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Pure Michigan

Stories of Us: Transforming Communities Through Art

Now - September 3
M-F, 9:00AM - 7:00PM, Weekends 10:00AM - 7:00PM
Free Admission
Featuring works by 
Rubén Aguirre, Andy Bellomo, Sam Kirk and Miguel A. Del Real

Meet urban artists Rubén Aguirre, Andy Bellomo, Miguel Del Real, and Sam Kirk -- each using their art as a means of creating community. In this exhibition they share individual works along with a collaborative mural made for the SCA’s Gallery.

Rubén, Andy, Miguel, and Sam believe art is a transformative tool. Their work encourages unity and their pieces reveal deep stories interwoven with optimism and a better understanding of people; their culture, their identity, and their circumstances.

All four artists grew up in Chicago neighborhoods, and remain deeply committed to building community (both literally and metaphorically). All create Street Art as well as works for exhibitions and galleries.

By featuring the colorful, story-drenched works of ​Rubén, Andy, Miguel, and Sam in our Gallery (and outside on our building)​ we​'re affirming the legacy of our community -- celebrating our deep love of creativity and openness to all people. The art in this exhibition also serves as a platform for positive discussion, learning, and connections throughout the summer.

Rubén Aguirre is a Chicago-based painter who has transitioned from graffiti artist to abstract painter/contemporary muralist. He has produced a number of murals in the Chicago area, New York, Berlin, Mexico DF, Guadalajara, Memphis, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Denver, Amsterdam, San Juan, Aguadilla and recently Brazil.  His work is an intersection of abstract graffiti, design, and contemporary muralism.  

Andy Bellomo is a mixed media artist, applying her perspective with acrylic, stained glass, repurposed objects and spray paint. Andy has exhibited at the Marran Gallery (Cambridge, MA), the Joffrey Ballet Studio and the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago as well as Studio 659 in Whiting Indiana.

Sam Kirk creates paintings  and murals, using art to provoke people to feel, see or understand things differently. Recognized for her public art and solo shows in Chicago, Sam has exhibited in New York, Miami, Washington DC, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis. She was recently selected to design the Chicago Made space during the 2015 SXSW conference, won the Curator’s Choice award for the 2014 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.

Miguel Del Real’s  art illustrates mostly black line work contrasted with colorful accents and original designs influenced by pre-Columbian and Indigenous patterns, as well as calligraphy and urban art. Miguel works with mediums including sumi ink, aerosol, acrylic paint, and utilizes fine art techniques of drawing, painting, and printmaking.  Del Real art can be recognized as large-scale public mural installations in Rogers Park, Logan Square and Little Village neighborhoods of Chicago, as well as in Brooklyn New York and Oaxaca City Mexico.  Also, Miguel A. Del Real has experience collaborating with other Artists and has exhibited for various solo and group exhibitions at Pilsen Outpost, Galerie F, Chicago Truborn, and the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Sponsored by: Bud Baty & Max Matteson, Debra Minton & Terri Osborne, Lori & Keith Hayward, Marlo & Tom Byrne/Barbara Bradley Baekgaard Family Foundation