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Filter Photo is pleased to announce Context 2018, our annual spring open call for lens-based work. This year the exhibition was juried by April M. Watson, Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.


Context 2018 opens March 16, at Filter Space and will remain open through April 28. A juror’s choice award and an honorable mention will be awarded at the opening reception.

Image Credit: Jordanna Kalman

Participating Artists

Ben Altman
Philip Augustin
Larry Chait
Daniel Chung
Laura Cobb
Troy Colby
Rachel Cox
Elizabeth Claffey
Elena Dahl
Marcus DeSieno
Alexander Diaz
Jim Ferguson
Adam Finkelston
Jennifer Garza-Cuen
Eui-Jip Hwang

Elise Kirk
Jordanna Kalman
Meghan Kirkwood
Susan Kott
Sage Lewis
Molly McCall
Mary McCloskey
Daniel McCullough
Casey McGuire & Mark Schoon
David Ondrik
Miguel Ontiveros
Astrid Reischwitz
Jamie Tuttle
Max Wagner & Megan Pobywajlo
Tara Wray

The myriad conceptual and aesthetic approaches to photography that characterize the medium today were in full evidence as I viewed the submissions for Context 2018. Across the board, the submissions were high caliber. My task was, thus, very difficult; less a matter of selecting “the best,” but rather choosing works that represented mature, creative ideas and adept techniques, whatever the genre or category of practice. That being said, my subjective proclivities for work that uses the medium to challenge mundane modes of perception are reflected in my final selections. The themes of memory—personal and collective—also weave through these works, though I avoided any stringent thematic underpinning, for fear such an approach would omit too many fascinating works. Ultimately, I hope my selections reflect the incredible wealth of talent that came together, in aggregate, for this exhibition. It is to Filter Photo’s great credit that they provide such important opportunities for talented individuals to show and share their works in such a professional and thoughtful manner. To that end, it has been a privilege to serve as this year’s juror.

April M. Watson

Curator of Photography

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art


This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Exhibition Dates: March 16 – April 28, 2018
Opening Reception: March 16 | 6 pm – 9 pm
Location: Filter Space 1821 W. Hubbard St., Ste. 207

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