Steve Lambert

wrote a book!!!



P.O. Box 543 Beacon, NY 12508

Grants, Awards, & Residencies
Solo Exhibitions
Group Exhibitions
Selected Public Art Works & Projects
Curatorial Projects
Authored Works
Press and Media Appearances
Performances & Lectures

Grants, Awards, and Residencies

Organization Grant, Open Society Foundations, 2019-21 (for Center for Artistic Activism)
Project Grant, Action Aid Denmark, 2019, (for C4AA West Africa Creative Action Team)
Decompression Summer Camp Residency (Leader) | Corniolo Art Platform, Italy
Blue Mountain Center Residency
Project Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, 2017 (for the Art Action Academy).
Organization Grant, David Rockefeller Fund, 2017 (for Center for Artistic Activism)
Project Grant, Health Media Initiative, Open Society Foundations, 2017 (for the Center for Artistic Activism).
Project Grant, LUSH Charitable Giving Program, 2017 (for How to Win: The Art of Activism).
Finalist, Democracy Innovation Award, World Forum for Democracy, Council of Europe, 2017 (for School of Creative Activism, 2nd place)
Participant Grant, Peacebuilding Practice Artists’ Assembly, British Council, 2016
Project Grant, National Endowment for the Arts, 2016 (for the Art Action Academy)
Project Grant, Health Media Initiative, Open Society Foundations, 2016 (for the Center for Artistic Activism)
Project Grant, LUSH Charitable Giving Program, 2016 (for the School for Creative Activism)
Organization Grant, Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Art and Social Justice Initiative, 2016 (for Center for Artistic Activism)
Research Grant, Compton Foundation, 2015 (for Arts & Activism Efficacy Project)
University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign | Unit One/Allen Hall Guest-in-Residence
Project Grant, Health Media Initiative, Open Society Foundations, 2015 (for the School for Creative Activism/Europe and Africa)
Open Society Foundations Health Media Initiative Grant (for Center for Artistic Activism)
Visual Arts Network Community Fund Artist Residency | Space 111, Birmingham AL
Topol Faculty Development Award | State University of New York, Purchase College
Art Matters Foundation Grant
Open Society Foundations Health Media Initiative Grant (for Center for Artistic Activism)
Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, Iowa | Visual Arts Network (VAN) Artist Residency
Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM | Artist Residency for Half-Life Exhibition
Space One Eleven, Birmingham, AL | Visual Arts Network (VAN) Artist Residency
Institutional Grant | A Blade of Grass (for Center for Artistic Activism Book Project)
Open Society Foundations Democracy and Power Grant (for Center for Artistic Activism)
SPACES, Cleveland, OH | SPACES World Artist Program – Artist Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts | 2010 Bridge Residency
Open Society Institute Grant, 2010-2011 (for the School for Creative Activism)
Prix Ars Electronica | Award of Distinction
Lower East Side Printshop | Special Editions Residency
Eyebeam Art & Technology Center | Senior Fellowship
San Francisco Weekly | Best Public Art of 2008
Turbulence Commission | for ABSML with Jeff Crouse
Rhizome Commission for AddArt | Member Selection
Eyebeam Art & Technology Center | Senior Fellowship
Eyebeam Art & Technology Center | OpenLab R&D Fellowship
Creative Work Fund | Visual Art Award | for The Anti-Advertising Agency
California Arts Council Residency Grant | Artist In Residence
San Mateo Times | Father’s Day Draw Your Dad Contest | 1st Prize


NeON Digital Arts Festival | Dundee, Scotland
Melbourne Festival of Live Art | Capitalism Works For Me! True/False
Melbourne Fringe Festival | Capitalism Works For Me! True/False
White Night Festival | Geelong, Australia
Fierce Festival | Birmingham, UK
VIVID Festival (Speaker) | Sydney, Australia
2Degrees Festival | Arts Admin, London
Conflux Festival | New York University
INCUBATE Festival | Tilburg, Holland, The Netherlands
Piemonte Share Festival, Torino Italy
Centre de Cultura Contemporánia de Barcelona | “OFFF Festival” | w/ Graffiti Research Lab

Solo Exhibitions

Connecticut College | Capitalism Works For Me! True/False
Dowd Gallery, SUNY Cortland, NY | Capitalism Works For Me! True/False
Space One Eleven, Birmingham AL | Public Forum
Times Square, NYC | Capitalism Works For Me! True/False
Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids IA | Capitalism Works For Me! True/False
Charlie James Gallery, LA CA | “It’s Time to Fight”
San Diego Museum of Art | Capitalism Works For Me! True/False
Real Art Ways, Hartford CT | Capitalism Works For Me! True/False
SPACES, Cleveland OH | “Capitalism Works For Me”
Pulse Miami Art Fair | IMPULSE Solo Feature with Charlie James Gallery
Charles James Gallery, Los Angeles CA | “Everything You Want Right Now!”
McBean Project Space at the San Francisco Art Institute, SF CA | Offices of the Anti-Advertising Agency

