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Project X, Photography Award

April 1, 2020

Project X, Photography Award recognizes the merits of a publicly presented photographic project by an Ottawa-based artist. This award is presented by SPAO, the Ottawa Art Gallery and the Ottawa Arts Council.The award recipient will receive a prize of $1,000, a bursary of $1,000 towards SPAO classes or residency program, and the opportunity to exhibit at the Ottawa Art Gallery and receive an associated CARFAC exhibition fee. 

We are happy to announce this year’s shortlisted artists. Congratulations Christine Fitzgerald, John Healey, and Deanna Pizzitelli!

Please join us on social media as we announce the Project X, Photography Award recipient at 11 am on April 6, 2020.

Christine Fitzgerald

Christine Fitzgerald, “Cacatua moluccensis”, 2019. Unique hand-printed photographic print, Tricolour Gum Bichromate over Palladium Print on Cotton Rag

Christine Fitzgerald is a photo-based artist who sees photography as a medium for creating unique physical objects. She explores the possibilities of using antiquated methods of image and photographic print making as a means of expression. 

Christine is the recipient of numerous awards, honours and accolades, including the International Fine Art Photographer of the Year award in 2016 and an International Julia Margaret Cameron Award for women photographers in 2017. Christine was selected as a visual artist for the Canada C3 Expedition on Canada’s 150th anniversary and in 2018; she had the privilege of creating a portrait of Dr. Jane Goodall on the occasion of her 85th birthday. Her work has been featured by numerous media including the CBC, The Washington Post and the National Geographic.

John Healey

John Healey, “Michigan Man after Arcimboldo, Lake Michigan” 2020. Pigment Ink on Baryta

John Healey grew up along the St. Lawrence River in Brockville, Ontario. John’s images have been exhibited in galleries across Ontario and his work, HEAD-ON, has shown nationally at Scotiabank CONTACT 2017. His image “Jug Top” from Plastic Beach was selected as an Honourable Mention in the 2019 Optic Nerve competition held by BlackFlash. Plastic Beach images were also included in the 2019 exhibition Common Waters presented by Cambridge Art Galleries. Also from this series, “Michigan Man after Arcimboldo” won Grand Prize at Figureworks 2019. John is a past artist-in-resident at the School of The Photographic Arts: Ottawa and is an upcoming artists-in-residence at the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC).

Deanna Pizzitelli

Deanna Pizzitelli, “Self-Portrait, Cave, I (from Koža, Women & Other Stories)”, 2017. Toned Silver Gelatin Print, Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery

Deanna Pizzitelli is a Canadian photo-based artist and educator residing between Ottawa, Canada and Bratislava, Slovakia. She is one of the inaugural winners of the Scotiabank New Generation Photography Award, which culminated in an exhibition at the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada and at the OCADU Onsite Gallery in Toronto. She is currently a finalist for Rencontres d’Arles: Louis Roederer Discovery Award 2020, and was recently awarded the Beth Block Membership Honoraria from the Houston Center for Photography in Texas. 

Deanna has attended residencies in Canada, Iceland, Portugal and Finland. She is represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery (CA) and her work is in the collections of the Archive of Modern Conflict (UK) and the Center for Creative Photography (US).


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