John Opera

John Opera.

John Opera

John Opera

Photography Program Head
Assistant Professor

Field

Photography

Contact Information

137 Center for the Arts

Buffalo NY, 14260-6010

Phone: (716) 645-0545

johnoper@buffalo.edu

Bio

In his photo-based work, John Opera combines a deep interest in the visual characteristics of natural and scientific phenomena with a rigorous experimental approach to the techniques and apparatuses by which photographs have been defined and produced. Opera often returns to antiquated—but by no means exhausted—photographic tools and processes, including pinhole imaging, and more recently the cyanotype and anthotype.

He earned his BFA from SUNY New Paltz (1998) and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2005). He lived, worked, taught, and exhibited in Chicago for more than a dozen years.

Opera’s exhibitions include: Higher Pictures (New York), Longhouse Projects (New York), DOCUMENT (Chicago), Shane Campbell Gallery (Chicago), Andrew Rafacz Gallery (Chicago), The Suburban (Milwaukee), The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), Transformer Station (Cleveland), Michael Jon Gallery (Miami), Macalester College Art Gallery (St. Paul), CEPA Gallery (Buffalo) and The Burchfield-Penney Art Center (Buffalo). His work has been the subject of a two-person exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and is featured in the second volume of MP3, co-published by Aperture and the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago). His work is part of the permanent collections of the DePaul Museum of Art (Chicago), the Burchfield-Penney Art Center (Buffalo), and the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago), among other institutions.

Opera’s work has been reviewed by Artforum, Artforum.com, The New Yorker, Flash Art, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Rail, The Buffalo News, and Chicago Artist Writers, among other publications.

Other Photography Faculty

Gary Nickard.

135 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0529

gln@buffalo.edu

Associate Clinical Professor
Department of Art
College of Arts and Sciences

Field: Photography; Visual Studies

Instructional Support

Daniel Calleri.

123 Center for the Arts

Phone: (716) 645-0525

dvc@buffalo.edu

Instructional Support
Department of Art
College of Arts and Sciences

Field: Photography