Selected Group Exhibitions

Open Ocean | Mystic Seaport Museum, Mystic CT
Marx@2000 | SPACE and Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA
20/20 Hindsight | SPACES, Cleveland OH
Give Us The Vote | ArtsWestchester Gallery, NY
Times Square(d): Theater of the Absurd | Theatre of Nations New Space, Moscow
AgitProp! | Brooklyn Museum, Sackler Center for Feminist Art
Corpocracy | Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston TX
EXPO Chicago Art Fair
A Prologue to the Past and Present State of Things | Delfina Foundation, London
Manifest: Justice | Los Angeles
Resistance and Revolution | Gund Gallery, Kenyon College
Off the Grid | EN EM Art Space, Sacramento CA
CAFK+A Biennial | Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Dirge: Reflections [on Life] and Death | Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
I AM: Money Matters | Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids MI
FORM.PERFORM.REFORM | Generator Projects, Dundee, Scotland
Kickstarter Blockparty | Kickstarter Headquarters, NY
Unrest: Art, Activism, & Revolution | Helen Day Art Center
(con)TEXT | Sharon Arts Center of the New Hampshire Institute of Art
Turning FACT inside out | Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool UK
Dallas Art Fair
Cartographies of Hope: Change Narratives | DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
POISON GREEN | Czech Center New York
Word on the Street: Image, Language, Signage | Center for Book and Paper Arts, Columbia College, Chicago
Sharper Image | Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, NYC
We’ll Make Out Better Than Okay | The Charlotte Street Foundation’s La Esquina Gallery, Kansas City, MO
Decordova Biennial | Decordova Museum, Lincoln MA
Enacting Populism | Kadist Foundation, Paris
MINUS SPACE en Oaxaca: Panorama de 31 artistas internacionales, Multiple Cultural Venues, Oaxaca, Mexico
Half Life: Patterns of Change | Santa Fe Art Institute
Capital Offense: The End(s) of Capitalism | Beacon Arts Building, Los Angeles
Intra Country: Patriotic Expressions | Gallery Kayafas, Boston
Required Reading: Printed Material as Agent of Intervention | The Center for Book Arts Gallery
Co- Re-Creating Spaces | CentraTrak at UT Dallas
Cartographies of Hope: Change Narratives | DOX Center for Contemporary Art, Prague
Project Art Fair, Miami
Art in the Age of Truthiness | Site Santa Fe July 8, 2012—January 6, 2013, Minneapolis Institute of Arts March —1—June 9, 2013
Creative Time’s Living as Form
SPACES, Cleveland OH | Capitalism Works For Me!
The Harlem Stage, NYC | A Celebration of Revolution and the Vision of a New World
Charlie James Gallery and Marine, Los Angeles | If These Walls Could Talk group show
Portland Art Museum, Portland Maine | False Documents and Other Illusions
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NYC | “Short Term Deviation”
Just Art 2010 | NY CLU Benefit
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, CA | HollywoodMerchmART! curated by Emma Grey
Park Life, SF CA | “this is the book I have written for you”
U.Turn Art Space, Cinncinati OH | Palling Around with Socialists
Eyebeam Art and Technology Center | Re:Group: Beyond Models of Consensus
Barbara Seiler Galerie, Zurich | Drawings curated by Marcel van Eeden
Lower East Side Printshop | EDITIONS ’10
San Francisco Fine Art Fair
NEXT Exhibition, Chicago
The Arts Guild of Rahway, NJ | Moolah: An Exhibit About Money
Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek | SF Arts Commission Art on Market Street Project
Schroeder Romero Gallery, NYC | Play It Forward
Gallery Alfero, NJ | Camera Chimera
OK Centre, Linz, Austria | Ars Electronica Award Exhibition
Jen Bekman Gallery, NY | Summer Reading
Weatherspoon Art Museum | Our Subject Is You
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art | It’s Not Us, It’s You
FACT, Liverpool | Climate for Change
The Vera List Center at Parsons The New School for Design | Ours: Democracy in the Age of Branding
Park Avenue Armory/Creative Time | Democracy In America: The National Campaign
The Hunterdon Museum of Art, Clinton, NJ | The House That Sprawl Built
Articule – Viva Art Action Montreal | Black Market Type & Print Shop Poster Series
International Guerilla Video Festival, Milan, Italy
The Audacity of Desperation | Urbana Champaign IMC, traveled to PS 122 Gallery at DEMO Space 122
Whitney Museum of American Art | Whitney Biennial – collaboration with Neighborhood Public Radio
Catharine Clark Gallery, SF, CA | “Wish You Were Here: Postcards from our Awesome Future” prints
20th Dallas Video Festival | “Tech-Art Activism: A Video Art Collection curated by Carolyn Sortor”
Eyebeam, NY NY | “Source Code: 10th Anniversary Show”
American Film Institute, LA, CA | “Pixelodeon 2007” | curated by Kenyatta Cheese
YBCA, SF CA | Collective Foundation
Federation Square Big Screen, Melbourne Australia | “Caught on Tape”
The Lab, SF CA | “Corporate Identity”
Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival | for the Samaras Project (with Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee)
Glowlab Conflux 2006 | Brooklyn, NY | with Sara Dierck and Michael Dodge as Anti-Advertising Agency
The Lab, SF CA | “Some Assembly Required” curated by Michael Arcega and Stephen Wolf
Catharine Clark Gallery, SF CA | with Packard Jennings as Anti-Advertising Agency
The New Gallery, Calgary Alberta CANADA | Shopdropping
Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands | 2005 Rotterdam VHS Festival
POND Gallery, SF CA | Shopdropping
Haley Martin Gallery, SF CA | Sprawl
The Luggage Store | “A Spoonful of Sugar”
Mission 17, SF CA | “Budget Gallery Allstars”
New Langton Arts, SF CA | Underwear Party
stART at Judson Church, NY NY | “Breaking News”
Luggage Store Gallery, SF CA | “NO WAR”
Detroit Museum of New Art, Detroit MI | “Ground Zero”
Theater for the New City, NY NY | “Counting Coup”
Center for Social Change, Northhampton MA | “Counting Coup”
Havana, Cuba | 7th Havana Biennial | “Paladar”

Selected Public Art Works & Projects

“508” | Temporary Memorial for Seattle Overdose Deaths (with C4AA) | Seattle City Hall
“Capitalism Works For Me! True/False” | Temporary public art installation touring Cleveland, Boston, Hartford, Santa Fe, San Diego, Los Angeles, New York City, Holland, Manchester, London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Melbourne, and other cities.
“PUBLIC FORUM” | Space One Eleven, Birmingham AL
“THE END” | video billboard art project | Toronto, Canada
“TODAY WE ARE ALIVE” | Billboard, Kitchener ONT
“It’s Time to Fight” Billboard | Print & Paste, Manchester, England
“CLOSE YOUR EYES AND IMAGINE” | video billboard art project | Toronto, Canada
“I Want You To Have This” | Edition of 80 with subscription art service, The Present Group
“It’s Time to Fight” WaffleShop Billboard | Pittsburgh PA
Viva Art Action Montreal | Black Market Type & Print Shop | Posters pasted around Montreal in conjunction with exhibition
San Francisco Arts Commission Art on Market Street Poster Series
Davis Art Commission, Davis CA | Welcoming Committee performance | Curated by Renny Pritikin
The Steve Lambert Show | series of bi-weekly experimental public affairs radio programs on KDVS radio.

Curatorial Projects

Public Energy Art Kit with Post Carbon Institute
Add-Art/Addendum | Browser plugin that replaces online advertising with art
WhyTheyHate.US | Online
The Budget Gallery | San Francisco and Los Angeles
Adeline Kent Award | “Gail Wight: The Evolution of Disarticulation” | Walter McBean Gallery

Authored Works

Chapter with Stephen Duncombe, DESIGN (&) ACTIVISM, Mimesis International
“Why Facebook Is a Waste of Time—and Money—for Arts Nonprofits” | Artnet News, February 23, 2018,
“Artistic Activism,” with Stephen Duncombe, in Routledge Companion to Media and Activism, Graham Meikle, ed. London: Routledge, 2018
“Fail better: An interview with the Center for Artistic Activism: Alix Camacho interviews Steve Duncombe and Steve Lambert” in Art As Social Action, edited by Gegory Sholette and Chloe Bass, Allworth Press
“Lessons from Utopia,” with Stephen Duncombe, Visual Inquiry: Learning & Teaching Art, 6:2, 2017. pp. 253–72
Chapter author, “Artist as Cultural Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life,” edited by Sharon Louden, Intellect Press, 2017.
“And What Do I Do Now? Using Data Visualization For Social Change” | Response for the Responsible Data Forum on Data Visualization
“An Artist Reflects on When to Walk Away” | Creative Time Reports, September 18, 2015,
“On Utopia,” chapter for Keri Smith’s “The Imaginary World of…” Perigee Trade/Penguin Books, 2014
“No One Wants to Watch a Drum Circle” The Sun (Literary Journal), May 2014, Issue 461, p13
“No Longer Interested” | published on A Blade of Grass’ Growing Dialogue online platform,, April 1, 2014
“Is Capitalism Working for You?” | Creative Time Reports, April 7, 2014,
“Is There a Place for Satire and Comedy Within Socially Engaged Art?” chapter for “The Questions We Ask Together” edited by Gemma-Rose Turnbull, OE in Print, 2014
“Activist Art: Does it Work?” | co-written with Stephen Duncombe for Open! Magazine (Netherlands), October 1, 2013
Chapter on “Drum Circle Theory” for “Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution” OR Books,
“An Open Letter to Critics Writing About Political Art” | co-written with Stephen Duncombe for the Center for Artistic Activism,
Chapter on Add-Art for “NetWorks: Case Studies in Web Art and Design” edited by xtine burrough, Routledge, 2011
“On Fucking The System” | introduction for Abbie Hoffman’s “Fuck The System” for Wooden Leg Press
“The Yes Men” BOMB Magazine, Spring 2009
Contributor | Joey Skaggs’
Contributor | Stay Free! Daily


  • Mystic Seaport Museum
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • Michael Hardt
  • Sheldon Museum of Art
  • Library of Congress
  • Progressive Insurance Collection
  • Lynda and Stewart Resnick Collection
  • Rhizome/The New Museum
  • Center for Book Arts, New York City


Anuradha Vikram, Decolonizing Culture: Essays on the Intersection of Arts and Politics, Art Practical + Sming Sming Books
Christian W. Chun, The Discourses of Capitalism: Everyday Economists and the Production of Common Sense, Routledge/Taylor & Francis
Alain Bieber, Planet B: Ideas for a New World, Koenig Books
Sarah Cook (ed), Information (Documents of Contemporary Art), Whitechapel Gallery
Social Design: Public Action, University of Applied Arts, Vienna
Elizabeth Herrmann and Ryan Shelley , CO-LAB: Collaborative Design Survey, BIS Publishers
Anthony Downey, Art & Politics Now, Thames & Hudson
Sophia A. McClennen and Remy Maisel, Is Satire Saving Our Nation?: Mockery and American Politics, Palgrave Macmillan
Jorell A. Melendez Badillo and Nathan J. Jun, Without Borders or Limits: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Anarchist Studies, Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, Speculative Everything, The MIT Press, 2013 p. 41
Slanted, BRIGHT! Typography between Illustration and Art, DAAB Books
The F.A.T. Manual, Link Editions, Brescia 2013.
Ramia Mazé et al. Share This Book, Axl Books
Jorinde Seijdel (Editor), Liesbeth Melis (Editor), Merijn Oudenampsen (Editor), Open 20: The Populist Imagination, NAi Publishers, Pgs 27-37
Iaspis, DESIGN ACT Socially and politically engaged design today — critical roles and emerging tactics, Sternberg Press
Dalton Conley, You may Ask Yourself: An Introduction to Thinking Like a Sociologist, 2e., W. W. Norton & Company
burrough (Editor), NetWorks: Case Studies in Web Art and Design, Routledge
Marc and Sara Schiller, TRESSPASS A History of Uncomissioned Urban Art, Taschen Press
Patrick Frank, Prebles’ Artforms, 10th edition, Prentice Hall, pg. 447
Stéphanie Lemoine, Artivisme: Art, Action Politique et Résistance Culterelle, Editions Alternatives
The Yes Men Activity book/Keep It Slick, Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University
Alexander Alberro and Blake Stimson (editors), Institutional Critique, MIT Press
Annice Jacoby (editor) Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo! Abrams Press
xtine borrough and Michael Mandiberg, Digital Foundations Intro to Media Design, AIGA/New Riders
Geoff Manaugh, The BLDGBLOG Book, Chronicle Books
Russell Howze, Stencil Nation, Manic D Press, Inc.
Nato Thompson (editor), A Guide to Democracy in America Creative Time Books
Keri Smith, The Guerilla Art Kit, Princeton Architectural Press
David A. Lauer and Stephen Pentak, Design Basics 7th Edition, Wadsworth Publishing
Josh MacPhee, Stencil Pirates Soft Skull Press

