Gina Siepel (she/they) is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice reflects a deep engagement with place, history, queer experience, and ecology. She integrates conceptual concerns and craftsmanship with a focus on wood as a natural and a cultural material. Gina’s objects, installations, drawings, videos, and other works link aesthetic and materially-based modes of artistic production to other forms of inquiry, including collaboration, social engagement, site-based exploration, and research.
Gina is originally from rural western New York, and lived in New York City, Maine, and eastern Massachusetts, before arriving in the Connecticut River Valley of Western Massachusetts (Nipmuc, Pocumtuck, and Abenaki land), where they now live. Their works have been shown in museums and galleries nationally, including the Decordova Museum, Vox Populi Gallery, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, the Center for Art in Wood, and the Colby Museum. Gina has been a fellow/artist-in-residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Mildred’s Lane, The Winterthur Museum, Sculpture Space, Hewnoaks, and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. They have received funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, and the Puffin Foundation. Gina holds a BFA in painting and drawing from the School of Art + Design at SUNY Purchase and an MFA in interdisciplinary studio art from the Maine College of Art, and studied woodworking and furniture design at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. From 2016 - 2022, Gina was a full-time lecturer at Mount Holyoke College, teaching courses in interdisciplinary studio foundations, drawing, sculpture, and art and ecology. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the MacLeish Field Station at Smith College, and lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts with her partner and frequent artistic collaborator, Sara Smith.