UPCOMING EVENTS

10th SPAO OPEN HOUSE

Doors are opening at SPAO

Now in our 10th year, School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa invites you inside for our annual celebration of photographic expression and achievement.

Recent accomplishments include SPAO's attainment of charitable status, registration in Ontario as a Private Career College, and the relaunch of our flagship full-time diploma program.

In addition to the sparkling conversation, at Open House you can also view some of the newest SPAO images—and meet the image-makers who inhabit our creative spaces.

• Be photographed and purchase a print for $5

• Take part in the Robyn McCallum Print Raffle

A limited edition print by Ottawa native Robyn McCallum (Sacred and Profane Love by Titian, 2008, 40" x 30") will go to the raffle winner. Tickets will be sold for $10 or 3 for $20.
http://eyebuyart.com/robyn-mccallum/sacred-and-profane-love-by-titian

 

STILL LIFE

From 1946 until his death in 1970 the American painter Mark Rothko created large abstract paintings in which he juxtaposed and contrasted area of colour suggesting rhythm, movement and form yet were devoid of any references to representational subject matter.

These works came to be known as transitional ‘multiform’ paintings and were the precursors to the modern art movement of abstract colour-field painting which many artists developed well into the 1980s.

Zachary Pantalone pays homage to Rothko’s works using familiar foods as his ‘paint’ and photography as his medium in these interpretations of the artist’s compositions. I some of these photographs Pantalone faithfully recreates the forms, colours and scale of the original paintings.

 

Ongoing EVENTS

 

LONDON TIMES

SEPTEMBER 18 – NOVEMBER 5, 2015
SPAO@EXPOSURE

Barbara Bolton, Abigail Gossage, Leslie Hossack and Patricia Wallace,
with a passion for all aspects of the photographic process, have been collaborating in photographic pursuits since 2007.  These pursuits, which focus primarily on urban change and continuity, have included travels to the historic cities of Paris (2009), Berlin (2010), Moscow (2012), and most recently, London (2014).

In this exhibition, LONDON TIMES, the photographers present well-informed and evocative images of defining periods, past and present, in this city’s remarkable history.  Bolton presents theatres that stayed open  during the bombing of World War II and still stand today; Gossage provides a view of the city through rain-streaked glass with her dreamy visions of London streets; Hossack, who explored Sir Winston Churchill’s London, presents her studies of the bunker complex known as the Churchill War Rooms; and Wallace showcases some distinctive aspects of selected pre-1939 London pubs, a tapestry of interiors that meet rigid criteria of historic authenticity and architectural importance.

 

PAST EVENTS

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The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa is pleased to announce Exhibition No. 9 this year’s conclusive showing of student portfolios. While much of the work in the exhibition touches upon the theme of “classification,” the total artistic variety transcends any attempt to classify.

A summary of some of the featured portfolios:
• Melissa Andrews captures the kinetic power of dance
• Abigail Gossage contemplates World War II “victory homes”
• Alison Lacasse offers oddly compelling street scenes
• Philip Ross constructs and photographs strange creatures
• Ruth Steinberg revisits the classical portrait
• Sarah Ruest documents a gender transformation
• Christian Sarrette delves into the contemporary nude
• David Wilson dreams up dark and mysterious tableaux

This exceptional exhibition of photographic achievement includes exhibition prints (available for sale) and bound portfolios.

The two-week-long showing (daily viewing hours are 10 a.m to 6 p.m.) includes a panel discussion: The State of the Photograph, Thursday, May 8 at 19:00, as well as artist talks presented by advanced students. Check http://www.spao.ca/ for artist talk dates and times.

