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 January. 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 exhibition proposals has closed.

Emanuel Aguilar – Founder, PATRON Gallery

Emanuel Aguilar is a gallerist and independent curator living and working in Chicago, IL. In 2015, he founded PATRON, a contemporary art gallery with a focus on emerging artists and conceptual practice. Previously, he was a director at Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago and Berlin and a founder of the arts and culture magazine Jettison Quarterly. Aguilar serves on the board of The Chicago Artists Coalition, as well as The Society for Contemporary Art at The Art Institute of Chicago. 

Gregory Harris – Donald and Marilyn Keough Curator of Photography, High Museum of Art

Gregory Harris is the Donald and Marilyn Keough Curator of Photography at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. He is a specialist in contemporary photography with a particular interest in documentary practice. Since joining the High in 2016, Harris has curated over a dozen exhibitions including Picturing the South: 25 Years, Way Out There: The Art of Southern Backroads and Look Again: 40 Years of Collecting Photographs as well as solo shows with Thomas Struth, Paul Graham, and Amy Elkins. In 2018, he led the expansion and installation of the Photography Department’s new permanent collection galleries. Harris is currently working on the exhibitions Truth Told Slant, and Evelyn Hofer: Eyes on the Street. Before joining the High, Harris was the Assistant Curator at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago. He previously held curatorial positions in the Photography Department at the Art Institute of Chicago. Harris has also contributed essays to monographs by Matthew Brandt, Paul D’Amato, Amy Elkins, Jill Frank, and the Metabolic Studio. He earned a BFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago, and an MA in art history from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Karin Irvine – Chief Curator & Deputy Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography

Karen Irvine is Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. She has organized over fifty exhibitions of contemporary photography, at the MoCP and other venues including the Hyde Park Art Center; Rockford Art Museum; Lishui International Photography Festival, China; Daegu Photography Biennale, South Korea, and the New York Photo Festival. Irvine has contributed texts to many publications including FOAM, Art on Paper and Contemporary magazines and monographs including Ann Lislegaard: Eyes Wide Open (The Royal Museum of Photography, Copenhagen); Paula McCartney: Non-flights of Fancy (Princeton Architectural Press); Barbara Probst: Exposures (Steidl); Redheaded Peckerwood by Christian Patterson (MACK), and Stefan Heyne Speak to Me (Hatje Cantz), amongst others. She has a BA in French and International Relations from Tufts University, Medford, MA, an MFA in photography from FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic, and an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Sasha Phyars-Burgess – Former Filter Space Exhibiting Artist