On Friday April 29, 2011 between 15:00 and 21:00, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa will open its doors to the public for the vernissage of Exhibition No. 6. This exhibit is the latest of the annual series showcasing outstanding photographs produced by SPAO Portfolio Program students. The entire school will become the students’ gallery and open to the public during the following hours:
Friday, April 29th 15:00-21:00
Saturday, April 30th 10:00-18:00
Sunday, May 1st 10:00-18:00
Monday, May 2nd 11:00-19:00
Tuesday, May 3rd 11:00-19:00
Wednesday, May 4th 11:00-19:00
Thursday, May 5th 11:00-19:00
Friday, May 6th 11:00-15:00
A compelling blend of work from Level 1 and 2 students will be on exhibit as well as in complete portfolios. This group of work reflects ideas of identity, intense emotion, self-discovery, and individualism, but above all, this work is honest. Artists’ talks will be given on Saturday April 30th and Sunday May 1st 12:00 – 14:00.
Each of the 23 exhibiting students has a unique and compelling story behind their body of work. Olivia Johnston spent her second year at SPAO photographing and interviewing girls and women who have recovered from eating disorders.
\”When I began this project, I expected to learn a great deal from the women I photographed, and intellectually I have; I now know much more about eating disorders than ever before. However, since getting to know the beautiful, confident, captivating, intelligent women who participated in the project, the diseases make less sense than ever. How and why does this happen to our best and brightest?”
One of Kathy Roussel\’s photographic projects was photographing mayoral candidates of the 2010 election.
“What started off as a very simple exploration of the political candidates of Ottawa became a dialogue between the camera and each candidate. This series, a blend of documentary work and portraiture, does not answer political questions, but asks them.”
Exhibition week will also feature two publications for sale: a catalogue of the works on exhibit, and the third issue of PUSH/PULL, the annual student magazine. A limited edition of the poster designed especially for the exhibition by Neville Smith will also be available for purchase.
SPAO is celebrating its 6th academic year. The school and its Portfolio Program were founded to offer comprehensive, intensive photographic training in an intimate environment. The year-end exhibition is the public’s annual opportunity to view the work produced by the small classes, mentoring and collaboration at SPAO. Please come celebrate with us and see the works of this exceptional group in their pursuit of VISION, CONTENT and CRAFT.
If you have any questions about Exhibition No. 6, or would like to receive images for publication, please contact SPAO directly at: 613.562.3824 or [email protected]
Contact: Khalia Scott – SPAO Director
For more inforamiton visit http://www.spao.ca/specialevents.html