Connecticut
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
ALISSA SIEGAL

I’ve been drawing, painting, and building things for as long as I can remember. Curiosity about the natural world and how things are made is behind most of what I do. I like to get my hands dirty and throw myself into my work, which is a manifestation of the all-in, imperfect but direct way I approach life. Recent events have me turning from a solitary studio practice to more collaborative and public work, especially around themes of joy, wildlife, and nature. 

I earned a BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design where I studied in Rome with the European Honors Program for a year. Soon after, I moved to St. John in the US Virgin Islands where I made and sold art and opened a small gallery with another artist. After a year I moved to NYC, where I worked in a mural house and earned an MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art. Friends and I opened and ran a cooperative gallery on east seventh street in the basement of a Ukrainian church.

Drawn by a live work opportunity, I moved to Connecticut. There I joined and for a year led the Loft Artists Association, developing my art and helping to create and deliver free art workshops and experiences to the public, and became a teaching artist with the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield. I created art classes and exhibits for local middle schoolers in Norwalk through the Silvermine Guild of Artists’ outreach program, was an art mentor for elementary school students in Stamford, and set up and ran a free choice art program for local middle schoolers at Stamford’s public charter school. I created and exhibited work in Connecticut and New York, including at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center and the Lockwood Mathews Museum in Norwalk, and had work added to private and public art collections, including at Stamford Hospital, SH’s Bennet Cancer Center, Yale New Haven Hospital’s Park Avenue Medical Center, and Sacred Heart University, and included in the movies “The Bounty Hunter” with Gerard Butler and Jennifer Aniston and “Something Borrowed” with Kate Hudson and Ginnifer Goodwin. As New Canaan Library’s second artist in residence I exhibited and offered nature and conservation themed art workshops to the public. Through the National Parks Artist in Residence program I spent a month living and painting at Weir Farm in Wilton in 2019.

During the shutdown, I created and installed a mural at Stamford Hospital’s Bennet Cancer Center. I am now working with local students to design and install a mural here in Stamford. See my art at alissasiegal.com and on instagram.

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I Have Worked With

  • Outreach teaching artist at Roodner Court and Carver Center in Norwalk and artist mentor at Stillmeadow Elementary School in Stamford.

  • Instructor in Drawing and Painting Courses

  • Learning to Look art education instructor.

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Alissa
Job Title/Position: 
Artist & Arts Educator
Physical Address: 
Stamford, CT 06903
Last Name: 
Siegal
Phone: 
203-329-9362

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Additional Disciplines: 
Visual/Crafts - General
Visual/Crafts - Clay
Visual/Crafts - Decorative Arts
Visual/Crafts - Experimental
Visual/Crafts - Fiber
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Paper
Visual/Crafts - Printmaking
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Year Founded: 
1996
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Elders
Families
General Public
Immigrant Populations
LGBTQ Populations
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Languages Available: 
Italian
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Consulting - Curatorial Services
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Curriculum Development
Exhibitions
Portfolio Review
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Other
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Town / City
County
Multi-County Region
State
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Katonah Museum of Art Artists Association
Connecticut Visual Arts Registry
New York Academy of Art Alumni Association
Rhode Island School of Design Alumni Association
Education: 
BFA Rhode Island School of Design
MFA New York Academy of Art

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Visual/Crafts
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Certifications / Training: 
BFA Rhode Island School of Design1986
MFA in Painting New York Academy of Art 1993
Forensic Sculpture NYAA & Joe Mullins of NCMEC 2016