Sunaura Taylor

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Sunaura "Sunny" Taylor (born March 21, 1982) is an American painter and activist for disability and animal rights. She currently resides in Oakland, California, and has taught classes at the University of California, Berkeley.

She was born in Tucson, Arizona.

Taylor's work has been displayed in the Smithsonian and in other important galleries across the United States.[1] She is the recipient of a 2008 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award. In 2004, she received the Grand Prize in the VSA arts Driving Force juried exhibition for emerging disabled artists.[2][3] A portion of her work deals with animal rights issues, as Taylor is an abolitionist vegan.[4]

Taylor was born with arthrogryposis, and uses a wheelchair. She is active in the Society for Disability Studies and has participated in marches for disability rights. Her work on the disability rights movement has appeared in the Marxist magazine Monthly Review,[5] and her Self Portrait with TCE was the first full-color image ever printed in the publication's long history. She has been featured on All Things Considered on National Public Radio,[6] and the Georgia Public Television series State of the Arts. Her work has also been featured frequently in Flagpole Magazine in her home town, Athens, Georgia.

Taylor argued her position against animal products in her February 17, 2009 article titled "Is It Possible to Be a Conscientious Meat Eater?".[7]

Taylor is also the sister of the filmmaker Astra Taylor,[8] and appeared in her 2008 film Examined Life alongside philosopher Judith Butler.[9]


  1. ^ VSA Arts schedule for Driving Force
  2. ^ VSA Arts 2004 exhibition homepage, accessed on 2007-08-16
  3. ^ VSA Arts website for the 2004 winner, accessed on 2007-08-16
  4. ^ The Fallacy of Conscientious Meat, Sunaura and Alexander Taylor, accessed 21 February 2009
  5. ^ Monthly Review article March 2004, accessed on 2007-08-16
  6. ^ NPR program page
  7. ^ AlterNet on Environment
  8. ^ "Sunny Taylor", Free Williamsburg, accessed February 8, 2009.
  9. ^ San Francisco Film Society on Examined Life, accessed February 8, 2009.

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