Stephanie Ognar was an artist and information professional who received a BFA in art education (1996), an MFA in art and design (1999), and an MS in library and information science (2002) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also spent a year in the fine art sculpture program at the Norwich School of Art and Design in Norwich, England (1994–95). She exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States and Europe and participated in various collaborative and web-based artists' projects. Her honors include a four-week artist residency fellowship from the Ucross Foundation in Clearmont, Wyoming, in 2009.
The Stephanie Ognar Memorial Scholarship Fund in Art and Design will allow the School of Art and Design in the College of Fine and Applied Arts to award a scholarship in honor of Stephanie. If the total amount contributed to the fund reaches $25,000, an endowment will be established with the University of Illinois Foundation that will provide income for annual awards in perpetuity in Stephanie's memory. Gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.