Santiago Vaca



Master of Fine Arts in Painting, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1988

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Business Administration with a Minor in Art, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, 1983


Teaching Experience

Assistant Professor (August 1990 to Present)

Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL. Full-time tenured professor.

Responsibilities include teaching Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced Painting, Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced Drawing, Mural Painting and Professional Practices as well as student advising.


Selected Solo Exhibitions


Reconfigure: Wire Drawing Installation, Finestra Art Space, Chicago, Illinois, 2011

Organica II: Works on Paper, Schiavone Fine Art, Baltimore, Maryland, 2006

Paintings, Drawings and Mixed Media, Elizabeth Holden Gallery, Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina, 2001

Organica, Jewett Hall Gallery, University of Maine at Augusta, 1998

Images, Thoughts, Surfaces, Dorothea Thiel Gallery, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL, 1995

Latino Visions from Chicago, Illini Union Art Gallery, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, 1993

Drawings and Paintings, Northeastern Illinois University Art Gallery. Chicago, 1993

Terra Incognita. Chicago Cultural Center, 1992

New Work, The Student Union Art Gallery, San Francisco State University, 1991

Paintings. University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA, 1991

Recent Works, Centro Cultural La Raza, San Diego, CA, 1991

Recent Works, La Raza Graphics Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 1991



Selected Group Exhibitions

Faculty Exhibition, Northeastern Illinois University Fine Arts Center Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2011, 2009, 2007

Symbols, Myth and Metaphors, A+D Gallery 11th Street Gallery, Columbia College, 2003

Mascaras/ Mas Cara, Columbia College Art Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1998

Monster Press Prints, Monoprint Exhibition, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA, 1996

Audrey Goldstein and Santiago Vaca, Gallery 2B, New England School of Art and Design, Boston, MA, 1995

Latino Diversity, Diversidad Latina, Columbia College Art Gallery, Chicago, IL, 1995

The End Show, Contemporary Artists Center Gallery, North Adams, MA, 1995

Recent Paintings: Santiago Vaca and Antonio Rodriguez, Halcyon Gallery, Baltimore, MD, 1995.

Chicago Heritage of Latino Art, Dorothea Theal Gallery, South Suburban College, South Holland, IL, 1994

Four Directions and Four Artists, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA, 1993

Face of the Soul, Exhibition of Masks, 1078 Gallery, Chico. CA, 1992

Urban Worship. NNWAC Gallery, Chicago, 1991

Expressions of Sociometry, Artlink Gallery, Fort Wayne, IN, 1991

Three Artists, Galeria Sin Fronteras, Austin, TX, 1991

Dia de Los Muertos/The Homeless, Alternative Museum, New York, NY, 1990



Articles and Reviews


The Art of Santiago Vaca by David Hopes, Asheville Citizen-Times, 2001

Latin American Artists Depict Native Oppression, by John Dorsey, Baltimore Sun, 1995

Two Shows, Two Entirely Different Methods of Criticism, by Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, San Diego edition, 1991

Art as Social Commentary, by Alejo Sierra, Arriba, Austin, TX, 1991

Latino Show Offers Honest Cross Section, by Leah Ollman, Los Angeles Times, San Diego edition, 1989