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Elizabeth Stephens


Chair of Art Department.
Environmental Art, Performance Art, Film and Activism

Elizabeth Stephens is a performance artist, filmmaker, activist and educator. Her work explores themes of queerness, feminism and environmentalism. She is the founding director of the E.A.R.T.H. Lab which explores environmental art, research, theory and happenings. In her artistic work she mainly focuses on Ecosexuality: the art of exploring the Earth as a lover. Stephens is creating this new field of research, SexEcology, in collaboration with her life partner and collaborator Annie Sprinkle. Together they are the movers and shakers of the ecosex movement. They are injecting some sexy fun and diversity into the environmental movement through their performances, visual art, writings and filmaking. Their most recent feature films include Goodbye Gauley Mountain: An Ecosexual Love Story and Water Makes Us Wet. Stephens has exhibited visual art, created performance art pieces and screened films nationally and internationally for over 35 yearsost recently she and her collaborator are in Documenta 14.

Education and Training: 
Diploma, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
B.F.A., Tufts University
M.F.A., Rutgers University
Ph.D. Performance Studies, University of California, Davis
Teaching Interests: 

Environmental Art, Performance Art, Ars Erotica, Intermedia and Sculpture

Honors and Awards: 

Eureka Fellowship, Fleishaker Foundation, San Francisco, CA 

Rydell Fellowship, Santa Cruz, CA

San Francisco Arts Commission Cultural Equity Grant, San Francisco, CA

Theater Cash Grant, San Francisco, CA


Digital Arts Research Center 341
Studio: Digital Arts Research Center 229
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Art Department

Baskin Visual Arts 

UC Santa Cruz

1156 High Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95064