June is a special moment to promote inclusivity, unity and equality in celebration of Pride Month. In the case of the artist, Sam Kirk, Pride Month represents a time when she has taken bolder leaps of self-expression to be seen in her truest form.
These days, Kirk celebrates Pride year-round everywhere she goes. The collection was inspired by the joy and energy of the LGBTQ community and is meant to inspire people to enjoy the journey, love themselves and always be proud of who they are. Kirk imagined what an evening at the ballpark during Pride could feel like if transformed into an experience.
Sam Kirk is a Chicago-based multidisciplinary artist and biracial, queer woman whose artwork focuses on a variety of intersections which encompass a call to celebrate differences and enact change. Vivid and powerful images of women, members of the LGBTQ community, and those who have historically been underrepresented are celebrated throughout her artwork.
Kirk’s vibrant color palette, intricate line work and layered backgrounds highlight cultural communities via multitoned figures recalled from memories of her travels throughout the world. Kirk’s public murals often address social issues, as she intentionally uses the public space to spark dialogue around topics of equality and visibility for women, communities of color and the LGBTQ community.
To learn more about Sam Kirk, visit: iamsamkirk.com.
CENTER ON HALSTED
Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood.
To learn more about Center on Halsted, visit: Centeronhalsted.org.