A visual artist living and working in Cleveland, Ohio, Mary Defer attended Kenyon College, earning a B.A. in Studio Art. Her work was displayed at the World Financial Center in New York City through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards and was subsequently selected by the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities for display at the Old Post Office in Washington, D.C. Her photographs have been recognized by organizations such as the Audubon Society of Greater Cleveland and Valley Art Center, and exhibited at venues such as the Cleveland Print Room, BAYarts, and Summit Artspace. A book of her photography was included in the Cleveland Museum of Art’s DIY: Photographers and Books exhibition highlighting print-on-demand photobook advancements.