Ms. Kiese’s writing and artmaking class offers students the opportunity to share and discuss their ideas while continuing their artistic studies. Students use creative writing to clarify and inspire their artmaking. In-class readings and discussions covering interdisciplinary topics in sculpture, drawing, and philosophy inspire students to expand their creativity. Ms. Kiese encourages students to seek inspiration from artists across all mediums, from poetry to visual art. Students then return to experiment with new directions in their work in sculpture or drawing. People from all artistic backgrounds, including poets and writers, are welcome to this highly inspiring class.
Silya Kiese’s lively demonstrations and lectures on contemporary sculpture, live art, and installations have inspired many students. Ms. Kiese attended The Art Students League of New York and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received her M.F.A.
A distinguished lecturer in art, philosophy, and art history, Ms. Kiese has spoken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, School of Visual Arts, the University of California, Los Angeles, Rutgers University, and the Silvermine Guild Art Center. She was a visiting artist and lecturer at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Seattle Pacific University, Evergreen State College, and University of California, Berkeley. Her life-size sculptures, light art, and installations are exhibited internationally.