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Student Sophia Miller presenting a project for a group critique at the Siena Art Instiute
Open Studio for Visiting Artist Indrapramit Roy
Visiting Artist Indrapramit Roy attends an exhibit of work by students of the Siena Art Institute.
Open Studio with Summer Resident Artist, Jarrod Beck, June 2013
Open Studio with Visiting Artist Julie Evans, June 2013.

Siena Art Institute Residency Programs

The Siena Art Institute’s Residency Programs award accomplished professional artists & writers the opportunity to stay for a month in the beautiful historic city of Siena, in the heart of Tuscany, Italy.

Throughout the year, professional artists and writers are guests of the Siena Art Institute as Residents, Project Fellows, and Visiting Artists and Writers.

DIRECT APPLICATIONS ARE accepted for our Summer Residency Program, Studio/Casa Residency Program, and Studio Residency Program, which provide a month-long stay in Siena. (The Siena Art Institute does not accept direct applications for our Visiting Artist Program or our Project Fellowships.)

Please visit the "Residencies" section of our website for full details on our different types of residency programs. www.sienaart.org

Location

Siena, Siena: Italy

The Siena Art Institute is located in the historic center of Siena, Italy, which is in the heart of Tuscany. Our building is located in Siena’s oldest neighborhood, Castelvecchio. Castelvecchio is perched on top of a hilltop near Siena's cathedral, and, like most of central Siena, the neighborhood is dominated by medieval architecture. Within a five-minute's radius of our building, you can find virtually anything you might need: office supply stores, computer repair shops, grocery markets, and of course, pizza, espresso and gelato! The Siena Art Institute is located on the second floor of Via Tommaso Pendola, 37. Our building dates from the 19th century, and was originally constructed for the Istituto Pendola, Siena’s Institute for the Deaf. Still today, the National Deaf Association (Ente Nazionale Sordi) occupies the ground floor. Our expansive building is also home to the Siena School for Liberal Arts, with whom the Siena Art Institute is in close partnership. Our studios afford amazing views of the Tuscan landscape and Siena’s complex network of medieval buildings and winding streets. All of the Siena Art Institute’s Residents are assigned a private studio room along our main corridor, alongside our lecture rooms and workshop spaces. Our rooms have large windows & soaring ceilings. Residents have 24 hr access to our building. Summer Residents and Studio/Casa Residents are provided with a private one bedroom apartment in downtown Siena (one double bed), appx 30 minute walk from our building. Please see the "Residencies" section of our website for further details about our different types of residencies. www.sienaart.org

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 1 month
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 1-5
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 5
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 135

Eligibility

  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    * Admission to the Siena Art Institute's Residency Programs is competitive.

    * The Siena Art Institute encourages artists and writers of all backgrounds to apply for Residencies.

    * Prospective Residents must complete the residency application and must present a personal portfolio that demonstrates professional accomplishment as an artist or writer, a proclivity for experimentation, and an interest in sharing their artistic passion with others.

    * Residents should have earned an MFA degree or have equivalent professional accomplishment, such as extensive exhibition history and/or publications.

    * Applicants should be active creative professionals. We cannot accept applications from currently-enrolled students.

    * International applications are welcome, but Residents must be fluent in either English, Italian, ASL (American Sign Language) or LIS (Italian Sign Language).

    * Artists or writers from any discipline may apply, including but not limited to: photography, creative writing, printmaking, performance, sculpture, painting, drawing, choreography, film, video, musical composition, ceramics, installation art and performance arts.

    * We do not discriminate in our programs or activities against anyone on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, disability, HIV status, or veteran status.

    * Musicians, sound artists, and others whose work produces a great deal of noise may find it difficult to work at the Siena Art Institute: excessive noise is problematic since our building is very reverberant.

    * Residents are not able to work with toxic materials and certain other hazardous materials within The Siena Art Institute. Please see the List of Materials & Restrictions (http://sienaart.org/About-SART/Materials-Restrictions/) for more information.

    * Small groups of artists or writers (2 to 3 individuals) wishing to work collaboratively may apply for a shared residency. In this case work samples submitted in support of the nomination should represent previous collaborations together. Please visit the "Residencies" section of our website for more details: www.sienaart.org

    * Residents are asked to remain in Siena during the weekdays of their residency and to limit their travel outside of Siena to the weekends or before/after their residency period.

    * Residents may be accompanied by their spouse/life-partner with prior approval. The "Residencies" section of our website has more details: www.sienaart.org

    * The Siena Art Institute expects all Residents to have insurance that is valid in Italy, or to purchase Italian health insurance upon arrival. We cannot be responsible for your health insurance costs. If you are offered a Residency at the Siena Art Institute, you will be asked to email us pdf copies of your passport, your insurance card and evidence of your international coverage 2 weeks prior to your arrival in Siena, for us to have on hand in the event that you experience a health emergency during your time here.

