Full Frame Winner for “Best in Show”: Julia Callon

Julia Callon, The Creative Process No. 2, 2011, Giclée print.

I·M·A Gallery would like to thank everyone who came out and gave support for the Full Frame Holiday Show and Sale. Full Frame is an annual fundraising initiative to support I·M·A Gallery, a non-profit student-run gallery. Thanks to the success of this event and your continuing support, the gallery continues to provide an exhibition venue for contemporary Canadian and international film, new media and photography.

Many talented emerging artists from Ryerson’s School of Image Arts contributed work to Full Frame, but only one could be chosen as “Best in Show.” We were very honoured to have Maia-Mari Sutnik, Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario, as our distinguished judge this year.  She has contributed to many publications, including international editions of Contemporary Photographers and Contemporary Masterpieces, and more recently “Deuil: New Work by Spring Hurlbut,” for Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art. Major exhibitions curated include, Responding to PhotographyGutmann,  Michel Lambeth: Photographer,  Pop Photographica: Photography’s Objects in Everyday Life, and Eisenstaedt: Two Visions, produced in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) exhibition Ansel Adams. She is currently working on an exhibition of the legendary Czech photographer, Josef Sudek.

Of the judging process Sutnik wrote: “There were many promising artists, and it was not easy  to arrive at only one prize winner.” We are pleased to announced that the winner of “Best in Show” for Full Frame 2011 is Julia Callon for her image The Creative Process No. 2, from the series The Creative Process. Sutnik was particularly impressed with her working methodology and her “imaginative theatricality” for this series. Sutnik states: Her methods are unassuming , yet she brings a quirky ingenuity to creating relationships that are open-ended to the creative potential in her uses of technology bridged  to her expressive purpose. Further stating that her “emerging artistic practice shows promise” Sutnik has awarded her the grand prize for this event: Julia will be given a solo show at I·M·A Gallery next season. We look forward to featuring more of her work here at I·M·A Gallery.

Honorable Mentions for Full Frame also go out to Lindsey King and Ben Lariviere. Congratulations and many thanks to all participants who helped to put on an amazing show. I·M·A Gallery would also like to thank all its sponsors: Adina Photo and Custom Frames, Art Metropole, Downtown Camera, Elpro, Gallery TPW, Gallery 44, Henry’s, Lowepro, PFACS – Ryerson University, School of Image Arts, Pikto, Prefix Photo Magazine, The Drake Hotel, Scaramouche, and Toronto Image Works.