Exhibition inauguration snapshots

A glimpse of the exhibition inauguration event Saturday Dec 9th at the Siena Art Institute, including work by our program participants and our artist-in-residence Maria Vlandi. You can see more about the final projects on participants’ individual pages:

Dec 9 Final Exhibition Inauguration


December 9th is the inauguration of our Fall 2017 end-of-semester exhibition!

Program of the evening:
16.15 Welcoming remarks & toast
16.20 Public reading – creative writing
16.30 Performance of the young poet Katie Clark
16.45 Collaborative performance with the young artist and cartoonist Ioannis-Alexandros Tovas

Siena, 9 December 2017, from 14 to 6 pm, Via Pendola 37. With a large exhibition of works by students and young Italian, Greek and American artists, the semester of two institutes of art and liberal arts in Siena ends – Siena Art Institute and Siena School for Liberal Arts. On the first and second floor of the former Pendola Institute visitors will be able to admire installations, photographs, paintings and drawings, sculptures and books, videos and silversmithing projects, while creative writing works will be read and distributed to the public during the course of the inauguration. Exceptionally, on the opening day it will also be possible to admire the ceramic sculptures made by the Greek artist Maria Vlandi during her residency at the Siena Art Institute in November.

The production of young international artists of the Siena Art Institute this year pursues the theme of the project “Atelier Techné – exploring traditional practices through the languages ​​of contemporary”, realized with the contribution of the Tuscan Region and Giovanisì for Toscanaincontemporanea2017.
During their residency in Italy, young artists were confronted with ceramists, goldsmiths and textile entrepreneurs, builders and restorers of musical instruments, carvers and basket makers. And it is from the meeting of contemporary creativity with the traditional practices of Tuscany that many of the works on display were born. “We want to create a link between these two worlds, crafts and contemporary art, which are too often ignored,” says Miriam Grottanelli De Santi, Director of the Siena Art Institute. “We strongly believe in a contemporary artistic practice that is an expression of the encounter between local communities and a wider, international dimension, which is why it is important that the creative exploration of our young artists revolves around the artisan realities that characterize our territory. ”

The evening will open at 4.15 pm with refreshments offered by the Siena Art Institute, followed by reading the works of the students of the creative writing course of the Siena Art Institute and a performance by the young American poet Katie Clark. Afterwards, the young Greekartist Ioannis – Alexandros Tovas will invite the public to make their own artistic contributions and thus participate in the creation of a collaborative performance / drawing installation.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on Saturday 9 December at 16.00, and will then be open from December 11-13th from 10:30 am to 6pm. Among the exhibited works, also those created by young Italian artists of the project # Florenart3, realized with the contribution of “Sillumina: private copy for young people, for culture”.

FOR INFORMATION: 0577 226607 – info@sienaart.org

Participating artists:

Alkiviadis Avarkiotis
Mazzie Bollato
Milan Ćalović
Katie Clark
Oriana Freeman
Dimitris Giannopoulos
Chloe Martin-Poteet
Elisaveta Mavrodieva
Federica Murittu
Mae-Chu O’Connell
Tereza Panzieri- Stepanian
Kyriakos Papadopoulos
Ioannis – Alexandros Tovas
Mia Yee

Valeria D’Ambrosio
Annunziata de Comite
Laura de Tanti
Bernardo Giorgi
Irene Lupi
Joanna Mallin-Davies
Franca Marini
Melissa Morris
Lisa Nonken
Jeff Shapiro
Jacqueline Tune

#Toscanaincontemporanea2017 #Giovanisì #RegioneToscana#AtelierTechné

#Sillumina #Florenart3

Mid-term Critique

Our program participants were able to present their mid-term projects for group critique, getting feedback from each other as well as visiting artist Kathy Butterly and instructors  Valeria D’Ambrosio, Annunziata de Comite, Bernardo Giorgi, Irene Lupi, Lisa Nonken, Jacqueline Tune, and program director Miriam Grottanelli de Santi.

You can visit the individual profile pages for more information about the projects that participants in the Siena Art Institute’s Fall 2017 semester have been working on:

Presentation by Visiting Artist Kathy Butterly + Mid-Term Open Studio

We hope you can join us for the artists’ talk of Kathy Butterly Tuesday Oct 24 at 6pm.  The presentation will be in English, and will be followed by refreshments and an Open Studio inviting visitors to see the work-in-progress of our Fall 2017 participants.
Kathy aggiornato
Having just arrived to Siena on Friday, Kathy Butterly is currently in residence at the Siena Art Institute as a Visiting Artist.  Selected as the Siena Art Institute’s 2018 Fall Project Fellow, Kathy Butterly is here for a Fall 2017 research trip as part of our new initiative connecting contemporary artists with Sienese craft/artisanal practices and new technologies.

New York based artist Kathy Butterly brings a painterly sensibility to her idiosyncratic ceramic sculptures. To realize her witty, quirky and inventive fired forms, she applies a range of sophisticated glazes and delicate textures. For Butterly the kiln is a crucible of possibilities. With each firing, a playful intuitive sensory dialogue ensues. Over decades she has mastered teasing out highly associative meaning with each additional glazing. Her aesthetic synthesizes Asian ceramics and California Funk.

Kathy Butterly was born 1963 in Amityville NY. She received her BFA at Moore College of Art before earning an MFA at University of California, Davis where she studied with Robert Arneson. She lives and works in New York City alongside her husband, artist Tom Burckhardt. She has exhibited across the United States and many of her works are in the permanent collections the Museum of Modern Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the de Young Museum of San Francisco. In addition Kathy Butterly has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants such as a Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Contemporary Artist Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and inclusion in a Carnegie International.

For more information about Kathy Butterly, you can visit her website: http://www.kathybutterly.com/

Residency Profile page: http://www.sienaart.org/Dettaglio-figura/id:290/

Workshop + Lab: Landscape and Participation

Young artists from the SienaArtInstitute participating in the “Paesaggio & Partecipazione” Workshop + Lab led by the organizations Culturing EU , AR Scape, and Galleria FuoriCampobrainstorming for the revitalization of Siena‘s urbangardens for cultural & artistic events.
#Toscanaincontemporanea2017 #RegioneToscana #Giovanisí

Morning brainstorming session at the Leocorno contrada:

Exploring the Valle di Follonica:

Afternoon brainstorming lab heading to the Giraffa contrada garden: