Caldera, East Creek Art, SACI in Florence, as well as in London, Brazil, and Finland.

Her work was published in: DATA FLOW, THE MAP AS ART and projects have been reviewed in Art Papers, Art US, and The 22 Magazine amongst others. Her research involves explorations into human behavioral patterns and how meaning is perpetually entangled with mass media platforms. Her work manifests through painting, drawing, print media, objects, installation, animation, and video and sound. More info on Emily Ginsburg:

Drawing As Seeing 2023

Welcome to our friends attending the Siena Art Institute’s DRAWING AS SEEING program!

This 14-day intensive class taking place between Siena and Athens provides an unusual, interactive drawing experience. Engaging with these cities’ rich heritages and cultures through drawing using varied tactile materials, this class with artist Pamela Lawton invites participants to explore a multi-sensory artmaking approach using touch, verbal description and experimental materials.
The program is created in partnership with @artcloudgreece

@dannylicul @alstlawt_pamela_lawton @drawingasseeing

Bugs Hotel Boxes

Thank you to @untubosiena for donating to us the wooden boxes that became amazing #bughotels🐝🐛🐞🐜🕷 for the #RESET2021 project!

We had lots of fun creating little homes for our local insects with our friends at Riabilita and @tvspenta!

Fall Show 2022

[Italiano sotto]

Join us on Saturday December 3 from 4 to 6 P.M. for our Fall Show 2022, marking the end of our Fall semester with our fantastic group of international participants.

The exhibition will feature works by young and established artists from the US, Greece, Lebanon, Turkey, Italy, enrolled in or teaching at the Siena Art Institute and at the Siena School for Liberal Arts, as well as a musical performance by the Polifonici Senesi choir (5.00 P.M.). Some of the artworks were developed for the “FRAGILE in Art” project, looking at conflict and conflict resolution from an artistic lens, and were funded by the Region of Tuscany through a Toscanaincontemporanea2022 grant.

You can reach us from Via E. S. Piccolomini 2 (by car) or from the San Niccolò University complex (on foot), following the signs pointing at “Il Punto/The Point”.


Unitevi a noi sabato 3 dicembre dalle 16 alle 18 per il “Fall Show 2022” che chiuderĂ  il semestre autunnale del SART e della Siena School for Liberal Arts!

La mostra presenterĂ  opere di artisti emergenti ed esperti provenienti da USA, Grecia, Libano, Turchia, Italia, che insegnano o sono iscritti in qualitĂ  di studenti al Siena Art Institute e alla Siena School for Liberal Arts per questo semestre. In aggiunta, una performance musicale del Coro Polifonici Senesi (ore 17). Alcune delle opere sono state sviluppate nel contesto del progetto “FRAGILE in Art”, che esplora il conflitto e la sua risoluzione attraverso la lente della pratica artistica e che è stato finanziato dalla Regione Toscana e GiovaniSĂŹ per Toscanaincontemporanea2022.

E’ possibile raggiungerci in macchina dal cancello in Via E. S. Piccolomini 2 o a piedi attraverso il Complesso Universitario San Niccolò, seguendo i cartelli che indicano “Il Punto/The Point”.



Fall 2022 Behind-the-scenes / Dietro le quinte

Resident playwright Harrison David Rivers speaking Tues Nov 29

Harrison David Rivers will be the presenter of an artist’s talk for our series StARTers: Assaggi d’Arte Tuesday November 29 at 6pm Siena, in person at the Siena Art Institute and live-streaming on the Siena Art Institute’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Harrison David Rivers is an award-winning playwright, librettist and television writer based in St. Paul, Minnesota and currently in residence at the Siena Art Institute through Dec 10th.

Harrison David Rivers is an award-winning playwright, librettist and television writer based in St. Paul, Minnesota. His plays include THE BANDAGED PLACE (Playwrights’ Center, Roundabout),  WE ARE CONTINUOUS (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Geva Theatre Center), THIS BITTER EARTH  (Playwrights’ Center, New Conservatory Theatre Center, Penumbra, About Face, Theater Alliance, Richmond Triangle Players, The Road, InterAct, TheatreWorks Hartford), WHERE STORMS ARE BORN (Williamstown), WHEN LAST WE FLEW (NYFringe, Diversionary, TheatreLAB, Real Live Arts, Out Front), and the musicals FIVE POINTS with Douglas Lyons and Ethan Pakchar (Theater LattĂŠ Da), WE SHALL SOMEDAY with Ted Shen (Signature Theatre, Theater LattĂŠ Da) and I PUT A SPELL ON YOU with Nubya Garcia. Harrison has received commissions from Roundabout, Yale Rep, Transport Group, Penumbra, TheatreWorks Hartford and the Public Theater, among others. His television credits include ONE OF US IS LYING (Peacock) THE NEVERS (HBO) and THE PLOT (Hulu). Harrison sits on the Board of Directors of The Movement Theatre Company and the Playwrights’ Center. He is a graduate of Kenyon College and the Columbia School of the Arts.   
Find more info on Harrison’s website: