Steve Lambert’s father, a former Franciscan monk, and mother, an ex-Dominican nun, imbued in him the values of dedication, study, poverty and service to others. These qualities prepared him for life as an artist. Lambert made international news after the 2008 U.S. election with the New York Times “Special Edition,” a replica of the “paper of record” announcing the end of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and other good news. In the summer of 2011, he began a national tour of Capitalism Works For Me! True/False – a 9-by-20 feet sign allowing people to vote on whether capitalism worked for them. He has collaborated with groups from the Yes Men to the Graffiti Research Lab and Greenpeace. He also is the founder of the Center for Artistic Activism, the Anti-Advertising Agency, Add-Art (a Firefox add-on that replaces online advertising with art) and SelfControl (which blocks grownups from distracting websites so they can get work done). Lambert’s projects and art works have won awards from Prix Ars Electronica, Rhizome/The New Museum, the Creative Work Fund, Adbusters Media Foundation and the California Arts Council. Lambert’s work has been shown everywhere from museums to protest marches nationally and internationally, featured in more than 14 books, four documentary films and is in the collections of the Sheldon Museum, the Progressive Insurance Company and the Library of Congress. He was a senior fellow at New York’s Eyebeam Center for Art and Technology from 2006-2010, developed and leads workshops for Creative Capital Foundation and is an assistant professor at SUNY Purchase.
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