Originally from northern Illinois, Siena studied Printmaking/Drawing and Environmental Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. After graduating in 2011, she relocated to Southeastern Ohio to renovate her mother’s childhood home and co-founded an art nonprofit called MITCH Collective with two fellow art students. In addition to coordinating the artist and writer residency program, she wrote grants and planned diverse workshops and events for the Ohio Valley community.
Siena has taught a variety of topics including bookbinding, screen printing, printmaking, letterpress, and sewing at West Liberty University, TechShop Pittsburgh, and The Warhol Museum. She volunteers at the Children’s Museum of the Ohio Valley and Crittenton Services, Inc, a trauma rehabilitation center, by teaching art classes to children and teenagers. Siena also volunteers for Destination Imagination by leading skill building and creative solving programming for children. Drawing from her unique background and experience, Siena has recently acted as a consultant for a start up makerspace in Pennsylvania. In her opinion, everyone should have fun making stuff!
On any given day, Siena bakes a plethora of French bread and pastries at Good Mansion Wines in Wheeling, WV, but her adventures have taken her around the world. She ventured north to Canada for the Below Zero Artist Residency in Quebec, to Tuscany, Italy for the Color into Print printmaking workshop with Shelley Thorstensen, to coastal California for a Permaculture Design Certificate at OAEC, to Ecuador for an epic birthday trip, and to Philadelphia for a hand lettering and sign painting class with Mike Meyer (featured in the movie Sign Painters).
Fun fact: you can see Siena light up the small screen in HBO’s documentary series Masterclass! Look for Episode 5 with Olafur Eliasson.