Athenaeum Artist Talk with Nicole Santiago

By East City Art Editorial Team on March 13, 2023
Nicole Santiago, Second Time Around, oil on canvas, 75” x 60”
Artist Talk: Sunday, March 19 at 2pm

Nicole Santiago’s work consists of semi-autobiographical narrative paintings and drawings that depict scenes of love, loss, and duty, thinly veiled in the mundane debris of everyday life. While the impetus for Nicole’s work is highly personal, she intends to construct something more universal that stretches beyond the limits of her own experiences, expanding into broader familiar themes.

Nicole purposely creates layered narratives within these pieces that are opposingly semi-overt and marginally obscured. While storytelling is an integral part of her work, it always remains subservient to the broader formal concerns of the picture itself.

About the Athenaeum | Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association:

The Athenaeum Gallery is the headquarters of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association (NVFAA). Founded in 1964, the NVFAA is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all forms of art, and to establishing programs that will enrich the cultural life of Northern Virginia and the surrounding metropolitan area. The Athenaeum Gallery exhibits work created solely by artists living or working in the region and strives to present visitors with a wide variety of excellent work and unique experiences.

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  • Thursday to Sunday – 12pm to 4 pm

The Athenaeum Gallery is located at 201 Prince Street, Alexandria VA.