Bio
Eliot Wright is a Toronto-based photographer whose work focuses on the complexities of landscape, frequently investigating notions of place and transition. His images stem directly from exploration: a desire to be present in the world, to look closely and to think about how spaces are shaped.
 
Wright’s photographs are regularly exhibited in diverse venues in Canada, including Urbanspace Gallery, Toronto and the Nova Scotia Museum of Industry, Stellarton, and have been presented in notable publications such as Canadian Art and the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward. Born and raised in Newfoundland, Wright received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Photography from NSCAD University and a Master of Fine Arts in Documentary Media at Ryerson University. He currently teaches photography part time at the Ryerson University School of Image Arts and works as a freelance photographer.
Portrait of Eliot Wright
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Education
2015–2017 // Ryerson University, MFA in Documentary Media, Toronto, ON
2009–2012 // NSCAD University, BFA in Fine Art: Major in Photography, Halifax, NS
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2019 // Further Along The Road, CONTACT Photography Festival Feature Exhibition, Urbanspace Gallery, Toronto, ON
2017 // On Dupont, Site-Specific Exhibition, City of Toronto Archives, Toronto, ON
2017 // On Dupont, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Art Square Gallery, Toronto, ON
2017 // On Dupont, Public Installation, Galleria Shopping Centre, Toronto, ON
2014–2015 // What Remains: The Nova Scotia Industrial Project (with Liz Wright), Nova Scotia Museum of Industry, Stellarton, NS
2014 // Observations from an Odyssey, PHOTOPOLIS: The Halifax Festival of Photography, Keshen Goodman Library, Halifax, NS
2012 // Observations from an Odyssey, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS
Selected Group Exhibition 
2015 // I AM NSCAD Alumni Exhibition, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS
2012 // NSCAD University 2012 Graduation Exhibition, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS
2011 // Antlers, Gallery 2053, Halifax, NS
2011 // Starfish Student Art Awards Exhibition, Port Loggia Gallery Halifax, NS
Auctions     
2014 // Roar: An Art Auction for NSCAD, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS
Awards 
2018 // Exhibition Assistance, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto, ON
2017 // Ryerson Gold Medal, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
2016 // Joseph Armand Bombardier Award (CGS-M), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
2015 // Ontario Graduate Scholarship, Ryerson University, Toronto, ON
2014 // Arts Nova Scotia Presentation Grant, Halifax, NS
2013 // Arts Nova Scotia Creation Grant, Halifax, NS
2011 // Roloff Beny Photography Scholarship, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS
2011 // Starfish Student Art Award Runner-up, Halifax, NS
2011 // Alan and Christine Hunt Award, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS
2010 // Alexander J. McDonald Memorial Award, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS
 
Selected Professional Experience
2017–Present // Curator, Chang School Photography Exhibition, Ryerson University, Chang School of Continuing Education, Toronto, ON
2017–2020 // Production/Project Manager, Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art, Toronto, ON
2016–17 // Co-chair, DocNow 2017 Festival, Ryerson University, MFA in Documentary Media, Toronto, ON
2014–15 // Special Events Coordinator and Alumni Relation, NSCAD University, Office of University Relations, Halifax, NS
2011–15 // Photographer (Events + Studio), NSCAD University, Halifax, NS
2014–15 // Jury Member, ViewPoint Gallery Photo Competition, ViewPoint Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Halifax, NS
2013–15 // Vice President, Photopolis Society, PHOTOPOLIS: The Halifax Festival of Photography, Halifax, NS
