Context 2021

Juried by Juli Lowe


Filter Photo is pleased to announce Context 2021, our annual spring open call for photography-based work. Juror Juli Lowe, Director of the Catherine Edelman Gallery, will consider all types of lens-based work for this annual survey exhibition of contemporary photography. This open theme allows for the widest understanding of current photography practices. 

Context 2021 will open March 26th at Filter Space and will remain open through May 1st. A juror’s choice award and an honorable mention will be awarded. The juror’s choice award includes a $500 cash prize.

The cost to submit is $25.00 for up to five entries. All types of photographic and lens-based work will be considered. 

Important Dates: 

Submissions Due: January 23

Artists Notified: Early February 

Opening Reception: March 26

Exhibition Dates: March 26 - May 1

Image Credit: Abbey Hepner

Juli Lowe was named the Director of the Catherine Edelman Gallery in 2015. She was hired five years prior as the Assistant Director and within a few years, Lowe helped implement new initiatives including, Ctrl+P: Photography Taken Offline, now is in its ninth year; Art Mixer, special events that engage younger collector groups; and several of the gallery's web series including, Chat Room, Hot Off the Press and Work From Home: Inside the Artist's Studio. She also oversees The Chicago Project (an online gallery started in 2003 to promote unrepresented photographers in the Chicagoland area) and has promoted the work of these emerging photographers through exhibitions, acquisitions by private and public collections and press outlets. In 2020, Lowe curated New Formations, an exhibition that featured work by four emerging artists who use the photograph as material to construct a new visual language.


As an instructor for, Lowe leads courses about pricing artwork and the fine art market. Lowe is an advisory board member for the Arnold Newman Prize, is on the review committee for proposals for the exhibition calendar (2020+2021) at Filter Space and has juried several photography competitions including The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture, All About Photo Awards 2020 'The Mind's Eye' and Lens 2016 International Juried Photography Exhibition.


Lowe travels extensively for the Catherine Edelman Gallery, attending and participating in art fairs throughout the United States and internationally, constantly engaging in the conversation and education of photography. With a background in photography, Juli previously worked at The Maine Media Workshops and as a producer for print and television campaigns.

Image Credit: Miguel Ontiveros

Exhibition Dates: March 26 - May 1, 2021
Location: Filter Space | 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207


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1821 W Hubbard St | Suite 207

Chicago | Illinois | 60622



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Filter Photo is partly supported by grants from The MacArthur Funds for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, and The Fogelson Family Foundation.