Loyola University Chicago

Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Faculty and Staff Directory

José Santiago Pérez, M.F.A.

Title/s:  Office Assistant

Office #:  Mundelein 1200

Phone: 773.508.3830


External Webpage: josesantiagoperez.com


José Santiago Pérez is a Chicago based artist and curator from Los Angeles. He works between the languages and methodologies of craft, sculpture, and performance. José brings a decade of combined experience in museums, nonprofit, and higher education to the Department of Fine and Performing Arts and is thrilled to be partnering with students to shape and share the DFPA story across social media platforms, manage the department website, coordinate department tours, assist with marketing and communications, and serve in other areas of department life.

His first solo show Flirting with Infinitudes (2018) was recently reviewed in Newcity Art. In 2017 he participated in Soft Sculpture, a group show at the International Museum of Surgical Science and Slideshow at Roman Susan Art Foundation. José has also presented performances at the Graham Foundation, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Defibrillator Gallery, Links Hall, Zhou B. Art Center, Mana Contemporary, and Comfort Station. In addition, he has presented work at performance art festivals in Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. José was recently interviewed about his practice in Sixty Inches From Center and Art Intercepts. In December 2018, he will be in a group show at NAPOLEON gallery (Philadelphia) and will present solo work at Ignition Projects (Chicago) in May 2019.

José received his M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received the SAIC and Enrichment grants and was a nominee for the Clare Rosen and Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists and the Gelman Trust Scholar and Fellow Program. He holds an M.A. in theatre history and criticism from San Francisco State University and graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Literature. José recently took up organic gardening, is the human to a canine named Charlie, and enjoys living in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago.


M.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
M.A., San Francisco State University
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz