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Samantha Kirk
Chicago, IL

About the Artist

Sam Kirk, a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Chicago and Brooklyn, explores culture, identity and urban politics through her art. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, in a mixed race family, she has always been fascinated with community and culture. Taking experiences from her own upbringing and merging them with insights obtained during travel, her work is known for its vibrant color palette, whimsical characters and, profound stories laced with optimism.

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About the Artist

Sam Kirk, a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Chicago and Brooklyn, explores culture, identity and urban politics through her art. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, in a mixed race family, she has always been fascinated with community and culture. Taking experiences from her own upbringing and merging them with insights obtained during travel, her work is known for its vibrant color palette, whimsical characters and, profound stories laced with optimism.

Fascinated with people, their culture and how they express their identity, Sam is provoked to share stories in her work about the individuals she meets and the communities they are part of. Her creative process involves frequent voyages so she may engage with a variety of people in different cities.

Recognized for her public art and solo shows in Chicago, Sam Kirk has exhibited in New York, Miami, Washington DC, and Minneapolis. She is currently the official Chicago Made SXSW 2015 Artist, recently won the Curator’s Choice award at the Redbull Curates Chicago contest and, exhibited at Scope art fair in December 2014. She has been commissioned by Guinness, Smirnoff, Ciroc, Rolling Stone Magazine and Proctor & Gamble.

Sam earned a B.F.A. in Interior Design and a B.A. in Marketing from Columbia College in Chicago.

Artist’s Work

Restoring the ickes
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Restoring the Ickes

By Samantha Kirk

Ojo bailer
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Ojo Bailer

By Samantha Kirk

Curlers cigaretts i used to love her
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Curlers & Cigaretts: I Used to Love Her

By Samantha Kirk

Do you see me
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Do you See Me?

By Samantha Kirk

Curlers cigaretts some fade away
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Curlers & Cigaretts: Some Fade Away

By Samantha Kirk

Dont blend in
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Dont Blend In

By Samantha Kirk

Ring around the rosies
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Ring Around the Rosies

By Samantha Kirk

Ordinary people er nurse
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Ordinary People: ER Nurse

By Samantha Kirk

Looking for love
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Looking for Love

By Samantha Kirk

Dia de ojo a
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Dia De Ojo A

By Samantha Kirk

Bienvenidos a pilsen
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Bienvenidos a Pilsen

By Samantha Kirk

Dia de ojo b
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Dia De Ojo B

By Samantha Kirk

Dont blend in 2
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Don't Blend In

By Samantha Kirk

Stop 2
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Stop

By Samantha Kirk

Dia de ojo c
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Dia De Ojo C

By Samantha Kirk

Leave behind gentrification project
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Leave Behind: Gentrification Project

By Samantha Kirk

I could be queen all by myself but id rather be yo
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I could be queen all by myself but I'd rather be yours

By Samantha Kirk

Curlers cigarettes smooth
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Curlers & Cigarettes - Smooth

By Samantha Kirk

Hoping and praying you see me
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Hoping and Praying You See Me

By Samantha Kirk

Curles cigarettes 70s era
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Curles & Cigarettes: 70s Era II

By Samantha Kirk

I wear my culture in every curl on my head
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I wear my culture in every curl on my head

By Samantha Kirk

Go natural dont buy what they try to sell you in s
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Go Natural. Don't buy what they try to sell you in stores

By Samantha Kirk

No time for machismo
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No time for Machismo

By Samantha Kirk

I came all this way its gonna be worth it
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I came all this way, its gonna be worth it

By Samantha Kirk

We have joy
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We Have Joy

By Samantha Kirk

Sometimes a woman is king
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Sometimes a Woman is King

By Samantha Kirk

Modern gothic
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Lesbian Gothic

By Samantha Kirk

We love
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We Love

By Samantha Kirk

We laugh
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We Laugh

By Samantha Kirk

Over under through
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Over Under Through

By Samantha Kirk

Curlers cigarettes 70s era
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Curlers & Cigarettes: 70s Era I

By Samantha Kirk

Dissed forgotten gentrification project
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Dissed & Forgotten: Gentrification Project

By Samantha Kirk

Viejo chivote
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Viejo Chivote

By Samantha Kirk

Chivote
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Chivote

By Samantha Kirk

Selected Exhibitions

  • DuSable Museum of African American Art
    Chicago, 2017
  • Chicago Cultural Center
    Chicago, 2017
  • National Museum of Mexican Art
    Chicago, 2017
  • World Trade Gallery
    New York , 2016
  • UIC Gender and Sexuality Center
    Chicago, 2016

Press and Accolades

  • Out Magazine: 20 Illustrators you should be following on Instagram
    March 2017
  • The Atlantic
    March 2017
  • Windy City Times
    January 2015

Education

  • Columbia College, BFA, Marketing Communication
    Chicago,2004 
  • International Academy of Art & Design, BFA, Interior Architecture
    Chicago,2002