Stokes lives and creates her work in Bloomington, NY. Her installations, monotypes and performance work have been shown locally, nationally and internationally. She began making prints in 2011 and explored papermaking and embossing soon after. She is the founder and artistic director of the theatrical, shadow-based performance group Cave Dogs.
Stokes received an MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a BFA from Kent State University, OH. She works with both traditional and contemporary materials and processes. Her primary
work is performance and she also creates installations, prints, sculptures, drawings, photographs and video, which are shown nationally and internationally. She has participated in artist residencies, led workshops
and lectured at: The Academy for Untamed Creativity and The Academy for Modern Circus both in Copenhagen, DK, The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, NY, Alfred University in Alfred, NY, Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY, the Walkway Over the Hudson, Town of Hurley Flag Workshop Project and the Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA. Born and raised in Kent, OH, Stokes currently lives, teaches and creates in New York’s Hudson Valley. She is a Professor in the Art Department at The State University of New York in New Paltz, NY. As an ardent advocate for strong, community-based arts environments, she volunteers for O+ in Kingston, NY, spent 7 years as a board member for Women’s Studio Workshop, and sings
with the women’s ensemble, Bloom, both in Rosendale, NY.