SPAO Presents Exhibition No. 19

Poster Image by diploma student Kamryn Woloschuk

The SPAO Photographic Arts Centre proudly presents EXHIBITION NO. 19, an exhibition showcasing the outstanding work by students enrolled in the only 2-year photographic arts college diploma program in all of Canada.

Exhibition No. 19

April 19 – May 12, 2024
Opening Reception: Friday, April 19, 5:00 – 10:00 pm | RSVP on Facebook
SPAO Photographic Arts Centre, Ottawa

Image of Exhibition No. 18 reception by Eric Reid

Over the course of their time at SPAO, students are provided the opportunity to experiment with digital, analogue and rare historic photographic processes, as well as engage in nuanced discussions in photographic theory. Industry leading educators and arts professionals help guide these students as they become the next generation of photo-based artists.

Images (left to right): Sydney Hall, Manfred Mueller, Martine Chartrand

Join the only 2-year photographic arts college diploma program in Canada

The Photographic Arts and Production College Diploma Program is an incredibly unique opportunity to acquire comprehensive analogue and digital photography skills, develop a broad understanding of photographic theory and history, and cultivate individual vision and craft.

The program is an intensive, hands-on, community-oriented, and collaborative learning experience. Small class sizes mean students get ample one-on-one attention and a personalized learning experience. Students learn through lectures and practicums, as well as regular engagements with professional photographers, artists, and curators. SPAO also operates one of the largest and most well-appointed darkrooms in the region, offering students the opportunity to explore and incorporate both contemporary and historic processes into their practice. SPAO graduates debut their completed body of work and launch their careers at an end of year exhibition in the SPAO Centre Gallery.

SPAO is accepting enrollment applications for September 2024. Seize the opportunity and apply now to maximize your chances of securing a spot. For more information, please visit

Hear from SPAO graduate and Karsh Award winner Christine Fitzgerald

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