Steve Lambert

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About Steve

Steve Lambert has worked alongside artists and activists in 16 countries on 4 continents helping them to effect power. Trained in the arts, he is known for large scale, public projects that engage new audiences on difficult topics through the social science of comedy, games, theater, and democratic participation.

Lambert is the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Artistic Activism, a research and training institute to help activists be more creative and artists to be more effective.

As an artist, Lambert’s work has been shown everywhere from art galleries to protest marches to Times Square, both nationally and internationally, featured in four documentary films, and over two dozen books, and collected by museums and The Library of Congress. Lambert has presented at the United Nations several times. His research is included in a United Nations report on the impact of advertising on cultural rights and the basis of a book on popular understandings of capitalism.

Over the past five years he’s focused on working with sex workers on campaigns for human rights, fighting for safe consumption spaces with people who use drugs like heroin and methamphetamine, and working with Treatment Action Group battling pharmaceutical companies over pricing for HEP-C treatments.

He is Associate Professor of New Media at SUNY Purchase College.

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Scrimshaw Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture: Steve Lambert at The Sage Colleges, 3/23 February 15, 2020

Scrimshaw Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture: Steve Lambert at The Sage Colleges, 3/23

I’ll be giving the Scrimshaw Distinguished Visiting Artist Lecture at the Sage Colleges on Monday March 23 at

Chapter in DESIGN (&) ACTIVISM February 03, 2020

Chapter in DESIGN (&) ACTIVISM

Stephen Duncombe and I have a chapter in the new book DESIGN (&) ACTIVISM, the first title in

Frank Gathering 2020 January 22, 2020

Frank Gathering 2020

I’ll be speaking at the Frank Gathering, February 4-7 in Gainsville Florida. I used the art department at

LARMAGAZINE #38 September 15, 2019
With a Little Help from My Friends at Charlie James Gallery September 14, 2019

With a Little Help from My Friends at Charlie James Gallery

With A Little Help From My Friends A Benefit for Bryan Chagolla September 14 – October 26, 2019

508 at Seattle City Hall August 25, 2019

508 at Seattle City Hall

508 is the number of people who have died from overdose in the city since the county’s Opioid

Delays Mean Deaths site August 18, 2019

Delays Mean Deaths site

In 2016, the The King County Heroin and Prescription Opiate Addiction Task Force unanimously approved a recommendation to

Open Ocean Exhibition at Mystic Seaport Museum August 14, 2019

Open Ocean Exhibition at Mystic Seaport Museum

I have a work, “SAND OCEAN SKY – The Commons” included in Mary Mattingly‘s exhibition at the Mystic

Keynote and “Capitalism Works for Me” at NEoN Digital Arts Festival, Scotland August 11, 2019

Keynote and “Capitalism Works for Me” at NEoN Digital Arts Festival, Scotland

I’ll be in Scotland this September presenting Capitalism Works For Me! True/False at the NEoN Festival (Northeast of

Laser cut case for HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Sonar Sensor July 27, 2019

Laser cut case for HC-SR04 Ultrasonic Sonar Sensor

This is part of a bigger project we’re working on for the Center for Artistic Activism. Everything is

May 16, 2019

Co-operatives as a tool to fight economic inequality

Ok, full transparency: this is a failed funding proposal. I wrote it as a long-shot for an RFP calling for new and radical ideas to