 

SPAO Panel: The State of the Photograph

Thursday, May 8, 2014
19:00 – 21:00
SPAO: 168 Dalhousie Street
Limited seating / donations welcome

Panelists: Michael Tardioli (SPAO Executive Director), Lorraine Gilbert (University of Ottawa Fine Arts professor), Patrick Mikhail (Patrick Mikhail Gallery director), Jamie Kronick (Jamie Kronick Photography). Moderator: Tony Martins (SPAO Director of Development)

This informal panel discussion will grapple with the always controversial and ever-changing “state of the photograph” in a time when proliferating digital technologies threaten to overwhelm analogue techniques and the ubiquity of the medium can question its relevance in the world of fine art.

Joining SPAO Executive Director and chief instructor Michael Tardioli are panelists professor Lorraine Gilbert of the University of Ottawa Department of Fine Arts, successful commercial gallerist Patrick Mikhail, and emerging photographic practitioner Jamie Kronick.

Following brief opening remarks from each panelist, moderator Tony Martins will pose questions to the panel and seek additional questions from members of the audience
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ANNUAL SPAO PRINT SALE

Friday, March 28, 2014
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

 Auction of original prints by:

  • David Barbour
  • Jim des Rivières
  • Joy Kardish
  • Louis Helbig
  • Angelina McCormick
  • Michael Schreier
  • Doris Lamontagne
  • Whitney Lewis-Smith
  • Robyn McCallum (donated by EyeBuyArt.com)
  • Franz Rosenbaum (donated by Stephen Bulger Gallery)
  • Michael Tardioli
  • Rémi Thériault

Matted black and white and colour prints by SPAO students for sale

Special exhibition of SPAO work seen in Guerilla magazine (2004–2014)

 
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JOIN SPAO AND GUERILLA MAGAZINE AS WE CELEBRATE THE SEASON (AND THE LAUNCH OF GUERILLA #38 PRINT EDITION) WITH A NIGHT OF LIVE MUSIC AND FESTIVE FUNDRAISING FOR THE SPAO CAUSE.

BAND LINE-UP THUS FAR ...
• Absoluut (of Dialoog from Rotterdam/NYC) will spin Ottawa Remix, Volume 1, a special release debuting with Guerilla magazine #38 http://popdrone.ca/item/dialoog/

• Four-piece indie rockers, The Haig http://www.thehaig.ca/ (featuring SPAO student Treawna Harvey)

• Stoney Martins, featuring Tobacco Joe https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stoney-Martinsand-the-Outriders/109161252475781?ref=hl

• Heavy punk trio International Maniacs Institute

• Solo didgeridoo by Mat Dubé (of Strayotic)

• Two-piece experimental sounds from Eraserheads https://www.facebook.com/eraserheadsmusic, http://eraserheadsmusic.bandcamp.com/


$10 COVER
CASH BAR
SNACKS
SPAO MERCH AND MORE

 

VISit us on Friday, november 8

The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa invites you inside for Open House, our yearly celebration of photographic education and achievement.

  • Explore SPAO images—and meet the image-makers—in our creative space
  • Tour the multi-format darkroom, computer lab, and studio
  • View displays, slide shows, and photo exhibitions
  • Eat, drink, and purchase SPAO merchandise

 

How about a free coffee break?
This year Open House has expanded across the street to include i deal coffee, where visitors can mingle with SPAO people and enjoy free coffee, soup, and pizza.

Friday, November 8, 2013
15:00 – 21:00
168 Dalhousie Street (at Bruyère)
Byward Market

 

A selection of student prints will be available for purchase.

 

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6th annual A+ exhibition

 

SPAO (School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa) is the capital’s little photography school that has made a big impact—one that includes excellence from the school’s lesser-known part-time studies stream.

The most recent fruits of this excellence will be on display beginning Friday, September 13 at SPAO (168 Dalhousie Street) with the launch of the annual A+ Exhibition of work from past and present part-time students.

The showing will feature 18 selected images and prize winners from two categories: digital and alternative processes. This year’s judging panel features Peter Simpson (the Ottawa Citizen), Guy Bérubé (director of La Petite Mort Gallery) and Tony Martins, the new SPAO managing director.

