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IMA Alumni association announces IMA Visionaries


There are over 5000 Image Arts alumni across Canada and 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.

Stephen Bulger (Image Arts ‘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.

Edward Burtynsky (Image Arts ’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 (Image Arts ’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.

Peter Mettler (Image Arts ’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 & LSD, Petropolis, The End of Time, and Picture Of Light which was recently selected by TIFF as one of Canada’s Essential 150 Canadian Films.

Jeremy Podeswa (Image Arts ’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.

These first five Visionaries will be inducted into the Wall of Fame at the annual Image Arts Awards Night, Thursday, November 15th.