We are pleased to spotlight Austin Retlaff our newest 540Volunteer
(he/his/him) In addition to volunteering with 540WMain; Austin Retlaff is a graphic designer, writer, video editor and multi-disciplinary artist living and working in upstate New York. Throughout his art practice he explores storytelling, communication, novel approaches to media and technique, and being original within a marketable context. Austin is passionate about storytelling to create unity, impactful moments, and clarity around meaningful subjects.
See his portfolio
Why did you decide to volunteer/work at 540WMain Communiversity?
AR: Seeing the incredible work that the organization is part of
Where did you grow up?
AR: I grew up in Brighton
When you’re not volunteering/working at 540WMain what do you like to do?
AR: I like to listen to music, relax, watch videos, try new foods, and cook once in a while.
How do you stay healthy?
AR: I follow a vegan and gluten-free diet which is relatively plant-based.
What your favorite healthy food to eat?
AR: I love fresh fruits and vegetables, mushrooms, peas, and beets.
How do you express creativity in your life?
AR: I express my creativity through art, conversation and humor.
What is it that inspires you to work with 540WMain?
AR: The undefined possibilities
What are you working on now?
AR: I am applying for jobs in graphic design, hopefully some writing / and art installations soon.
What do you like best about living in Rochester?
AR: I appreciate the low cost of living, and unpretentious but still artistic and forward-thinking community among other things.
What do you like least about living in Rochester.
AR: Definitely the cold winters are a challenge. We can be too disconnected and not enough big city type of experiences
Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know?
AR: I look forward to whatever we can do together!
Please list any contact info you’d like to include (blog, twitter, email, FB,
- Austin Retzlaff on Facebook and LinkedIn,
- Austin Miles on behance.net
- (graphic design portfolio), _air_sign_ on instagram