MFA, Maine College of Art & Design, Portland, ME

Interdisciplinary Studio Art

BFA, School of Art + Design, Purchase College, SUNY (Magna Cum Laude)

Concentration: Painting and Drawing

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME

Recipient of Zorach-Bingham Fellowship

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, West Rockport, ME

12-Week Furniture Intensive

International Honors Program (Bard College)

Two-semester undergraduate international study in environmental studies


Solo and Two-person Exhibitions

2024 To Understand a Tree, Museum for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA

2022 Living Material, Amherst College, Amherst MA

2020 New World Reconsidered, Mazmanian Gallery, Framingham State University, Framingham MA

2019 Self-Made, The Mildred Complexity Project Space, Mildred’s Lane, Narrowsburg NY

2018 Gina Siepel: Self-Made, Vox Populi, Philadelphia PA

2016 SELF-MADE, Oresman Gallery, Smith College, Northampton MA

Reimagining Audubon, with Lyell Castonguay, Von Auersperg Gallery, Deerfield Academy, Deerfield MA

2015 A River Twice, Marlboro College Art Gallery, Marlboro VT

Audubon’s Birds, Mariboe Gallery, Peddie School, Hightstown NJ

2014 Play/Labor/Play, with Jamie Horgan, Flying Object, Hadley MA

2013 1x1, A.P.E. Gallery, Northampton MA

2010 Currents6, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville, ME

The Echo as an Original Sound, with Christopher Carroll FiveSevenDelle Project Space, Boston, MA

Group Exhibitions and Special Projects

2023 This is Out of Hand, Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA&D, Portland ME

2022 Becoming Trees, Concord Center for the Visual Arts, Concord MA

2021 Skowhegan Artists, Maine Jewish Museum, Portland ME

FOREST-BODY-CHAIR, three-week collaborative socially-engaged summer session, co-led with Sara Smith, Mildred’s Lane, Beach Lake PA

2020 AREA CODE Art Fair, Drive-In Video/Digital Art Project, Boston MA

Lush, Hush, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland ME

Invitational Bandsaw Box Exhibition, Center for Art in Wood

2019 Moving Image Matters: Documenting and Performing Craft in Video, Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia PA

Water Access, Ely Center of Contemporary Art, New Haven CT

Phallacies, A Guide to the Field, A Guide to the Field Project Space, Mountaindale, NY

2018 Center for Maine Contemporary Art Biennial, Rockland ME

Encampment, A Guide to the Field, A Mildred's Lane Project, A Guide to the Field Project Space,

Mountaindale NY

The Stars are Some Compensation: A Nocturne in the Form of a Walk, with Sara Smith, gallery talk and public event, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley MA

2017 Personals, Skowhegan New York Program Space, New York City, NY

2016 The Coracles of Pignut Pond, Mildred’s Lane, Beach Lake PA

Hanglines and Margins: A Visiting Faculty Exhibition, Blanchard Gallery, Mount Holyoke College,

South Hadley MA

The Candidate is Absent (with Bernadine Mellis, E.E. Miller, Sara Smith) A.P.E. Gallery,

Northampton MA

2015 MCC Awardees in Crafts/Sculpture/Installation/New Genres, New Art Center, Newton MA

CACOPHONY, with Sara Smith, Mildred’s Lane and Complex(ity) Project Space, Narrowsburg NY

2014 Walden, Revisited, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln MA

No Country for Old Men, Landmark College Gallery, Putney VT

SELF/Selfie, Engine, Biddeford ME

Amherst College Fringe Festival, Amherst College, Amherst MA

2013 Finding Place, Eli Marsh Gallery, Amherst College, Amherst MA

Be Here Now: Northampton Biennial, Hosmer Gallery, Northampton MA

2012 Comedy, Seriously, Colby College Museum of Art, Waterville ME

To Extremes: Public Art in a Changing World, MIT, Cambridge MA

2011 Sea Worthy Festival, Flux Factory, New York City, NY

Curiouser: New Encounters with the Victorian Natural History Collection, Providence Museum of

Natural History, Providence RI

2010 Beyond Purview, New Art Center, Newton MA

Float: Buoyant Things, a Sinking Feeling, PROGRAM Initiative for Art and Architecture

Collaborations, Berlin, Germany

2009 Emma’s Walk, An Anti-Versary Event for Labor Day 2009, Public event, New York City, NY

Content/Community, FiveSevenDelle Project Space, Boston MA

Historic Interpretation: Artists Interpret the Historic Collection, Peabody Historical

Society, Peabody MA

Domestica, Eel Space, Chicago IL

2008 The New Constructionists, SPACE Gallery, Portland ME

Maine College of Art MFA Thesis Exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Art at MECA, Portland ME


Surf Point Residency, 2024 (upcoming)

Fellowship, Kahn Liberal Arts Institute at Smith College, "Knowing Time and Place Through Plants," 2024

Teaching Artist Cohort Grant, Center for Craft, 2023

Puffin Foundation Artist Grant, 2023

Artist-in-Residence, Arts Afield, MacLeish Field Station, Smith College, 2018-present

Vermont Studio Center, Windgate Fellowship, 2023 

Massachusetts Cultural Council Cultural Sector Recovery Grant, 2023

Permanent Collection, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, 2023

Assets for Artists/Mass MoCA Artist U Cohort, 2022

Swimming Hole Foundation Collaborative Residency, 2022

Maker-Creator Fellowship Award, Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, Wilmington DE, 2021

Anonymous Was a Woman Award nomination, 2020

Faculty Research Support Grant Award, Mount Holyoke College, 2021

Hewnoaks Artist Colony, Artist-in-Residence, Lovell ME, 2018
Mount Holyoke College Faculty Research Grant Award, 2018, 2019
Sculpture Space, Artist-in-Residence, Utica NY 2017
Mildred's Lane, Contributing Guest Artist, 2016, 2017
Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship Finalist: Sculpture and Installation Category, 2015
Northampton Arts Council Grant, Northampton MA 2013 
Viewing Program Artist Registry, The Drawing Center, NYC, 2012
Permanent Collection, Colby Museum of Art, 2011
Berkshire Taconic Foundation, Artist’s Resource Trust Grant, 2010
Puffin Foundation Ltd. Artist Grant, 2010
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Zorach/Bingham Fellowship, Skowhegan ME, 2008
Selected Participant, Puppet Lab, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY 2006
Studio Fellowship, Center For Furniture Craftsmanship, Rockport, ME 2005
WoodCentral Craftsmanship Award: 1st Place, 2005

BIBLIOGRAPHY (Reviews, Articles, Catalogues)

“Coming into Relationship: Conversation with Gina Siepel,” Artist & Place Podcast, created by Kim Carlino, March 2024

“Wexcast: Hope Ginsburg, Gina Siepel, and Sara Smith on Meditation Ocean,” Wexner Center of the Arts podcast, by Melissa Starker, February 2024

“To Understand a Tree,” Inquiry with Mark Lynch, WICN public radio interview, 2023

“Against the Grain: The Emergence of Queer Woodworkers,” by John Duane Kingsley, Decorative Arts Trust Bulletin, June 2022

"Good Housekeeping: Ian Bourland on Mildred's Lane," Ian Bourland, ARTFORUM, April 2022

Becoming Trees, catalogue publication, Concord Center for the Visual Arts, essay by Fritz Horstman, 2022

"Self-Made, Gina Siepel's Queer Coming of Age Story at Vox Populi," Levi Bentley, Artblog, Nov. 23, 2018

