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Nicole M. Santiago

Associate Professor

Office: Matoaka Studio 102
Phone: (757) 221-2529
Email: [[njmcco]]

Artist Statement

In painting descriptive, outward realities, I am also describing people and places as human situations that carry implied narratives, which stretch out beyond the moment shown.  Mostly, the situations I depict are quiet and domestic, which usually makes for still compositions and stories that are more internal than external. I want to defy the stillness of the painting, to portray a layered narrative where the residues of the past and suggestions of the future swirl around the present, creating a kind of “thick time.”  To accomplish this, I use the scattered signs of daily existence to communicate accidental yet honest storylines that provide indirect insight into the cadence of a daily life.


2003   MFA in Painting, University of New Hampshire, Durham NH

1999    BFA in Painting, Indiana University, Bloomington IN


ART 211 Color & Drawing
ART 318 Composition & Color
ART 340 Topics: Narrative Drawing
ART 311 Drawing
ART 408 Advanced Drawing
ART 309 Life Drawing I
ART 310 Life Drawing II
ART 409 Advanced Life Drawing

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