  • Application deadline: September 30
  • Application Ongoing: No
  • Additional deadline info:
    Sept 30th is the deadline for our Residencies, for the upcoming calendar year. For more information or to apply, please visit the "Residencies" section of our website: "www.sienaart.org"

Past Residents & Quotes

Past residents: 
Visit the "Residencies" section of our website for a full listing: www.sienaart.org Fall 2015: Ellen Driscoll, Visual Artist, USA, Fall 2015 Project Fellow Jānis Joņevs, Writer and Translator, Latvia, Sept 2015 Dimitris Xonoglou, Visual Artist, Greece, Oct 2015 Summer 2015: Angie Cruz, Writer, USA, July 2015 Elaine Tin Nyo, Visual Artist, Burma and USA, June 2015 Jon Kessler, Visual Artist, USA, June 2015 Winter 2015: Angela Dufresene, Visual Artist, USA, January 2015 Fall 2014: Wafa Hourani, Visual Artist, Palestine, Fall 2014 Project Fellow Summer 2014: Scott Gutterman, Writer-in-Residence , USA, July 2014 Wendy Woodson, Theater & Dance, USA, Summer Resident Artist, June 2014 Spring 2014 Jay Milder Painter, USA, Visiting Artist, May 2014 Sue Hubbard Poet, Novelist, Art Critic, UK, Visiting Artist, April - May 2014 Mequitta Ahuja Painter, USA, Spring Project Fellow, March - April 2014 Diana Al-Hadid Drawing and Sculpture, USA, Visiting Artist, March 2014 Máximo González Visual Artist and Poet, Argentina, Visiting Artist, February 2014 Maelee Lee Contemporary Media Artist, Korea, Visiting Artist, February 2014 Fall 2013: Suzanne Silver Drawing and Painting, USA, Visiting Artist December 2013 Nina Burleigh Writer and Journalist, USA, Visiting Artist, Oct 28 - Nov 24 2013 J. Morgan Puett Installation Artist and Fashion Designer, USA, Visiting Artist, Oct 14- Nov 14 2013 Michael Höpfner Visual Artist, Austria, Visiting Artist, Sept 16- Oct 16 2013 Mark Dion Visual Artist, USA, Fall 2013 Project Fellow, 3 week-long visits: Sept 23 - 29, Nov 4 - 10, Dec 2 - 8 2013 Amy Yoes Visual Artist, USA, Fall 2013 Project Fellow, Sept - December 2013 Summer 2013: Julie Evans Visual Artist, USA, Visiting Aritst, June 2013 Jarrod Beck Visual Artist, USA, Summer Resident Artist, June 2013 Avital Cnaani Visual Artist, Israel, Summer Resident Artist, July 2013 Spring 2013: Sheila Pepe Visual Artist, USA, Visiting Artist, May 2013 Indrapramit Roy Visual Artist, India, Visiting Artist, March 2013 Martha Collins Poet, USA, Visiting Artist, February 2013 Fall 2012: Isha Bøhling Visual Artist, UK , Visiting Artist, November 2012 Ian Monroe Visual Artist, UK , Visiting Artist, November 2012 Jo Shapcott Poet, UK, Visiting Artist, September 2012 Summer 2012: Stefan Schwabe Visual Artist, Germany, Celeste Prize Resident Artist, July 2012 Dean Snyder Visual Artist, USA, Summer Resident Artist, July 2012 Fran Siegel Visual Artist, USA, Summer Resident Artist, June 2012 Laurie Fendrich Visual Artist, USA, Visiting Artist, June 2012 Spring 2012: Yvonne Jacquette Visual Artist, USA, Visiting Artist, May 2012 Rolando Castellon Visual Artist, USA and Nicaragua, Visiting Artist, April 2012 Kia Corthron Writer, USA, Visiting Artist, March 2012 Ellen Altfest Visual Artist, USA, Visiting Artist, February 2012
"...the residency was such a rich experience I know it will resonate in my work for a long time. Thanks for everything you did and do to make this such a wonderful residency for me and others too."
— Paula Billups, Resident Artist June 2011, USA
The Siena Art Institute’s Summer Residents are a valuable component of the Siena Art Institute providing insight and inspiration to our program participants and the local community through the addition of their expertise, energy, and unique perspectives.
— Miriam Grottanelli de Santi, Executive Director, Siena Art Institute

