The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa created A+ in 2007 as a way to celebrate the work of its part-time students, working in the evenings and on weekends in SPAO’s studio, darkroom, and digital lab.
With the establishment of the SPAO Centre in 2017, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa has been given a chance to reimagine this project. A+ is now a greater opportunity for emerging and seasoned artists to show their work in a professional and accessible gallery setting, to add to their visual arts resumés, to receive honours and awards for their work, and to be seen and considered by elevated visual arts community leaders.
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The SPAO Centre Gallery produces seven exhibitions per year celebrating the work of regional, national and international artists working in lens-based media. Four of these exhibitions pay CARFAC fees to professional exhibiting artists; the remaining three exhibition opportunities are provided to the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa as an opportunity to celebrate the 3 facets of its mentorship structure: the Photographic Arts and Production Program, Part-Time Studies, and International Artist Residency.
Gallery hours during A+ are: Monday to Friday, 11AM-5PM, or by chance.
the WINNERS: A+ 2018
Best in Show: Pat la Prairie with Aynhoe Park
People's Choice Award: Aaron Ferguson with That Empty Feeling
Meet the JURY!
Heather Anderson is interested in art practices that engage the social, political and emotional complexities of our experiences in the world through aesthetic encounters across a range of media and approaches. She was an assistant curator, Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada from 2006—2012 prior to her current position as curator at the Carleton University Art Gallery.
Mike Steinhauer has a wide range of experiences within the cultural sector including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bytown Museum and the Department of Canadian Heritage. He was recently appointed to the Manager, Exhibitions and Outreach, Art Bank, position with the Canada Council for the Arts.
Dayanti Karunaratne is the Editor-in-Chief at Ottawa Magazine. Her work has appeared in the Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Magazine, The National Post, the Globe and Mail, and CBC Radio One.
(photo by Jamie Kronick)
Meaghan Haughian works as a Public Art Officer with the City of Ottawa where she manages Karsh-Masson Gallery and City Hall Art Gallery. She received a BFA from Mount Allison University, NB (2004), focusing on printmaking and photography. Her work is held in private and public collections, including the Ottawa Art Gallery, City of Ottawa and National Arts Centre.
THE 2016 WINNERS:
Best in Show: Penny by Amy Rose
People's Choice Award: Cat Woman by Nicholas St-Pierre
Top Digital Print: LandStudies - Pensarn Caravan Park No. 1 by Francine Noftle
2nd Prize Digital Print: Montreal Ottawa May 2015 by John Healy
Top Traditional Print: Genesis by Brian Whitestone
2nd Prize Traditional Print: Little Indian Girl by Valerie Burton
Top Book: Registered by Leslie Hossack
2nd Prize Book: 1969 by Richard Austin