Jayanti Seiler has generated work as a photographer for over 18 years and she is an Associate Professor at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach Florida, where she has taught photography since 2011. Jayanti’s current and on-going series titled, “Of One and The Other", developed out of her long-term dedication to wildlife rehabilitation and rescue where she seeks to raise awareness regarding the complexity of human-animal relationships to impart a greater consideration and respect for our fellow inhabitants of this planet.
Her work has gained national and international recognition in publications including The New York Times LENS “Humans and Animals: A Complicated Bond”, LIFE FORCE Magazine in the UK, LENSCRATCH, Muybridge’s Horse, Bird in Flight Magazine “Golden Cage” in Russia, The Daily Telegraph in London, Edge of Humanity Magazine, and Vision Magazine in Beijing. Jayanti’s work has been exhibited widely including the Chiang Mai University Art Museum in Thailand, the Southeast Museum of Photography in Florida, Harvard University, The von Liebig Art Center in Naples Florida, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, Washington State University, and the Florida Consortium of Art Schools. In 2016, she was selected for a solo exhibition at WORKSPACE Gallery in Nebraska. Jayanti was commissioned by Big Cat Rescue in Tampa Florida, one of the largest accredited sanctuaries in the country dedicated to abused and abandoned big cats to create a film, which was featured on the Discovery Animalist Channel in 2014. She was a selected speaker at the 2013 Society for Photographic Education Southeast Regional Conference in Florida, where she presented her photography series, “Clemency Raptor”, featuring a vignette of life for birds of prey while in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers.
Jayanti received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2011 from University of Florida. Upon acceptance she was granted a fellowship to study photography and work as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School of Art and Art History graduate program. She was the sole recipient of this award as well as the Dennis and Colette Campay Scholarship in 2011. Jayanti earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2000, where she received the T.C. Colley Award and Scholarship. In 2010, Jayanti became a Guardian ad Litem (GAL), a court appointed advocate representing children's rights in the foster care system in Alachua County and created the experimental film and installation titled, “Docket”, featuring monologues of former foster care children and GAL volunteers to heighten awareness about abuses frequently occurring in the child welfare system. The film was screened at the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida and the Alachua County Partnership for Strong Families in Florida and the corresponding video installation was exhibited at University Gallery in Gainesville Florida in 2011.