Meg Ojala received her BA from the University of Minnesota and her MFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago. She teaches photography at St. Olaf College. Ojala’s landscape work involves closely observing and photographing the banks of the Cannon River near her studio in Dundas, Minnesota. She scans medium format negatives to make large-scale inkjet prints in both color and black and white. Ojala’s other landscape projects include a commission by the McKnight Foundation to document open spaces that will be the focus of conservation and protection efforts, This Perennial Land, a book project encouraging conservation of the Blue Earth watershed, and an interdisciplinary project with St. Olaf colleagues and students retracing the 1838 expedition route of Joseph N. Nicollet.
Other recent work includes small scale platinum-palladium prints from temple sites near Angkor, Cambodia; and a group of pieces that include multiple images of one kind of object, such as letters and leaves. Visual elements and themes such as line and repetition, the compression of space and time, and a heightened sense of impermanence appear in all of this seemingly disparate work. Ojala is represented by Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis.
She has exhibited in places such as the Flaten Art Museum, St. Olaf College; Groveland Gallery, Minneapolis, MN; 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 a recipient of the 2005 University of Minnesota/McKnight Foundation Artist Fellowship for Photographers. Other earned 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”.