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Image Arts Awards 2020

Congratulations to IMA Student Award Recipients

It has been an extraordinary year and as we mark the anniversary of when the ways of learning changed for our students, one thing that has not changed is their talent and commitment to excellence. They have been resilient and innovative in continuing to produce outstanding work.

The School of Image Arts was one of very few schools at Ryerson implementing a hybrid teaching and learning approach last fall. Although all course material continued to be delivered online, in-person activities in our production and technology classes and the use of the photo studio and sound stage, albeit under restricted protocols, allowed our students to continue to apply their practical skills on campus. We are especially proud of our faculty and administrative and operational staff, whose leadership and dedication to our students focused on optimizing engaging ways of learning and accessing equipment and resources offered by our school.

The ways in which we celebrate the work and achievements of our students has also been affected. Although social activities surrounding our school’s year-end shows and Awards Night have been suspended, the showcases have been moved online. While we are not able to celebrate in person, it remains important to acknowledge our students’ academic and creative achievements and we invite you to enjoy their work. In the following program and reels are examples of work by our undergraduate students in film, photography, and integrated digital and graduate students in documentary media and preservations & collections management.

Ryerson film student wins 2020 Glenn Gould Protégé Prize, external link
Ojibwe filmmaker Victoria Anderson-Gardner selected by Glenn Gould Prize winner Alanis Obomsawin

PDF file Image Arts 2020 Awards Program

IMA 2020 Awards Program

Thank You

To our school’s donors, partners, friends, and family: Your support of our students is so very important in recognizing their talent and craftship and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your continued support and encouragement are an investment in the future of our students and graduates. We are proud of this past year’s achievements, including Curtiss Randolph and Chris Donovan (New Generation Photography Award), Andrew Cividino (Emmy Award for Best Direction in a Comedy Series), Alia Youssef (Ryerson University Gold Medal Award), Kazik Radwanski (Toronto Film Critics Association: Rogers Best Canadian Film Award for Anne at 13,000 Ft.), and Wynne Neilly (TIME magazine cover featuring Elliot Page).

Robert Ott, Chair

The School of Image Arts is greatly indebted to the individuals, families, companies and associations that have sponsored this year’s awards. Your contribution has made a difference to so many.

Awards Criteria and Recipients

Student Work - Film Program

Student Work - Photography Program

Student Work - MFA Documentary Media Program

MA: Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management

2020 Recipients

SF Award in Photography: PDF fileAlexander Arslanyan - Internship/Research proposal

Peter Higdon Award: PDF fileCassandra Spires - Excerpt: Thesis Proposal

The Photographic Historical Society of Canada's Graduate Thesis Award: PDF fileBrandon Leung - Thesis Abstract

Barbara Sternberg Award: PDF fileHelen Lee - Research Proposal

Roloff Beny Foundation Photography Award: PDF fileRecipients

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The First Edition Photobook Show 

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Congratulations to Christopher Donovan

Be sure to check back for our IMA year-end student shows.


Our upcoming student year-end events include Maximum Exposure 26 (opening April 30) and Doc Now 2021. In addition, we invite you to visit our annual visual art and culture publication, Function, and Ryerson Artspace, our gallery at 401 Richmond. For more information, please see the links below.

Function Magazine , external link, opens in new window

Function is annual visual art and culture publication run by students from Ryerson's School of Image Arts.

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Join us on Thursday, April 30th, 2021 at 6:30 pm for the twenty-sixth iteration of Maximum Exposure. This year, we look to the forefront of visual culture and image technologies while continuing its quarter-century legacy of showcasing the very best of IMA’s diverse array of student work.

Ryerson Artspace , external link, opens in new window

Ryerson Artspace is a fully accessible, student and faculty run gallery space located at our new location 401 Richmond in the heart of Toronto’s art and design district. For over twenty-five years we have been providing a unique and professional setting for Ryerson students, faculty, and alumni to experiment and showcase their work. 

DocNow Film Festival , external link, opens in new window

Doc Now 2021 is an interdisciplinary documentary festival featuring innovative work from the Ryerson University’s Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media program. This multi- arts, multi-media festival showcases the film, photography, installation, and new media work of a diverse group of international storytellers.