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Denis Defibaugh

Professor
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design

585-475-7401
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Denis Defibaugh

Professor
School of Photographic Arts and Sciences
College of Art and Design

Education

BS, MS, Rochester Institute of Technology

585-475-7401

Currently Teaching

PHAP-416
3 Credits
This course provides photography students the unique opportunity to participate in a one-week intensive workshop that travels to New York City, the center of the advertising photography industry. Through this field trip and accompanying lectures and studio visits, students will experience an introduction to the field of professional photography and related industries in New York City. The purpose of the trip is to provide a broad view of advertising and editorial photography within the city. Students meet with a variety of photographers, art directors, designers, filmmakers, photo editors, photographer agents, assistants, and RIT alumni. Photography studios, advertising agencies, graphic design studios, magazines, galleries, and museums will be visited during the one-week trip. Permission to enroll is required. The trip is a mandatory course requirement and requires an additional travel fee.
PHAP-301
3 Credits
This is the first of a sequence of required advertising photography courses that investigates visual problem solving when applied to commercial photography. Studio and other controlled environments will be encountered through assignments. Advertising and editorial solutions and applications will be explored. The skills necessary to photograph people, places, and things will be learned through various assignments.
PHAP-403
3 Credits
This course is required for advertising photography students who are approaching graduation and are preparing to present themselves to potential employers. Students will narrow their field of interests to focus their work for an end-of-study portfolio. Existing and new work will be edited, sequenced and prepared to form a professional quality portfolio, promotional materials, a resume/cover letter, a market research paper and a business plan.
PHGR-660
3 Credits
This course will offer students an immersive educational experience while traveling and photographing in Cuba. Through photographic assignments, related field trips, and lectures, this course will introduce students to a new culture and environment, and critically engage with the concept of travel photography. Students will be exposed to challenges found in available light situations where they will photograph environments, architecture, and the people of Cuba. A final portfolio and exhibition will illustrate effective visual documentation of Cuban culture. Permission to enroll is required. Travel fees will be required.
PHAR-599
1 - 3 Credits
Photography Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser, will propose a course of study. Photography Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll.
PHAR-560
3 Credits
This course will offer students the unique opportunity to participate in an immersive educational experience while traveling and photographing in Cuba. Through the use of photography, related field trips and lectures, this course will introduce students to a new culture and environment. Students will be exposed to challenges found in available light situations where they will photograph environments, architecture, and the people of Cuba. A final portfolio will illustrate effective visual documentation of Cuban culture.

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Peer Reviewed/Juried Poster Presentation
Defibaugh, Denis. "North by Nuuk, Greenland After Kent." Proceedings of the USA-Greenland Research and Educational Workshop. Ed. NA. Nuuk, Greenland, Greenland: n.p..
Invited Article/Publication
Defibaugh, Denis. "Interview with Denis Defibaugh, an American Photographer." Shandong Pictorial Magazine. (2018). Print.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Afterlifes of Natural History." Quil Image. (2017). Print.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Afterlifes of Natural History." 照片 2.PNG. (2015). Print.
Defibaugh, Denis. "From Prostitutes to Polkas, A Rememberance of the Historic Range Rider Lodge in Silver Gate, Montana." Big Sky Journal. (2014). Print.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Illuminated Manuscript." Selections. (2014). Print.
Shows/Exhibits/Installations
Defibaugh, Denis. Professor. Jun. 2017. Sisimiut Museum, Sisimiut, Greenland. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Professor. Dec. 2016. Stank Gallery, Philadelphia, Pa. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Afterlifes of Natural History. 1 May 2015. View Arts Center, Old Forge, NY. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Afterlifes of Natural History. Jan. 2014. Cornell University, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Gallery, Ithaca. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Day of the Dead. Sep. 2014. Longmont Art Museum, Longmont, Co. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Day of the Dead. Nov. 2012. Brown v Board of Education National Historic Site, Topeka. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Eye for an Ear. Jul. 2012. Galarie Huit, Arles, France. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Natural History series. Apr. 2012. Spectrum Gallery at Lumiere, Rochester, NY. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Human+Time+Space. Mar. 2011. DOB Haulamphong Gallery, Bangkok, Thailand. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. Dia de los Muertos. Oct. 2011. Sioux Falls Visual Arts Center, Sioux Falls, SD. Exhibit.
Defibaugh, Denis. George Eastman House Benefit Auction. Oct. 2011. Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City. Exhibit.
External Scholarly Fellowships/National Review Committee
4/25/2016 - 6/15/2017
     Polar Field Services
     Amount: $65,000.00
12/15/2015 - 11/30/2017
     NSF
     Amount: $650,000
12/1/2015 - 11/30/2018
     National Science Foundation
     Amount: $645,155.00
National/International Competition Award Winner
Frear, Denis Defibaugh/ Lorrie. Creativity International Awards. Best of Show Award to Positive Negative Magazine. Lexington, KY, 2015.
Frear, Denis Defibaugh/ Lorrie. RIT. Frank Romano Award. Rochester, NY, 2015.
Defibaugh, Denis and Lorrie Frear. 43rd International Creativity Awards. Best of Show International Award to Positive Negative Magazine. Louisville, KY, 2014.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Defibaugh, Denis. "Afterlives of Natural History." Exhibition lecture. Cornell University. Ithaca, NY. 20 Mar. 2014. Lecture.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Day of the Dead." Day of the Dead lecture. Washburn University. Topeka, KN. 30 Oct. 2012. Lecture.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Dia de los Muertos." Center of Latin American Studies lecture series. Kansas University. Lawrence, KN. 31 Oct. 2012. Lecture.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Day of the Dead." Midland College lecture series. Midland College. Midland, KY. 27 Oct. 2012. Lecture.
Defibaugh, Denis. "The Professional Portfolio." ASMP-WesternNY. ASMP-WesternNY. Buffalo, NY, Buffalo, NY. 21 Jul. 2011. Lecture.
Defibaugh, Denis. "The Emotion of Light." Pensacola State College Artist Workshop. Pensacola State College. Pensacola State College, Pensacola, Florida. 25 May 2011. Lecture.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Celebration of the Dead." Sioux Falls Visual Arts Center. Sioux Falls, SD. 29 Oct. 2011. Lecture.
Book Chapter
Karas, Vanja. "Natural History series." Eye for an Ear. London, England: UBYU, 2012. Print.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Denis Defibaugh." Human+Time+Space. Bangkok, Thailand: DOB Haulamphong Gallery, 2011. na. Print.
Defibaugh, Denis. "Day of the Dead/Celebrating the Dead." CNNphotos Blog. cnnphotos.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/01celebrating-the-dead/: CNN, 2011. na. Web.
Journal Paper
Defibaugh, Denis. "Interview Documenting the Day of the Dead." NPR, The Daily Picture Show, National Edition. (2012): online. Web.
Formal Presentation
Defibaugh, Denis. “From Soft Light to Modernist Light.” Minnesota State University Moorhead Community College Arts Symposium. Moorhead, MN. 18-20 October 2010. Presentation.