Ryan Hartley Smith is an illustrator based in New York City.
Smith’s print work has been awarded a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators and has been recognized by American Illustration, Latin American Ilustración and Creative Quarterly. His work 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.
Smith was a 2020 recipient of the Norman Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies Fellowship, and has written on sexuality and race in American illustration for permanent collection reinterpretations at both the Delaware Art Museum and the Norman Rockwell Museum.
In 2023, Smith was appointed as an Associate Professor of Illustration at the School of Graduate Studies at FIT. Previously, he was an Associate Professor of Illustration at CUNY Queens College.
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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