Professor Santiago holds a BFA in Studio Art from Indiana University and an MFA in Painting from the University of New Hampshire. Since arriving at William & Mary in 2006 she has taught a variety of studio courses, but most often teaches Life Drawing and Composition & Color.
Professor Santiago is a practicing artist that has maintained an active exhibition record over the last 15 years, showing in well over 100 group and solo exhibitions throughout the U.S. She is currently an exhibiting member at First Street Gallery in New York.
In her painted and drawn works, Santiago depicts semi-autobiographical, domestic scenes that loosely suggest internal and familial narratives. The resulting works are in quiet images, with simple yet layered storylines. And while storytelling is an integral component to Professor Santiago’s work, it always remains subservient to the broader formal concerns of the picture itself.