StARTers: Assaggi d'Arte (Tastes of Art): A series of conversations with artists, writers, and creative professionals of international repute explores art as an inventive process, meeting of experiences, a tool for change.  

StARTers: Assaggi d'Arte: Una serie di chiacchierate con artisti, scrittori e personalità del mondo della cultura di respiro internazionale racconta l’arte come processo creativo, incontro di esperienze, strumento di cambiamento.


Every Tuesday for the month of March 2021, we are exploring the themes of accessibility and inclusion through art and design, speaking with international practitioners through a live broadcast, streaming on the Siena Art Institute's Facebook page and YouTube channel at 6pm Siena / noon NYC or use this time zone converter to know what time it will be where in you are:   
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Ogni martedì nel il mese di marzo 2021, stiamo esplorando i temi dell'accessibilità e dell'inclusione attraverso l'arte e il design, parlando con professionisti internazionali attraverso una trasmissione in diretta, in streaming sulla pagina Facebook del Siena Art Institute  e sul canale YouTube alle 18:00 Siena / mezzogiorno NYC .

Per ulteriori informazioni sulle nostre attività: 

01.12 - FACEBOOK STARTERS LIVE- Presentation in English

Joseph Wardwell

Visual artist/ artista visivo

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Joe Wardwell is currently an Associate Professor of Painting at Brandeis University (Waltham, MA) where he founded the Brandeis-in-Siena program in 2015. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 1996 from the University of Washington (Seattle, WA).  In 1999, he received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Boston University (Boston, MA). 


Currently on view through 2022, Wardwell has a large scale wall drawing commissioned for the renovation of building 6 at MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum (Lincoln, MA) and Wardwell’s work is in each collection. In 2012, Wardwell was a recipient of the Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant for Painting and was recently awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Creative Arts at Boston University. In addition to numerous group exhibitions throughout the region, he has held solo exhibitions in New York, New Haven, Boston, and Seattle. In 2020, Wardwell will exhibit in New York with the Frosch and Portmann gallery in the Lower East Side.  His work is represented in Boston by the LaMontagne Gallery (Boston, MA).  Wardwell lives with his family in Jamaica Plain and his studio is in Dorchester.

Instagram @joe_wardwell



04.12 - FACEBOOK STARTERS LIVE- Presentation in English

Katie Bullock

Visual artist/ artista visiva

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Katie Bullock catalogues and works with observed “everyday” moments and phenomena, driven by the complexity of truth that simply taking note can reveal. Through her investigation of these moments and her research focusing on the nature of knowledge accumulation and its applications, Bullock’s work champions the continual reach for the unknown and the often-surprising moments of wonder and humility that come with it.

Bullock received her MFA from the Glass department at RISD and her BFA from The Ohio State University. Recent exhibitions include Intercalary Event at the Chazan Gallery, Hay Library, and Ladd Observatory (2020); Somewhere in the Sequence, Real Art Ways (October 2019); Life in Velocity Gradients, Outside Gallery (2017). Recent publications include Wonder: 50 Years RISD Glass, RISD (2017) and Explode Everyday: An Inquiry Into the Phenomenon of Wonder, Mass MoCA (2016). She currently lives and works in Albion, Michigan.

Instagram: @kb_llock

05.12 - FALL 2020 SHOW- FACEBOOK LIVE BROADCAST- Presentation in English

Fall 2020 Siena Art Institute Students

Fivos Chalkiopoulos, Tana LaKale, Vasilina Papadimitropoulou

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The Fall 2020 Show, featuring work by the Siean Art Institute's students.

The broadcast launches the exhibit which will be fully visible online at

On occasion of the AMACI Giornata del Contemporaneo (Day of Contemporary Culture)

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.

11.12 - FACEBOOK STARTERS LIVE- Presentation in English

Jahanzeb Haroon

Visual artist/ artista visivo

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Jahanzeb Haroon is a visual artist playing the role of a visual anthropologist by exploring the histories and connections we have with the spaces we grow up in and their normative effect on our psychology.

Haroon’s work has been displayed nationally and internationally. In 2017, he exhibited at the Siena Art Institute in Italy, where he spent three months as one of three Pakistani art students on an intensive cultural exchange programme. In 2018, his work was featured in Lines in the Sand: Contemporary Art from Pakistan (Fabrica) as part of Luciano Benetton’s Imago Mundi collection. He was also an artist-in-residence at Khushab Pioneer Cement residency in 2018, held in collaboration with Canvas Gallery, Karachi. The following year, Haroon was a resident artist for Taaza Tareen 11 at Vasl Artists’ Association, Karachi (2019). In 2020, he exhibited with Antidote Art, Dubai, and his work was featured in American literary quarterly Image Journal.

