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Located In: Hyndman Gallery, Brincka/Cross Gallery and Susan Block Gallery

Opening Reception - Friday, March 3, 2023 from 5-8 PM
Curator Gallery Talk - Saturday, March 11, 2023 from 11:30 AM
Family Day - Saturday, June 3, 2023 from 1-3 PM

In a world where power is king, the citizenship you hold is your key to access. The United States of America, the world’s superpower. A country many seek to live the “American Dream,” but what does that look like?

“How does a country leave such a large cultural imprint on the world, with so many residents culturally unaware? Over the past decade, the United States has rapidly begun to reveal its knack for division. With our human rights, health and mental well-being constantly in jeopardy, many residents question the value of their citizenship and the loyalty of this country to its people. With a growing number of exoduses, one can only wonder how long this nation will watch its future unravel. Do we have the resiliency to unite, heal and grow together?” – Sam Kirk, curator.

"Citizen," curated by Chicago artist Sam Kirk, explores the complex perspective of residents of the US as many communities struggle for justice, freedom and basic human rights. The exhibit focuses on excluded histories of marginalized communities and the current state of our residents as we all face the realities of climate change and political setbacks.

All artwork in the exhibition is by BIPOC, LGBTQ and FEMME creatives.

Sam Kirk is Chicago based multidisciplinary artist, who explores culture and identity politics. Her artwork focuses on 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 in narratives that share the journeys that have made them who they are.

Artwork Shown: Brittany Maldonado, Blossom, 2020, Paper and acrylic on cardstock, 28x22”