Connecting The Dots Through Art
Jonah Calinawan Portrait

Jonah Calinawan (JO-​nah ca-​lee-​NA-​wan) is an accountant turned artist. Through his photographs and writing, he hopes to inspire people to go after their secret dreams. It’s never too late to start.

Jonah did not plan to be an artist. He bought his first camera in 2002 on a whim. In 2008, he attended a workshop where the instructor suggested a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree. He thought about it for a long time. Why “waste” money on an arts degree? Despite all the internal debates, he finally decided in 2010 to enroll at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Completing his MFA four years later, Jonah is amazed at the unintended path that he embarked on. He specializes in a hand applied and historical printing process called cyanotype — giving his images their deep blue color. He has exhibited his cyanotype prints internationally — from China, the US, and the UK. Buying that camera in 2002 changed the trajectory of his life. He metaphorically explores this journey in A Millions Suns, an ongoing photographic series that tells the story of one man’s search for his future. Jonah lives, creates, and writes about art in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

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2014 Master of Fine Arts in Photography, Graduated Magna Cum Laude, Academy of Art University, San Francisco, USA
2003 CPA Certified Public Accountant (Illinois, USA)
1995 Chartered Professional Accountant (Canada)
1994 Bachelor of Mathematics, Graduated with Distinction, University of Waterloo, Canada

Select Juried Group Exhibitions & Awards
2017 Altered Realities, Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
2017 In Transit, VETS Gallery, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
2016 Featured Artist, Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, USA.
2016 A Cartography of Dreams, Dimbola Museum, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
2016 Lemniscate of Diffusion, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas
2016 Diffusion Annual, One Twelve Publishing now available, get your copy here
2016 Art of Science Event, Maryland Science Center
2016 Pop-​up Exhibition, Baltimore Theater Project
2015 (re)View: Explorations in Human Nature, Art Intersection Gallery, Gilbert, Arizona.
2015 Photowork 2015 , 3rd PRIZE, Juror: Katherine Ware, Barrett Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, New York
2015 Memory, see+ Gallery, Beijing, China.
2015 Light Sensitive, Juror: Robert Hirsch, Art Intersection, Gilbert, Arizona.
2015 Alternative Process Invitational, Curator: Johnny Power, Millikin University, Decatur, Illinois.
2014 Atomic STEaM Photography Show, HONORABLE MENTION, Curators: Thomas Barrow, Mary Anne Redding, & Steve Yates, National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
2014 Shenzhen International Photography Week, Curators: Yan Li & Sun Chengyi, Dawang Art Area, Guangdong, China.
2014 Approaching The Unreal, 3rd PRIZE, Jurors: Bryan Yedinak & Danny Sanchez, American Photographic Artists SF, Modernbook Gallery, San Francisco, California
2014 MD Art @ College Park, Juror: Ann Shafer, The Art Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
2014 Of Memory, Bone and Myth, HONORABLE MENTION, Juror: Maggie Taylor, Rourke Art Museum, Moorhead, Minnesota
2014 Imagined Realities, Jurors: Robert & Shana ParkeHarrison, Online Gallery & Exhibition Book, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, Vermont
2013 This is Not Photography Exhibition, Society of Photographic Education Mid-​Atlantic Conference, Asbury Park, New Jersey
2013 Alternative Processes Competition, Juror: Jill Enfield, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, New York
2013 Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist, Portland, Oregon

Wilks, Brady. Alternative Photographic Processes: Crafting Handmade Images. Focal Press, 2015. Print. AMS images featured on p. 36, 118, 184186.
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Jonah Calinawan Artist TalkPhoto courtesy of Art Intersection.