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April 12, 2023

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens, artists and life partners known for their commitment to the environment, are performing in the Kansas City area April 27-30 for the Earth Day Afterglow Tour. These events, hosted by a variety of educational and art institutions, bring awareness to how we can improve our relationship with the earth.


Thursday, April 27

6-9 p.m.

  • Her Art/Their Art Storytelling Night with Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens
    Free and open to the public – no RSVP required
  • Held at InterUrban ArtHouse, 8001 Newton St., Overland Park, KS 66204
    Co-sponsored by the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

Friday, April 28

6 p.m

  • Book Signing with Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens
    “Assuming the Ecosexual Position: The Earth as Lover”

7 p.m.

Saturday, April 29

12-3 p.m.

  • "Untitled (Pink Tube)” performance by Miller and Shellabarger

3:30 p.m. 

  • Performing Couples Conversation with Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens and Miller and Shellabarger
  • Free and open to the public – no RSVP required
  • Held at the Spencer Museum of Art – The University of Kansas
    1301 Mississippi St., Lawrence, KS 66045

 Sunday, April 30

11 a.m.        

About the artists

Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens have been 50/50 collaborators on multimedia projects since 2002. They are authors of the “Ecosex Manifesto” and producers of the award-winning film “Goodbye Gauley Mountain” and “Water Makes Us Wet,” a documentary feature that premiered at documenta 14 and screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Sprinkle is a former sex worker with a PhD in human sexuality. Stephens holds a PhD in performance studies and is founding director of E.A.R.T.H. Lab at University of California at Santa Cruz. 

Miller and Shellabarger, in addition to being an artistic couple, are also a couple in life. Their work, which is both autobiographical and metaphorical, is always made in unison. While carrying out simple actions with simple materials, Miller and Shellabarger address complex themes referable to the concepts of rhythm and the quality of human relationships, both in terms of common universal experiences and in terms of specific experiences related to queer identity.


InterUrban ArtHouse: Brittany Noriega, 

KCAI Foundation Department: Samantha Krukowski, 

Stray Cat Film Center: Andrew Linn, 

Spencer Museum of Art: Joey Orr, 

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art: Katherine Morse,