Deborah Santoro wearing a blue and black shirt and looking at the camera.

Deborah Santoro

Gallery Director

She, Her, They, Them
Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Art & Design
Mahoney Hall, Office #3


Exhibition design and curating, Studio Art (printmaking, drawing, installation)

Research Interests

Exhibition design, Contemporary feminist art practices and eco-practices, Printmaking and Installation art.


  • MFA: Studio Art, Maine College of Art & Design 
  • B.A.: Studio Art with Honors, Wellesley College, Summa cum laude


Deborah Santoro engages visual and material strategies to unravel outdated methodologies that imply we are separate. The interstitial spaces between drawing, printmaking, and lens based ways of looking forge pathways into neural networks, creating new narratives that allow for multispecies flourishing in a rapidly changing climate. Santoro delves through history to find new futures, and fervently hopes her grandchildren can walk amongst the trees. 

Santoro has served as the Gallery Director for the University of Massachusetts Lowell since 2014, and as such was recently awarded an Artist Resource Trust grant for the upcoming DRAW Lowell exhibition. For her personal work she was honored with ‘Best in Show’ by curators Lauren Szumita and Marie Picard Craig for Juniper Rag’s PULP exhibition in April 2024. Santoro holds a BA in Studio Art from Wellesley College and an MFA in Studio Art from the Maine College of Art & Design.

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Artist Resource Trust Grant with Professor Stephen Mishol for DRAW Lowell: Confluence, September-October 2024

Selected Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

Pulp Exhibition, organized by Juniper Rag, Juried by Lauren Szumita and Marie Craig, awarded Best in Show. April, 2024. 

Fabric of Life, juried by Rebecca McGee Tuck, Arts League of Lowell, Lowell, MA, July-September 16, 2023 

Fleurons to Roverbots, MFA Thesis Exhibition at the ICA @ Maine College of Art & Design, Portland, Maine, May 2023. 

Song For a Nutmeg Tree, Bob Crewe Gallery Window of the Maine College of Art & Design (a street facing window on Congress Street in Portland, Me), August 8-September 16, 2022 

86th Regional Exhibition of Arts & Crafts, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA, June-September 2022, Peter McCollum Staff Choice Award for The Printer’s Devil/ The Devil’s Printer.