As Filter Photo is dedicated to serving and supporting the contemporary photography community, all exhibition proposals should relate to photography, photographic materials, or lens-based artwork. This definition is purposefully open-ended; moving-image work, installations, and performances related to photography may all be included in proposals. Artists, curators, and collectives are all welcome to submit proposals. For example, a single artist could submit a proposal for a solo show, or a collective could submit a proposal for a large group show.


Proposals will be accepted online via Submittable. Only proposals submitted in this manner will be considered. We recommend that you make use of the gallery floor plan in developing your proposal and include any layout plans in your proposal narrative. This is especially true for proposals that include site-specific installations and multimedia elements. Please add any proposed related programming to your proposal such as artist talks, performances, etc if you see them as relevant to your proposed exhibition.

In addition to contact information, applicants will need to provide the following materials and pay a submission fee of $25.

  • A proposal narrative describing the exhibition/curatorial statement and related programming (500 words max)

  • A brief bio for the applicant(s) and, if possible, for all the proposed artists

  • A CV for the applicant(s)

  • 10 - 12 sample images. These should be in JPEG format, sized 1000 pixels on the longest side, and titled by last name, initial of first name, and image number (e.g. DoeJ_1.jpg). Images should be of artworks intended for exhibition, but a small number of prior installation images may be included if the applicant thinks they may be helpful to the review panel.

  • Links to videos and other multimedia content, no more than 5 minutes in length (if applicable)


In order to defray exhibition costs, Filter Photo offers a small stipend to accepted applicants. This amount is calculated based on recommendations by the Working Artists and the Greater Economy organization (W.A.G.E.), scaled to match Filter Photo’s budget. As a small nonprofit with an annual budget of significantly less than the required $500,000, Filter Photo cannot meet W.A.G.E.’s recommendations for a base level stipend. Nevertheless, Filter Photo strongly supports W.A.G.E.’s initiatives and believes that it does well to support the spirit of the organization’s effort. Filter Photo looks forward to increasing this amount as the organization grows. Sample stipends are listed below, exact amounts are subject to change based on Filter Photo’s operating budget.

Solo Exhibition: $350

Two-Person Exhibition: $175 each

Group Exhibition (3-4 Artists): $90 each


Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision in late November. Accepted applicants will work with a Filter Photo staff member to determine the exhibition’s date, layout, and other details. Artists are responsible for all shipping costs to and from the gallery for their exhibition.  Any revenue obtained from sales of artwork on display will be split between Filter Photo and the artist, with the artist receiving 70% and Filter Photo receiving 30% of the final sales price. This split will apply to works sold directly through Filter Photo.

This call for proposals has closed.

Sheridan Tucker Anderson – Assistant Director, Gallery 400 at University of Illinois at Chicago 

Sheridan Tucker Anderson is a Chicago based, independent curator, art historian, and arts advocate. Anderson has been awarded several fellowships and residencies including the inaugural Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellowship at the Art Institute of Chicago, the inaugural Curatorial Fellowship at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the University of Chicago Masters of Art African Studies Fellowship, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Curatorial Fellowship, and the Chicago Artists Coalition HATCH Projects Curatorial Residency. Anderson has held research and curatorial positions where she has supported numerous exhibitions most notably, Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Dreams (2016) and Rodney McMillian: A Great Society (2017), at the Art Institute of Chicago, Kapwani Kiwanga: The sum and its parts (2017) and The Ties that Bind Waves of PanAfricanism in Contemporary Art and Society (2017) at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, Nollywood Portraits: A Radical Beauty (2016), The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold: Art, Identity and Politics (2018), Echoes: Reframing Collage (2018), at the Museum of Contemporary Photography. Recent publications include: The Diasporic as a Site of Memory: Self Identity and Commemoration in the Work of Zohra Opoku (2019), The Ancient and the Recent: Kudzanai Chiurai's We Live In Silence (2018), Bordering the Imaginary: Ralph Arnold, Napoleon Bonaparte, and “The Hawaii Days” Series (2018) and Of Memories and Forgetfulness (2017).  Recent exhibitions include If You Go, selected works by Mev Luna (2019), The Poetics of Relation (2019), In Their Own Form: Contemporary Photography + Afrofuturism (2018). She holds a BA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an MA in Art History from the University of Chicago. Currently, Anderson is Assistant Director of Gallery 400, the contemporary art space on campus at University of Illinois at Chicago.

Jonas Becker – Artist and Educator

Jonas Becker is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work explores how various sets of beliefs—from social histories to collective desires to scientific hypotheses—form around specific sites and geographies. Becker’s projects span video installation, photography, sculpture, and community engagement. Recent works, The Pile and Same Rock, focus specifically on narratives about Appalachia, particularly the relationship between humans, technology, and the environment.  Becker’s practice is research-based and formally invested in the intersection of sculpture, projection, and community engagement. His interest in network technologies and contemporary formations of community has led him to explore various means of using collective input to generate content, from anonymous internet surveys to community organizing and direct action. In addition, he often works with artists and theorists from other disciplines such as environmental studies and literature to contribute to his work.  By working across social, physical, and cinematic mediums, Becker disrupts conventional narratives and introduce the possibility for queer remixing and reconstructing. Becker has exhibited internationally, most recently in solo shows at the Craft & Folk Art Museum, LAXART, and Shulamit Nazarian in Los Angeles, and the Lancaster Museum of Art & History. Residencies include Heart of Los Angeles Foundation, Montalvo Arts Center, and Saas-Fee Summer Institute. Grants include the Berman Foundation, Center for Global Peace Studies, and Nazarian Foundation and Six Points Fellowship. Becker is founding director of the Mobile Pinhole Project, an organization that uses a giant, mobile pinhole camera to bring photography workshops to children in neighborhoods across Los Angeles.  Becker was born in Morgantown, WV, and lives and works in Chicago, IL.  He holds an MFA from UC Irvine and a BA from Smith College.

