Gina Siepel

Lecturer in Studio Art Foundations

Gina Siepel teaches Studio Art Foundations, including Drawing I and Seeing, Making, Being, a multidisciplinary foundations course. Her teaching emphasizes a dynamic interplay between 2D, 3D, and 4D processes, an experimental relation to materials and perception, and the primacy of experiential learning.

Siepel is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores cultural understandings of nature, gender, and American history, through the production of objects and collaborative experiments in public spaces. In A River Twice, an interdisciplinary sculpture, performance, and video project commissioned by the Colby Museum, she built a wooden boat based on traditional bateau and guideboats and explored the entanglement of nature and society on the Kennebec River in central Maine. She was joined in this exploration by a series of Project Guides, invited to share their perspectives and reflections on the river. The project investigated the nature of historical sites and challenged the modernist notion of the artist as a solo agent of invention, action and exploration.

In addition to her work as a studio artist and teacher, Gina spent twenty years working in the field of theatrical scenic design and construction, and she is greatly influenced by the collaborative and contextual nature of this work. Her teaching reflects the diversity, cross-disciplinarity, and intellectual curiosity of her own practice, linking aesthetic and materially-based modes of artistic production to other forms of inquiry and engagement: social, historical, architectural, ecological, and scientific.

Siepel’s recent exhibitions include the DeCordova Museum, Colby Museum of Art, Marlboro College, Smith College, Flux Factory, and the A.P.E. Gallery. She has been an artist-in-residence at Mildred’s Lane, Sculpture Space and a Zorach-Bingham Fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has received funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the Northampton Arts Council.