2014 Alumni Award Winner: Adrienne Skye Roberts




Adrienne Skye Roberts works in the crossroads of art, education, and social justice organizing. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and is the descendant of Eastern European Jewish immigrants imprisoned during the McCarthy Era for their political beliefs. Her work focuses on the radical potential of storytelling to shift politics and contribute to movement building.
Adrienne’s current projects are in resistance to the Prison Industrial Complex and in collaboration of those most directly impacted by incarceration. She is a member of the California Coalition for Women Prisoners, a grassroots prison abolition organization that supports and advocates for women and transgender people in California state prisons and the San Francisco county jail. Adrienne is currently collaborating with people serving Life Without the Possibility of Parole (LWOP) in California’s women’s prisons to create a multimedia storytelling project entitled A Living Chance—in effort to humanize this population and affect cultural and legislative change.
In addition to fighting prisons, Adrienne’s other love is teaching. As an educator she will forever be developing and implementing anti-oppression, feminist, and queer art curricula that emphasize personal growth for collective liberation. She teaches brilliant young artists at UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State University, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Asian Art Museum.
Adrienne’s writing has been published on SF MOMA’s Open Space, Art Practical, The Rumpus, Make/Shift: Feminisms in Motion and Organizing Upgrade. She uses curatorial opportunities to make visible current political struggles as evidenced in her radical queer exhibition “Suggestions of a Life Being Lived” at SFCamerawork (2010) and “Home is something I carry with me,” an exhibition and film screening addressing the housing crisis (2009). In addition to her MA in VCS, she has a BA in Feminist Studies and Art from the UC Santa Cruz. Her community organizing and political work continues to teach Adrienne her most valuable and powerful lessons.