Corner rue des Gobelins et rue Gustave Geffroy, Paris 13e, 2010
silver gelatin contact print
Frog Face Tree,
Sackville, NB 2013
silver gelatin contact print

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Thaddeus Holownia

Thaddeus Holownia was born in Bury Saint Edmunds, England, in 1949. His family emigrated to Canada five years later. In 1972, he received a B.A. in Communications and Fine Arts from the University of Windsor. Holownia has dedicated most of his career to the use of large-format view cameras, working in both black & white and colour. He has made extensive bodies of work in North America and Europe, though the majority of his work cerntres around Eastern Canada and the North Eastern United States.

Over the course of his career, Holownia’s work has been shown in numerous exhibitions. He has been featured in solo shows at the McCord Museum (Montreal), the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia (Halifax NS), the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville, NB), the Dunlop Art Gallery (Regina), the Confederation Art Gallery (Charlottetown), Jane Corkin Gallery (Toronto), and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. In 1998, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography organized a touring exhibition entitled, “Extended Vision - The Photography of Thaddeus Holownia 1975-1997” which opened at the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City on February 28, 2002.

His photographs have been included in many group exhibitions including, the prestigious exhibition “Monet’s Legacy: Series-Order and Obsession” at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, in Germany. Photographic prints and bookworks by Thaddeus Holownia are in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, Yale University, Canada Council Art Bank, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston Texas,) Imperial Oil, the Xerox Corporation, the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, and many other public and private collections.

Since 1977, he has been a faculty member at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick. He is currently Professor and Head of the Department of Fine Arts. A dedicated teacher, he has been a four-time recipient of the Mount Allison Paul Pare Award for Excellence and was awarded the Paul Pare Medal in 1998 for excellence in Teaching, Research/Creative Activity and Community Service. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, and in 2001 Holownia was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship by the Fulbright Foundation of Washington, DC. In 2003, he received the Strathbutler Award from the Sheila Hugh McKay Foundation of Rothesay, New Brunswick.