Local Artist Returns Home For Book Signing


A former O’Gorman student is making a name for himself in the art world. Sam Kalda is back in Sioux Falls  to hold a signing for his own published book, called “Of Cats and Men”.  We sat down with him to learn more about his journey.

Sam Kalda has done freelance jobs for some pretty big names.

“I’ve done work for West Elm, Vogue, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal. A lot of publications,” said Kalda. 

Kalda recently graduated from FIT in New York City with his Masters in Fine Arts degree. His final project ended up going a lot farther than he expected.

“We had to come up with a project. I pitched a couple of ideas to my class. This idea of cat men throughout history just seemed to have legs, and it sort of evolved from there,” said Kalda. 

“Of Cats and Men” is now sold in bookstores across the country. Since being back in South Dakota for a few weeks, Kalda has been getting a lot of support from family and friends. He’s also receiving a lot of attention, which is something new.  

“Fun, it’s a little weird. But it’s fun,” said Kalda. 

To young artists, Kalda says work on perfecting your craft and don’t be afraid to keep going when times are tough.

“Staying with art and pursuing it has given me a lot of opportunities that I’m still shocked by in some ways, but it’s been good,” said Kalda. 

Kalda’s book signing will be at Zandbroz from 2 to 4 Saturday afternoon.

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