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Nicole McCormick Santiago
Williamsburg, VA

College of William and Mary, Assistant Professor

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All experience involves both space and time, as does most representation, in one way or another.  And for me at least, reality always comes down to stories.  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.


born: 1976, Indianapolis, IN


University of New Hampshire, MFA, 2003
Indiana University, BFA, 1999

selected awards/honors

Full Fellowship Residency, Vermont Studio Center, 2010
Honorable Mention, The Artist's Magazine, 26th Annual Art Competition Issue, Dec 2009
College of William and Mary, Summer Research Grant, 2007
Finalist, The Artist's Magazine, 25th Annual Art Competition Issue, Dec 2008

selected publications

The Artist's Magazine, 26th Annual Art Competition, Dec 2009

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Traylor Gallery, Berea College: Nicole McCormick Santiago: Still Life, Berea, KY 2010
Visaul Arts Center at TCC: Recent Works, Portsmouth VA, 2008
Three Graces Gallery: Conflict & Harmony, Portsmouth, NH, 2007
Three Graces Gallery: Private Stories, Portsmouth, NH, 2005

selected group shows

Gallery 180, The Illinois Institute of Art Chicago: Visual Narrative, Chicago, IL, 2010
Ridderhof Martin Gallery, University of Mary Washington: 2010 Mid-Atlantic New Painting Exhibition, Fredericksburg, VA, 2010
Axix Gallery: 5th National Juried Exhibition, Sacramento, CA, 2010
Prince Street Gallery: Third National Juried Exhibition, New York, NY, 2009

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