Current Residents

Meet our Artists-in-Residence for the 2018-2019 Season

We are proud to introduce our 2018-2019 Artists-in-Residence. These three emerging artists from across the country were selected for this highly-competitive program. During their eight-month residency they will share their unique talents with the Armory and the community while teaching classes, developing their work in their studios, giving lectures, and participating in outreach, exhibitions, and fundraising programs.

The Armory Art Center’s Artists-in-Residence for 2018-2019 are Derek Decker in ceramics, Nicholas Kakavas in sculpture, and Richard Santiago in 2D media.


Richard Santiago

Derek Decker earned his BFA in sculpture from Indiana University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. He is a sculptor currently working with clay and mixed media. His current research involves processes of mold making, slip casting, and hand building. He has been an apprentice at Moravian and Pottery Tile Works in Doylestown, Pennsyl- vania and has has served in a Kiln God Residency at Watershed, Center for the Ceramic Arts in New Castle, Maine. Derek’s work has been exhibited in international, national, and regional exhi- bitions. He was recently the ceramic area technician and an adjunct professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.


2D Media

Richard Santiago earned a BA in fine arts from Marist College in New York and a Master of Fine Arts from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute of Art in Baltimore under the tutelage of Grace Hartigan. Richard is a Puerto Rican painter and university professor at the Escuela de Artes Plasticas y Disen?o de Puerto Rico (School of Visual Arts and Design of Puerto Rico). He has worked in many genre includ- ing film, music, sculpture, graphic arts, and street art. Recently he has focused on creating collective art projects that center on social issues and pivot around the concept of empathy and solidarity. Richard explains, “Through my two- dimensional work I propose to rethink humankind from history... I intend to delve into an intellectual discourse that, with color and pigment, allows me to challenge with my brush the most established sociological concepts.”



Nicholas Kakavas

Nicholas Kakavas received his BFA in sculpture from the University of Montana. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but has spent most of his life in Montana. His work focuses on exploring identity and connecting the ideal with the reality of self. His studio practice emphasizes process, blending photog- raphy, mold making, and ceramic surface decoration into a three dimensional space. As a teaching assistant, Nick has hosted multiple workshops in slip cast- ing, plaster mono printing, and ceramic surface decoration. He is enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge and learning from the Palm Beach community.