We often look at other people or other icons as what we can become, right? If we don’t see that, then how do we know that it’s an option?”
— Sam Kirk
Chicago-based street artists are working tirelessly to change our perceptions of public art. They're using murals as a way to address social issues and to spark dialogue around controversial topics. As a female in a male-dominated industry, artist Sam Kirk is pushing boundaries in more ways than one...
“The World Mural Project brings queer public art across the city”.

“The World Mural Project brings queer public art across the city”.

"Three Chicago artists are hoping to create conversation about the LGBTQ community across the city, one mural at a time." Interview by ABC7

ART UP-CYCLE

The Other Art Fair houses a curated selection of work from over 120 independent artists. Sam Kirk will be one of several artists participating in the Art Up-Cycle in which artists are tasked with revamping old, pre-owned artworks using their signature style. You can learn more about the fair here and purchase tickets here!

“..a portrait of Chicago-based Kiam Marcelo Junio, a holistic healer and interdisciplinary artist. The piece is by artists Sandra Antongiorgi, Andy Bellomo, and Sam Kirk—and the first in a series of LGBTQ tribute murals.”

“..a portrait of Chicago-based Kiam Marcelo Junio, a holistic healer and interdisciplinary artist. The piece is by artists Sandra Antongiorgi, Andy Bellomo, and Sam Kirk—and the first in a series of LGBTQ tribute murals.”

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“4 of the 77” featured murals were completed by Sam Kirk.

“4 of the 77” featured murals were completed by Sam Kirk.

Las Puertas de Paseo Boricua, part of Chicago's 2017 Year of Public Art

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Chicago honors labor hero Dolores Huerta through art

CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Chicago honors labor hero Dolores Huerta through art

WEAVING CULTURES MURAL

"Weaving Cultures”, is a new mural celebrating underrepresented women of diverse backgrounds, including a transgender Latina. The 15 ft. x 40 ft. mural, was developed to increase awareness and encourage a dialogue around unity and acceptance. Located at the intersection of 16th and Blue Island in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, the mural sits at the border of a predominantly large Latino and African-American community, an area known as an artists’ enclave that is also experiencing gentrification.

Lead Artist: Sam Kirk
Co-Lead: Sandra Antongiorgi

Commissioned by Chicago Public Art Group, and Alderman Danny Solis                Press Interviews: WBEZ, Telemundo, NBC News, Univision, Gozamos, Vocalo Morning Amp 

A big thank you to Don Julio Tequila and TCG Collective for the opportunity to curate Don Julio presents Galeri'a 1942. If you missed the event this past weekend, check out the footage to see the work of 15 of Chicago's Latino Artists on miniature ‪#‎DonJulio‬ trucks.

"5 ARTISTS SHAPING THE SCENE" 2015/2016 FEATURED ARTIST

"5 ARTISTS SHAPING THE SCENE" 2015/2016 FEATURED ARTIST

ABC News: Chicago Public Art 2017 Feature

ABC News: Chicago Public Art 2017 Feature

Mural honoring Dolores Huerta in Chicago's South Loop, September 2017

Mural honoring Dolores Huerta in Chicago's South Loop, September 2017

Galeria del Barrio Mural Restoration

Our first project with Chicago Public Art Group, we successfully restored a mural completed by Aurelio Diaz in 1976 a part of the mural movement that began in the Pilsen neighborhood by Latino Artists. The mural spans 100ft in length and ranges from 10ft to 16ft in height. Commissioned by the City of Chicago and the Office of Danny Solis, this mural is the first part of a project to bring more art to the Pilsen Community and keep past works and cultural history alive. 

Lead Artist: Sam Kirk                                                                               Assistant Artists: Karla Olvera, Cecilia Flores                             Volunteers: Roberto & Bianca Herrera

DAPPER Q,  "STYLE DOSSIER: SAM KIRK"  BY GABRIELLE ROYAL

DAPPER Q, "STYLE DOSSIER: SAM KIRK" BY GABRIELLE ROYAL

VOCALO MORNING AMP INTERVIEW ON HER UPCOMING EXHIBITION ON SEX TRAFFICKING IN JANUARY 2016.

VOCALO MORNING AMP INTERVIEW ON HER UPCOMING EXHIBITION ON SEX TRAFFICKING IN JANUARY 2016.

BOOTSTRAPPING IN AMERICA,   ARTIST SPOTLIGHT VIDEO INTERVIEW   BY TOM SOSNOFF AND TONY BATTISTA

BOOTSTRAPPING IN AMERICA, ARTIST SPOTLIGHT VIDEO INTERVIEW BY TOM SOSNOFF AND TONY BATTISTA

ARTICLES & INTERVIEWS

QUE RICA VIDA, "CELEBRA LO RICO: JOIN MORENA CUADRA FOR A CUP OF COFFEE WITH SAM KIRK" BY DANIELLE EVENSKI

DYNASTY PODCASTS, "SXSW OFFICIAL ARTIST FOR CHICAGO MADE 2015" BY JAIME BLACK

WINDY CITY TIMES, "CHICAGOAN SAM KIRK SHINES THROUGH ART" BY ROSS FORMAN

EXHIBITION REVIEWS AND FEATURES

L STOP "QUEER ARTIST TO REPRESENT CHICAGO AT MIAMI'S INTERNATIONAL ART SHOWCASE" BY VIVIAN GONZALEZ

BE MOXIE, "ARTIST, SAM KIRK IS LIVING IT UP!" BY STEVIE REYNOLDS

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