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                                                    Elaine R Defibaugh-Artist


1987-89   Rochester Institute of TechnologyMFA

1986         Yale University Summer School of Art & Music Norfolk

1984-87   Texas A&M Commerce-BFA



2018          Eileen Kaminsky Foundation, Artist Residency, Newark, NJ

                  Florida Opportunity Grant

2013          Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Artist Grant

2012          CeRRCA/A.I.R. Casamarles, Catalina, Spain

                  Brush Creek Arts Foundation, Saratoga, WY

2011          Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Individual Artist Grant

2010          Fountainhead Residency, Miami, FL

2008          Artist Grant-Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts

                  SOS Grant, Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester

2010/06     Chashama Subsidized Studio Space Program, New York, NY

2005/03     Jentel Arts Foundation-Artist in Residency Program, Banner, WY

2003/96     5 SOS Grants, Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester



2018          Frost Museum of Science, Miami, FL

2017          Frost Museum of Science, Miami, FL

2016          Yasher Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

                  &Gallery, Miami, FL

2014          Laguardia Community College, LIC, NY

                  Pyramid Studio Gallery, Miami, FL

2013          Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL

2012          I’espai de’ art Les Quintanes, Barcelona, Spain

2011          Pensacola State College, Anna Lamar Switzer Center, Pensacola,

                  llumination Exhibition, Johnstown, PA

2010          Gallery ID, Miami, FL

                  Franklin 54 Projects, New York, NY

                  Harlem School of the Arts, Harlem, NY

2008          Franklin 54 Gallery, New York, NY

                  Casper College, Casper Wyoming

                  Rockefeller University, New York, NY

                  Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum, Marshall, MN

2007          Jamestown Community College, Weeks Gallery, Jamestown, NY

2001          Texas Tech University, “Day of the Dead”, Lubbock, TX

1998          Hobart William & Smith College, Geneva, NY

1996          Beall Park Arts Center, Bozeman, MT

                  Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH


2018           Art & Culture Center Hollywood, Hollywood, FL, Biennial

                   ArtPrize 10, Grand Rapids, MI

2017           Gwanaghwamun International Art Festival, Seoul, Rep of Korea

                   Superfine Art Fair, NYC

2016           Fresh Out of Storage, New York, NY

2015           Opa-locka Art Center, 4 Woman Exhibitions, Miami, FL

                   Deering Estate, Festival of the Arts, Miami, FL

2015           Hollywood Art & Culture Center, Abracadabra, FL     

2014           Manifest Destiny, Little Haiti Cultural Center, Miami FL

                   Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL, Abracadabra

2013           Art & Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, FL, Abracadabra

2012           Institute Cultura, Llorenc del Penedes, Catalunya

2010           Art Works Johnstown, Illumination Exhibition, Johnstown, PA

                   Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2010           Rochester Contemporary Art, Rochester, NY

2008           A.I.R. Gallery, Generations 6, New York City

                   Delavan Gallery, Syracuse, NY

2007           Affordable Art Fair, New York City

                   Bridge Art Fair, Chicago

2006           Franklin 54 Gallery, New York, NY

2005           Albright Knox-Members Gallery, Buffalo, NY

                   Franklin 54 Gallery, New York, NY

2003           High Falls Arts Center-“Big”, Invitational, Rochester, NY

                   48th Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibition, Memorial Art Gallery



2018          Sandra Coleman, Hollywood, FL

2017          The Waskowmium, Burlington, VT

2008          Whitney Gallery, Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, WY

2004          The Elizabeth Collection, Rochester, NY

1998          SUNY Brockport College, Brockport, NY

                  Jewish Home foundation, Rochester, NY

1996          Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH

1990          Memorial Art Gallery-Patron Print

Artist Statement


As an artist, I am inspired by the transitional world that we experience. Particularly, about the relationship between natural and man-made environments. The juxtaposition between manufactured and organic drives me to find the layers behind each of these respective worlds, especially when we look through the lens of science and technology. I’m interested in seeing if these worlds can co-exist and not destroy each other. That being said I’m inspired & driven to find a balance myself as an artist and occupant of this amazing & fragile world I co-exist in.


As a creative, I am inspired to use my talent to investigate patterns from science, nature and art. When I consider the beauty of the ocean, a mountain side or a lush forest, I become cognizant of the story that may exist there.  My work is driven by my desire to discover the layers and stories in these spaces. The story always involves more than meets the eye, such as the development, pollutants and politics that now impact these beautiful natural spaces.


My goal is to invite my viewers in to a dimension that goes beyond 2D visual art hanging on a wall; I want to lure viewers into a complex 4D world that includes the typical visual layers, but also has the textual stories, and an exploration of our environment. By doing this, my work can be a forum for dialogues that may find solutions to protecting the natural environment, which is precious for human survival.






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