"Gina Siepel's Listening Trips," ART21 Magazine, Jacquelyn Gleisner, Feb. 2016
“Reassembling Time: The Alternative Pedagogy of Mildred’s Lane,” Owen Duffy, art&education, Fall 2016
“Reimagining Audubon: Local Artists Use Famous Naturalist’s Art as Starting Point for Their Own,” Steve Pfarrer, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Dec. 7, 2016
“Audubon's Birds,” Inquiry, Public Radio interview, Mark Lynch, WICN, 2015
“DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum: Walden Revisited,” Inquiry, Public Radio interview, Mark Lynch, WICN, 2015
“Open Studio with Jared Bowen, Walden Revisited,” WGBH public television profile, January 2015
“Artists Show Poetic, Playful Takes on Thoreau at deCordova,” Cate McQuaid, Boston Globe, December 4, 2014
“Thoreau's Experiment In Simplicity And Solitude Inspires DeCordova Artists,” (radio profile) Andrea Shea, WBUR, 2014
WALDEN, revisited, catalogue publication, deCordova Sculpture Park + Museum, essay by Dina Deitsch, 2014
“1 x 1,” Samuel Rowlett, The Uncanny Pioneer Valley, Magazine 1, Parsons Hall Project Space, 2013
“Art People: Installation Artist Gina Siepel” Suzanne Wilson, Daily Hampshire Gazette,July 18, 2013
“Along the Line” James Heflin, Valley Advocate, July 11, 2013 
“Gina Siepel: Currents6” Carl Little, Art New England, Jan/Feb 2011
Currents6: Gina Siepel, catalog publication Colby Museum of Art, 2011
“New Art Center Exhibit Challenges Viewers’ Perceptions,” Chris Bergeron, MetroWest Daily News, Oct. 3,      2010
“Maine Artist Explores Kennebec Region, nostalgia,” Esther King, Colby Echo, Nov. 3, 2010
“Emma Goldman Labor Day Spectacular” (radio profile), Acousmatic Theater Hour, WFMU, hosted by Karinne Keithley and Jason Grote, 2009
“Native Funk and Flash (Part Two),” Allison Smith, Journal of American Craft, 2009

Visiting Artist Lecture, University of Maine Orono MFA Intermedia, 2024

Museum for Art in Wood, "To Understand a Tree" panel discussion with project collaborators Vernon C. David and Kate Wellspring, moderated by curator Jennifer-Navva Milliken, 2024

Early Career Conservation Network Invited Speaker, 2024

Maine College of Art & Design MFA Program Visiting Artist Lecture, 2023 

Maine College of Art & Design MFA Visiting Artist, 2023

Out of Hand: On Wood Carving, Panel Discussion, Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art & Design, 2023 

How to Breathe with a Tree, Forest Meditation and Discussion, co-led with Bernadine Mellis, co-sponsored by Insight Meditation Community of Western Mass and Smith College Center for the Environment, 2023

“Art, Craft, and Identity” MFA Colloquium panelist, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2023

“To Understand a Tree” four-part public event series curation, Arts Afield, Smith College, 2023

“To Understand a Tree,” interdisciplinary art/science panel discussion, Hilltown Land Trust, 2023

“Living Material,” Amherst College, 2022

"An Ecology of Mutualism: Reflections on Art and Teaching," Massachusetts College of Art and Design, 2022 

“Real-o-metric Reflections,” Institute of Design at New England College, Visual Arts MFA Program, 2022

"To Understand a Tree," University of Cincinnati, 2021

"Queering Woodcraft: An LGBTQIA+ Roundtable, Part 1," Center for Art in Wood, 2021

“To Understand a Tree: A Work in Process,” The Center for Art in Wood online talk series, 2020, Smith College MacLeish Field Station Visiting Artist Talk, 2020

