Selected Accomplishments

Education

1999     MFA Sculpture, California College of Art, San Francisco, CA

1996     BFA Sculpture Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

Academic Experience

Program Director Digital Media Studies, University of Rochester, NY  2021-present

  • Manage a growing program of digital researchers and practitioners including faculty, staff, and students

  • Negotiate faculty appointments

  • Collaborate on multidisciplinary projects across departments and colleges

  • Develop curricular opportunities for students including UX Certificate

  • Manage program and facility budgets

  • Foster relationships with other institutions, including public partnerships

  • Advise 100+ student majors and minors

  • Instruct Senior Capstone course in Digital Media Studies

  • Organize events and visiting scholars for students aimed at increasing visibility and presence of digital media studies on campus

 

Academic Director of Studio Arts, University of Rochester, 2021-present

  • Promotion/title change that recognizes the continued and exceptional support of studio arts curriculum and students (see duties of program manager below)

 

Assistant Professor (instructional track), University of Rochester, 2021-present

Interim Director Digital Media Studies, University of Rochester, 2019- 2020

 

Senior Lecturer, University of Rochester, 2019-2020

 

Program Manager Studio Arts, staff University of Rochester,  2006-2018

Community Outreach

Adirondack Council Partnership. Partnership focuses on climate change in the Adirondack Park and how art and design can educate park users to understand the impact of climate change on the park. 2021-present.

 

SPIRIT Nys. Faculty mentor for capstone seniors working to promote SPIRIT Nys, an organization that supports homeless youth in Rochester, NY. 2021-2022

 

Cracker Box Palace. Faculty mentor for capstone seniors working with Cracker Box Palace farm sanctuary at historic Atlasa farms. 2020-2021

 

Experiencing Civic Life. PSA and Poster Design Workshop taught to Rochester high school students. Community Outreach grant funded program through the Teagle foundation and the Humanities Center at University of Rochester. 2021.

Grants/Awards/

Residencies

Verizon and NYC Media Lab. Stephanie Ashenfelder and University of Rochester alumni Gina Romanazzi, Bradley Martin, Nefle Nesli Oruc, Yifan Jiang and Gevher Romanazzi were awarded a grant from Verizon and NYC’s Media Lab to bring new technology to educators at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, NY. $100,000. Awarded 2022.

 

Career Curriculum Development Grant. This grant supports the development of a curated learning environment where students can find digital media resources in an interactive learning environment. University of Rochester. $2500. Awarded 2021.

 

Community Engaged Course Development Grant. Community Partner: Adirondack Council. This grant supports the development of a multidisciplinary course that intends to highlight and participate in the potential importance of new research focused directly on the role of the arts in engaging people with climate change. University of Rochester, $8000. Awarded with Rose Beauchamp and Mary Reiser. 2021.

Exhibitions

2021     Sage Conversations. Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester, NY

2019 

Solo Exhibition, A Sudden Malfunction, Frontispace Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester NY.

Faculty Show, Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY*

 

2018     Hatch. Eat. Hyper Kultuermia Gallery. Online Exhibition.

2012 

Uncommon Denominator, Phillips Museum, Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, PA*

Downstairs and To the Left, Faculty Show, Hartnett Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY*

2011    

Responding, Big on Bloor Festival, Toronto, Ontario* Dyan Marie, curator

Stone Canoe, XL Projects Gallery, Syracuse, NY*, Lynette Stephenson, curator

2010    

Big on Bloor Festival, Kent School playground, Toronto, ON.* Dyan Marie, curator

 

2009 

Solo Exhibition, Returned Books, Olean Public Library, Olean, New York*

Stations, String Gallery, Wells College Aurora, New York*

Stations, Community School of Music and Arts, Ithaca, New York*

Public Talks

A Series of Epic Fails. Visiting Lecturer, University of Florida Gainesville. 2020-2021

 

Inclusivity matters: A conversation with digital learning designers. Warner School of Education, University of Rochester. 2019

 

Screw Up Night: Embracing failures to move forward to better ideas and projects. iZone, University of Rochester. 2019