Meg Ojala observes, draws, and photographs the landscape. She explores perceptions of space, the visual poetry of representation and abstraction, and the paradoxes of photography. Visual elements and concepts such as line and repetition, the compression of space and time, and a heightened sense of impermanence appear in all of her work.
Ojala, Professor Emerita of Art and Art History, taught photography at St. Olaf College for 35 years. She has made photographs for conservation efforts such as This Perennial Land, a book encouraging conservation of the Blue Earth watershed. Other commissions include landscape photographs for the McKnight Foundation, Carleton College, and St. Olaf College.
Ojala is a recipient of the 2020 McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship and the 2005 University of Minnesota/McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship for Photographers. Other grants include Minnesota State Arts Board Artists Assistance Grants, McKnight Photography Fellowships, and Faculty Development Grants from St. Olaf College including “Place and Landscape” and “Photographing the Undine Region: Mapmaker Joseph N. Nicollet’s 1838 expedition route through southern Minnesota”.
She has exhibited in places such as the Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College; Tisch School of Fine Arts, Photography Gallery, New York University; Thomson Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; Parts Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; The Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY; International Center of Photography, NYC, NY; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX.
Ojala is represented by Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.