Biography

Jennifer Deafenbaugh is a digital artist and metal sculptor. She creates steel sculptures and objects for dancers to perform on and creates stories with data and graphics.

Ms. Deafenbaugh received her Master’s of Professional Study in Information Visualization from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Using interactive technologies, motion graphics and video, she writes and produces videos and educational content as a Senior Instructional Multimedia Designer at Schneider Electric. She is highly skilled at presentation development, public speaking and data visualization.

Presently, Ms. Deafenbaugh is a Co-Director of the Nation of Makers Data Working Group and she is helping to produce the immersive and visual arts experiences at the 2020 Kindling Arts Festival. She also independently produces multimedia workshops and residencies. She occasionally writes articles and presents webinars for the Americans for the Arts blog and ArtsU platform, and has served as a Media Arts Fellowship Panelist in 2019 for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jennifer has served as an Assistant Venue Manager at Sundance Film Festival’s New Frontier, Volunteer Manager at the Columbus International Film+Video Festival, and Volunteer Coordinator at the IMERSA Summit.. She helped found Make Nashville, serving as Board Secretary and Director of Education for that organization. Ms. Deafenbaugh has also presented at the Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, and Research Conference for high school youth, and the Arts and Business Council’s Creative Exchange. She helped launch The Fuse Factory Digital Media Arts Lab in Columbus, Ohio, and helped operate the Weinland Park Community Computer Lab.

Ms. Deafenbaugh has been a Greater Columbus Arts Council Artist Support Grant Recipient, an EYEO Festival fellow, and she received a Graduate Research Grant to study interaction techniques for live performance. She is proficient in a variety of programming languages for data analysis and creative coding, in 2-D and 3-D animation tools, and in a variety of graphic design applications. 

Jennifer received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Time-Based Media at the Columbus College of Art and Design in 2004 and has worked creating presentations, web sites, interactive applications, and design projects for consumer brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Highlights for Children, JoAnn Fabrics, Ortho McNeil, Bayer Women’s Healthcare and Big Lots. 

For fitness and fun, Jennifer dances, focusing on aerial fabrics and lyra. She also occasionally enjoys salsa and swing dancing. She constantly doodles, sometimes builds planetariums, gardens, cooks, welds, works with wood, works with leather, and plays the ukulele. 

You can view her portfolio at:
jenniferdeafenbaugh.com