I·M·A Gallery 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. The gallery is located in the heart of Toronto’s gallery district at 80 Spadina Avenue. 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 four student interns, co-op students and several volunteers.

Formerly known as the Ryerson Gallery, the space was renamed I·M·A Gallery in 2010 after the construction of the new Ryerson Imaging Centre located within the School of Image Arts on 50 Gould Street.  I·M·A stands for the three letter abbreviation given by Ryerson University to each of its faculties, ours being Image Arts. It is also a pun when said out loud – “I am a gallery”.

Don Snyder, Professor, former Chair of the School of Image Arts and founder of the Ryerson Gallery, serves as faculty advisor and Gallery Director. The team of students is responsible for installation, fundraising, promotion, event planning, website design, and gallery operations. Approximately 150 students from Photography, New Media and Film are involved in yearly shows based on both course projects and independent work.

We have recently put together an advisory committee of industry professionals who have an interest in the gallery and are willing to help keep this space active for many years to come.

Mr. David Oliver, Chair – Avid art collector and supporter of the IMA Gallery for the past 15 years.

Robyn McCallum (BFA 2008) – Art Coordinator for TD Bank, Robyn studied in the Photography program at Ryerson and was formerly the Development Coordinator of IMA Gallery (2007-08).

Sarah Munro (BFA 2009, MA 2011) – Toronto-based arts administrator, writer and curator, Sarah studied BFA in Photography and MA in Photographic Collections Management and was Exhibition Coordinator of IMA Gallery in 2009.

Michelle Wilson (BFA 2011) – Michelle studied Photography at Ryerson, and was an intern at IMA Gallery in 2010-11 and administrator of IMA Gallery’s twentieth anniversary portfolio, Obscura. 

Get involved with I·M·A Gallery today! Sign up for our e-newsletter to find out about upcoming events and exhibitions. E-mail us if you are interested in getting involved or volunteering.



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