Ryan Hartley Smith is an illustrator and educator based in New York City. His practice mixes print and animation for a variety of contexts ranging from publications to theater spaces. Smith's work is focused on using visual storytelling to foster civic engagement and expand historical scholarship on illustration.
Smith is the recipient of a 2020 Norman Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies Fellowship, and is the Deputy Chair of Design at CUNY Queens College, where he is an Assistant Professor of Illustration.
Smith’s print work has been awarded a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators and recognized by American Illustration, Latin American Ilustración and Creative Quarterly. He has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, the Museum of American Illustration, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Walters Art Museum.
Public art commissions include the Delaware Art Museum and the NYC Department of Transportation. His animated works for theater and dance productions have been presented at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Tribeca Film Festival Community Series, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Miami New World Symphony, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Fellowships include BRIC Media Arts and Groundswell Community Mural Project.
You can reach Ryan at r.hartley.smith@gmail.com.
Selected Clients
AmeriCorps Public Allies, APICS Magazine, Borscht Film Festival, Brooklyn Community Pride Center, BuzzFeed, Center for Urban Pedagogy, The Delaware Art Museum, EMPAC Arts, I'm From Driftwood LGBT Archives, Hermes of Paris, Juilliard Music and Technology Center, National YoungArts Foundation, NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs, NYC Dept of Transportation Art Program, NYC Independent Budget Office, Sid Lee Creative Agency,Teaching Tolerance Magazine, UpWorthy, The Washington Post

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