Open House | 2019 Lineage Exhibition


Vera Saltzman, Lily, 2017.

The SPAO Centre’s Annual Open House features O Human Child by Vera Saltzman

Join us Friday November 1, 2019, for SPAO’s Annual Open House and the opening reception of the 2019 Lineage Exhibition, O Human Child, featuring the work of the Canadian photo-based artist Vera Saltzman.

Where: 77 Pamilla Street, Ottawa (Little Italy)
Reception and Open House: 1 November 2019 from 5-11 PM, remarks at 7PM.
RSVP: via Facebook event page or by emailing with the subject line “OPEN HOUSE RSVP”.

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The SPAO Centre (formerly School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa) is Ottawa’s photographic arts centre, operating the only 2-year photographic arts diploma in Canada, a unique 6-month international artist residency as well as the region’s only critical and independent art gallery dedicated to lens-based art. Open House is SPAO’s largest event of the year, seeing over 800 guests over the course of the evening, and giving visitors the chance to tour our purpose-designed arts facility and exhibition space and learn more about our programming.

For this year’s Open House, SPAO will be highlighting the unions that can exist between photo and text with the official debut of SPAO’s newly completed photo book library and second floor expansion. To celebrate, SPAO will be hosting a Book Market where visitors can view and purchase publications created by members of SPAO’s extended community. Visitors will also be able to see work by current diploma students, and learn about the SPAO Centre’s programming. Speeches and special announcements will take place at 7 pm.

For the 2019 Lineage Exhibition, the SPAO Centre Gallery will be presenting Vera Saltzman’s O Human Child. Aligning with this year’s Open House theme of the unions that can exist between text and image, O Human Child draws inspiration from W.O. Mitchell’s iconic Saskatchewan-based novel Who Has Seen the Wind. O Human Child underscores how the tensions and complexities of childhood today both contrast and mirror those of Mitchell’s time. Saltzman focuses her attention on issues of identity and the development of a ‘sense of place,’ the passage of time and the fragility of life. The SPAO Centre Gallery’s annual Lineage Exhibition showcases work by members of the immediate and extended SPAO family and celebrates artistic achievement while highlighting a connection to our community.

O Human Child continues until December 12, 2019. The exhibition is free and open to the public, Sunday through Thursday, 9am – 7pm, by chance or by appointment.

For more information, please contact:

Darren Pottie
Gallery Programming Manager
School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa



Designed with the generous support of Hobin Architecture, the SPAO Centre is a multi-purpose photo hub, the only one of its kind in Canada. Mere steps from Preston Street’s vibrant entertainment district and Ottawa’s new light rail transit system, the SPAO Centre houses:

  • The School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO), the world-renowned, independent, not-for-profit school of photographic arts, offering the only two-year photographic arts diploma program in Canada, as well as continuing education opportunities in all aspects of contemporary, traditional and alternative photographic processes.
  • SPAO’s 6-month International Artist Residency, which brings both local and international photographic artists together to further develop and share their craft in Ottawa.
  • The only independent and critical Photographic Art Gallery in the National Capital Region. The gallery showcases work by local, national and international artists.
  • A new, custom-designed, SPAO Space for events, performances, exhibitions, and receptions.