Stephanie Deumer (b.1989, Oakville, Ontario, Canada) is a visual artist currently living and working in Los Angeles. Connecting seemingly dissimilar content into a web of insight, her installations uncover the ways subjects are constituted through and by language, media, and technology. More particularly, she explores how scientific studies and technological developments are entwined with social reproduction and the oppression of women. Complexities of female identity-formation figure prominently in her practice, expressing a mise en abyme of women’s objectification in infinite replications. Deumer completed a BA at the University of Guelph in 2011 and an MFA at California Institute of the Arts in 2015. From 2018-2019 she was a fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. She is the recipient of a 2023 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, a 2023 New Work Grant from Prospect Art, and a 2019 Research and Creation Grant from Canada Arts Council, among others. In 2023, Deumer's large scale installation Under the Same Sun was nominated for Arch Daily's Building of The Year Award.

Curriculum Vitae

2019                Whitney Independent Study Studio Program, New York, NY, USA
2015                MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA, USA
2011                BA Honours Degree, Studio Art, University of Guelph, ON, Canada

Awards and Honors
2023                Individual Artist Fellowship, Emerging Tier, California Arts Council, Los Angeles, CA
                         Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, New York, NY
                         Arch Daily Building of The Year Award Nominee, Santiago, Chile 
2021                 Rauschenberg Emergency Grant, New York, NY    
                        Artists’ Fellowship Emergency Aid Grant, New York, NY
                        Artist in Residence, Factory Media Centre, Hamilton, ON
2019                Research and Creation Grant, Canada Arts Council, Ottawa, ON
2018                Bar-Fund Artist Grant, Los Angeles, CA                 
                        Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Scholarship, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, AB                      
                       The Dark Arts Residency, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, AB              
                        Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant Nominee, Los Angeles, CA
2016                Art+Tech Artist in Residence, Cerritos College, Cerritos, CA  
                       Celeste Prize Nominee, London, UK
2015                Artist in Residence, CalArts REEF Residency, Los Angeles, CA
2013                Scholarship and Dean’s Grant, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2011                Specialized Studio Award, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON 

Selected One and Two-Person Exhibitions
2023                A Diamond is Forever, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Los Angeles, CA
2022                Spooky Action at a Distance, TRUCK Contemporary Art, Calgary, AB
2018                Far from Fixed, Modern Fuel, Kingston, ON (with artist, Nahed Mansour)
2017                Real Shadows for Mere Bodies, College of the Canyons, Valencia, CA (with artist, Arden Surdam)
                       The Body of Language and The Motion of Words, PAVED Arts, Saskatoon, SK
                       Features of The Same Face, Cerritos College, Cerritos, CA (catalogue)
2015               In and of Itself, A402, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
2012               SOURCE MATERIAL, YMCA, Mississauga, ON (with artist, Shirley Mpagi)
2010               Better Than the Real Thing, Zavitz Gallery, Guelph, ON (with artist, Renee Bokma) 

Selected Group Exhibitions
2020               Insurgencies: Women’s Art on the Border in the Era of Cold War, The Front, San Ysidro, CA (curated by Sara Solaimani)
2019               the call is coming from inside the house, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY (catalogue)
2018               CO/LAB III, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA
2016               De la tierra a la tierra, Centro Cultural Metropolitano Quito, Ecuador
                      Celeste Prize 2016 Finalists’ Exhibition, Bargehouse, London, UK (curated by Ellen Blumenstein, [catalogue])
                      Fibreworks, Idea Exchange, Cambridge, ON, Canada
                       (Jurors: Sarah Quinton, Artist/Curatorial Director, Textile Museum of Canada, Toronto, ON, and Jaime Angelopoulos, Artist, Toronto, ON)
2015              How’s it Going, 1370 Ave of the Americas, Manhattan, NY (curated by Corinne Bernard and Chelsea McCarthy)
                      The 2015 CalArts MFA Show, Cooper Design Space, Los Angeles, CA (curated by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, [catalogue])
2014              Some restrictions may apply, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON (curated by Chai Duncan, [catalogue])
                     Understanding Media: The Extensions of Human Being, 319 Scholes, Brooklyn, NY (organized by Alessandro Berni, [catalogue])
                      Immoderation, Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, ON
                      Chaos and Cosmos,
California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA (curated by Suzanne Kite, Charles Gaines, and Martin Plot, [catalogue])
2012              Emerging Artist Show, Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON
                      Sincerely Yours, Propeller Centre for the Visual Arts, Toronto, ON (curated by John Kissick, [catalogue])
                     Access the Arts: Redefining Arts Accessibility, Holcim Gallery, Milton, ON
2011              stART, Studio 21, Halifax, NS (catalogue)
                      Send Off, Ed Video, Guelph, ON
                      Do I Dare Disturb the Universe, Zavitz Gallery, Guelph, ON
2010              Estudio Especializado: PISO MOJADO, Zavitz Gallery, Guelph, ON

Commissions and Public art Projects
2022              Under the Same Sun, AlUla, Saudi Arabia, commissioned by Desert X and The Royal Commission for AlUla, produced by UAP
                      (curated by Neville Wakefield, Reem Fadda, and Raneem Farsi [catalog])

Screenings and Web-Based Projects
2022            Spooky Action at a Distance, A Body as a Fault in the System, in a System of Faults, Vector Festival 2022, Toronto, ON, Canada
                    (curated by Amanda Low)
2020             Imitation Game, On Immersion, Sensate: A Journal for Experiments in Critical Media Practice, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2019            What is an Object? Lost and Found in Late Capitalism, Pleasure Dome, Toronto, ON (curated by Shahbaz Khayambashi)
2017             What is an Object? Photophobia, Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton, ON (curated by Ryan Ferguson)
2016             What is an Object? Filmideo, Index Art Center, Newark, NJ

