Based in New York, James Siena (b. 1957, Oceanside, California) has been featured in more than one hundred solo and group exhibitions since 1981, including the 2004 Whitney Biennial. His work is included in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. Siena was inducted to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000 and was elected an Academician at The National Academy in 2011. His many accolades also include the Eissner Artist of the Year Award from the Cornell Council for the Arts at Cornell University Award (2009); he received his BFA from Cornell in 1979. In 2004 he completed an artist-in-residency program at Yaddo and was later elected to its board of directors. He has been represented by Pace Gallery since 2004.