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Simon Glass
Associate Professor
Faculty of Art, Graduate Studies

Area(s) of Expertise

photography, Image and text, Language, Translation theory


Simon Glass is a Toronto-based visual artist. He is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Art at OCAD University and teaches photography and cross-disciplinary art. Glass graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1983 where he trained as a photographer and visual artist. He completed an M.A. in Media and Communication at the European Graduate School in 2005.

In his artistic practice original, archival and found photography is combined with mystical, liturgical and biblical Hebrew text. His work has also traversed sculpture and installation. In his current practice, he examines the poetry of Paul Celan and its relationship to the thought of Martin Heidegger.

Glass’ work has been exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally. He is the recipient of numerous awards from the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.


1983: AOCA

2005: MA Media and Communications, European Graduate School, Saas Fee, Switzerland

Professional Experience

20 years freelance photography in Toronto.

Selected Exhibitions

Solo Exhibitions:

2017  The Ten Commandments/Prohibited Weapons and The Thirteen Attributes of God, McMaster Museum of Art, Hamilton

2017  Jeremiah: ha'aretz, Fentster, Toronto

2015   Selected Works, Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto

2011   Jeremiah 4:23-27", Gallery 44, Toronto

2010   The Thirteen Attributes of God–, Art Gallery of Hamilton

2009   Cratylus–, IndexG Gallery, Toronto

2007   The Ten Commandments/Prohibited Weapons–, IndexG Gallery, Toronto

2007   On the Tower of Babel–, IndexG Gallery, Toronto

2004   Tohu Vebohu–, Lee Ka-Sing Gallery, Toronto

2003   The Thirteen Attributes of God–, The Photo Passage, Harbourfront, Toronto

2002 "The Seventy-Two Names of God", Lee Ka-Sing Gallery, Toronto

1997 "YAHWEH!" Photographers Gallery, Saskatoon

1997 "YAHWEH!" Gallery 44, Toronto

1996 "YAHWEH!" Vu, Quebec City, Quebec 1996 "YAHWEH!" Galerie Vox, Montreal, Quebec

1994 "The Seventy-Two Names of God" The Gallery/Stratford, Stratford 1993 "Recent Work" Gallery 44, Toronto

1993 "The Seventy-Two Names of God" Gallery 101, Ottawa 1992 "Untitled Self-Portraits" Latitude 53, Edmonton

1991 "The Seventy-Two Names of God" Floating Gallery, Winnipeg

1989 "Recent Work" Gallery 44, Toronto

1988 "Self-Portraits 1980-87" Toronto Image Works, Toronto

1985 "Demeanour" Gallery 44, Toronto 1982 "Myself and Others" Gallery 44, Toronto

1978 "Untitled" Toronto Camera, Toronto

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2013 "Coming to Terms", Jackman Humanities Institute, University of Toronto

2006 Split Level Paradise, University of Waterloo Art Gallery

2005 –Command J: Jewish Laws, Digital Arts,  Xpace Gallery, Toronto

2005 –Towards the Spiritual in Canadian Art, Varley Art Gallery of Markham

2003 –Dig/Dug–, Koffler Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

2002 –Reverence–:Concepts of theSacred, Art Gallery of Hamilton

2001 Edward Day Gallery, Toronto, Ontario 2000 "Gallery 25", Grimsby Public Art Gallery, Grimsby Ontario

2000 "Persistent Documents", Canadian Embassy Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

1999 "The Word", York Quay Gallery, Toronto

1999 "The Body Illuminated", John B. Aird Gallery, Toronto

1998 "Echoes of the Past, Visions for the Future", Canadian National Exhibition

1998   Warsaw Ghetto 1941, Pari Nadimi Gallery, Toronto

1997 "Dancing With The Leviathan",York Quay Gallery, Toronto

1997 "Persistent Documents", Photographer's Gallery, Saskatoon

1997 "Persistent Documents", Gallery Connection, Moncton

1997 "Persistent Documents", Owen's Art Gallery, MSVU, Sackville, N.B.

