The  Image Arts Alumni Association is thrilled to announce the inaugural inductees into Visionaries: the Image Arts Wall of Fame. There are over 5000 Image Arts alumni around the globe. These first five artists embody the diverse talent that is nurtured in the Image Arts Program as their passionate vision has found international acclaim.

Jeremy Podeswa (IMA ’84) wrote and directed three award-winning feature films (Fugitive Pieces, The Five Senses and Eclipse) before becoming one of the top television directors in the world. He has been nominated four times for Emmy Awards: for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, The Pacific (for which he was also nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award), and two times for Game of Thrones. 

Edward Burtynsky (IMA ’82) is one of the world’s most respected contemporary photographers. His depictions of industrialized landscapes are included in the collections of over sixty major museums and won him the TED Prize, Governor General’s Awards, The Outreach Award at the Rencontres d’Arles, the Roloff Beny Book Award, and the Rogers Best Canadian Film Award.

Pia Di Ciaula (IMA ’92) is an internationally renowned film and television editor based in London, England. Her credits include: the feature film Tyrannosaur, winning 40 awards worldwide; A Very English Scandal; Tess of the D’urbervilles; and The Crown, Netflix’s multi-BAFTA, Emmy and Golden Globe winning series.

Stephen Bulger (IMA ‘91) owner/operator of the Stephen Bulger Gallery, represents photographers and photography at the highest level. He has curated over 150 exhibitions, published many catalogues and books, participated in many art fairs, and was twice elected President of the Board for the Association of International Photography Art Dealers.

Peter Mettler (IMA ’82) holds a unique position for his innovation within the realm of documentary film and merging cinema with other disciplines. His films include Gambling Gods & LSDPetropolis, The End of Time, and Picture Of Light which was recently selected by TIFF as one of Canada’s Essential 150 Canadian Films.

These first five Visionaries will be inducted into the Wall of Fame at the annual Image Arts Awards Night in November.


A group for alumni from programs that are part of the
School of Image Arts or housed in the Image Arts Building

We meet quarterly and have a yearly AGM with board elections.

NEXT MEETING: Tues, Sept 18, Location TBD


Michael Kennedy – President
Aaron Yeger – Vice President
Glyn Evans – Vice President
Kyle Wilson – Treasurer
Kathleen Mackey – Communications Officer


The School of Image Arts offers a challenging curriculum and is home to a vibrant arts community. Students and faculty are actively involved in film and photography practice and in research to analyze, curate and archive a wide variety of traditional and contemporary image-based media.


Function is an annual publication showcasing the work of students of film, photography and new media. The magazine also features interviews with internationally acclaimed artists and image-makers such as: Jamel Shabazz, Harmony Korine, David Rokeby, Floria Sigismondi, Andres Serrano, David Cronenberg, Lauren Greenfield, Larry Sultan, Miranda July,  Chris Buck, The Starn Brothers, Bernard Faucon, Guerilla Girls, Eduardo Kac, Larry Towell, Jason Reitman, Mark Ruwedel and more.


Each spring every student regardless of program or year has an opportunity to show their work during a 3-day exhibition known as  Max Ex. This popular event consists of film and video screenings, still photography, digital illustration and animation, and mixed media installations. The show is completely student-run and open to the public with a special opening night to kick it off. This is a great opportunity to learn the ropes of exhibiting your work, whether you are in your first year or your last.


Every year in early May, the 4th year Film students organize their own public film screening over a 3-day period. This popular event takes place at a theatre outside of campus. Advance tickets, including 3-day passes for the event are available at online and at the School beginning in April, right up to the day of the first screening.


Ryerson Artspace is a student and faculty run gallery programmed by Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts which focuses on providing a venue for contemporary Canadian film, new media, and photography. For over twenty years we have been providing a unique and professional setting for hundreds emerging artists to showcase their work. This gallery space is rich with a lengthy history and provides an unparalleled opportunity for Ryerson students and Alumni to gain recognition in the Toronto arts community.The space is run by student interns, co-op students and several volunteers.