Trained as a painter, Stephanie Owens has continued to explore the paradoxical relationship between materiality and representation in her work in digital media. In both her painting and digital work, she has focused on notions of system failures, muteness, absence and the post-representational tension between form and content. Ultimately all of her work addresses questions about the nature of human expression within restrictive systems and the gap between systemic logic and our experience.

Owens is the co-founder and former Chief Creative Officer of Oddcast, a new media company dedicated to creating new models of entertainment on the web. A trailblazer in the arena of user-generated media, Ms. Owens's work as a designer brought the first interactive music video maker to the Web for clients such as BMG, RCA, Much Music USA, Universal Studios, Warner Brothers Entertainment, HBO, MTV and Britt Allcroft. As recipient of many accolades for her work as a designer, Ms. Owens has been awarded top honors in the Omni Media Awards (1998), the Webby Awards (2000) and Flash Forward (2002, 2001).

Ms. Owens has applied her expertise in building online communities to a series of projects dedicated to using web technologies to connect local communities to larger global networks. She has been the designer and media consultant for "Rights Alert," a broadband Web site for “Witness,” a documentary video organization founded by Peter Gabriel. She is also the designer of "Mapping New Terrains: Communities in Transition," a Web initiative of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council that tracks the transformation of Central Harlem.

Most recently, Ms. Owens has co-founded the storefront new media space in East Harlem, NY, "MediaNoche" which is dedicated to context-specific media and network-based art projects. Currently Ms. Owens is the principal designer and creative director for Wallflowermedia and professor at Parsons School of Design, Graduate Department of Design and Technology in New York City. Owens has an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited as an artist and designer in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.