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Tracey Salaway artworks

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: RITDSA-0178

Scope and Contents

This collection contains art by Deaf artist and RIT alumna Tracey Salaway. These are digital art posters addressing Deaf Culture themes, and one stained glass piece.


"I am Fish" 2003, 24” x 28”
"A Bird is Free" 2003, 24” x 29”
"The New Future" [World trade centers with daisy and Dali’s last supper at bottom] 2003, 24” x 39"
"Self-Expression Matters/DieHard of Hearing - Evil Snail Comes After You!" Printed broadside 2002, 11” x 8 1/2”
"Scares Deaf/DieHard of Hearing - Why does fear reverberate through our society??" 2003, 28 1/2" x 23”
[stained glass depicting kites] undated, 18" x 22"


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 2002-2003, undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

Tracey Salaway was born in 1961 in Manhattan, in New York City. During her first 5 years, Tracey lived in Brooklyn Heights, NY and attended the St. Joseph School for the Deaf, Bronx, NY for 10 months. Her family migrated to Port Washington, NY and Tracey entered a local mainstreamed hearing school.

Tracey was transferred to an Oralist program at the beginning of Junior High year. Tracey attended the National Technical Institute for the Deaf for one year before transferring to the College of Fine and Applied Arts (since renamed to the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences) of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Tracey graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in 1985.

During her professional experience, Tracey worked and interacted her way up from being a production artist to Art Director for 7 years through various corporations, in-house departments, and art studios. Tracey returned to RIT in 1991 to study Film/Video related to Computer Animation, and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in 1995.

Tracey is an Associate Professor and Chairperson of the Art Program at Gallaudet University, and is currently studying oils and digital arts.

Artist's Statement:

"I discovered a sense of love was needed to give a strong impact and a pessimistic view. Like one of my film influences was the infamous film called 'Gogol: The Nose,' produced by Alexeiff & C. Parker. Most films gave me a feeling that something crawled underneath my skin, and that was the feeling I was searching for. One of my biggest influences was the comic strip, the 'Opus n' Bill Outland' by Berkeley Breathed. I believe the beauty and the creativity that takes place indoors and outdoors that his drawing of characters are whimsical and adventurous. Very saturated color, the artistic style was as clear and crisp. Probably similar styles to my film."


6 Item(s)




Five digital art posters and one stained glass piece.


This collection is primarily on display, and not arranged.

Physical Location

Items 1 and 5 are on display in Rosica Hall. Item 3 is on display in RADSCC, The Wallace Center. Item 2 is in TWC room 1422. Item 4 is in the Archives Reading Room, drawer 31. Item 6 is in C.S.North Shelf 208.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Posters purchased by NTID Liason Librarian Joan Naturale circa 2005-2006. Stained glass donated by Paula Grcevic in 2017.

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Ella von Holtum in September 2017.

Tracey Salaway artworks
RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive
Ella von Holtum
15 September 2017
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Repository Details

Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA