OLIVIA JOHNSTON

B. 1991

OTTAWA, CANADA

 

EDUCATION

2016     Photographic History Instructor at the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa (current).

2015     Carleton University, BAh with High Distinction, Honours in Art History, 2008 - 2015.

2011      Full-Time Photographic Arts and Production Diploma Program, School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa                                (SPAO), Ottawa, Canada

 

FORTHCOMING EXHIBITIONS AND PROJECTS

2017      CONTINUUM: An exhibition of emerging artists selected by past winners of the Karsh Award, Karsh-Masson               Gallery, September 2017, Ottawa, Canada.
              
               International Photography Annual 5, published by Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, OH

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2017      I May Be Crazy But Not That Crazy, two-person featured exhibition as a part of CONTACT                                     Photography Festival, Hashtag Gallery, Toronto, ON

              HOLGA: Selected Impressions, two-person show, Wallacks Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
           

2016      COLOUR, group show (curator and participating artist), Fluevog Store, Ottawa, Canada

              Improbable Treasures, group show as a part of Chinatown Remixed, Ottawa, Canada

              Porte Ouvertes, Waaw (Artist Residency), Saint-Louis, Senegal

 

2015     THIS IS US NOW, group show, Karsh-Masson Gallery and Trinity Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

              You Are Here, group show, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

              FACE / OFF, group show, PDA Projects, Ottawa, Canada

              SELFIE, 3 person show, Karsh Masson Gallery, City Hall, Ottawa, Canada

              exhibited work from UNARMED at “Suspect Bodies, Deviant Bodies,” conference organized by the Pauline                 Jewett Institute of Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa, March 16

              RESPOND, group show, Smack Mellon Gallery, New York, USA
 

2014     SKETCH, group show, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

              SUPERPOWER, group show, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

              Additions to the City of Ottawa Art Collection, Karsh-Masson Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

              UNARMED, solo show, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

              Part Stradivarius / Part Scalpel, group show, School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada

              The New Photographers, group show, studio sixtysix, Ottawa, Canada

              GAZE // A Female Perspective, group show, La Petite Mort, Ottawa, Canada (curator and participating artist)
 

2013     SKETCH, group show, SAW Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

              the Art Zoo, group show, SPAO, Nuit Blanche, Ottawa, Canada

              Systems of Identity, group show, studio sixtysix, Ottawa, Canada

              FALLEN, solo show, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

              SPAO: Applied, SPAO@EXPOSURE, Ottawa, Canada (curator and artist)

              YPA 2012 Mentoring Program Exhibition, Calumet Gallery, New York, USA

              Portrait: Image and Identity, Black Box Gallery, Portland, USA

              “HOME” Mentoring Programme, Margaret Street Gallery, London, UK
 

2012     National Geographic Goes Ghetto, La Petite Mort Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

              Portraits of Bluesfest 4, Patrick Gordon Framing Studio, Ottawa, Canada

              Stills in Motion, Saint Brigid’s Centre for the Arts, Nuit Blanche, Ottawa, Canada

              Festival X at EBA, Enriched Bread Artists, Ottawa, Canada

              LATITUDE, solo show, Alliance Française, Ottawa, Canada

              Exhibition No. 7, Red Wall Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

              13 – 18, solo show, Red Wall Gallery, Ottawa, Canada
 

2011      Exhibition No. 6, Red Wall Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

              A Common Beauty, Heartwood House, Ottawa, Canada (curator and artist)
 

2010     Exhibition No. 5, Red Wall Gallery, Ottawa, Canada

              In and Out: A Look Ahead at Wall Space Gallery as part of Ottawa’s Festival X 2010

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS + PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL

2017    Discussed HOLGA: Selected Impressions on CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning show: Click to listen

             Interviewed by CBC’s Simon Gardner for a feature about SPAO (at 20:10): Click to watch

2016    Ottawa Magazine, featured as a member of the SPAO Faculty; SPAO was selected as a  "Reason to Love                      Ottawa" in Ottawa Magazine’s Holiday 2016 Issue

2014     The Sages, Vol. 1, December (designed cover and had work inside).

              Herd Magazine, Issue No. 7, October.

              The Charlatan, Vol. 44 Issue 11, October.

              NU Magazine, Issue No. 1, September.

              Self-published book Strength in Disorder sold through STRAYLIGHT PRESS, March.

              The Charlatan, Article for “GAZE”, week of January 14th.
 

2013     Art & Science Journal, Issue No. 2, July.

              Ottawa Citizen, Article for “FALLEN”, April 25th.

              Go Home Magazine, Issue No. 2, February.
 

2012     Ottawa Citizen, Article for Portraits of Bluesfest 4, August 19th.

              Ottawa Woman Magazine, Feature, May Issue.

              Ottawa Citizen, Article for “13 - 18”, March 15th.
 

2011      Applied Arts Magazine, Student Awards Issue, November/December.

              SHOTS Magazine, Issue No. 113, November.

              PUSH//PULL Magazine, Issue No. 3, April.
 

2010     Ottawa Citizen, article for Festival X 2010, September 22nd.

 

RESIDENCIES, CURATORIAL + OTHER

  • Finalist for the RBC Emerging Artist Award, March 2017
  • Member of the Peer Assessment Committee, City of Ottawa Direct Purchase Program, May/June 2016
  • Artist in Residence at Waaw, St. Louis, Senegal, March 2016.
  • Work purchased by the City of Ottawa’s Direct Purchase Program (2013, 2014, 2015).
  • Spoke to Fine Art Photography: Ottawa discussion group on “Finding Influence in Art History”, May 13, 2014.
  • Curator and participating artist in GAZE, group show, La Petite Mort, Ottawa, Canada (2014).
  • Ran 3.5 hr workshop THEN AND NOW: A NEW PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITURE, La Petite Mort Gallery, August 22, 2013
  • Curator at SPAO@EXPOSURE, Ottawa, Canada (2012 - 2014) .
  • Invited to participate in Le Mois De La Photo à Montreal’s Portfolio Review, September 2013.
  • Completed a Curatorial Internship in Contemporary Art at the National Gallery of Canada under Rhiannon Vogl and Josée Drouin-Brisebois, Ottawa, May - August 2013.
  • SPAO Residency, 2011-2012.