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Samantha Kirk

Chicago, IL

About Samantha Kirk

Chicago, IL

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.

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Other works by Samantha Kirk

Selected Exhibitions

  • National Museum of Mexican Art: Peeling Off the Grey
    Chicago, 2018
  • Stony Island Arts Bank: Iconic Black Panther
    Chicago, 2018
  • Chicago Cultural Center: Bronzeville Echoes
    Chicago, 2018
  • 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
  • WGN Radio Interview
    October 2018
  • ABC Television Interview
    July 2018
  • WBEZ News: Mural Unveiling
    September 2018
  • Chicago Ideas Blog
    July 2018
  • Hyperallergic
    October 2018


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

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