Excursion to San Gimignano

We took a trip to San Gimignano to attend the opening of three contemporary art exhibitions at Galleria Continua as well as the site-specific outdoor work organized by the Arte All’Arte organization, and enjoying the medieval architecture of the city center and scenic landscape of the surrounding territory. 

Some info on the exhibits we saw:

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Michelangelo Pistoletto previous workMichelangelo Pistoletto biography

Here is a video about JR’s “Omelia Contadina” 

Here is a video from previous work by Daniel Buren: 

Here is a video from previous work by Michelangelo Pistoletto:


Here is a drone view of San Gimignano, offering a glimpse of the location:

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.

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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.

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Garden orientation

Bernardo Giorgi offered an orientation to the garden alongside our building, and explained the permaculture approach to sustainable agriculture and current community initiatives underway. There is lots of work-in-progress and opportunities for artistic interventions, plus many tasty tomatoes at the moment!

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.

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Sept 2020: Fall semester begins!

We are looking forward to the start of our Fall 2020 semester at the Siena Art Institute. 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 fall 2020 Art & Society course will dove-tail with the elective coursework taking place during this unique semester in Digital Multimedia, Creative Writing, and Photography.

The students of the Fall 2020 semester include:

SPRING SHOW 2020

⬇Click the sections below to explore the projects created within our various courses ⬇

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Join us online as we celebrate together the artworks created by the tenacious young artists of the Siena Art Institute and Siena School for Liberal Arts during the very unusual circumstances of the Spring 2020 semester. Despite the limitations of having to work from home amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, our students have been tenaciously and creatively continuing with their artistic projects, including work from our courses in ceramics, photography, silversmithing, music, art history, museum studies, and the interdisciplinary Art & Society course.

The slideshow below offers a glimpse into our recent meetings with teachers & students working remotely since Italy’s Covid-19 “lock-down” went into effect on March 9:

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A glimpse back at the start of our Spring 2020 semester between students’ arrival on January 24 and the national “lock-down” of March 9:

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To kick off the inauguration of our end-of-semester exhibition, we are holding a live broadcast on Facebook between two continents!   At 5:30pm on Saturday May 9th (11:30 am NYC) our students will be our “correspondents” for a live broadcast through the Facebook page of the Siena Art Institute (www.facebook.com/sienaart ), allowing our young artists to speak about their work and answer questions from the public.

The participants in our Spring 2020 semester come from a variety of institutions (the Athens School of Art and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece), Amherst College and Mount Holyoke College and the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts (USA), and Oberlin College in Ohio (USA).  Our Greek students were selected to participate in the Siena Art Institute’s Spring 2020 semester program thanks to a special scholarship offered in collaboration with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

Looking forward to the Spring 2020 Show Launch Saturday May 9

Looking forward to our Spring Show 2020, launching online Saturday May 9, here is a message from our photography instructor, Jacqueline Tune, reflecting on the challenging circumstances during this spring semester and how our students from the Siena Art Institute & Siena School for Liberal Arts have been able to create remarkable work in the face of numerous obstacles.


Join us for our students’ live online broadcast on the Siena Art Institute‘s Facebook page, Saturday May 9at 5:30pm Italy/ 11:30am NYC/ 08:30 L.A. showcasing the many projects they have completed during the past few months, and our digital exhibition will go live at the same time here on our blog. We hope to see you then!