2013 // Assistant Director, ViewPoint Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Halifax, NS
Selected Teaching Experience
2021 // DM 8216 Fundamentals of Media II, Instructor, Winter 2021, Ryerson University School of Image Arts, Toronto, ON
2020 // MPS 307 The Photographic Print, Instructor, Fall 2020, Ryerson University School of Image Arts, Toronto, ON
2020 // MPS 106 Photography Production, Instructor, Fall 2020, Ryerson University School of Image Arts, Toronto, ON
2019 // MPS 506 Photography Production, Instructor, Fall 2019, Ryerson University School of Image Arts, Toronto, ON
2019 // MPS 408 Photography Production, Instructor, Winter 2019, Ryerson University School of Image Arts, Toronto, ON
2016–17 // Graduate Assistant, Ryerson University, School of Image Arts, Toronto, ON
2016 // CDFP 418, Landscape Photography, Teaching Assistant, Spring/Summer 2016 Ryerson University Chang School of Continuing Education, Toronto, ON
2013 // Summer Youth Camp in Photography, Instructor, ViewPoint Gallery of Contemporary Photography, Halifax, NS
2012–2013 // Intro to Black and White Photography, Instructor, NSCAD University School of Extended Studies, Halifax, NS
Selected Publications/Reviews   
2020 // Nights Below Foord Street by Peter Thompson. Published by McGill–Queens University Press, Montreal, QC and Kingston, ON
2018 // F-Stop Magazine, Group Exhibition, http://www.fstopmagazine.com/pastissues/88/
2016 // Flash Forward 2016, published by the Magenta Foundation, Toronto, ON
2015 // NSCAD University Annual Report, 2014–2015. Photography: cover, portraits and events (see credits), published by NSCAD University, Halifax, NS
2014 // CBC Radio One interview for What Remains on Mainstreet 90.5 fm, December 15, 2014, Halifax, NS
2014 // The Chronicle Herald: “Weekend Focus: Industrial Art//born of toil and sweat,” written by Aaron Beswick. Saturday, December 13, 2014, V65 N296, Cover + page 4.
2014 // Nova Scotia Communities, Culture, and Heritage, What Remains: The Nova Scotia Industrial Project. http://cch.novascotia.ca/stories/what-remains-nova-scotia-industrial-project
2014 // Pictou Advocate: “Industry and art collide.” Review by Heather Brimicombe. Wed, October 22, 2014. Vol 121, No 43, Cover + page 3
2014 // New Glasgow News: “Art and industry intersect in new exhibit.” Review by Amanda Jess. Monday, October 20, 2014, Cover + pg 2
2014 // NSCAD University Annual Report, 2013–2014. Photography: cover, campus details + portraits and events (see credits), published by NSCAD University, Halifax, NS
2013 // Canadian Art, Observations #3 in “Smart Guide” Canadian Art Foundation, Winter 2013, Page 54, Toronto, ON
2013 // NSCAD University Annual Report, 2012–2013. Photography: pages 2, 4, 7, 10, 16, 20, 26, published by NSCAD University, Halifax, NS
2012 // PhotoEd Magazine, Photography Education in Canada: Feat. Artist for Observations from an Odyssey, Fall 2012 – Issue 35, Page 12, Toronto, ON
2012 // NSCAD University 2012 Graduation Catalogue, NSCAD University, Halifax, NS
2010 // The Scope, Cover Photo, Issue 106, vol. 5, #10, March 20, 2010, St. John’s, NL
Lectures/Talks
2019 // Artist Talk, Further Along The Road, Urbanspace Gallery, Toronto, ON
2017 // Lecture, On Dupont, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
2017 // Presenter, Magenta Foundation's "Flash Forward/Flash Back," Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, ON
2014 // Panelist, Life as a Photographer, PHOTOPOLIS Symposium: Inside Photography: Issues, Practices & Perspectives, Halifax, NS
2014 // Artist Talk, Observations from an Odyssey, Keshen Goodman Library, Halifax, NS
2014 // Lecture, Second Friday Series: What Remains, ViewPoint Gallery, Halifax, NS
2013 // Lecture, Second Friday Series: Observations from an Odyssey, ViewPoint Gallery Halifax, NS
2012 // Artist Talk, Observations from an Odyssey, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, NS
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