Stephanie Owens is currently Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Cornell. Since coming to Cornell in 2008, she has been active in updating the studio curriculum, creating new studio/theory hybrid courses and, as Director of Programmatic Initiatives (2009), outlining the pedagogical framework to establish a top-tier program in new media that would be centered in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning. Prior to Cornell, Owens was an instructor on the Graduate Faculty at Parsons The New School for Design from 2001-2008, where she offered MFA courses in aesthetics and interactive media.
Owens is an interdisciplinary artist, writer, and curator interested in the influence of digital networks and communication systems on contemporary aesthetics and the production of subjectivity. She exhibits her work internationally, including recent exhibitions at SIGGRAPH, Machinista, Tasanzu Art Festival and The First Beijing International New Media Arts Exhibition. Owens has an MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago and a BFA from Syracuse University.
Her creative research has been focused on the intersection between social and technological networks, resulting in her establishing a number of artist-run, interdisciplinary initiatives. She is a co-founder of Mobile Geographies, a project-based initiative at The School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons (NYC) that aims to create a platform for the production of geo-tagged urban interfaces and media. She is also co-founder of MediaNoche (NYC) a storefront new media art space dedicated to site-specific media and residencies for emerging artists. She curated “Technologies of Place” for MediaNoche in 2005 funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.