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About the Artist
Sam Kirk creates artwork to celebrate people and to inspire pride and recognition for underrepresented communities. Her work explores culture, identity, and the politics that have formed society for generations.
Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, working class communities continue to be Kirk’s key ingredient of inspiration. Partially autobiographical, her vibrant color palette and intricate line-work highlights cultural communities via multi-toned figures and familiar buildings and elements.
Most recently, she was invited the City of Casablanca in Morocco to complete a 5 story mural in their Annual CasaMouja Street Art Festival. Kirk is the first and only woman to participate in CasaMouja, which has added dozens of murals to the city in the past 3 years.
She intentionally creates public work that sparks dialogue around topics on equality, visibility for women of color, and the LGBTQ community.
Sam has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States, painted murals nationally and internationally, works with private and commercial clients and makes custom artworks for nonprofit organizations in Chicago and New York.
Then and Now
September 4 - October 19, 2018
Reception: October 12, 4-9 pm
The Spotlight Exhibition: Then and Now features Wabash Arts Corridor alumni artists Andrea Dunn '16, Sam Kirk '04, and JJ McLuckie '17. The exhibition highlights the murals that create a vibrant campus landscape as well as new works by the artists.