Selected Bibliography
2023           Thuto Durkac-Somo, "System Settings," Canadian Centre for Architecture, November 7, 2023.
                    Riya Raagini, "A Diamond is Forever," Prospect Art, August 28, 2023.
                    Diego Hernández, "Meet the 75 Finalists in ArchDail's 2023 Building of the Year Awards," ArchDaily, February 16, 2023.
2022           Greg J. Smith, "What Just Happened: Megan MacLaurin Foregrounds 'The Air We Share' by Taking GIF Art to the Streets of Toronto's Bloordale
                    Village," HOLO, July 15, 2022.
                    Shahad Altukhaim, "Stephanie Deumer: Where Art Meets Science," Desert X AlUla 2022 Podcast, Season 1, Episode 2, June 4, 2022.
                    Hadani Ditmars, "Desert X Goes to AlUla," Palm Springs Life, April 25, 2022.
                    Adam Smeltz, “Under the Same Sun: Stephanie Deumer Explores Artificial Plant Growth, ” CalArts’ 24700, March 15, 2022.
                  "DesertX AlUla Explores Ideas Of Mirage And Oasis With 15 Installations In SaudiArabian Desert,” World Architecture, February 15, 2022.
                    Afrah Bari, “5 Must-See Exhibits at Desert X AlUla,” Time Out Riyadh, February 15, 2022.
                   Katy Cowan, “Stunning Artworks Set In an Ancient Arabian Desert Explore Ideas of Mirage and Oasis,” Creative Boom, February 14, 2022.
                    Juliana Neira, “Desert X AlUla 2022 Explores Ideas of Mirage and Oasis,”Designboom, February 13, 2022.
                    Rebecca Anne Proctor, “In Desert X AlUla’s Second Edition, Monumental Art Speaks With Desert Lands,” Arab News, February 12, 2022.
                    Gareth Harris, “Making Works in the Wilderness: Artists of Desert X AlUla Explain How They Took on the Testing Terrain,” The Art Newspaper,   
                    February 11, 2022.
                   “DesertX Artistic Director Neville Wakefield On The Outdoor Exhibition’s Ambitious Return To Saudi Arabia,” Something Curated, January 31, 2022.
2021            Emilio Vavarella, Julia Yezbick, and Rachel Yezbick,“On Immersion: Editorial Essay,” Sensate: A Journal for Experiments in Critical Media Practice,
                    On Immersion, January 2021.
2019            Riisa Gundesen, “The Body of Language and the Motion of Words,” PAVED Meant Vol.3, 2019. 14-21.
                    Alex Strada and Stephanie Deumer, “Questions That Weigh On Us: The Automation House Work and The Female Role,”
                    Whitney Independent Study Program 2018-19 Studio Program, 2019. 47-57.
2017            Georgia Lassner, “Real Shadows for Mere Bodies,” unpublished: a second chance at life, September 19, 2017.
                    David Jenkins, “Stephanie Deumer: From Science to Art,” Talon Marks, January 16, 2017.
                   James MacDevitt, “Making Room,” Features of the Same Face, 2017. 8-10.
                    Cedric Tai, “Notes on an Exhibition,” Features of the Same Face, 2017. 58- 81.
                    Martin Plot, “The Blind Spot,” Features of the Same Face, 2017. 84-89.
2016            Miguel Jimenez, “De la Tierra ala Tierra, una mirada al consume,” ElTelégrafo. November 4, 2016.
2015            Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer, “The New Just-Past: 2015,” The 2015 CalArts MFA Show, 2015. 5-7.
2012            Chai Duncan, Introduction, *Some restrictions may apply, 2020. 1-2.
2011             Elissa Barnard, “Studio 21 Exhibits Art From Students Across Canada,” The Chronicle Herald, April 1, 2011.
2010            Kosta Gligorijevic, “Piso Mojado: Specialized Studio’s Eclectic like a BombExhibition,”The Ontarion, December 2, 2010.
                    Josh Doyle, “Language Meets Picture in Zavitz Hall,” The Ontarion, November 3, 2010. 

Lectures and Panel Discussions
2022           Artist Panel with Shezad Dawood and Alicja Kwade moderated by Sumantro Ghose, Energies of Nature and Geology,
                    Desert X AlUla 2022, AlUla, Saudi Arabia
2021           Artist Talk, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA          
                  Artist Talk, Factory Media Centre, Hamilton, ON
                   Visiting Lecturer, Digital Imaging, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
2020         Visiting Lecturer, Visual Thinking, Fordham University, New York, NY
                   Visiting Lecturer, Professional Practices, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI 
2019           Visiting Lecturer, Visual Thinking, Fordham University, New York, NY
                   Artist Panel, Emergency Ectoplasmic Exodus, Rejected Material (Take 4), The Kitchen, New York, NY
2017           Artist Talk, College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CAz
                  Artist Talk, PAVED Arts, Saskatoon, SK            
                  Visiting Lecturer, Advanced Sculpture, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA    
                  Artist Talk, Cerritos College, Cerritos, CA

2023-24   Visiting Faculty, DXARTS, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
                  (Experiments in Video Art, Montage & Appropriation in Digital Video, and History, Theory, and Practice of Digital Art & New Media)
2017          Substitute Instructor, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA (Beginning Sculpture: 3D Scanning/Modeling, single class)