Jonathan Hobin is an award-winning and internationally noted photo-based artist and art director. His work draws on iconic literary, cinematic and historical references and popular culture to explore the darker aspects of childhood, politics and storytelling. Considered a controversial figure and “one of Canada’s most polarizing contemporary visual artists” (CBC’s Q), Hobin’s work has been exhibited internationally and featured in major media including CNN, CBC, BBC as well as art publications including Kunst (Germany), Photographers Companion (China) and Beaux Arts (France).



The Twins, 2010, from the series In the Playroom


Michael Tardioli co-founded The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa in 2005 to create an intensive photographic experience for those seeking to hone their artistic skills.

Tardioli began his career in photography as an analogue printmaker, most notably collaborating to produce prints for artists Yousuf and Malak Karsh. Shortly thereafter he became a founding partner in the highly successful portrait studio, Yanishevsky Tardioli. Tardioli developed new techniques in silver archival print-making, leading to commissions from the Honourable Mitchell Sharp, Margaret Trudeau, and Roberta Bondar. 

Embracing the emergence of digital photography, Tardioli achieved a calibre of printmaking with digital tools that has normally only been associated with traditional techniques. Bridging this gap allowed him to attract such significant clients as the Canada Council for the Arts, the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Museum of Nature, and garnered him the Canadian Applied Arts Award.

Tardioli’s work can be found in the collections of the National Library and Archives, the National Arts Centre, and the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The Children’s Hospital collection was published as a book entitled Hope.

As a teacher, Tardioli has mentored a generation of students, many of whom have developed into acclaimed artists and successful commercial photographers. 

Tardioli’s students have gone on to receive international recognition and prestigious awards; their work has been acquired and commissioned by institutions around the world.

Broken Book No. 8, 1998


Whitney Lewis-Smith is an Ottawa based artist and photographer. Her nature morte work touches on themes relating to mortality, the afterlife, and humanity’s connection with and impact on the natural world. It has been shown in various venues across Canada as well as internationally in Mexico City, Santiago Chile, and Madrid Spain (SUMMA Art Fair). Whitney’s work sits in prominent collections in Canada including the Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire’s private collection, The City of Ottawa’s Public Art Collection, as well as in private collections internationally.

What Came In With The Flowers, 2014


Adrien Duey has over thirty years of experience as a fine art and advertising photographer, and an art director. His innovative style and approach have won him many national and international awards: New York ArtDirectors Awards, Toronto Art Directors Awards, National Magazine Awards,Applied Arts National Awards, Polaroid Transfer National Awards, and twice nominated for Juno Awards. Adrien applied his vision and design in the fields of people, still life, and food. He has produced campaigns for AirCanada, Bell, Johnson & Johnson, Bombardier, the Dairy Bureau, MontrealJazz Festival, and Molson. Adrien produced the images for the world's first interactive postage stamps in 1995 and continues to work on stamp projects. Raised on large format (the packaging for President's Choice was shot on 8"x10" film), Adrien has truly enjoyed the adventure of going digital. After owning and operating a studio in Montreal for years, he is now happily trekking around Ottawa - mostly out of the studio now. Adrien is working on his first book.


olivia johnston: Photographic History Instructor

Olivia Johnston is an artist based in Ottawa, Canada. Her work in lens-based media includes photo-based and multimedia work; Johnston makes use of numerous genres, including studio portraiture, self-portraiture, landscape, and still life, to explore and question gender, art history, beauty, vulnerability, memory, and the photographic image itself.

Her work has been displayed nationally, including in Ottawa's Nuit Blanche, as a part of the City of Ottawa’s collection, and in the largest photography event in the world, the CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto. She has also shown her work internationally, in New York, NY; Portland, OR; Saint-Louis, Senegal; and London, England. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including in NU Magazine (Montreal), Herd Magazine (Ottawa), the Ottawa Citizen (Ottawa), and Applied Arts Magazine (Toronto). She was a finalist for the RBC Emerging Artist Award in 2017.

Susanna (Katelin), 2013

jennifer martin: Artist residency coordinator

Jennifer Martin is a visual artist currently based in Ottawa. Through her practice of photography, video, and installation, Jennifer primarily works with archival materials to consider formal and conceptual components of still and moving images. Embracing embodied knowledge, she seeks to make visible, often invisible aspects of experience, memory and cognition.

 Jennifer received a BFA from Emily Carr University in Vancouver and an MFA from Western University in London. Her work has been exhibited throughout Canada and the United States. Recent exhibitions include Turning to See Otherwise at the McIntosh Gallery, balloon, portal, starres and fiends at DNA Artspace and The Images in Our Heads at Robert McLaughin Gallery. Martin has taught advanced classes in photography and filmmaking and as an art practitioner and educator, she has a strong commitment to analogue and digital image making, as well as contemporary art in Canada. She is the recipient of numerous academic scholarships and grants including a 2016 project grant from the Ontario Arts Council.