Victoria Cruz is a Puerto Rican transgender woman who’s lived in New York since age four and devoted much of her life to activism dating back to the Stonewall era. Now 72, she remains involved with the Anti-Violence Project and is part of David France’s Netflix documentary “The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson,” which chronicles Johnson’s LGBTQ activism along with that of Cruz and Rivera.
Located at 2nd Street and Avenue A, New York, NY
"THE LOVE I VIBRATE", CHICAGO 2018
Collaborative Mural with Andy Bellomo and Sandra Antongiorgi
“The Love I Vibrate” honors our non-binary community members and features holistic healer and interdisciplinary artist Kiam Marcelo Junio. In Chicago, we are surrounded by thousands of amazingly talented artists, hard-working activists, healers, teachers, leaders, and countless queers who are working tirelessly to bring our community together. As we honor Chicago’s LGBTQ community through public art, we hope to enhance and advance our visibility and create conversation about the layers of queer culture while centering and prioritizing POC community members.
Commission by the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events with support by Alderman Tom Tunney, North Halsted Business Alliance, Howard Brown
"SISTER CITIES" CASABLANCA, MOROCCO 2018
Commission from World Business Chicago to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Chicago Casablanca Sister Cities International. Sam Kirk is the first woman to participate in the “CasaMouja” Annual Street Art Festival in Casablanca, and completed the 28ft x 50ft mural with her partner and fellow artist Jenny Q.
"PILSENEROS" CHICAGO 2018
Celebrating Community Culture, Kirk completed this 28ft. mural with three teenage female artists as an apprenticeship program to teach public art to young women while developing work for the community.
Supported by Ultra Mobile and Pilsen Cellular
Chicago Native, ADIDAS, CHICAGO 2018
Commissioned by adidas for adicolor campaign, Chicago
"FREE TO BE ME" BROADWAY YOUTH CENTER, CHICAGO, 2018
The Broadway Youth Center Mural was completed in a workshop format, where Kirk worked with drop in center youth to discuss topics of interest to develop the concept and to paint the mural. Many of the students had no experience in painting and attendance changed daily due to the circumstances of the lives of the participants.
“Free to be me” is all about creating more positive visibility.
POWER TO THE PEOPLE, CHICAGO 2017
Commission for ACTIVATE Chicago, State Street and Lake Street. Highlights Women in the Trade Industry.
Logan Square Mural, 2017
Bringing culture back into Logan Square, this mural was created to highlight the culture that existed in Logan Square before it was gentrified.
by Sam Kirk and Sandra Antongiorgi
La Diosa De Oro, 2017
Little Village, Chicago, 2017. Featured on "Interrupt this Program", Canadian Broadcast Channel.
Brilliant, Bold, Beautiful, Brooklyn, 2017
Brooklyn Community Pride Center Mural, Collaboration with Jenny Q
Si Se Puede, 2017
Commission for Columbia College, Dolores Huerta Dedication Mural, Chicago, IL, 2017
Viva Futbol!, MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER, 2017
Commission with Major League Soccer for 2017 All-Star Game in Chicago.
Vejigante, Mask On, 2017
Commission by the Chicago Cultural Center for Chicago's Riverwalk
THIS IS US, MICHIGAN 2017
Mural Commissioned by the Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Collaboration with Andy Bellomo, Miguel del Real, and Ruben Aguierre
WEAVING CULTURES, CHICAGO 2016
Commissioned by Chicago Public Art Group. Encourages unity while highlighting women in underrepresented communities. Lead Artist: Sam Kirk, Co-Lead: Sandra Antongiorgi
Searching for Mentors in Memories, CHICAGO 2016
Part of the Mujeres Poderosas Exhibit at Pilsen Outpost, 2016. Piece discusses the need for more living female artists as icons in the industry.
Chicago Made, SXSW, AUSTIN, 2015/2016
Commissioned by Choose Chicago to design the booth space for their participation in SXSW 2015 and 2016. The piece celebrated all the things that are great about being from and living in Chicago form a local point of view. The piece was also printed on vending machines, t-shirts, and flyers.
Tasty Trade, CHICAGO 2015
Commission for Tasty Trade Chicago Headquarters Office, 2015
Vist Hermosa I, 2015
Commission to celebrate the culture of their restaurant, 2015
Do balloons cry when you let them go?, CHICAGO, 2012
En Masse Mural, CHICAGO 2012
Collaboration with En Masse and Street Artists from Chicago
The Culture Clash, CHICAGO 2010
My first public mural, discusses the gentrification of Pilsen while highlighting the culture of majority of the residents that currently live there