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Jayce Salloum

Ryerson School of Image Arts announces
2016-17 Visiting Artist Program


First public lecture: JAYCE SALLOUM, November 1, 7pm


The School of Image Arts at Ryerson University is pleased to announce its 2016-17 Visiting Artist Program. The selected artists are invited to share their expertise with students through in-class critiques, seminars and public lectures open to the Ryerson community and the general public. This year’s visiting artists are: photo/video artist Jayce Salloum for the fall semester, and screen writer/producer Karen Walton in the winter semester.

Jayce Salloum projects are rooted in an intimate engagement with place(s), and the people that inhabit them. A grandson of Syrian immigrants from the Beqaa Valley (Lebanon) he was born and raised on Sylix (Okanagan) territory in Kelowna, BC. After 22 years living and working in San Francisco, Banff, Toronto, San Diego, Beirut, and New York he has been based in Vancouver the last 20 years. His videotapes, photographs, installations, and other cultural projects engage the personal/subjective, reconfiguring notions of identity, community, history, boundaries, exile, (trans/inter/intra)nationalism and resistance. His work has involved production and facilitation in many locales including Afghanistan, Lebanon, Palestine, the former Yugoslavia, Europe, San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Central America, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, Kamloops, Kelowna, Cumberland House, Vancouver, Aotearoa, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Philippines and Australia. He has exhibited pervasively at the widest range of local and international venues possible, from the smallest unnamed storefronts in his Vancouver neighbourhood (downtown eastside) to institutions such as the Musée du Louvre, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, National Gallery of Canada, Bienal De La Havana, Sharjah Biennial, Biennale of Sydney and the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Salloum is a recipient of the 2014 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts and a finalist of the 2016 Scotiabank Photography Award. He is represented by MKG127, Toronto.

Karen Walton is an award-winning screenwriter and creative producer whose credits span an eclectic array of popular, critically-acclaimed and ground-breaking film and television works. To film lovers, she’s the sardonic scribe behind the international cult horror classic, GINGER SNAPS. In television, she’s been in the earliest writing rooms for game-changing series such as gay culture classic QUEER AS FOLK, and science fiction sensation ORPHAN BLACK. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Film and TV Writing program, her other credits include the Gemini awarding-winning television-movie script for the true rape-culture saga, THE MANY TRIALS OF ONE JANE DOE, bio pic HEART: THE MARILYN BELL STORY and six other original drama series, FLASHPOINT, THE ELEVENTH HOUR, and THE LISTENER among them. Her unique voice and dedication to social change through innovative content has won Walton a Canadian Comedy Award, a special jury citation from the Toronto International Film Festival, Canadian Screen Awards for Best Dramatic Series, and the Writers Guild of Canada’s Writers Block Award for outstanding contribution to the national screenwriting community. In 2016, she was awarded the Canadian Academy’s highest honour for writing – the Margaret Collier Award. Born in Nova Scotia, 2016 marks Karen’s 22nd year living and writing in Toronto.


All lectures are free and open to the public:

Jayce Salloum – Tuesday, November 1 – 7 pm
School of Image Arts, 122 Bond St., Room 307, Toronto, ON -

Karen Walton – Thursday, March 2 – 7 pm
School of Image Arts, 122 Bond St., Room 307, Toronto, ON -


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School of Image Arts Mission Statement: The School of Image Arts will deliver comprehensive undergraduate and graduate education in the linked disciplines of film, photography and integrated digital. The curriculum will embrace a balance of theory and practice, fine art and commercial production, while nourishing critical thinking and freedom of expression. Each program will recognize the vital contribution of art, design and visual and critical studies in their respective fields of specialization.


For more information contact: Sara Angelucci – s3angelu@ryerson.ca