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