Digital Selections
1.    Bill McCloskey, Mother Market, Ottawa
2.   John Richardson, Slater SA Repair Garage
3.    Richard Perron, Cloistered Nun
4.    Karen Flanagan McCarthy, Vanishing Point
5.    Aaron Goldman, Shelley
6.    Abigail Gossage, Parked by the Sea
7.    Julie Hahn, Perpetual Winds
8.    Markus Holmes, Dead Tree
9.    Francine Noftle, Summer Hockey League, No. 1
10.   Vera Saltzman, Isabel
11.    Daniel Marchand, Untitled
12.   Louise Radmore, Dawn Beckons
13.   Richard Robesco, Île d’Orléans
14.   Suzanne Loranger, Brownie Target Six-20

Analogue Selections
1.    Joy Kardish, Candelabra
2.   Angela Walker, Dry Dock
3.   Judy Morris Dupont, Fern
4.   Robert Laramée, Le Vieil Arbre

Best of Digital: Richard Perron, Cloistered Nun
Best of Analogue: Angela Walker, Dry Dock
Best of Show: Joy Kardish, Candelabra

 

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EXHIBITION NO. 8

April 19, 2013

SCHOOL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS: OTTAWA is pleased to announce Exhibition No. 8, a compelling collection of photographic work by SPAO Portfolio students. This year's exhibition pays tribute to classic photographic processes and explores nature and the environment, identity and self-discovery, and contemporary social issues, among other themes.

This exceptional and diverse exhibition of photographic achievement includes exhibition prints, bound photographic portfolios, and video.

Exhibition No. 8 is accompanied by Framed: In and Around the Photograph, a group exhibition on view at SPAO's Redwall Gallery.

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SPAO PRINT SALE

 

SPAO's annual Auction and Print Sale takes place at SPAO on Friday, March 8, from 6-9 pm. The Auction is a major fundraising event for SPAO, and the Print Sale is an important fundraiser for the student graduation exhibition.

This year SPAO will auction works by Angelina McCormick, Cara Tierney, Jim des Rivieres, Jonathan Hobin, Justin Wonnacott, Lorraine Gilbert, Martin Lipman, Michael Schreier, Osheen Haruthoonyan and Tony Fouhse.

Auction pieces will be available for preview at SPAO's Redwall Gallery during regular office hours, starting Wednesday March 6, 2013. Stay tuned to Facebook for teasers!

Student work will include matted black and white and colour photographs.

SPAO is further pleased to announce that a portion of the proceeds from the Auction will benefit the newly formed Ottawa Hospice Services.

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OPEN HOUSE 2012

NOVEMBER 9TH, 2012

On Friday, November 9th, 2012 the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa will host our annual public Open House.

Tour SPAO's multi-format darkroom and visit our computer lab and studio spaces. View displays, slide shows, and exhibitions of photographic works produced by our students. Participate in demonstrationsand in a live photography shoot.

A selection of student prints will be available for purchase.

Open House is SPAO's annual celebration of photographic achievement and education. Come celebrate images and image-makers in a creative, community-centered space.

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Exhibition No. 7

Vernissage Friday April 20th, 2012

On Friday, April 20th between 15:00 and 21:00, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa will host the vernissage of Exhibition No. 7, a compelling blend of work from students in all three levels of the SPAO Portfolio Program. This group of work pays tribute to classic processes while reflecting ideas of self-discovery, our natural environments and the contemporary social issues that surround them.

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CALL AND RESPONSE

7PM, FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND, 2012

Readings by Pearl Pirie, Amanda Earl, Monty Reid, Sandra Ridley, Christine McNair, Claudia Coutu Radmore and rob mclennan.

Photographs by Leslie Hossack, John Hewett Hallum, Rob Macinnis, Pedro Isztin, Caroline Tallmadge, Olivia Johnston, and Greg Zenha.

