Bio

Jayanti Seiler has generated work as a photographer for over nineteen years and she is an Associate Professor at the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies in Daytona Beach Florida, where she has been teaching photography since 2011. Her commitment and contributions to animal activism extend far beyond her photographic work to include alignments with animal rights groups to help investigate backyard sanctuaries and zoos that profit from big cat “cub encounters”. Jayanti filed animal abuse reports with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and as a result she was called as a witness in a court case brought against a wildlife sanctuary in Florida that exploits animals for profit. The sanctuary was fined a civil penalty and ordered to cease and desist from violating the Animal Welfare Act and Regulations.

Jayanti’s 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, Véganes Magazine in Canada, Vision Magazine in Beijing, Edge of Humanity Magazine "From Lifesaving to Exploitation- The Human Factor in the Animal's Life”, Muybridge’s Horse Magazine, and Bird In Flight Magazine “The Golden Cage” in Russia. She has been exhibited widely including the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach Florida, Chiang Mai University Art Museum in Thailand, Harvard University, Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia, The von Liebig Art Center in Naples Florida, Washington State University, and the Florida Consortium of Art Schools. In 2018, Jayanti’s body of work titled, “Of One and The Other”, will be exhibited at WORKSPACE Gallery in Nebraska. She 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 featured on the Discovery Animalist Channel in 2014. She was a speaker at the 2013 Society for Photographic Education Southeast Regional Conference in Florida, where she presented her photography series, “Clemency Raptor”, captured at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland Florida and the Marine Science Center in Ponce Inlet Florida, featuring a vignette of life for birds of prey in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centers.

Jayanti was granted a fellowship from the University of Florida where she received her Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2011. 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 a film installation titled, “Docket”, featuring monologues of former foster care children and GAL volunteers to heighten awareness about abuses occurring in the child welfare system. The film was exhibited at University Gallery in Gainesville Florida in 2011 and screened at the Pride Community Center of North Central Florida and the Alachua County Partnership for Strong Families.