For fifteen years Stokley Towles has explored municipal systems--the police, a water utility, sewers, garbage collection, the public library, bus drivers. He takes up residency within the system, looks closely at its environment, interviews the people who work there to learn about their work and interactions with the public. He then gathers this research into stories that are performed for the public at conventions, art spaces, construction trailers, and on-board a Metro bus.
His work has been presented locally at the Henry Art Gallery, Greg Kucera Gallery and Seattle Art Museum and nationally at venues in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. Towles teaches at The Evergreen State College.