Press & Media Appearances

Becca Savransky, “‘508’: Remembering lives lost from drug overdoses in Seattle” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, September 4, 2019
Tim Harris, “Director’s Corner: A successful approach to addiction demands political courage and compassion” Real Change, August 21, 2019
LAR Magazine #38 | “Capitalism”
TV 21 Macedonia | “‘??? ????’: ???????? ??????? ?? ???????” June 9, 2018
ABC’s The Mix | “Does Capitalism Work For You,” television feature
Matthew Westwood, “Festival Art Gives the West a Run for its Money,” The Australian, March 14, 2018
ABC Radio National | The Drawing Room | March 15, 2018
ABC Radio Melbourne | The Conversation Hour | March 20, 2018
KIRO News | “Supporters of safe injection sites distribute information in Seattle,” Feb 7, 2018
Melissa Hellmann, “Nurses Push For Progress on Local Safe Consumption Sites,” Seattle Weekly, February 8, 2018
Dave Segal, “Local Music Community to Support Safe Consumption Spaces in Seattle,” The Stranger (Seattle), Jan 31, 2018
Tony Huffman, “The Artist as Cultural Producer, a Defense of New Media, and Re-Shaping Public Attitudes about Contemporary Art,” ÆQAI, September 23rd, 2017
Phyllis Korkki, “How to Make the Most of Your Workday”, The New York Times, March 20, 2017
Paul Buchheit, “How 90% of American Households Lost an Average of $17,000 in Wealth to the Plutocrats in 2016”,, March 6, 2017
Pamela Duncan, Monica Ulmanu and Daan Louter, “How to finish a novel: tracking a book’s progress from idea to completion,” The Guardian, March 20, 2017
Steven Friess, “How Betsy DeVos Became an Unexpected Champion of LGBTQ Art,” The Daily Beast, September 30, 2017
2 Beers In Podcast | “Steve Lambert”
2 Beers In Podcast | “Art and Activism”
Al Jazeera’s The Stream | “Art and Activism Part 2”
Al Jazeera’s The Stream | “Art and Activism”
Andrew Salomone, “Need More Activism In Your Art? Look No Further Than This Center,” The Creator’s Project
Team Human Podcast with Douglas Rushkoff | “Episode 11: Steve Lambert”
ABC Radio (Australia) | Interviews and discussions on 3 different broadcasts surrounding VIVID Festival
ABC Television (Australia) | Interview with Natalie Jeremijenko about VIVID Festival
Michael Hardt, “Collectors: The Philosophers — On Recent Acquisitions”, Aperture Magazine #222
Molly Glentzer, “Exhibit of works by activist artists is subversive, thoughtful, hilarious” Houston Chronicle, January 29, 2016
Paul Mullan, “Corpocracy: Engaged Art In Practice”, January 4, 2016
Systematic Podcast, Episode 151
BBC Television “BBC Newsnight” September 21, 2015
Ben Davis “Ben Davis Picks His 10 Best Booths at a Bubbling Expo Chicago 2015” Artnet News September 18, 2015
Rachel Corbett “Slow and steady wins the race at Expo Chicago” September 18, 2015
Alanna Martinez “Expo Chicago Sports Art From Every Genre, at Every Price Point” Chicago Observer September 18, 2015
BBC World Service Radio “World Business Report” July 23, 2015
Andrew Simms “Why climate action needs the arts” June 4, 2015
Mustafah Amalah, “Sex At the Specs – Sex Workers Protest in Sea Point” African Seer, April 7, 2015
Abigail McDougall, “Sex at the specs: Sex workers protest in Sea Point” Ground Up (South Africa), April 7, 2015
News 24 (South Africa), “Sisonke Sex at the Specs” April 9, 2015
Anuradha Vikram, “The Business End of Art” March 25, 2015
Fifth Estate staff, “Fifth Estate Shorts” Fifth Estate Magazine, Spring 2015
Siscu Baiges, “Activistes internacionals denuncien a l’Hospital del Mar el cost dels tractaments contra l’hepatitis C” El Diario (Spain), December 18, 2014
Cristela Briones, “Gratis hablaré con quien sea, sobre lo que sea” El Mañana (Mexico), November 24, 2014
Lee DeVito, “ArtPrize finalist Steve Lambert pledges to donate all winnings to LGBT group” MetroTimes Detroit, October 10, 2014
WZZM 13 Grand Rapids “Citing politics, ArtPrize finalist turns down money if he wins” October 10, 2014
Alex Greenberger, “Finalist Steve Lambert Says ‘No Thanks’ to ArtPrize”, October 10, 2014
Michael H. Hodges, “ArtPrize finalist vows to give money away” The Detroit News, October 10, 2014
Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk, “ArtPrize finalist says he would turn over DeVos prize money to LGBT fund”, October 10, 2014
Cait Munro, “ArtPrize Finalist Steve Lambert Doesn’t Want the Money (UPDATED)” ArtNet News, October 10, 2014
Walter Lewellyn, “The Fine Art of Democracy” WELD, Birmingham AL, September 4, 2014
Andrew Yeager, “Art Walk: Public Forum” WBHM Radio, September 4, 2014
Michael Huebner, “Signs of the times: Artist Steve Lambert aims to spark meaningful discussions at ArtWalk”, August 31st, 2014
Iana Robitaille, “On the Cover: Steve Lambert” Chronogram Magazine, August 2014
Regine Debatty, “Interview with the Center for Creative Activism”, March 17, 2014
Jennifer Schuessler, “Times Square Art Project Keeps Score on Capitalism” The New York Times, September 21, 2013
Future Tense Radio Program, “Pranks and Tricksters” Australian Broadcasting Corporation, February 3, 2013
Alicia Eler, “Critic’s Pick” Art Forum, December 2013
Marty Carlock, “Steve Lambert” Sculpture Magazine, p66, April 2013
New Yorker Magazine, September 28, 2013
Gisele Regatao, “Capitalism Works for Me: True or False? New Yorkers Say False” WNYC Radio, September 20, 2013
Margot Adler, “Does Capitalism Work? A True/False Quiz In Times Square” NPR Weekend Edition, October 5, 2013
Mary Louise Schumacher, “Steve Lambert blinkering on Lake Drive” Milwaukee Journal Sentinal, April 5, 2013.
Polina Dubik, “Dictionary of Modern Art” Harper’s Bazaar Art Russia, April 2013
Ilene Strizver “TypeTalk: Steve Lambert’s Typography for Social Change”, January 16, 2013
“Capitalism Test: Artist wants to know if capitalism is working for Americans” Cedar Rapids Gazette, June 17, 2013 Page 10A
Heather Hubbs, “Public Work of Art Asks: Does Capitalism Work for You?” KCRG 9 Cedar Rapids Television, Jun 16, 2013
Michelle Corless, “Artwork on capitalism asks audience for answer” KWWL Cedar Rapids Television, Jun 17, 2013
Ben Kieffer, “World Food Prize and Capitalism on Trial” Iowa Public Radio, June 21, 2013
Kyle Petreycik, “Giant, Interactive “Capitalism Works for Me” Sign Coming to Times Square” Animal New York, September 5, 2013
Candice Bernd, “Art as Resistance: New York Festival Crosses the Line”, September 14, 2013
“The Approval Matrix: Week of September 16, 2013” New York Magazine, Sep 8, 2013
Christine Jun, “Top ten deserving data visionaries”, October 1, 2013
Christopher Robbins, “Times Square Art Installation Wants Your Opinion On Capitalism” Sep 12, 2013
Liz Stinson, “Clever Digital Sign Asks You to Vote ‘Yes!’ for Capitalism” September 17, 2013
Jeremy M. Barker “Crossing the Line 2013: At the Intersection of Social Practice and Inter-Disciplinary Art”, September 19, 2013
Leah Gonzalez, “Artist Steve Lambert’s Capitalism Works For Me lets passersby take a stand by hitting a ‘true’ or ‘false’ button”, September 20, 2013
Kyle Petreycik, “‘Capitalism Works for Me!’ Interactive Sign Turns on in Times Square” Animal New York, September 20, 2013
Zinta Lundborg, “NYC Weekend: Vampires, Vote for Capitalism, Anna Nicole” Bloomburg Business Week, September 20, 2013
Zach Brown “Does capitalism work for you? Vote in Times Square” The Midtown Gazette, October 9th, 2013
Erin Bylander, “The art is in the mail” The Washington Post, October 10
Karin Kamp, “Does Capitalism Work for You?”, October 11, 2013
Roberta Smith, “Burying the Lede: News as Art” New York Times, October 17, 2013
Harriet Fraad and Richard Wolff, “Capitalism Works (or Not) for Me” October 18, 2013
Social Text Journal #114 – Cover Image
Paul Eeles, “Art and politics collide at FACT this Summer” Bay TV Liverpool, May 16, 2013
Mike Pinnington, “Artist takeover turns FACT Liverpool inside out”, June 8, 2013
Catherine Jones, “Turning FACT Inside Out marks the venue’s 10th birthday” Liverpool Echo, June 10, 2013
Lauren Strain, “Glitch in the Matrix: FACT Turns Ten”, June 10, 2013
Laura Davis, “INTERVIEW: What to expect from the exhibition Turning FACT Inside Out” Liverpool Daily Post, June 13, 2013
Robin Brown, “Review: Turning FACT Inside Out”, June 13, 2013
Jade-Elizabeth Masters, “FACT celebrates 10th birthday with Turning FACT Inside Out exhibition” Purple Revolver, June 14, 2013
Turning FACT Inside Out,
Quakes and capitalism in Turning FACT Inside Out,, June 18, 2013
Rob Wilkes, “Turning FACT Inside Out at FACT Liverpool”
Susanna Davies-Crook “Art News Hun & Drawn: FACT’s anniversary…”, June 29, 2013
Drank Swain, “We went to Liverpool for TURNING FACT INSIDE OUT” Arcfinity, July 2, 2013
Matteo Cremonesi, “404 error: not found” Artribune (Italy), March 8, 2013
Jason Sims Puts Your In Your Place Podcast
The Best Show on WFMU, September 17, 2013
WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio – interview during local segment on Morning Edition
Boston Metro, “Artwork Capitalizes on Public Spaces, Feedback” p2, April 10, 2012
Francine Koslow Miller, “At the DeCordova Biennial, Dreams of Disneyland” Art in America, Jan 26th
Adam Stock, “Making Art in Dystopia,” Alluvium, Vol. 1, No. 3 (2012): n. pag. Web. 1 August 2012.
Shelley Leopold “Political Prankster Steve Lambert Brings His Interactive Signs to Charlie James Gallery” LA Weekly, September 20 2012
Stephen Truax, “Is This Free” ArtPulse Magazine
Rens Groenendijk, “Het Katern/Onzichtbaar” Eigen Huis & Interieur (Netherlands), October 2011, pg 271
Sam Gould, “Against Generosity, or: Steve Lambert and a Lot of Other People, Want Something From You,” Catalog essay for The Present Group,
Joseph Clark, “Patriot Games” Cleveland Scene Magazine, Sept 14, 2011
Steven Litt, “Spaces gallery kicks off Fall season with a slant toward conceptual art”, Cleveland Plain Dealer, August 26th
Rob Walker, “Implausible Futures for Unpopular Places”
John d’Addario, “The (Other) C-Word”
Paul Laster, “The Best Art Projects in the History of Kickstarter”
Sarah Hanley, Lower East Side Printshop’s Special Edition Residency 2010 Catalog essay, Lower East Side Printshop
Erin Lindholm, “New York’s Satellite Fairs: Bling, String, and Subversive Things”, March 10, 2010
Rachel Dry, The slackers’ guide to New Year’s resolutions, The Washington Post, January 3, 2010
Geez Magazine, Back Cover Image
Christopher Knight “Review: Steve Lambert at Charlie James Gallery” Los Angeles Times, May 15, 2009
Ben Marks “It’s Not Us, It’s You” KQED Arts, May 07, 2009
Fillip Magazine “Best Case Scenario” Winter 2009
Harper’s Magazine “The Times, They Are A-Changin'” January 2009
Paddy Johnson “Best of the Web 2008”, January 12, 2008
Jenna Wortham “Firefox Add-Ons Double as Art, Pranks and Fun” The New York Times Bits Blog, February 12, 2009
Carl Lavin, “Iraq War Ends (On Paper); Why real newspapers should take a lesson from a fake one.”
Nato Thompson (editor), “A Guide to Democracy in America” Creative Time Books
Geoff Manaugh, “Q&A” Dwell Magazine, October 2008, page 64
Andrew Adam Newman, “Profile: Steve Lambert.” AdWeek Magazine, June 30, 2008
Hamilton Nolan “Offers You Can’t Refuse: Get Paid to Quit the Advertising Industry!”, April 17 2008
Bryant Park Project “Dialog Over Public Advertising Gets Sticky” National Public Radio, April 2008
Lamar Clarkson “WikiBusiness” ArtNews, April 2008
Roberta Fallon “Come Play With Me” Philadelphia Weekly, January 23rd, 2008
Eliran Levy, Ma’ariv Weekend (Israel), p10,11 Jan 4, 2008
Michael Leaverton “World of Tomorrow” SF Weekly, Arts and Entertainment, November 14, 2007
Elizabeth Haines “”Windows and Wallpapering: Questions about Art, Technology and Poetic Interference” ModArt Magazine, October 2007
Merit Karise “Interview with Steve Lambert” Estonian Ekspress (Estonia), August 30, 2007
Stefano Caldana “Llega el plugin art para Firefox El País, CiberPaís9, July 9, 2007
CBC News “Banner ads spur positive responses, study finds” CBC News Online, May 15, 2007
Andrew Adam Newman “Web Fight: Blocking Ads and Adding Art” New York Times, C8, May 14, 2007
Florencia Werchowsky “La protesta contra la polución publicitaria Clarîn (Argentina), Mar 18, 2007, “Field Report” (Light Criticism), Jan 25, 2007
Cory Doctorow, “Biofeedback Game Where You Compete to Relax”, July 21, 2006
Ivan Fulco, “Simmer Down Sprinters: Videogiocare con lo stress” La Stampa (Italy), Aug 24, 2006
Kenneth Baker, “Jennings and Dulzaides at Clark” San Francisco Chronicle, May 6, 2006
Rachel Gregg, “A Parallel Universe” Sacramento News & Review, Page 15-17, Jan 12, 2006, Vol 17 Issue 42
McVeigh, Jennifer “Shop Till you Drop: The Art of Shopping Takes on New Meaning” Calgary Herald June 2006
Del Pesco, Joseph “Beware of Subversion in Your Supermaket” Fast Forward, Calgary, June 8th 2006
Scott Indrisek, “Budget Gallery” BlackBook Magazine: State of the Arts Issue, Page 58, Fall 2005, n40
Kathleen Holder, “Anarchists Unite!” Dateline UCDavis, Page 2, Oct 7, 2005, v19, n4
David Kaplan, “Anti-Advertising Antidote” MediaPost’s Media, Page 13, March 2005
Elise Soukup, “Advertising: Counterprogramming” Newsweek Magazine, Pg13, October 11, 2004, vCXLIV, n15
Jess Greenwood, “The Sky’s Off Limits” The Reel Magazine, Pg38, October 2004, Issue12, London, England
Wooster Collective Website “Profile: Steve Lambert”, August 2, 2004
Emily Landes, “Talking Back Public Space One Art Show at a Time” The Wave Magazine, Pg35, Jun 4, 2003, v3 i11
Aurelia d’Andrea, “Vigilante: A Veteran Street Artist Leaves his Mark for Political Change” (with SF Print Collective), [X]Press Magazine, Pg10, April 2003
Kitchen Sink Magazine | “The New Art Scene: Art Found Alive and Well and Living in the Bay Area”
Manny Hyde, “Puppet Street Project” Punk Planet Magazine, Pg 58-60, May/June 2001, i43
Bay Area and National TV News | Coverage for Puppet Street Project

Documentary Film Appearances

This Space Available: The Grassroots Movement Against Visual Pollution
Cultures of Resistance
The Yes Men Fix The World
Graffiti Research Lab: The Complete First Season

Performances And Lectures

Frank Gathering | University of Florida
Scrimshaw Distinquished Lecture | Sage Colleges, Albany NY
Keynote for NeON Re@ct Conference | Dundee, Scotland
Imagining Utopia Presentation (with Stephen Duncombe) | Guerilla Science 2018 Conference
Guest Lecture (with Stephen Duncombe) | Yale University Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Acting Out: Art that Changes the World (panel) | The Wheeler Center, Melbourne, Australia
Keynote for The 13th International Conference on Art and Society | Emily Carr University
Keynote for Cancel the Apocalypse | Re:Publica, Berlin
Conversation with Emily Sexton | State Library Victoria, Australia
Visiting Artist Lecture | Museum of Contemporary Art, Macedonia
Panel and workshop | Museum of Contemporary Art, Macedonia
Conversation with Sharon Louden at 21C Museum Hotel in Lexington KY
Opening talk, with Stephen Duncombe, Artistic Activism: Connecting Social Activism and Artistic Practice, Philanthropy New York
Closing Speaker | Eyeo Festival
Art, Story, Affect | Eyeo Festival
“The Impact and Evaluation of Artistic Activism,” opening introduction, with Stephen Duncombe, and panel chair, Artistic Activism: Connecting Social Activism and Artistic Practice | Philanthropy New York, New Nork, NY, March 30, 2017
“New Ways to Communicate about Old Institutions,” with Stephen Duncombe, invited presentation, United Nations Arts and Culture Exchange, United Nations, New York, NY, January 26, 2017.
Artist as Cultural Producer book launch and reading | Strand Bookstore
“When Art Claims to do Good” | Co-chair of panel with Elizabeth Grady, CAA Conference
Shantz Visiting Artist Lecture | University of Waterloo
“Artistic Activism,” with Stephen Duncombe, invited presentation, Comhlámh Center, Dublin, Ireland, December 18, 2016.
“Collective Knowledge,” with Stephen Duncombe, invited panelist, Art, Politics and Cities in Transition conference, AIANY/Center for Architecture, New York, NY, October 21, 2016.
Performance | Talkies Roundup at Roxie Theater, San Francisco
Performance | CATCH at the Hudson Basilica
AIGA Presents: Stephen Duncombe – Dreaming Bigger Than Clients | Reno Museum of Art
Keynote Address | Vivid Festival, Sydney Australia
Panel Discussion | Vivid Festival, Sydney Australia
Connecticut College | Visiting Artist Lecture/Economics Panel Discussion
Opening remarks and workshop | Humanity in Action New York Conference on Art and Activism
Keynote Address | Creative Catalyst Conference, Toronto
Visiting Artist Lecture/Economics Panel | SUNY Cortland
Visiting Artist Lecture | Queens Museum/Queens College, NYC
Closing Remarks | Fordham Urban Law Journal Symposium, Vol. XLII
Visiting Artist Lecture | University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Visiting Artist Lecture | Kenyon College, Ohio
Eyebeam Artists in Conversation | Gallery 216, Brooklyn, NY
Visiting Artist Lecture | Grand Valley State University
Visiting Artist Lecture | University of Nevada at Reno
Confravision online conference platform
“Power of Imagination” lecture | Institute of Contemporary Art and Ideas, Gothenburg Sweden
United Nations meeting on Advertising and Cultural Rights
Keynote at Broken City Lab’s HOMEWORK II: LONG FORMS / SHORT UTOPIAS Conference | Windsor, ONT
“Does Capitalism Work?” with Richard D. Wolff and Harriett Fraad | AMC Empire 25, Times Square NYC
Humanity in Action New York Conference, September 20, 2013
Social Design Public Action International Symposium | University of Applied Arts Vienna
Experiments in Extra-Institutional Education | CUNY Grad Center, NYC
Flux Death Match: Arts Funding, Follow the $$$$ | Flux Factory, NYC
MIT Civic Media Lunch: Steve Lambert | MIT Civic Media Lab
Creative Time Summit | NYC
CAFK+A Big Ideas Lecture | Kitchener Ontario
Visiting Artist Lecture, Arts Practicum Program in NYC
NYU Hemispheric Institute “Creative Activism Thursdays” Lecture on Comedy and Activism
Conflux Festival | panel discussion
Applied Brilliance Conference
MediaImpact: International Festival of Activist Art (moderator) | NYU
NPN/VAN Annual Meeting | Performance/lecture on comedy with Kristina Wong and Chris Kaminstein
Occupy Amsterdam Art Tent | “‘Political Expressionism’ and Other Fallacies of the Political Artist” informal lecture
Carnegie Mellon University | “‘Political Expressionism’ and Other Fallacies of the Political Artist” lecture and workshop with Stephen Duncombe
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston | Colloquium “From Appropriation to Infiltration: Accessing Public through Tactical Media”
De Baile, Amsterdam | Symposium “The Populist Front; On the Role of Myth, Storytelling and Imaginary in Populist Movements”
The New Museum | “Free: A Talk and Walking Tour with Jokes”
Liquid Democracies Panel at Transmediale Festival, Berlin Germany | “Utopia”
Parsons/The New School – School of Art, Media, and Technology | Visiting Artists Lecture
Headlands Center for the Arts | “The YouTube School of Social Politics” lecture (a Red76 project)
Humanity in Action NYC | “American Protest” lecture and panel
Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NYC | “Discussion: The Artist-Citizen, Advocating Change”
FREEDOM: Do It Yourself with Steve Lambert and Sam Gould | Vera List Center at the New School, NY
The Brooklyn Rail Presents RhantRhapsody #19 “The Absurdity of Hope” | Reading
“Everything You Want, Right Now!” How advertising distorts culture | Figment Festival, Pershing Hall, Governor’s Island, NYC
“But Does it Work?” | with Stephen Duncombe and Joseph Delappe | Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NY
Red76 Flying University’s Pop-Up Book Academy
Carnegie Mellon Department of Art | School of Art Lecture Series
Harvard University | The Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts presents Bring Your Own: Voices of the Contemporary
University of Iowa | Artist Lecture: The Eyebeam Roadshow
The New Museum | Rhizome Commission presentation
Museum of Modern Art | Graffiti Research Lab Screening and Panel Discussion with James Powderly and Evan Roth
Gelf Magazine Presents | Non-Motivational Speaker Series with Alan Abel and Ron English
California College of the Arts | Urban Visions Panel with Packard Jennings, Peter Albert, John Peterson, Tom Radulovich, and Seleta Reynolds
UC Santa Barbara | Guest Artist Lecture
Maker Faire Bay Area, San Mateo County Fairgrounds | Lecture with James Powderly
University of California Institute for Research in the Arts’ State of the Arts Conference | D I Y = > D I T : New Social Practices & Digital Distribution with James Powderly of the Graffiti Research Lab, Sal Randolph, Josh Greene, and Larisa Mann.
Free University Program at Co-Prosperity Sphere, Chicago IL | VERSION>07 THE INSURECTION INTERNATIONALE
Mess Hall, Chicago IL | Eyebeam Roadshow
Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona | Now: Meetings in the Present Continuous | Panel discussion with Gemma Galdon, Richard Sennett, and Pierre Humeau
Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology | The Great Internet Sleepover | “Game Show”
Transmodernage Festival, Baltimore | “I WILL TALK…”
Fountain Art Fair, New York | “I WILL TALK…”
Eyebeam | Shopdropping Workshop Series
Version Festival 06 | Free University Program | Lecture