Having graduated from the National College of Arts, Lahore, with a BFA, Haroon currently teaches art and design at the Lahore Grammar School. He has taught undergraduate painting at the NCA and designed and taught Photography electives at his alma mater as well. 

15.12 - FACEBOOK STARTERS LIVE- Presentation in English

Amir Hossein Zanjani

Visual artist/ artista visivo

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Amir Hossein Zanjani (b. 1980, Esfahan, Iran) received his BFA from the Islamic Azad University, Tehran, and his MFA from the Tehran University of Art. In his paintings, Zanjani addresses social problems referencing political and historical issues. Humanity is always at the core of his works. In 2011, he received the Celeste Prize and he was granted a scholarship at the Siena Art Institute. Zanjani won in the category of Best Emerging Artist Using Painting in the Prudential Eye Awards 2015 in Singapore and his work was exhibited in Singapore’s Museum of Contemporary Arts. His works have been included in several private collections in the Middle East, Europe, and North America. Since 2007, Zanjani has held 9 solo shows domestically and internationally, and his works have been exhibited in more than 30 group shows and art fairs inside and outside of Iran.

    Instagram @amirhosseinzanjani

    18.12 - FACEBOOK STARTERS LIVE- Presentation in English

    András Gerevich

    Writer / Scrittore

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    Andras Gerevich (Budapest, 1976) has published four books of poetry in his native Hungarian. He has translated several English-speaking poets into Hungarian, including Seamus Heaney, Frank O’Hara and Charles Bernstein, among many others. He has written two plays for the theater that have been produced and several scripts for animation films. His work has been translated into about two dozen languages, he has books in translation in English, French, German, Bulgarian and Slovenian. Andras has taught courses in poetry at Vassar College in New York and Eötvös University in Budapest. He was Poetry Editor for two literary journals: Kalligram in Budapest and Chroma in London, and an assistant producer for the radio program Poetry by Post for the BBC World Service.

    22.12 - FACEBOOK STARTERS LIVE- Presentation in English

    Apostolis Tsamertzis

    Visual artist/ artista visivo

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    Apostolis Tsamertzis, former student from the Siena Art Institute and receipient of the SNF-SART scholarship, is an Athenian artist who is most interested in community art but also art that focuses on posing questions about the position of an individual inside society and the connection to himself. He enjoys using performative acts, sculpture, installations, videos and sound sculpture to communicate his thoughts. Before the School of Fine Arts in Athens he took 4 years of drawing studies and 10 years of violin studies. He attended a year and a half of performance seminars by Emilia Bouriti and is currently exploring the world of “Butoh.” He participated in several exhibitions inside the school as well as in some others such as :  

    “The Platforms Project 2018”

    “The Platforms Online Project 2019”

    “Metamorphosis (Hydra 2019) ( an exhibition about the story of Aristotle Onasis)

    29.12 - FACEBOOK STARTERS LIVE- Presentation in English

    Jane South

    Visual artist/ artista visiva

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    Born in Manchester, England, Jane South worked in experimental theater before moving to the United States in 1989. She has a BFA in Theater from Central St. Martins, London, UK, and an MFA in Painting & Sculpture from UNC Greensboro.

    Solo exhibitions include Shifting Structures: Survey (2019), Mills Gallery, Central College, Pella, IA; Raked (2014), Spencer Brownstone Gallery, NY; Floor/Ceiling (2013), Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CT; Box (2011), Knoxville Museum of Art, TN and Shifting Structures: Stacks (2010), the New York Public Library, NY.

    Selected group exhibitions include the Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts at the American Academy of Arts & Letters, NY, SLASH: Paper Under the Knife, Museum of Arts & Design (MAD), NY; Burgeoning Geometries: Constructed Abstractions, Whitney Museum of American Art, Altria; The Drawing Center, NY; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA and the Baltimore Museum of Art, MD. Southʼs work has been reviewed in The New York Times, the LA Times, Artforum, Art in America, Sculpture Magazine, New York Magazine, Frieze, ArtNews, NY Arts Magazine, and The New Yorker. She is a contributor to the book “The Artist as Cultural Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life” (editor: Sharon Louden). Grants and residencies include Brown/RISD Mellon Foundation Fellowship (2015); Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant (2009); Dora Maar House, Menérbes, France (2010); Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France (2010); Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2001 & 2008); New York Foundation for the Arts (2007); Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, Italy (2008); MacDowell Colony, NH (2002 & 2004); Yaddo, NY (2001 & 2002). In 2018 South was elected to the National Academy of Design.

    Jane South is currently Chair of Fine Arts at Pratt Institute.


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