Reece Terris, School for the Contemporary Arts (series of 15 photographs), 2010/2011, C-print/light-jet photograph on Di-bond, Edition: 1 of 2. Gift of the artist, 2019. Photo courtesy the artist.

Reece Terris's photographic and installation practice focuses on the relationship between constructed architectural spaces and our encounters within them physically, aesthetically and psychically. School for the Contemporary Arts is a series in which Terris documented the interior of SFU's School for the Contemporary Arts in Burnaby just prior to its demolition in the summer of 2010. The School subsequently moved to Vancouver. The photographs depict the interior of the buildings in their decommissioned and emptied state, capturing loss and anticipation while waiting for the wrecking ball. The buildings were considered temporary structures and for four decades they held dance, theatre, music, visual arts, and film. Each discipline occupied their own building that shared the same architectural design and were connected through a common central nave. The photographs capture a moment of transition that is not only structural but ideological.

Terris is a Vancouver artist and SFU alumnus (2005) and has made significant contributions to the art world ecology in Canada. Terris's work has been exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, The Whatcom Museum of History and Art, The Walter Philips Gallery at the Banff Centre, and Surrey Art Gallery.