1996 "St. Petersburg Biennial", St. Petersburg, Russia

1996 "Persistent Documents", Latitude 53, Edmonton

1996 "Persistent Documents", Open Space, Victoria

1996 "Persistent Documents", Floating Gallery, Winnipeg

1995 "Persistent Documents", Maison dela Culture Notre Dame de Grace, Montreal

1995 "The Pressing of Flesh", Toronto Photographers' Workshop, Toronto

1993 "The Pressing of Flesh", Floating Gallery, Winnipeg

1992 "Five Sheets To The Wind", Garnet Press Gallery, Toronto

1991 "Art at the Grassroots Level", Art Gallery of Erindale College, Toronto

1991 "Censoring", Interference Hologram Gallery, Toronto

1990 Art Gallery of the University of Moncton

1983 Here & Now Gallery, Toronto

1983 Lynnwood Arts Centre, Simcoe, Ontario

1983 Photographers' Union Gallery, Hamilton

1981 Gallery 44, Toronto 1978 Art Gallery of Mount St.Vincent University, Halifax

Awards \ Grants

2013 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance

2010 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance

2006 Canada Council, Research/Creation grant

2004 Ontario Arts Council, Project Grant

2003 Canada Council, B Grant

2002 Ontario Arts Council, Project Grant

2001 Toronto Arts Council, Grants to Visual Artists

1999 Canada Council, B Grant

1997 Ontario Arts Council, Project Grant

1996 Canada Council, B Grant

1996 Ontario Arts Council, Project Grant

1995 Toronto Arts Council, Grants to Visual Artists

1994 Ontario Arts Council, B Grant

1994 Canada Council, Short Term Grant

1993 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance

1991 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance

1983 Ontario Arts Council, B Grant

1982 Ontario Arts Council, Exhibition Assistance

Selected Publications

Visual Art and Writing:

2014 –Anselm Kiefer and the Unknown, Known–, in –Anselm Kiefer: Beyond Landscape–, exhibition catalogue essay, Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo, N.Y.

2013 Canadian Theatre Review, No. 153, Portfolio: Untitled (Auschwitz)

2012 Rhubarb Magazine No.29, Portfolio: The Ten Commandments/Prohibited Weapons

2011 –Jeremiah 4:23-27"exhibition catalogue, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography

2009 Globe and Mail, January 10, exhibition review by Gary Michael Dault

2008 Prefix Photo Magazine No.17, Portfolio: The Ten Commandments/Prohibited Weapons, with an essay by Louis Kaplan.

2008 Geez Magazine No. 9, Portfolio: The Seventy-Two Names of God

2007 "After Babel", an online review of the exhibition "On The Tower of Babel", by Gary Michael Dault.

2007 –On The Tower of Babel: An Annotated Translation of Genesis 11:1-9"in Pro Forma, ed. Jessica Wyman, YYZ Press.

2006 'split Level Paradise–, exhibition catalogue, University of Waterloo Art Gallery

2005 –Command J: Jewish Laws, Digital Arts, exhibition catalogue, University of Toronto

2003 –The Thirteen Attributes of God–, ebook published by EN Press

2002 MIX Magazine No. 28.3, artist's project (from Tohu Vebohu)

2002 Prefix Photo Magazine No.5, Portfolio: The Thirteen Attributes of God

2001 Signs of the Spirit:The Dan Donovan Collection at St. Michael's College

2001 Artist's Project, Poiesis Vol.3, European Graduate School 2000 "YAHWEH!" , exhibition catalogue, published by Gallery 44

1997 Artist's Project, Public Magazine no.15

1996 CV Photo no.34: exhibition review, "YAHWEH!"

1996 Montreal Gazette, Jan. 20: exhibition review, "YAHWEH!"

1995 Persistent Documents, group exhibition catalogue published by Vox Populi

1993 The Pressing of Flesh, group exhibition catalogue, Floating Gallery

1992 Edmonton Journal, 3/27: exhibition review, Untitled Self-Portraits

1991 Winnipeg Free Press,11/12:exhibit review, The Seventy-Two Names of God

1991 Parallelogramme, Vol.17, No.2:cover photo from Floating Gallery exhibition

1988 Spectrum: interviewed on the Art Gallery of Ontario's monthly TV program 1988 Views, Vol.5, No.2:exhibition review by David Hlynsky, Self-Portraits 1980-87

1986 The Art Post:exhibition review, Demeanour

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

2015/16 Artist in Residence, Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies University of Toronto

2010 Juror, K.M. Hunter Award, Ontario Arts Council,

2007 Juror, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition,

2004-2007 Toronto Arts Council, Visual Arts Committee,

1979 Founding Member, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography

Many juries including, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Art Council