Nathan Selikoff is a fine artist working in the intersection of interactivity, math, and code. He received a B.F.A. in Computer Animation and a minor in Computer Science from the University of Central Florida. Inspired by the behavior of systems, science, nature, and music, Selikoff combines computer code, traditional materials, and future technology to bring new ideas to life. His work explores interactivity and motion in time and space.
Selikoff's award-winning artwork has been exhibited and performed in galleries and venues throughout the United States and around the world, including Art Basel in Switzerland; Bridges Math Art Conferences in Portugal, Hungary, Canada and the Netherlands; the Maitland Art Center in Florida; AXIOM Gallery in Boston; the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art; the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in California; SIGGRAPH Art Galleries in various US cities, and the Orlando Mini Maker Faire.
Multiple reasons. I was planning on starting undergrad as a Computer Science major, and UCF's CS program has a very good reputation. Towards the end of high school ('98, '99), I had participated in a programming competition at UCF, and I had met Professor J. Michael Moshell, who was in CS and also starting a cross-disciplinary Digital Media program, which at the time was hard to find. I also liked the fact that I would have the resources of a big university with the personal attention of smaller classes through the Honors program. I received a lot of financial assistance from UCF in the form of grants, scholarships, and other perks like money to buy a new laptop. I also visited other colleges in the Northeast where I grew up, including Ivy League schools, but between the financial aid and the strong network of friends and family that I had built up in Central Florida, I decided to go to UCF.
There are a lot of opportunities at UCF, especially for self-motivated students. My interests were quite diverse and unusual: art and technology. There wasn't a program within the University that was just right for me, but I was able to make my own major, in a sense, by combining coursework from Computer Science, Digital Media, Art, and the Computer Animation specialization within the Art department. I ended up with a BFA in Art - Animation and a minor in Computer Science, and a smattering of other classes from Digital Media, the Honors program, and the Music department (I sang in multiple choirs throughout college) that I really enjoyed. I also connected strongly with a community of new friends at InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
The first thing that comes to mind is growth. UCF was constantly growing, and experiencing growing pains along with that growth. I would imagine the mantra "Under Construction Forever" probably still applies these days. The second thing that comes to mind is exploration. "U Can't Finish" was another joke acronym we threw around, and it spoke to the commuter nature of the school, with many students balancing coursework and real life; and to the exploratory nature of students who weren't afraid to change majors multiple times and look for what really fit them.
Initially I thought I would blaze through undergrad in 3.5 years, since I had AP credits from High School and knew what I wanted to do. It turns out I wasn't as sure as I seemed, and ended up changing majors a few times and making more room in my schedule for things like music and extracurricular activities. Also, through my best friend and roommate in college, I met my future wife (his sister), though I didn't know it at the time!
I wouldn't be where I am or who I am today if I hadn't gone to UCF. The people I met there shaped my heart in significant ways, and the things I learned, studied and practiced there were the seeds of my fine art career and freelance work that I'm engaged in today. I'm actually one of those people who uses what they learned in college every day.
For more information and work samples, visit nathanselikoff.com.
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