The CALL AND RESPONSE project engaged two creative communities in a year-long exchange of images and words. Artists showing work in the Red Wall Gallery have had their photographic statements poetically responded to by writers curated by rob mclennan.

This interaction can be experienced as poetry and images come together in the Red Wall Gallery for the duration of each exhibition. There will also be scheduled readings, and a poem/image card for each pairing, as well as the inclusion of selected images and poems in the next edition of Push/Pull magazine.

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SPAO PUBLIC LECTURE: DIMITRI BECK

Editor-in-chief, Polka Magazine

TELLING A STORY THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Wednesday May 16th, 2012

 

SPAO welcomes Dimitri Beck, current editor-in-chief of the photojournalism review, Polka Magazine, to give a lecture followed by an open practical session.

Beck will discuss the diverse ways of telling a story both visually and in terms of content, using the work of previous articles published in Polka Magazine as illustration.

The talk will be followed by an open practical session in which participants will have the opportunity to have their say and tell their stories. Beck will guide them through an edit to a draft layout sketch. Please RSVP for more details.

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2012 SPAO print sale

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH, 2012

 

6:00pm - 9:00pm

 

AUCTION PREVIEW
Wednesday, February 8th and Thursday, February 9th 10:00am - 6:00pm

This annual event is a fundraiser for SPAO and the students of the SPAO Portfolio Program. 

Featuring work by the following local and international photographic artists
David Barbour
James Borcoman
Jim des Rivieres
Tony Fouhse
Louis Helbig
John Hewett Hallum
Leslie Hossack
Pedro Isztin
Rob MacInnis
Marie-Jeanne Musiol
Michael Schreier
Michelle Wilson

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OPEN HOUSE 2011

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4TH, 2011
15:00-21:00

On Friday, November 4th 15:00-21:00, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa will be opening its doors to the public and you are invited!

Tour the darkroom, computer lab, and studio spaces of SPAO. View displays, slide shows, and exhibitions of images by our students. Participate in demonstrations, live shoots and a print sale!

Open House is our annual celebration of photographic achievement and education. Come celebrate images and image-makers in a creative domain for those with a passion for the photographic medium.

 

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OLD-TIME PHOTO AFFAIR

FEATURING: PROF. M. LINDSAY LAMBERT

Saturday, October 1st, 2011
Noon - 4:00pm
Free Admission

PHOTO "ROADSHOW"
Your antique photos and equipment identified!
Noon - 1:00pm
2:00pm - 3:00pm

MAGIC LANTERN SHOWS
Vintage slides come to life! All Ages
1:00pm - 2:00pm
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Professor M. Lindsay Lambert will be in residence at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa for Culture Days. A longtime collector of photographic ephemera with a background in theatre Mr. Lambert will do double duty all afternoon for SPAO's Old-Time Photo Affair.

People of all ages will be captivated as he performs live Magic Lantern Shows, with vintage slides dating from 1850-1910. He discusses the Victorian era, the history of the magic lantern, turn-of-the-century family life, poverty, recreation, and transportation, with an emphasis on social history bringing both the individual slides and the era to life.

A lifetime of collecting that began at the age of ten with a carbon filament light bulb has given the professor a broad knowledge of both vintage photographs and photographic equipment. Visitors may bring in their photographic treasures for identification and uncover the mysteries of their function and making.

 

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Exhibition No. 6          

Vernissage Friday April 29th, 2011

15:00-21:00

On Friday, April 29th between 15:00 and 21:00, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa will host the vernissage of Exhibition No. 6, a compelling blend of work from Level 1 and 2 students of the SPAO Portfolio Program. This group of work reflects ideas of identity, intense emotion, self-discovery, and individualism, but above all, this work is honest.

