On November 1, 2017, Antarctica Arts released the new book book, MoneyArt" by Stephen Barnwell. This book is the only complete collection of Barnwell's currency art, including his famous Antarctica Dream-Dollars. If you're a fan of his money art, this book is a must-see!
Perpetual War Bond  

Continuing the new annual tradition, the Series 2015 Perpetual War Bond was released on President's Day, 2015. Stephen will keep making them for as long as we are at war in the Levant or elsewhere battling the global jihad.



Perpetual War Bond  

On August 11. 2014, Stephen released a new bond certificate: The Perpetual War Bond. We've been at war in the Middle East since the 1990's, with no signs of stopping any time soon. This Bond will be an annual event - a new Perpetual War Bond every year until we are not at War. I expect a lot of bond certificates.



On October 30, 2014, Capital Offenses was named one of the Best Books of 2014 by Publishers Weekly. They have a list of the Best Books of 2014 for major publishers and, through BookLife, PW has a list of the Best Books from independent publishers, which Antarctica Arts is. My book was one of only five selected as the "best of the best."



Capital Offenses just got a great review from Publisher's Weekly! The review was so favorable, the editor told me, that they are going to make Capital Offenses a Featured Book, and they want to make me Featured Author. Woohoo!

Review on Booklife.com


Five Hundred Vote Coupon

On April Fools Day 2014, Stephen released his latest Coupon, The Incorporated States of America Five Hundred Vote Coupon. In an age where corporations are people, we need a little help to keep up with the corruption. Here's an extra 500 votes to help balance out Monsanto's influence.

Putin Riot  


In response to Putin's theft of Crimea, Stephen created PUTIN RIOT. It kind of speaks for itself.

Capital Offenses  


On February 19th, Stephen launched his new book, Capital Offenses, in pre-publication. The books are in, and Capital Offenses is now shipping. The publication date is May 1, and is published by Antarctica Arts.

As a special promotion, Stephen will sign and number the first 50 books off the press. Get 'em while they're hot! First come, first served. Very limited time offer.

Available only at:

Antarctica Arts

Hypocrat Free Fish Coupon  


On New Year's Day, Stephen released his newest coupon. It is the Hypocrat Free Fish Coupon. The motto on the coupon reads: Teach a man to fish and he will eat for life, Give a man a fish and he'll vote for you. A cynical, but reralistic view of how politics is done in America.

Petroleum Nation  


This is the newest coupon in Stephen's ongoing series of Petroleum Nation. Released on November 2, 2013, just in time for the election. Drenched in oil, the Great Seal Eagle clutches at dual gas pumps, warning us of our dangerous addiction to oil.

Divided States of America  


On October 7, 2013, in the midst of the current government shutdown, Stephen is releasing his newest work, Divided States of America. This new print reflects the utter brokenness of our federal government, as well as the bitter and hateful political discourse in our polarized nation. The epithets on the outside edges are actual names people have called each other online. This deepening division is tearing apart the fabric of this nation.

Free Syrian Army  


As the world holds its breath at the brink of war, Stephen released the Free Syrian Army Coupon. The release date of September 15, 2013 is the date of the UN inspectors turn in their report on Syria's chemical weapons. Get your gas mask today!


Stephen will be exhibiting his print, Palestianian Liberation Organization in the upcoming Unhinged exhibition at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. The opening will be on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 1-6 PM.

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition



On July 13, 2013, Stephen released the new Pennsylvanian Liberation Organization print. This new print describes the terrible occupation of Pennsylvania by the Empire of America and the freedom fighters that resist it by all means necessary.


Stephen will be exhibiting two works, Leviathan and Ameristan, in the upcoming Wide Open 4 exhibition at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. The opening will be on Saturday, May 11, 2013 from 1-6 PM. Stephen will be at the opening, so we hope to see you there!

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition

Surrender!  Weak Americans  


As Kim Jong Un threatens nuclear war, and warns he will strike Tokyo first, Stephen released this new coupon on April 15, 2013.

Free Gun Coupon  


Yet another new coupon! They are certainly coming out Fast & Furious lately (sorry!). With the current raging debate over gun control, Stephen released UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FREE GUN COUPONS on March 24, 2013.

Everyone deserves a free gun. Right?

Petroleum Nation  


The newest coupon in Stephen's ongoing coupon series is Petroleum Nation. Released on March 8, it's going to start appearing on the street any day now.

Ameristan coupon  


On February 1, 2013, Stephen released the new AMERISTAN One Fatwa Coupon. This is the newest coupon in the ongoing series of coupons that Stephen is making. In the coming months, Stephen will release a series of coupons and continue to drop them in public places and on the street. Be sure to follow Stephen on facebook to see all the drops in pictures.



On October 16, 2012 Stephen released a major new work, Leviathan. Just in time for the presidential election, this statement on Big Govenment is extremely relevant to the issues at the core of this important decision.

This image is also available as a new wallpaper as well. To download it, go to the FREE STUFF page.

Federal Debt Coupons  


Every once in a while, Stephen can't resist the urge to do a public art project. These projects have a tendency to pop up around election season. Last time it was the World Conquest plolitical lawn sign project. before that, it was his Bailout for America. Now, Stephen is dropping his Federal Debt Coupons all over the New York area. See his page on facebook to see photos.



