Adjunct Professor Ryan Seslow Uses Art as an Extension of Communication
Written by Siah Prince & Venisha Henry
York's Adjunct Assistant Professor, Ryan Seslow is more than a Communications Technology Professor. He juggles being an artist, a graphic designer, and a front end web designer! Prof. Seslow teaches a host of classes including hybrid studio art, digital art, graphic design, new media, digital storytelling, communication technology & web design courses for graduate and undergraduate level programs at various colleges in New York City. Between CUNY’s York College, the Borough of Manhattan Community College, NYIT, and a few more Selsow has over 15 years of teaching experience.
Seslow recently featured several unique sculptures on his Instagram page. The sculptures are made from packaging tape, construction paper, and other easily accessible mediums. When asked about his inspiration to create this collection, he explained the importance of communication as he is deaf and hard of hearing.
“I’m co-dependent on lip and speech reading, body language, and facial expressions to communicate, says Seslow. "I take visual cues and never take communication for granted. In fact, most of my work revolves around the question of: ‘how can I can communicate this thought, feeling, or philosophy that I have?’ But, in a way that is inclusive, accessible, and transparent... it’s hard! But that energy is motivating.”