Stephanie Dowda DeMer is a lens-based and expanding media artist born in Atlanta, Georgia. Currently, she is the Iowa Idea Visiting Artist and Visiting Assistant Professor in Photography at The University of Iowa. DeMer received her MFA in Photography + Film from Virginia Commonwealth University and BA in Philosophy from Georgia State University. Her forthcoming textbook, Material Encounters, will be published in 2021. Her first book, Oblivion Seekers, was published with Ultraterrestrial.xyz. DeMer is a Vermont Studio Center Fellow, Golden Dome Fellow, Hambidge Fellow, and Cabin Time Alumni. Her work and writing have been featured in Dialogue, Numbers Inc., Oxford American, Bad at Sports, ArtsATL, and BurnAway. Her solo exhibition, Sandbagging, premiered at WhiteSpace Gallery and at Eve Drewelowe Gallery. She is co-founder and organizer of The Letters Festival, a contemporary literary arts event. DeMer was the Artist in Resident for Biomimicry Project with ASU’s Electrical Engineer and Fungal Topography research collaboration. In 2020, Practice x Practice launched as a nimble curatorial initiative collaboration with Rachel Cox seeking to elevate womxn’s artistic research. Stephanie is always on the brink of creating a farm sanctuary and artist residency.