Associate Professor in New Media, State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase
Graduate Student Advisor | Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Graduate Program
Graduate Studio Advisor | Transart Institute
Assistant Professor in New Media, State University of New York (SUNY) Purchase
Regular Full-Time Faculty in Text and Image Arts | School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
External Participating Faculty | New York University Artistic Activism Research Group
Creative Capital Foundation | Internet for Artists Workshop Leader


“School for Creative Activism,” long course led with Stephen Duncombe, North Carolina Community Organizers, Mebane, NC, April 1-3, 2011, New York Area Artists and Activists, New York, NY, May 13-15, 2011; Equitable Texas State Budget, Austin, TX, June 19-11, 2012, United for a Fair Economy, Boston, MA, August 3-5, 2012; Incarcerated Youth and Family Rights, Houston, TX, October 26-28, 2012; Occupy Faith, Ivoryton, CT, November 9-11, 2012; HIV and Maternal Health, Nairobi, Kenya, March 19-22, 2013, Muslim-American Organizers, Warwick, New York, May 31-June 2, 2013; Iraq Veterans Against the War, Chicago, IL, July 29-31, 2013; Undocumented Youth Immigration Activists, San Antonio, TX, September 13-15, 2013; Changin’ Scotland, Glasgow, Scotland, November 1-3, 2013; GLTBQ and Roma Rights, Skopje, Macedonia, March 18-23, 2014; Access to Medicine, Barcelona, Spain, December 15-18, 2014, SWEAT and Sisonke (sex worker rights) Cape Town, South Africa, May 30-April 2, 2015; LGBTQI rights, Atlanta, GA, September 24-27, 2015; TGEU (transgender rights),Berlin, Germany, October 8-11, 2015; Greenpeace, Washington DC, January 9-13, 2017.

“School for Creative Activism,” short course led with Stephen Duncombe, Family Values at Work, Ford Foundation, New York, December 3, 2012; United for a Fair Economy, Boston MA, June 5, 2013; Beautiful Trouble/CAA/Yes Labs joint training, New York, February 8, 2014; Auburn Seminary, Chicago Theological Seminary, Chicago IL, April 25, 2014; Humanity in Action conference on Art and Activism, New York, October 17, 2015; Jewish Voices for Peace, New York, October 24, 2016; Greenpeace, Washington DC, April 30, 2017.

“Art Action Academy,” long course led with Stephen Duncombe, Portland State University, Social Practice Arts Program, January 17-19, 2013; CEC ArtsLink, Saint Petersburg, Russia, June 2-6, 2014; OSF Arts Exchange, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, August 10-12, 2016; NEA, Queens Museum, Series of 7 Saturday Workshops, Queens, New York, October 8-November 20, 2016; European sex workers and artists, Dublin, Ireland, December 13-17, 2016; OSF Arts Exchange, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY, October 11-14, 2017; NEA, Queens Museum, series of weekend workshops, Queens, New York, October 7-28, 2017, OSIWA, Conakry, Guinea, December 18-22, 2017; OSF Arts Exchange, Skopje, Macedonia, June 5-9, 2018; Action Aid Denmark, Accra, Ghana, May 4-11, 2019, OSF West Balkan Creative Lab, Sarajevio, Bosnia, October 13-19, 2019.

“Art Action Academy,” short course led with Stephen Duncombe, iSchool NYC public high school, November 29 & December 20, 2012; October 4 & 25, 2013; Incubate Festival, Tilburg, The Netherlands, September 14, 2012; Tribeca Film Festival fellows program, NYC, March 23, 2012; Creative Time Summit, New York City, November 14, 2015; Creative Capital, New York City, May 23, 2016, Creative Capital, New York City, May 4, 2017.

“Creative Activism Hubs,” curriculum development workshops led with Stephen Duncombe and Rebecca Bray,OSF Arts Exchange, Skopje, Macedonia, October 14-21, 2018;OSF Arts Exchange, Skopje, Macedonia, April 6-12, 2019; Action Aid Denmark, Accra, Ghana, May 4-11, 2019 (with Art Action Academy).

“Imagining Utopia,” workshop led with Stephen Duncombe, PS3 Charrette Elementary School, NYC, February 21, 2013; Creative Time Summit, NYC, October 13, 2012; Artists and educators from Pakistan, organized through the “Art for Social Change” program of the American Embassy in Islamabad, November 22, 2013; Blade of Grass Fellowship Program, NYC, January 16, 2016; The Kenan Project, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, September 26, 2018; Guerilla Science Conference, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY, November 3, 2018.

“Tactical Culture,” led with Stephen Duncombe, Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology, NYC, June 30 – July 16, 2009.


Founder and Co-Director | Center for Artistic Activism
Board Member | Eyebeam Art and Technology Center
Foundry Theater Artist Council member
Participant | United Nations Special Rapporteur experts meeting on Advertising’s Effect on Cultural Rights
OpenLab Fellow (Senior Fellow 2007-2010) | Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology
P!oneers Fellowship Program | Humanity in Action, New York/Amsterdam


University of California at Davis | MFA, Studio Art
San Francisco Art Institute | BFA, Interdisciplinary
College of San Mateo (Community College may have saved my life)

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