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SHOOT BACK

September 22nd, 2011 - October 4th, 2011

Artists: Sara Baldi, Melissa Blackman, Andrew Carson, Benoit Duquette, Mitra Eghtedari, Paule Fournier, Kelly Hein, Alison James, Olivia Johnston, Jamie Kronick, Whitney Lewis-Smith, Talhia McNeil, Ben Murray, Meghan Nicholas, Martin Nombrado, Jennifer Noseworthy, Kathy Roussel, Cory Shepherdson, and Caroline Tallmadge

Visual correspondence between Ottawa School of Art (OSA) and School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO).

The eighty photographs that make up Shoot Back were made in a collaborative project between two teachers, two schools and nineteen students. Born from the idea of sending postcards through the mail, students were asked to create a photograph for exchange. That photograph was then identified by number only and sent from SPAO to OSA where students laid out the photographs on a table and chose one photograph that they wanted to respond to. Students responded visually to by creating another photograph to send back. The response was open-ended. Whatever they deemed significant about the photo they chose set the course for future correspondence. And so it went for 3 months. Week after week, images traveled back and forth between the OSA and SPAO in a tidy accordion file.

The students did not meet or have any reference as to whom they were corresponding with until the session ended, and did not even have to follow the same thread week by week. They were purely reacting to visual cues and "shooting back". When they did finally meet, they found that however different their schools and styles were, it did not alter their common passion for photography.

LEE MATASI GALLERY
Byward Market Campus,
Ottawa School of Art
35 George Street
613.241.7471
www.artottawa.ca
info@spao.ca 

 

 

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PUSH/PULL LAUNCH 2011

ISSUE #3

 

Friday, April 8th, 2011, 7pm-11pm

 

Location: Patrick Gordon Framing and Found design, 160/164 Elm Street, Ottawa

The School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa, Patrick Gordon Framing, and Founddesign + Funky Furniture invite you to 3SUM. 

3SUM IS:

  1. The Launch of the 3rd issue of The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa's magazine - PUSH/PULL.
  2. An Exhibition of "Threeness" themed photographs and the Chuck Karn Trio presented by Patrick Gordon Framing.
  3. The Official Grand Opening of FounddesignFunky Furniture with tunes spun by D.J. Drou.

The Third PUSH/PULL magazine will be available to purchase for 5$. Distribution kits will also be available if your business is interested in carrying Ottawa's only photography magazine.

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SPAO PRINT SALE

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11TH, 2010

 

11:00 - 16:00

SILENT AUCTION: 12:00 - 14:00

 

This annual event is a fundraiser for SPAO and the students of the SPAO Portfolio Program.

Don't miss the opportunity to buy original gifts or treat yourself! Matted black & white and colour photographs by SPAO students. Work by local and international photographic artists. Bake Sale of holiday treats and goodies

SILENT AUCTION ARTISTS
David Barbour
John Hewett Hallum
Louis Helbig
Jonathan Hobin
Karina Kraenzle
Rob Macinnis
Angelina McCormick
Ruth Patzelt
Michael Schreier
Joseph Jeremie Roy

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OPEN HOUSE 2010

On Friday November 5th 15:00-21:00, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa will be opening its doors to the public to commemorate our 5th anniversary. 

Tour the darkroom, computer lab and studio spaces, and view displays, slide shows, demonstrations, live shoots and exhibitions of images by our full-time students. 

Join us for this celebration of photographic achievement and education at SPAO, a creative domain for those with a passion for the image.

 

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X AT SPAO 2010

ARTIST'S TALK RUTH PATZELT: NOW IT IS LOST - PICTURES OF CONCEALMENT

Mon Sept 27th, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, 168 Dalhousie St.

This visiting Austrian artist will discuss two key projects: Missing, the destruction and concealment of Jewish culture in Europe and the searching for traces of displaced people and Pier 86 - Twelve dialogs, a creative collaboration with painter Wolfgang Seierl.

X PORTFOLIO REVIEW

Sat Sept 25th, 9:30am - 1:00pm

School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, 168 Dalhousie St.

