My aesthetic sensibilities come from photography and mixed media arts which have been an integral part of my life for the past two decades.
In my process of creating, no matter what the subject, I connect with it viscerally before capture, construction and presentation. I am guided by an unseen hand which compels me to experiment with such vastly diverse media as paper, wood, fabric, glass, clay and aluminum.
I invite you into my world of inquiry, innovation and inspiration.
“Legacy” African American History Month 2017 Art Exhibition;
3rd Biennial Maryland Regional Juried Art Exhibition presented by University of Maryland University College;
African American History Month 2016 Art Exhibition And Still We Rise curated by Llewellyn Berry;
Feb-March 2016 Carnaval — Celebrations of the African Diaspora curated by Carol Dyson (Black Artists of DC) and Carolyn Goodridge (ArtImpact USA);
May-July The Battle of and For the Black Face Boy curated by Carol Dyson (Black Artists of DC);
The Department of State’s ART in Embassies Program 2010 Desk Diary “Homage to African-American Artists”,
2010 Friendship Heights Village News – Vol. 24, No. 9, Black Artists of DC 2010 catalog “The Black Exhibit”
Gloria C Kirk is a native Washingtonian who spent most of her adult life overseas as a Foreign Service Officer serving in Bogota, Colombia; Lagos, Nigeria; Monrovia, Liberia; Colombo, Sri Lanka and Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo). Using her skills as a professional photographer, she enhances much of her fine, conceptual and mixed media art. Through the Arts in Embassies Program, five of her images have adorned the residences of the Ambassadors in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Freetown, Sierra Leone.
She has exhibited in Sao Paulo, Brazil; Havana, Cuba; Accra, Ghana; Washington, DC; Decorah, Iowa; Atlanta, Georgia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Chevy Chase and Laurel, Maryland; and Alexandria, Virginia. Her works was part of the nationwide, traveling exhibition, “Saturday Night, Sunday Morning” of Dr. Deborah Willis.The DC Commission on Arts and Humanities acquired seven of her works. Gloria received a Certificate of Meritorious Recognition for “For Hire” in the exhibition “Black” presented by Black Artists of DC.
The Exposure Group nominated her for the Mayor’s Arts Award in the category of “Outstanding Emerging Artist”. Ms. Kirk was recognized as “Best In Show” by the Graham Collection’s National Fine Art in Miniature Exhibition (Jurors Lilian Thomas Burwell and Frank Smith). She was one of three featured artists in the 12th Anniversary Extravaganza of the Graham Collection, in Washington, D.C. She has received eight first-place, or best in show awards in various FotoCraft competitions.