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John Opera

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The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Master of Fine Arts, Weinstien Fellow, May 2005

S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, New Paltz, NY
Bachelor of Fine Arts, Department of Photography, May 1998


Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions


Anthotypes, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL (opens March 26)

John Opera and Matt Sheridan-Smith, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO


Drinking Water In Bed, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL


Zoar and Other Works, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL

John Opera and Amir Zaki, Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago, IL


John Opera: Recent Photographs, Macalester College Art Gallery, St. Paul, MN


For Once, Then, Something, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY


John Opera: Soup, Buffalo Arts Studio, Buffalo, NY


John Opera: New Work, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY


Soup: Recent Photographic Work by John Opera, Olean Public Gallery Olean, NY


Group Exhibitions


Indexing the World: Invention, Abstraction and Dissonance, Highland Park Art Center, Highland Park, IL (opens April 29)

Art Los Angeles Contemporary (Art Fair), Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

New Inventory, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL


Welcome to the Neighborhood, William H. Cooper Mfg. Co., Chicago, IL

NADA (Art Fair), Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Miami, FL

NEXT (Art Fair), Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago IL


MP3 II, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL

High School Art Show, Marmion Academy, Aurora IL

Interrupting a Beam Of Light, David Cunningham Projects, San Francisco CA


Pictures of Nothing, Llyod Dobler Gallery, Chicago, IL

The World Is A Handkerchief, Dorsky Gallery, Queens, NY

Crit 3, Spencertown Academy, Spencertown, NY

Gateways: Space, Place and the Transformative, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY


Summer Group Show, Rowley Kennerk Gallery, Chicago, IL

Concerning Tomorrow, Harold Arts Residency, Chicago, IL


Project Room, Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL


Can I Get A Witness, Bucket Rider Gallery, Chicago, IL

Into the Woods, Thomas McCormick Gallery, Chicago, IL

Cross Cuts, Northern Lights, San Francisco, CA

Jonesing, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY

M.F.A. Exhibition, Gallery 2, Chicago, IL


Rockwell, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY


Area Artists 2002 Collection, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Convergence 2002, Carnegie Art Center, Tonawanda, NY


Exposure, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Area Artists 2001 Collection, Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY


John Opera: Photographs, Niagara County Community College Art Gallery, Sanborn, NY


The Uncertainty Principle, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, S.U.N.Y New Paltz, NY

Recent Exhibits

John Opera participated in these exhibits:

Oct, 2015 John Opera October 8 - No
Higher Pictures
Jul, 2015 Photography Sees the Surface
Higher Pictures
Mar, 2015 Shaping the Field-9 Artists Vision
Gallery 350
Oct, 2014 “Rocket Run, Abstraction from Chicago”
Elder Gallery
May, 2014 Apocalyptic, Epic!
South of the Tracks
May, 2014 Apocalyptic, Epic!
South of the Tracks
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