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Siena Art Institute’s Summer Residency Program

January 5, 2013


The Siena Art Institute encourages artists of all backgrounds to apply for Summer Residencies. Prospective Resident Artists must complete the residency application and must present a personal portfolio that demonstrates professional accomplishment as an artist, and a proclivity for artistic experimentation, and an interest in sharing their artistic passion with others.  Resident artists 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 resident artists must be fluent in either English, Italian, ASL (American Sign Language) or LIS (Italian Sign Language).  Artists 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.


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

The month-long residency grants resident artists space and uninterrupted time to pursue their own independent projects, as well as the opportunity to explore the area of Siena, and interract with the local community.

Resident Artists are provided:

  • A private studio at The Siena Art Institute for one month either during June or July.
  • A private studio apartment in downtown Siena for their month-long stay (one double bed).
  • Compensation for flight to and from Italy from country of residence.

In turn, Resident Artists are asked to give back to The Siena Art Institute in several ways:

  • Presenting a public talk about their work upon arrival in Siena.
  • Interacting with our program participants through an organized activity, such as an afternoon master-class or critiques of student work.

While not required, Resident Artists are also invited to:

  • Hold at one or more open studios/exhibitions/performances/screenings during their residency.
  • Lead workshops with the Siena Art Institute’s summer program participants or members of the local community.


The application deadline for the Summer Residency Program is January 15th for residencies in June or July of that year.



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