JAMES SIENA, BFA '79, has been named the 2009 - 2010 Cornell University Eissner Artist of the Year Award recipient by the Cornell Council for the Arts and Committee on the Arts of the Cornell University Council Office. Mr. Siena was nominated for this award by the Department of Art, and returned to campus to meet with students, receive the artist award, give a gallery talk, and present works in an exhibition at the H.F. Johnson Museum of Art.
EXHIBITION – JAMES SIENA: FROM THE STUDIO
January 16 - April 18, 2010, H.F. Johnson Museum of Art
An intimate look into Siena's studio practice, including early works, works by other artists he traded for, and sketches.
ART FOR LUNCH
February 11, 2010, 12:00 - 1:00 PM, Andrea Inselmann, curator of contemporary art, H.F. Johnson Museum of Art, led a discussion on the exhibition.
GALLERY TALK + EISSNER ARTIST OF THE YEAR AWARD PRESENTATION
April 16, 2010, 4:30 PM, reception to follow (open to the public), H.F. Johnson Museum of Art
Base Three, 1997
Enamel on aluminum
19-1/4" x 15-1/8" (48.9 cm x 38.4 cm)
Photo courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York
© James Siena, courtesy PaceWildenstein, New York
James Siena is one of the most inventive, independent, focused and prolific artists working today. Siena received a BFA from Cornell in 1979, and has emerged as one of the art world's internationally respected leaders whose work is widely regarded and critically acclaimed.
Siena has received prestigious awards and residencies including Artist-in-Residency, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY (2004); Award in Art, American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (2000); Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Biennial Competition Award, New York (1999); and Fellowship in Painting, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York (1994).
Siena has been represented since 2004, by PaceWildenstein Gallery, New York, one of the most respected art galleries internationally. In 2004 his work was included in the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art.
Since 1981, his work has been included in more than 120 individual and group exhibitions internationally. He has lectured and taught at leading institutions, including the Cleveland Institute of At, Cooper Union School of Art, Massachusetts College of Art, San Francisco Art Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Visual Arts, Rutgers University, The New School, and Yale University.
His work is included in public and private collections, including Yale University Art Gallery; Whitney Museum of American Art; UCLA-Hammer Museum; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Milwaukee Art Museum; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell; and other notable venues.
Photo of artist by Marion Ettlinger