Stephen is now creating some political satire images for viral distribution. Go ahead. Share 'em. Post 'em on facebook.




Stephen's Occupy Wall Street note, seen below, was published in the Guardian newspaper in London on Saturday, December 17, 2011. It was in a "Review Money" special edition, and was featured in a gallery of moneyart created by noted artists and writers, commenting on the events of the past year. It ran in both the print and online editions.


Occupy Wall Street Protest Currency  

On October 22, 2011, Stephen won a design competition to create the official protest currency of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.



Stephen's newest work is Apocalypse, was officially
released in time for Independence Day, 2011. This is a work that Stephen has been wanting to do for a very long time. With world events churning into a frenzy of activity, looks like he got this done just in time!


Ameristan was released on New Year's Day, 2011.

In this work, Stephen continues his exploration of an imaginary world where America and Islam took very different paths. Previous works dealing with this subject are United States of Islam series.


October 2, 2010 marked the release of a major new work, Electric Nation. Months in the making, this print represents a new direction for Stephen: a totally organic shape, plus reduced "money" formatting. With this new work, Stephen expands the genre and stretches the vocabulary of his artistic language.

Electricity For Everyone!

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, World Conquest  

The World Conquest project.

Stephen took this image and made 100 lawn signs. On September 11, 2010, he started to plant them all over the NY tri-state area. He continued to plant the signs until the November elections. By subverting the election season tradition of lawn signs, Stephen hoped to raise the alarm over impending war between Iran and its allies and Israel.

Even though the project is over, he will still plant some signs around when the mood strikes him. All new photos will be posted here.


The Bailout for America Project.

Stephen sent each and every member of Congress an open letter, accompanied by a limited edition print of his Indebted States of America note. The letters arrived at the Congressional offices by July 4, 2010.



The Bailout for America project was reviewed in Congress.org:

The Art of Activism


Stephen was interviewed for an article about Mel Chin's "Fundred" project. He was asked for his comment on his unusual moneyart project. The article came out recently in Review magazine. Check it out:

The Show Must Go On!


A large selection of Stephen's moneyart prints have been acquired by the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles. A complete set of his political works have been added to their permanent archives, including United States of Islam, State of War, Empire of America, and American Excess.



Stephen's Electric Nation won the Best in Computer Graphics catagory it the Wide Open 2 Art Show held by the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition. The show ran from March 12 to 27, 2011.

Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition


Several of Stephen's prints were on display at the Lahti Art Museum in Finland. They are part of the MiniPrint 2010 exhibition. The show ran until January 30, 2011.

Lahti Art Museum


Two of Stephen's prints, First Nationalized Bank and American Excess were on display at the Lake Eustis Museum of Art in Florida. They were on display in the Paper Works II exhibition. These works have been acquired for the museum's permanent collection.

Lake Eustis Museum


Stephen's American Excess was on display again at this year's California Open, at the TAG Gallery in Santa Monica. The show ran from August 17 through September 3, 2010.



The Art of Making Money

Orr Street Studios
106 Orr Street, Columbus, MO
Opening was on Thursday, July 8, at 7:00 pm

A fund raising exhibition to benefit the film documentary The Art of Making Money by director Nathan Truesdell. Stephen was interviewed for this film last May.



Two of Stephen's prints were accepted into the show, The Good, The Bad, The Money at Gallery 42 in Mason, OH. First Nationalized Bank and Indebted States of America were both exhibited in this money-themed show. This was the exhibition debut for Indebted States of America. The exhibition ran from March 13 through May 5, 2010.



Stephen was invited to participate in an art exhibition and benefit auction to help the victims of the Haiti earthquakes. Benefit for Haiti took place on Wednesday, February 10. A print of American Excess was sold in this show. Despite the blizzard on the night of the show, $35,000 was raised, which will all go directly to Doctors Without Borders.



Stephen's Empire of America was part of Dreams and Revelations, at the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in California. The exhibition ran from August 15 through September 20, 2009.



Fresh: Exhibition of Urban Contemporary Art
was an exhibition that examined the latest trends in the urban contemporary art scene. American Excess, Stephen's work in this show, was reviewed here. It was at the Target Gallery in the Torpoedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA. The show ran from May 6 to May 31, 2009.



Stephen was invited into the show, Cash Flow at the gallery, White Trash Contemporary in Hamburg, Germany. The vernissage for the show was on February 26. The show ran from February 27 through April 26, 2009.

For more information, please go to:


The Moving Money show that debuted in Stonybrook, NY moved to New York City. As part of the Gallatin Galleries Grand Opening, the Moving Money exhibition had its opening on Friday, March 6. The show ran until March 26, 2009.

Gallatin Galleries
715 Broadway (at Washington Pl.), NYC


Stephen exhibited several works in the Contemporary Printmaking show at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnatti, Ohio.  The jury process was intense, with nearly 400 works submitted by 160 artists. The final selection includes 22 works by 13 artists.  The exhibit opened on December 12, and ran through January 9, 2009.

For more info, go to the gallery's site:


Reflect-arts and Gallery XIV,
in affiliation with artscope magazine

17 American artists expressing timely notions
of politics

After a popular vote, the best of the original show from Gallery XIV has moved on to a second venue.

Massachusetts State Courthouse
Boston, MA
Sept 30 to Nov 4, 2008