Sam Gilliam

Biography

Sam Gilliam

Sam Gilliam was born on November 30, 1933 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He moved with his family to Kentucky as a child and he graduated from the University of Louisville with his bachelor’s degree in 1955. Already a promising artist, he had his first solo exhibition that year at the University. Gilliam went on to receive his master’s of Fine Arts from the University of Louisville in 1961.