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Context 2024

Juried by Sarah Kennel


Filter Photo is pleased to announce Context 2024, our tenth annual spring open call for photography-based work. This year's exhibition will be juried by Sarah Kennel, the Aaron Siskind Curator of Photography and Director of the Raysor Center at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.


All types of photographic work will be considered for this annual survey exhibition of contemporary photography. This open theme allows for the widest understanding of current photography practices.

Context 2024 will open on March 22nd and will remain open through April 27th. A juror’s choice award and an honorable mention will be awarded. The juror’s choice award includes a $500 cash prize.


Important Dates
January 20th—Call Closes
Early February—Accepted Artists Notified
March 11th—Work Due to Filter Space
March 22nd—Gallery Reception

Image Credits: Ian Bates (left) and Parker James Reinecker (below)

Dr. Sarah Kennel joined the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in 2021 as the inaugural Aaron Siskind Curator of Photography and Director of the Raysor Center for Works on Paper. A specialist in nineteenth and twentieth-century photography, Kennel has curated, published, and presented widely on topics ranging from nineteenth-century French photography and historic photographic processes, to European modernism and understudied women photographers. She has also written extensively on the relationship between painting and photography in nineteenth-century France and completed a dissertation on the relationship between dance and the visual arts in early twentieth-century culture. 


Before joining VMFA, Kennel held positions at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, where she most recently curated an exhibition on women photographers and the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where she co-curated the acclaimed touring exhibition Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings as well as a retrospective of the work of Olivia Parker. Dr. Kennel launched her curatorial career at the National Gallery of Art, Washington. There, she organized the exhibitions Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris (2013), Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes, 1909–1929: When Art Danced with Music (2013), The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Past 100 Years (2012), and In the Darkroom: Photographic Processes before the Digital Age (2009). Kennel holds a doctorate and a Master of Arts in art history from the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University. 

This exhibition is partially sponsored by The Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Exhibition Dates: March 22nd – April 27th, 2023
Gallery Reception: March 22nd, 6 – 9 PM CT
Location: Filter Space | 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm 

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