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house)
    ● Housing arrangements vary depending on the type of residency you have been awarded at the Siena Art Institute: SUMMER RESIDENTS and STUDIO/CASA RESIDENTS are provided with a private 1 bedroom apartment in downtown Siena (one double bed) AT NO CHARGE (accommodation is included in the Summer and Studio/Casa residency awards). Instead, for STUDIO RESIDENTS, a private apartment can be provided for Studio Residents for €950 rental fee. Please visit the "Residencies" section of our website for more details: www.sienaart.org ● The apartment is appx a 15 minute walk from our building where the Resident’s studio is located. ● The apartment will be supplied with linens, basic kitchen utensils and dishes, hot water, electricity, and (during winter months) heating. ● The apartment does not have air conditioning. ● There is internet access at the apartment, but it is not high-speed. ● Residents are responsible for their own meals. ● The Resident’s contract specifies that they will not cause any permanent damage to the apartment. The artist will be liable for any damage to the apartment. ● Residents are requested to inform us as soon as possible of any physical limitations to ensure that suitable accommodation is provided. Most Siena apartments involve flights of stairs and narrow doorways. ● Residents may be accompanied by their spouse/life-partner with prior approval. ● Overnight guests are not allowed in the apartment. Please visit the "Residencies" section of our website for more details: www.sienaart.org
  • Meals: Residents make own meals/groceries provided
    Residents are responsible for their own meals.
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet, Ethernet provided in common area
  • Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay
    Resident Artists may be accompanied by their spouse/life-partner with prior approval. The Siena Art Institute is unable to accommodate children or pets for Summer Residencies or Studio/Casa Residencies, but it may be possible for an artist to be accompanied by their family for a Studio Residency. For more details, please visit http://sienaart.org/Residencies/Studio-Residency-Program/Studio-Residency-Description/ Small groups of artists (2 to 3 individuals) wishing to work collaboratively may apply for a shared residency. In this case work samples submitted in support of the nomination should represent previous collaborations together.
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Invited applicants are requested to inform us as soon as possible of any physical limitations to ensure that suitable accommodation is provided. Most Siena apartments involve flights of stairs and narrow doorways. The resident artist's studio is located up two flights of stairs without elevator access. The Siena Art Institute, in association with our partner program the Siena School for Liberal Arts, has a strong commitment to Deaf Accessibility. We offer courses in LIS (Italian Sign Language) and ASL for our American and Italian students, members of the Siena community, aspiring and already certified ASL interpreters. Our students can also participate in the Community Art Program we run for Deaf children in the Siena community. Please notify us ahead of time if you are Deaf or have a hearing impairment so that we can discuss your interpretation needs.
  • Studios/special equipment: Book Arts, Ceramics / Pottery, Exhibition / Installation, Fiber arts, Painting, Photography (digital), Photography (non-digital), Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    ● Residents are provided with a private studio in the Siena Art Institute building, along the same hallway as our classrooms and workshop spaces, which is located up two flights of stairs without elevator access. ● The studio is approximately 5 meters by 4.5 meters,(16.5 x 15 feet). ● The studio has overhead fluorescent lighting, 2 windows to the outside, and a floor fan. ● The studio can be equipped with tables and easels as needed by the Resident. ● If the Resident anticipates working on a messy project, we request that they put down a floor covering to protect the marble tiles. ● The Resident will have 24 hour access to their studio. ● Residents are able to lock their studio door for security and privacy. However, the Siena Art Institute staff have a second copy of the key, and reserve the right to enter the space on the rare occasion of maintenance work or showing the space to a potential donor, etc. ● Residents are encouraged to keep a sign on their studio door indicating whether they are busy, available to talk, or out of the studio. ● Musicians, sound artists, and others whose work produces a great deal of noise may find it difficult to work at the Siena Art Institute: excessive noise is problematic since our building is very reverberant. ● Because the Resident’s studio is located on the corridor shared by our other classrooms and workshops, there is some residual noise from time to time depending on the other activities going on along our corridor. Previous Residents have found the space to in general be very tranquil. However, our space would not be ideal for artists who require absolute silence. ● Residents are not able to work with toxic materials and certain other hazardous materials within The Siena Art Institute. Please see the List of Material Restrictions for more information: (http://sienaart.org/About-SART/Materials-Restrictions/) ● The studio has wireless internet access, but it is not high speed. ● Wireless internet, computer stations, and a photocopier/printer/scanner are available on the floor above in partnership with our “sister school” the Siena School for Liberal Arts. More information can be found on our website: http://sienaart.org/About-SART/Studios-Facilities/
  • Other facilities and services: • Along with rooms for individual studios, the Siena Art Institute Onlus has variety of workshops and classroom spaces. More details are on our website: http://sienaart.org/About-SART/Studios-Facilities/ Please feel free to contact us with any specific questions about our facilities.

Residency Fees

none

Stipends / other support

Summer Residency: Award includes Studio, Apartment, and Flight compensation to and from country of residence) Studio/Casa Residency: Award includes Studio and Apartment) Studio Residency: Award includes Studio. Please see the "Residencies" section of our website for further details www.sienaart.org

Additional expectations / opportunities

While not required, Residents are also invited to engage in other activities with our students and members of the local community if they are interested. This could include: -Holding one or more open studios/exhibitions/performances/screenings during their residency. -Leading workshops/presentations with the Siena Art Institute’s program participants or members of the local community.

Contact Information

Via Tommaso Pendola 37
Siena, 53100
Italy
Tel: +39 0577 226607