“To Understand a Tree and Other Recent Projects,” “Local Ecologies” series, UMASS Dartmouth, 2019
“Self-Made,” Mildred’s Lane, 2019
“Cycle of Self-Determination,” San Francisco Art Institute public lecture, 2019
"On Research and Process," San Francisco Art Institute MFA seminar session, 2019
Gallery Conversation with Jennifer-Navva Milliken, Vox Populi Gallery, 2018
“Work at Play,” with Michelle Grabner and Jacob Rhoads, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA 2017
“The Poetics of Failure,” New Hampshire Institute of Art MFA Winter Intensive, 2017
PLATFORM series, Northampton MA, 2017
Complex(ity) Project Space, Mildred's Lane, Beach Lake PA, 2016
New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester NH, 2015
Experience Economies Landscape Experience, Mildred's Lane, Beach Lake PA, 2015
DeCordova Sculpture Park + Museum, Lincoln MA 2014
Landmark College Art Gallery, Putney VT, 2014
Smith College, Northampton MA 2013
Art Salon, Greenfield MA 2013
Colby Museum of Art, Colby College, Waterville ME, 2010
A River Twice, Old Canada Road Scenic Byway Heritage Nights Presentation, The Forks, ME, 2010
SPACE Gallery, Portland ME, 2008


Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA
Full-Time Lecturer in Studio Art, Department of Art Studio, Fall 2017-Spring 2022

Visiting Artist in Sculpture, Department of Art Studio, Fall 2016

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Art Studio, Fall 2015-Spring 2016

Amherst College/Hampshire College, Amherst MA

Visiting Instructor, Department of Art and the History of Art (Amherst College) and Department of Studio/Visual Arts (Hampshire College), Advanced Projects in Studio Art, Fall 2022

Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston MA
Visiting Associate Professor, MFA Program, 2023-current

Teacher, Summer Studios Pre-College Intensive: 2D/3D Fundamentals, 2009-12

Teacher, High School Youth Program: Life Drawing and Portfolio Development, 2010

New Hampshire Institute of Art MFA, Manchester, NH

Visiting Artist, MFA Guest Artist Seminar, Summer and Winter Residencies, 2015, 2017
MFA Low Residency Studio Mentor, Fall 2015

Amherst College, Amherst MA
Instructor: Sculptural Techniques for the Theater, Interterm 2013
taught workshop in casting and moldmaking techniques for scenic and properties fabrication

Maine College of Art, Portland ME, 2006-present
Adjunct Professor: Tool Technology 2006-2007
MFA Non-Resident Studio Advisor 2012-13



Amherst College, Department of Theater and Dance, Amherst MA, 2010-2015

Assistant Technical Director and Master Carpenter

Maine College of Art, Portland ME, 2006-8

Studio Technician, Department of Woodworking and Furniture Design

Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY, 2001-6

Technical Director, Department of Theater

The Juilliard School of Music Dance and Drama, NYC, 1999-2001

Production Carpenter

Self-Employed/Freelance Designer and Fabricator 1999-present


Massachusetts Audubon Society Field Naturalist Certification Program, 

A 12-week program in regional ecology and natural history

Eric Cannizzaro, Greenwood Chairmaking Workshop, Boggs Berea Chair, 2023

The Chairmaker’s Toolbox, 2021

Jennie Alexander Greenwood Chair Scholarship workshop for BIPOC, LGBTQ, and Women-identified woodworkers, taught by Travis Curtis and Aspen Golann

The Green Woodshop/Chris Nassise, Easton MA, 2019

Greenwood chair construction workshop

Summer Institute for Climate Change Education, 2022

Interdisciplinary conference sponsored by NOAA, Mass Audubon, and Climate Generation, scholarship participant

Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, West Rockport, ME

12-Week Furniture Intensive, 2004

Workshop with Master Woodturner Beth Ireland, 2018

New York Studio School, NYC, 2001-2006 

Continuing study in drawing with Graham Nickson, Ron Milewicz

Penland School of Craft, Penland, NC: 2000, 2001

Woodworking and furniture design intensive workshops

Art Students’ League of New York, NYC

1996-1997 Continuing study in figurative drawing

*Full academic CV available upon request