X Portfolio Review 2010 is one of Festival X's most important programs for emerging and professional photographers. This one-day event will afford established and emerging photo-based artists and photographers in commercial or fine art photography the chance to have their work reviewed by respected and notable professionals.

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THE SPAO MOTTO EXHIBITION

AT EXPOSURE GALLERY
1255 Wellington Street West
2nd Floor Studio of Thyme and Again
www.exposuregallery.info

Photographs on view: June 10 - July 27, 2010
Vernissage: June 10, 18:30 - 21:00

The motto of the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa is “Vision, Content, Craft”. Over the last 5 years, SPAO has become recognized as a place where individuals passionate about photography can pursue these ideals. Exposure Gallery has offered alumni and students of both the SPAO Part Time Studies Program and the SPAO Portfolio Program the opportunity to come together to exhibit work exemplifying this maxim.

 

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PUSH/PULL MAGAZINE LAUNCH

 

ISSUE #2

 

April 10th, 2010

La Petite Mort Gallery, 306 Cumberland, Ottawa

 

The School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa invites you to mark the launch of our second magazine issue, Push/Pull.

Please join us on April 10, 2010 at La Petite Mort Gallery located at 306 Cumberland Street, from 7-10 P.M. to celebrate.

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Exhibition No 5

Friday April 23rd, 2010

On Friday April 23rd between 15:00 and 21:00, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa will host the vernissage of Exhibition No. 5, an exciting blend of work from Level 1, 2 and 3 students of the SPAO Portfolio Program.

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Exhibition No. 4

On Friday April 17th, 2009, between 15:00 and 21:00, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa will host the vernissage of Exhibition No. 4, an exciting blend of work from Level 1, 2 and 3 students of the SPAO Portfolio Program.

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Open House 2009

Join us for a celebration of photographic achievement and education as we open our doors to the public to commemorate our 4th year anniversary.

Tour the darkroom, computer lab and studio spaces, and view displays, slide shows, demonstrations, live shoots and exhibitions of images by our full-time students.

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Exhibition No. 3

On Friday April 18th between 15:00 and 21:00, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa will host the vernissage of Exhibition No. 3, an exciting blend of work from both Level 1 and graduating Level 2 students of the SPAO Portfolio Program.

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Open House 2008

            On Friday November 7th between 3:00pm and 9:00pm, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa will be opening its doors to the public to commemorate our 3rd year anniversary.

Come tour the darkroom, computer lab and studio spaces, and view displays, slide shows, and an exhibition of works by our full-time students. 

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Exhibition No. 2

On Friday April 20th between 15:00 and 21:00, 2007, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa will host the vernissage of Exhibition No. 2, an exciting blend of work from both Level 1 and Level 3 students of the SPAO Portfolio Program.

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Open House 2007

Vernissage: Friday November 9th, 2007, 15:00-21:00                  

On Friday November 9th between 3:00pm and 9:00pm, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa will be opening its doors to the public to commemorate our 2nd year anniversary.

Come tour the darkroom, computer lab and studio spaces, and view displays, slide shows, and an exhibition of works by our full-time students. SPAO is a creative domain for those with a passion for the image.   Join us for this celebration of photographic achievement and education.

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Open House 2006

Friday, November 10th
15:00-21:00

On Friday November 10th between 3:00pm and 9:00pm, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa will be opening its doors to the public to mark our 1st year anniversary.

Come tour the darkroom, computer lab and studio spaces, and view slide shows, and an exhibition of works by our full-time students. SPAO is a creative domain for those with a passion for the image.
                 

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Exhibition No. 1

Graduate Show May 5th-12th, 2006
Vernissage May 5th, 15:00-21:00

On Friday May 5th between 15:00 and 21:00, the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa will be hosting the vernissage of Exhibition No. 1.                

The 20 graduating students of SPAO's Portfolio Program will be showing exhibition pieces, and their completed portfolios. This outstanding collection of work will be on view from May 5th to the 12th

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