Juli Lowe – Director, Catherine Edelman Gallery

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, Juli 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. 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. Juli is an advisory board member for the Arnold Newman Prize and has juried several photography competitions including The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture and Lens 2016 International Juried Photography Exhibition. Juli 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.

Duncan MacKenzie– Artist, Educator, and a Founder of Bad at Sports (B@S) 

Duncan MacKenzie is an internationally exhibiting Artist, Pundit, Educator, and a Founder of Bad at Sports (B@S) podcast and website. With B@S he has produced over 550 interviews with artists and cultural luminaries such as Suzanne Lacy, Kerry James Marshall, Luc Tuymans, Jeff Wall, and Helen Molesworth. Alongside his work with Bad at Sports he makes and regularly shows art work internationally with his collaborator Christian Kuras. Between B@S and Kuras he has realized exhibitions and projects with art fairs like NADA Miami and NYC, EXPO Chicago, PULSE Miami, and Volta NYC, and institutions like the Contemporary Art Museum of St Louis, The Queens Museum, The Walker Art Center, and apexart NYC.  His work has been written about in Afterall, artforum.com, Art in America, Flash Art, the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune. He is enjoying a post as Chair of two departments at Columbia College Chicago; Art and Art History, and Design. He is also a former toy company owner and toy designer, and the father of two excellent small humans.

Cecil McDonald Jr. – Artist and Educator 

Cecil McDonald Jr is most interested in the intersections of masculinity, familial relations, and the artistic and intellectual pursuits of black culture, particular as this culture intersects with and informs the larger culture. Through photography, video, and dance/performance, he seeks to investigate and question the norms and customs that govern our understanding of each other, our families, and the myriad of societal struggles and triumphs. McDonald studied fashion, house music and dance club culture before receiving a MFA in Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor and a teaching artist at the Center for Community Arts Partnership at Columbia College Chicago. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, with works in the permanent collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Chicago Bank of America LaSalle Collection, and Museum of Contemporary Photography. McDonald has been awarded the Joyce Foundation Midwest Voices & Visions Award, the Artadia Award, The Swiss Benevolent Society, Lucerne, Switzerland Residency and the 3Arts Teaching Artist Award. He participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program in July 2013. In 2016 the first edition of his monograph In The Company of Black was published and was shortlisted by the Aperture Foundation for the 2017 First PhotoBook Award.

Jennifer Murray – Executive Director, Filter Photo

Jennifer Murray is the executive director of Filter Photo where she directs the planning of Filter Photo Festival as well as programming at Filter Space gallery in Chicago.  She was director of Averill and Bernard Leviton A+D Gallery, at Columbia College Chicago for eleven years where she organized a broad range of exhibitions in art and design.  She is an independent curator and educator teaching a broad range of topics from darkroom and digital skills to portfolio development and professional practices for emerging photographers.  She is an instructor of photography at Loyola University Chicago and an artists’ consultant and mentor working with artists on project development and exhibition preparation.  She is a frequent portfolio reviewer and juror at photography events across the US including FotoFest, Photolucida’s Critical Mass, SPE, and Filter Photo.  Jennifer received an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2002.

Daniel Ramos – Artist and Photographer

Daniel Ramos completed the Spring International Artist-In-Residence program at Artpace San Antonio, Texas In March 2020.  In 2018, he won the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Prize and was an artist in residence at The Center of Photography in Woodstock, NY. His most recent work has been featured in the 2019 Center Annual Exhibition at the Houston Center for Photography, AI-AP Latin American Fotografia 7, and the Lenscratch DeveloperX For Freedoms online gallery.  Daniel graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Photography in 2003, and studied for an MFA at California College of the Arts in 2007. Daniel had his first solo show for his series, The Land Of Illustrious Men, at Filter Space in Chicago, Illinois in July 2019. The series was featured in NY Times Lens and PDN Edu.


Tricia Van Eck – Founder, 6018North

Tricia Van Eck is founder of 6018North, an experimental cultural space that challenges what art is, whom it’s for, and where and how it is created. Named after its physical address in Chicago, 6018North is also itinerant and presents shows around Chicago, nationally, and internationally. Its intimate, multimedia encounters between artists and audiences consistently receive accolades from local and international press. Current shows are In Flux: Chicago Artists and Immigration is in quarantine at Chicago’s Cultural Center and Windows to the World is outside 6018North. Previously Van Eck worked 13 years as a curator at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago where she presented over 70 exhibitions much of which were audience-engaged, interactive, or extended the MCA’s reach into the community. Some of her notable projects include Without You I Am Nothing: Art and Its Audience; Theaster Gates: Temple Exercises; Tania Bruguera in Samuel Beckett’s Not I; Tino Sehgal’s Kiss and numerous exhibitions which featured Chicago artists including co-curating Kerry James Marshall’s One True Thing: Black Aesthetics. Her focus on experimental, audience engaged, and interactive shows from one-person encounters to large group exhibitions has informed 6018North’s work to enrich Chicago by nurturing artists to connect with audiences in transformative ways. www.6018north.org