James Siena was in residence in October 2012 as the Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist. Over the course of five days, he worked with printmaking students and members of Island Press to produce 3 BATs.
Siena (BFA, Cornell University, 1979) is a New York-based artist whose complex, rule-based linear abstractions have situated him firmly within the trajectory of modern American art. His artwork is driven by self-imposed predetermined sets of rules, or "visual algorithms," which find their end-result in intensely concentrated, vibrantly colored, freehand geometric patterns.
Siena works across a diverse range of media, including lithography, etching, woodcut, engraving, drawing, and painting. He has participated in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions since 1981, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial. His work is part of many prestigious public and private collections such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.
Siena has received a number of grants and awards throughout his career, including the Eissner Artist of the Year Award from the Cornell Council for the Arts at Cornell University Award (2009) and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York (2000). In 2004, he completed an artist-in-residency program at Yaddo and was elected to their Board of Directors shortly thereafter. For more than ten years, Siena has lectured and taught at art institutions throughout the country. He has been represented by The Pace Gallery since 2004.