Biography

Jennifer Deafenbaugh is a user experience designer, artist, and metal sculptor.

She specializes in data visualization and visual communication. In her current role, she works alongside engineers and data scientists to help implement AI solutions into products for buildings, industrial automation, e-mobility, power management, and power monitoring.

Ms. Deafenbaugh received her Master’s of Professional Study in Information Visualization from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Presently, she is pursuing a micro-masters program in data science online through UC San Diego. She graduated from the ABC Nashville’s Periscope Artist Entrepreneur training in 2020. In 2004, she received her Bachelors of Fine Art in Time-Based Media at the Columbus College of Art and Design.

Since then, she has worked creating web applications, and design projects for world-class consumer brands such as Schneider Electric, Frank Foodservice Systems, Victoria’s Secret, Highlights for Children, JoAnn Fabrics, Ortho McNeil, Bayer Women’s Healthcare and Big Lots. In her studio work, she explores the intersection of computer vision, fulldome visuals, and aerial dance.

She independently produces multimedia workshops and residencies for digital artists. Ms. Deafenbaugh formerly led the Nation of Makers Data Working Group, producing the Annual Survey of Makerspaces and report with an all-volunteer team. She has written written articles and presented webinars for the Americans for the Arts blog and ArtsU platform, and served as a Media Arts Fellowship Panelist in 2019 for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Jennifer has a passion for volunteering for arts organizations. She 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 has supported Kindling Arts Festival in Nashville Tennessee, both in helping with volunteer and graphic design needs. She helped found the Make Nashville makerspace, serving as Board Secretary and Director of Education.

Ms. Deafenbaugh has also led sessions for teenagers at the Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, and Research Conference, and led panel discussions at the Nashville Arts and Business Council’s Creative Exchange. She helped launch The Fuse Factory Digital Media Arts Lab in Columbus, Ohio, helped operate the Weinland Park Community Computer Lab, and has taught JavaScript and basic coding through Girl Develop It!

Ms. Deafenbaugh has been a Greater Columbus Arts Council Artist Support Grant Recipient and an EYEO Festival fellow. She received a Graduate Research Grant at MICA to study interaction techniques for live performance. She is proficient in a variety of programming languages for data analysis and creative coding, has a solid foundation in both 2-D and 3-D animation tools, and has expert-level knowledge of most of the common applications in the Adobe suite.

For fitness and fun, Jennifer dances, focusing on lyra and polesport. She also occasionally enjoys salsa and swing dancing. She constantly doodles, builds planetariums, practices blacksmithing, welds, works with wood, tools leather, and plays the ukulele. 

You can view her portfolio at:
jenniferdeafenbaugh.com