Ryerson photography student work displayed at the AGO

Irving Penn’s work has hung there. So has Stephen Shore’s and Eugène Atget. Now it’s a Ryerson student’s turn.

Paige Lindsay, a fourth-year photography student, has her work on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario as a part of the 2013 – 2014 Aimia/AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program.

Students across Canada submitted portfolios within their universities. Judges at each university chose finalists to represent their schools.

The three winners received a scholarship to help pay for their fourth and final year of school, as well as the chance to display their work in an exhibition at the AGO.


Paige Lindsay (right) with Sophie Hackett (left), associate curator of photography at the AGO. (Courtesy of Andrew Savery-Whiteway)

“It was really great timing for me; you can only apply if you’re in third year,” said Lindsay, who is from Victoria, B.C. “The stars aligned.”

Lindsay applied to the contest in early March with a portfolio of her work. After a jury of three professors from Ryerson debated over portfolios, Ryerson selected her to represent the university in the competition.

“Even that alone was mind-boggling and amazing,” said Lindsay.

Lindsay was at work when she received the phone call from Sean O’Neill, manager of the competition at the AGO.

“We didn’t know before that it would involve a show at the AGO as well; it didn’t say anything about that,” said Lindsay. “It was an added bonus.”

The panel of artists and curators from the AGO also chose a student from The Ontario College of Art and Design University and a student fro the University of  Manitoba from 100 applicants.

This is the first year of the scholarship competition. Lindsay’s exhibit, Where did you come from? and Vocabulary, will be on display at the Community Gallery in the Weston Family Learning Center until January 2015.

By Natalie Marynowski and Pema Tsering

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