Blanca Santander


The Pontifical Catholic University of Peru – Master of fine arts – Painting & Engraving – Lima, Peru 1987 Kodak Professional School of Photography – Professional Photography – Lima, Peru 1990 Professional & Continuing Education – University of Washington 2013


City of Seattle Public Artist Roster 2017
City of Seattle Ethnic Artist Roster 2017
4CULTURE Muralist Roster 2016
City of Seattle Public Artist Boot Camp Graduated 2015
City of Seattle Ethnic Artist Roster 2014
Artist in Residence 2004 to present
Freelance Artist, Illustrator, & Photographer 1987 to present
UNICEF, FAO, COTESU, and, other non-profits. Freelance Design and Illustration – Educational Materials. – 1986 to 1996 – Lima, Peru
Theatre Designer – Scenery & costume design – 1986 to 1995 – Lima, Peru


Cornish Playhouse Gallery – 2017
ACES – Artist of Color Exhibit – Organize by 4Culture & Artist Up Organizations – 2017
Columbia Center for the Arts – Hood River, OR – September 2017
Spaceworks Gallery – Immigration: Hopes Realized, Dreams Derailed – June 30 to August 17, 2017
Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts – To Honor The CHILDREN – July-August 2017
Ethnic Heritage Gallery at Seattle Municipal Tower – Processing: Artists Face Administration Change – April- July 2017
Concordia University – February – March 2017
Society of Arts – January 28 to February 2017
Avenidas y Generaciones at Washington State Convention Center Jan-March 2017
Museum of Culture and Environment at WSU Liberty Denied: Immigration, Detention, Deportation Sep-Nov 2016
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation group show 10-10-2016
Portland’5 Siren Nation 10th Anniversary art show Oct-Dec 2016
Washington State and Convention Center – SCBWI Western Washington’s Super Duper Summer Show – Juried Exhibit – July to September 2016
Seattle Central College – Daughters of Immigration – March to April 2016
Centro Latino SER – Tacoma, WA – 2015 – 2016 – 2017
Moses Lake Museum – Selfie – A Community Conversation of Identity – Juried Exhibit 2015
Portland’5 LAX IdeAL –group show- May 2014 – 2015 – 2016 – September 2017
University of Washington School of Social Work – Viva Art Exhibit – January 6 – April 16, 2014
Washington State and Convention Center – SCBWI Illustrator Exhibit – October 10,
2013 – January 8, 2014
Washington State and Convention Center – “Visions and Environments” – July – October 2013 – Curator of the Exhibit
Seattle Municipal Tower – Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery – Portraits – Seattle, WA – July – October 2012 – Curator of the Exhibit
Centennial Center Gallery at City Hall, Kent, WA – July 2011
Latino art group show – Seattle City Hall sponsored by City of Seattle Employees – Seattle, Washington – August – October 2009
Best of the Northwest at the Seattle Center – Seattle, Washington. April 2009
Public Art celebrating Day of the Dead – TAPETES at Seattle Art Museum – SAM. Seattle, Washington 2008
C-Art Gallery. Show titled “Small Works”. Seattle, Washington 2008
6th Annual Juried Local Art Exhibition presented by The Gallery at Tacoma Community College – Tacoma, Washington 2008
Jacobs Gallery – Eugene, Oregon 2008
Edmonds Center for the Arts. Edmonds, Washington 2008
Washington State and Convention Center. The exhibit titled “Latino Art in the Northwest”. Downtown Seattle 2008
Tacoma Community College – The Gallery. Tacoma, Washington 2008
“World Art Fest Exhibit” presented at the Center House Harrison ST Gallery – Seattle Center. Washington 2005
Glover Gallery. Kirkland, Washington 2004 – 2005
Kinsey Gallery – Seattle University. An exhibit titled “Reminiscence/Remembranza”. Seattle, Washington 2004


Mayor’s Gallery, Seattle Municipal Tower – February to May 2016
Seattle Central College – October-November 2014
Centennial Center Gallery at City Hall, Kent, WA. November 2012
Columbia Tower, December 2011 – February 2012
Peruvian Embassy in Washington DC 2012
Mercer Island Community Center – August 2010
La Onda Gallery. Portland, Oregon – March 2010
Albuquerque, New Mexico – November 2009
C-Art Gallery. Seattle, Washington – May 2009
Blanca Santander exhibited at La Llorona Gallery – Chicago, Illinois 2005
Blanca Santander presented at Ballard Works. Seattle, Washington 2005
Blanca Santander exhibited at La Llorona Gallery – Chicago, Illinois 2005


