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Mary Defer is a visual artist living and working in Cleveland, Ohio. She was raised on a fourth generation family farm in the northeast part of the state. In 2010, her painting Embers was displayed at the World Financial Center in New York City through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and was subsequently selected by President Obama’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities for display at the Old Post Office in Washington, D.C. Defer holds a B.A. in Studio Art from Kenyon College, where she received the 2014 Robert H. Hallstein Memorial Award in Art. Her photographs have been recognized by organizations such as the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland and Valley Art Center, and have been exhibited at venues such as the Cleveland Print Room, BAYarts, and Summit Artspace. In 2012, a book of her photography was included in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s DIY: Photographers & Books exhibition.