Sixth annual Part-Time Studies exhibition to showcase thriving SPAO stream


   Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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 some 20 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.


The panel will award three outstanding images in particular:


·         Best Digital Image (sponsored by Viztek)


·         Best Analogue Image (sponsored by LabWorks)


·         Best of Show (sponsored by Henry’s)


SPAO’s co-founder and creative director Michael Tardioli is proud of how the part-time studies stream has blossomed over the first six years.


“It really shows the community support  towards SPAO,” said Tardioli. “And the synergy that occurs between instructors and students is fantastic. I have seen world-class work and have watched some emerging artists develop through our part-time stream.” 


SPAO part-time courses and workshops cover digital and analogue photography at the beginner level all the way to the master level. Seasonal travel workshops are also included and are becoming increasingly popular.


Much of the part-time studies success is down to the quality of instructors, says Tardioli.

“We are very proud of our instructors who come from a range of photographic practices, both in the commercial fields and the fine art and academic cultures,” Tardiolio said.


Prospective students should take note that a number of SPAO’s part-time instructors will be on hand at the launch of this year’s A+ Exhibition on September 13.

Always seeking to evolve and offer fresh learning opportunities, SPAO will look to bolster the part-time stream in the coming months with French language learning, private tutoring, photo clubs, additional travel workshops, alternative printmaking, a lecture series and more.



Donated Vintage Equipment Sale


The A+ vernissage on September 13 will also include a SPAO fundraising initiative: The Donated Vintage Equipment Sale. SPAO frequently receives generous donations of vintage camera bodies, lenses, strobes, and various other gear still in excellent condition. A wide variety of these donations will be available at very affordable prices.