THADDEUS HOLOWNIA is a teacher, visual artist, letterpress printer and publisher.
Born in 1949 in Bury St. Edmunds, England, Holownia studied communication and fine arts at the University of Windsor, graduating in 1972. Currently he is a professor and head of the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University.
Holownia’s work has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, including most recently, Thaddeus Holownia: the Terra Nova Suite, a twenty-five-year survey of his Newfoundland and Labrador work presented by the Rooms Provincial Art Gallery in St. John’s. His 1998 solo exhibition, Extended Vision: Photographs by Thaddeus Holownia 1978–1997, organized by the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, travelled across Canada and to the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City.
Other exhibitions organized by public galleries include Anatomy of a Pipeline by the Owens Art Gallery and STATION Irving Architectural Landscapes by the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. His photographs have been included in numerous group exhibitions, including The Landscape: Eight Canadian Photographers by the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Klienburg, Exposure at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Monet’s Legacy: Series. Order and Obsession at the Hamburger Kunsthalle.
Holownia’s photographic prints and bookworks have been acquired by the National Gallery of Canada, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Canadian Centre of Architecture, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and the Confederation Centre for the Arts, as well as numerous corporate and private collections.
He has been the recipient of awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, New Brunswick Arts Board, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Crake Foundation and the Marjorie Young Bell Foundation.
In 2000 Holownia was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He received a Fulbright Fellowship in 2001 and the Paul Paré Medal in 1998 and 2006 from Mount Allison University in recognition of excellence in teaching, creative activity, research and community service.