Gina Siepel

Lecturer in Art

Gina Siepel teaches drawing and interdisciplinary foundations courses, exploring interaction between 2D, 3D, and 4D processes, and emphasizing an experimental, embodied relation to materials and perception.

Siepel is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice explores cultural understandings of nature, gender and American identity, through the production of objects and collaborative experiments in public spaces. She integrates conceptual concerns with a deep engagement in craftsmanship and materials as she constructs a wide range of objects, installations, drawings, videos, photographs and collaborations with other artists and communities. 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, a major influence on her process. 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.

Recent Grants

Received a grant from the Winterthur Museum Garden and Library for a Maker-Creator Fellowship to undertake research in the American furniture collection and in the papers of Jennie Alexander, a historically important trans-identified chairmaker, as part of her ongoing project, To Understand a Tree.

Recent Honors

Co-led FOREST-BODY-CHAIR, a three-week interdisciplinary arts session with collaborator Sara Smith at Mildred’s Lane, an artist residency and project site in Beach Lake, PA, involving multi-modal investigations of the forest, human anatomy, and vernacular American furniture design.

Project, "Emma's Walk," commemorating the life of Emma Goldman, is included in a group exhibition titled Skowhegan Artists at the Maine Jewish Museum.

 

Solo exhibition "New World Reconsidered," at the Mazmanian Gallery at Framingham State University, Framingham MA. The show is open from Feb 24 - March 19, 2020 with a reception and artist lecture on March 4.

Was an invited online speaker at The Center for Art in Wood (Philadelphia, PA), where she gave a lecture entitled “To Understand a Tree, A Work in Process,” on a long-term project underway at the Smith College Macleish Field Station. Gina is also exhibiting in AREA CODE Art Fair (Boston MA), the first art fair featuring contemporary artists with ties to New England. 

Gave a public lecture on recent work as an invited visiting artist in the "Local Ecologies" exhibition, jointly curated and sponsored by UMass Dartmouth, UMass Boston and UMass Lowell. Siepel is also serving as a visiting artist in the Department of Sculpture at the Maine College of Art. (2019)