The Society of Children’s Books and Illustration – Inclusivity Scholarship –  March 2017
4Culture Muralist Roster 2017. – Seattle Parks and Recreations – Winter Activity Grant – “Hot Apple Cider Bean Bag Toss” – December 2016 Office of Arts & Culture – Put Art In The Parks Grant – “Park in the Heart” – 2016 Office of Arts & Culture – Put Art In The Parks Grant – “Park Your Thoughts” – 2016
4CULTURE Grant Award – Daughters of Immigration Exhibit – 2015-2016
1st Place Award – Centro Latino SER – Tacoma, WA – 2015
Moses Lake Museum – Photography Award – 2015
City of Seattle Roster of Ethnic Artists-2014
Women of Courage Award – Northwest Women of Color Empowered – Sponsored by Northwest Asian Weekly – 2012
BARNES & NOBLE – Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month 2011, with “Floral Offerings” painting on merchandise in their 800 stores nationwide – September 2011
First place – Award Winner at Juried Exhibit in City Hall Centennial Gallery in Kent, Washington – August 2011
BARNES & NOBLE – Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by featuring “Mother Earth and the New World” painting on merchandise in their 800 stores nationwide – September -2010
ONANGELS MAGAZINE – Honorable 2nd Mention – November 2009
First place awarded for the “2009 Mujer Awards poster Artwork contest” NATIONAL HISPANA LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE – July 2009
BARNES & NOBLE – Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month 2009, with “Mother Earth and the Moon” painting on merchandise in their 800 stores nationwide – September 2009
2007 – Honors for Excellence, Contribution and Achievements in the Advancements of Fine Arts and Education, Centro Cultural Hispano Americano and the Spanish & Portuguese Studies of the University Of Washington, (Seattle, WA)
2006 – Sea Mar Community Health Centers – Public Collection
1991 – Honorable Mention at the Images of Peru – Photographic Competition sponsored by Union Latina
1990 – Second place award in the Kodak Professional School
1987 – First place in national contest to illustrate textbooks for rural school children, sponsored by FAO Holland
1989 – First place awarded by the Peruvian Central Reserve Bank – Engraving Competition. Selected to create New Peruvian Currency


Seattle Amistad School – 2013 to Present
Official Photographer for De Cajon Project 2009 to 2014
Hazel Valley Elementary –Para Los Niños – Summer 2014
St Vincent de Paul Summer Program. Mural, Kent WA Summer 2014
Broadview –Thomson/School Wide Arts Experience January – April 2014
University Prep – 2008 – 2009
The Little School in Bellevue – 2006 – 2007
Seattle University – Department of Modern Languages 2004 -2005
Artist Statement

2017 begins with a major group show under Blanca’s curatorship at the Washington State Convention Center followed by another group show at Seattle Municipal Tower’s Ethnic Heritage Art Gallery. She continues working with children at Amistad School and with her Arts in Parks program “Park in the Heart II” at Ballard Commons. In 2016, The Seattle Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with the Seattle office of Arts & Culture has awarded Blanca two separate grants: “Park Your Thoughts,” a temporary art installation at beautiful Ballard Commons, and Blanca’s community project and park activation plan called “Park in the Heart” during 12 weeks in Summer. Blanca Santander found new opportunities in 2015 as a King County 4Culture grant recipient for her Daughters of Immigration group exhibit under her curatorship. The exhibit was in the M. Rosetta Hunter Gallery at the Seattle Central College in March 2016.

Santander, a juried selectee for 4Culture Muralist Roster in 2017,  a selected member of Seattle’s Ethnic Artist Roster, is also a graduate of the City of Seattle Office of Art and Culture’s Public Art Boot Camp for 2015. She was chosen with other artists from a pool of area applicants to be schooled in the business of public art. Blanca noted, “While we didn’t have to do push-ups and run obstacle courses, the presentations and workshops taught us how to navigate the complicated process of Public Art. There are great opportunities out there and we just need to learn how to grab them.”

She moved to Seattle from Peru in 1996 and over the years her art has become a growing presence on the local and national art scene. Having left a successful career in Lima Peru working as an artist in publications and in the theater she has had to continue her career growth and learn how to thrive in the beautiful Northwest. “My environment here makes me more aware of nature and my paintings of Pachamama or Mother Earth deliver a message of hope for our planet’s survival that hinges on mankind understanding our connections to our world and to each other.”

Blanca continues developing a series called “Women of Courage”. Throughout history, women have had to be strong and courageous as mothers and sometimes women face even greater dangers and challenges in life that inspire the world to become a better place. These women of courage often go unnoticed for most of their lives until one day they are presented with some huge challenge that requires them to make many sacrifices for the good of the world.

She survived the perils of the civil war in Peru against the Shining Path. There were terrible dangers waiting for her in the impoverished regions of Peru where she went to research local cultures for her educational illustrations. The suffering of children affected Blanca the most and inspired her to face darkness with love, light, peace, and hope. Children truly are the hope for the world and one of Blanca’s favorite things to do is teach her kindergarten classes at Seattle Amistad School. Blanca confesses, “I come home from teaching physically exhausted but creatively exhilarated.”