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IVLA Montreal, a Tremendous Success!


Thank you from Montreal!

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Dear IVLA Memebers and Conference Participants,

We had an incredible event in Montreal, just a few short weeks ago, at our 48th Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association! It is clear that the International Visual Literacy Association continues to strive to expand its programs to a broad global community. Deep gratitude goes our to gracious hosts at Concordia providing a world class and inspiring forum for the event.  In particular, we want to thank Professor David Howes for his leadership and passion for our conference and his support folks. Furthermore, special thanks go to our to our Communications Coordinator, Scott McMaster for all his work on the ground in Montreal. The event could not have happened without our generous sponsors: Hexagram, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal Museums of Fine Arts, Concordia University, The Curved House and Aura. Our keynote speakers were stellar leaders in visual technology, grand appreciation goes out to Jason Edward Lewis, Richard K. Sherwin, and Constance Classen.

Our conference has a powerful impact on all and thanks to our members and presenters. It’s this passion that continues to drive our organization into the future! Engaging the Senses was the key theme for IVLA 2016 Conference and we explored so many aspects of this area of study. The IVLA community represented the intellectual diversity of the visual literacy field with presentations exploring photographic literacy, digital media representation, creative digital activism, and early childhood writing just to name a few.  In true IVLA style, attendees represented a wide range of disciplines including arts, sciences, communication theory, semiotics, graphic design, photography, videography, media studies, digital technology, architecture, business, education, educational technology, instructional design, health, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, cultural anthropology, brain research, computer applications, museum studies, and more.

Highlights of the conference were the amazing tours for the senses that included tours, art exhibitions, demonstrations, black box demonstrations and a “walkabout”. We shared an amazing feast for the senses with an interactive sensory dinner at our gala! We enjoyed moving sounds, smells and wine. It was unforgettable and magical. Thanks to Gabriel and Jennifer and our members for embracing the experience.

We Would also appreciate your feedback and suggestions for improving our conference, what impressed you? What can we improve on? Please take 2 minutes to respond to our survey:


Our Election Results

In addition, we had our annual election.

Congratulations to our new and re-elected executive board:

Officers (serving two year terms)

President:Karen Tardrew
Vice President:Jung Lee
Immediate Past President:Janet Hethorn
Communications Coordinator:  Scott McMaster
Membership Coordinator:  Frank Cerreto
Treasurer: Lyn Berenato
Secretary: Geri Chesner

 Board of Directors (serving three year terms)

Term Expires 2017
Kristen Harrison
Peter Fox
Rhonda Robinson

Term Expires 2018
Danilo Baylen
Petronio Bendito, Purdue University

Term Expires 2019
Edd Schneider (new)
Naomi Jeffery Peterson (continuing)

IVLA Membership


We are so excited that many new members joined IVLA at the conference. Our membership is well over 200 representing 18 countries and we look forward to continued growth. Enjoy this visualization of our global membership from our board member Naomi Peterson.

Hooray! Spread the word. If you know someone that would be a good match for IVLA, please send them to our website or membership coordinator: Frank.Cerreto@stockton.edu. Also please follow us on Facebook to stay connected.

IVLA 2017 Boston


We are thrilled to continue this active exchange of state-of-the-art research visual literacy next year September 14-17, 2017 in the amazing city of Cambridge, Massachusetts with our fabulous hosts at Lesley University. Our theme will be “Designing Visual Literacy Experiences”. We also look forward to collaborating with the Harvard Art Museum (HAM). The call for proposals will be posted in early spring 2017. Mark your calendars and look for updates in your inbox and Facebook.

Also be aware that there are many opportunities to get involved at a deeper level here at IVLA. Immediately, we are seeking an assistant editor for our scholarly journal, published with Routledge, Journal of Visual Literacy (contact mavgerinou@aol.com if interested). In addition, we are seeking editors, readers and support for our online journal http://visualliteracytoday.org/. Please contact Kristen@thecurvedhouse.com if you are interested. Currently, we have a call for papers of Selected Readings from the conference due January 1, 2017 for the Visual Literacy Today. If you have any special gifts you would like to share with IVLA, let me know and we can get you connected!

I want to send deep, personal gratitude to the executive board, as none of this would be possible without them:  Jung Lee, Janet Hethorn, Scott McMaster, Frank Cerreto, Lyn Berenato, Geri Chesner. And also board members who provided extra conference support this year, Rhonda Robinson, Kristen Harrison, Naomi Jeffery Petersen, Petronio Bendito and Danilo Baylen.

Wishing us all peace in the new year. See you in Boston!

With appreciation to all.


Karen F. Tardrew, Ed. D.

President, IVLA International Visual Literacy Association
Wisconsin Director of Education Programs
Associate Professor, School of Advanced Professional Programs
National College Of Education, National-Louis University