Photograph by Katy Lopez (from the series Refugees)


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27TH, 2016   6:30PM - 9:00PM

As part of  Exhibition No.11, a thought-provoking Panel Discussion

Private, commercial art galleries became popular in the late eighteenth century. At about the same time, public institutions were being established for the purposes of collecting and exhibiting particular styles of art. While public museums were formed around ideas such as nationhood and academic conventions, the private gallery has tended to focus on contemporary trends and public taste.

This panel focuses on the roles of the contemporary commercial, or private, art gallery in today’s art ecosystem. We will attempt to address a series of topics that lead to a broad understanding of the place of the private gallery in this ecosystem, including some basic business questions. How does a gallery build and maintain a stable of artists? On the other hand, private galleries act within a broader context. How do private galleries interact with public institutions? Or with artist-run centres?

And what challenges do private galleries face in a digital world? Is on-line culture making the material gallery space obsolete? What alternatives exist to the traditional commercial gallery space?



·         Carrie Colton and Danuta Sierhuis, Studio Sixty-Six (Ottawa)

·         Guy Berube, La Petite Mort Projects (Ottawa/at large)

·         Jody Surrette, St. Laurent + Hill Gallery (Ottawa)

·         Charlotte Hale, Charlotte Hale and Associates (Toronto)


The panel moderator is Randy Innes (PhD in Visual and Cultural Studies and past instructor at SPAO).

Please join us for the Vernissage of Exhibition No. 11 on Friday, April 22, 2016, from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.



The SCHOOL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS: OTTAWA (SPAO) is pleased to announce Exhibition No. 11 that will showcase photographic works by SPAO first year, graduating studentsand artists in residence. SPAO's facilities will be transformed into a professional gallery space for the dissemination of photographic pieces that embodies the school’s motto Vision. Content. Craft. This year's exhibition expresses the style of the artists whose works include creative and innovative processes using historic and contemporary photographic processes and tools.  

Exhibit 11 will also be travelling to the international 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto thanks to SHOPIFY’s generous support.  The 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival - the biggest photography festival in the world - transforms Toronto during the month of May attracting over 2 million visitors.

Featured Artists Works

Jason Champagne, Joyce Crago, Christine Fitzgerald, Genevieve Labbe, Katy Lopez, Rey Martin, Judy Morris Dupont, Austin Wing, Hannah Evans, Mel Harris, Andrew Macartney, Matthew McIlkenny, Michael Kuby, Danni-Rae Mistaken Chief, Neeko Paluzzi, Adelita Rose, Christian Villemaire, Glenn Bloodworth, Richard Robesco


Exhibition No. 11 will be available for viewing from April 22 (Vernissage) to April 29, 2016 from Monday to Friday, 10-8pm and Saturday 10-4pm at SPAO, 168 Dalhousie Street, Ottawa, ON; and during the 2016 International Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, May 4 (Vernissage @ 4-7pm) to May 18, 2016 at the Arta Gallery, Distillery District, 14 Distillery Lane, Toronto, ON.





Photograph by SPAO Diploma Student: Christian Villemaire

Photograph by SPAO Diploma Student: Christian Villemaire


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SPAO’s two-year diploma program Photographic Arts and Production offers a unique opportunity to cultivate individual vision and craft, acquire comprehensive analogue and digital photography skills, and develop a broad understanding of photographic theory and history.

The only program of its kind in Canada, SPAO's Photographic Arts and Production offers students an intensive, community-oriented and collaborative learning experience. Educated and evaluated in large part through their performance, students develop and present portfolios and signature pieces and present these works in the school's exhibition spaces. Teaching and learning take place in a workshop environment designed to support the school’s motto: Vision, Content, Craft.









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