the 2019 winners!

BEST IN SHOW: Bulent Gunay with Young Man and his Wood Work
BEST DIGITAL: Louise Crosby with Hydrangea
BEST ANALOGUE: Gary Franks with Pippa
BEST BOOK: Patricia Wallace with Public House
HONOURABLE MENTION DIGITAL I: Sandra Leduc with Sri Lanka, Culture Composite
HONOURABLE MENTION DIGITAL II: Dyanne Wilson with The Pink Houseboat
HONOURABLE MENTION ANALOGUE: Jon Stuart with Self Portrait I
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: Leah Mowers with Untitled

The exhibition continues until April 13, 2019. The SPAO Centre Gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 12-5, or by chance. Holiday exceptions apply, and hours are subject to change without notice. There is no admission fee and the gallery is wheelchair accessible. 

this year’s jury!


Catherine Sinclair is Senior Curator at the Ottawa Art Gallery (OAG). She has curated upwards of forty exhibitions including most recently, Michèle Provost: Everything Must Go / Liquidation totale (2018) and We’ll all become stories (2018). She has presented her work at forums such as the Canadian Women Artists History Initiative Conference (CWAHI), and is a 2018 recipient of the Art Association of Museum Curators (AAMC) Foundation Engagement Program for International Curators.

Joanne Stober has spent nearly two decades curating and managing National collections of historical and contemporary art and photography. As Historian, War and Visual Culture at the Canadian War Museum, she has developed a unique vision for the position of curator of visual arts that includes historical and contemporary art. She has a PhD in Communications and Film History from Concordia University.

Guillermo Trejo is a Mexican-born artist and co-curator at Studio Sixty Six Contemporary Art Gallery. He completed his BFA with a specialization in printmaking in Mexico City, and received an MFA degree from the University of Ottawa. Since relocating to Canada, Guillermo's has shown his work both locally and beyond including a solo show at Saw Gallery (Ottawa), presented his MFA thesis at the Ottawa Art Gallery, and participated in the International Symposium of Contemporary Art of Baie de Saint Paul (Québec) and the Creative Fusion residency (Cleveland). Guillermo is a consultant at the National Gallery of Canada, and is an instructor at the Ottawa School of Art.

this year’s prizes!


This is the biggest A+ ever with nearly $5000 in prizes! 

All A+ submissions will all have a chance to win a selection of awesome prizes, including Google Home Personal Assistants, National Arts Centre Tickets, National Gallery of Canada Memberships, Gift Cards from our sponsors and even a GoPro Camera. Every single submission to A+ will also be entered into a draw just for submitting!

Thanks to our partners National Gallery of Canada and National Arts Centre, as well as our sponsors Wallack'sPatrick Gordon FramingBest Buy Merivale, and Black Squirrel Books. Every winner will also receive a gift certificate for SPAO part-time classes, and SPAO merchandise from our new store.

last year’s winners:

BEST IN SHOW: Pat La Prairie with Aynhoe Park
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: Aaron Ferguson with That Empty Feeling

BEST DIGITAL: Eileen Seto with Monsoon Daze
HONOURABLE MENTION DIGITAL: George Salhani with Lilly Abboud

BEST ANALOGUE: Ernest Wiltshire with Transformations
HONOURABLE MENTION ANALOGUE: Amy Rose with Picasso Pinhole

BEST BOOK: Barbara Brown with Roses for Fred
HONOURABLE MENTION BOOK: Leslie Hossack with H-Hour Normandy 1944