About Filter Photo

Filter Photo is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to serving and enhancing the photographic community. Filter Photo’s mission is to connect emerging, mid-career, and professional photographers with gallery owners, educators, academics, curators and elite photography professionals from across the country, with an emphasis on creating and promoting educational events in the Midwestern United States and Chicago, Illinois. Filter Photo creates the annual Filter Photo Festival and offers other educational and networking programming throughout the year.

Filter Festival Staff

  • Sarah Hadley

  • Executive Director // sarah@filterfestival.com

  • James Pepper Kelly

  • Managing Director // pepper@filterfestival.com

  • Erin Hoyt

  • Director of Programming // erin@filterfestival.com

  • Tanner Young

  • Social Media Coordinator // tanner@filterfestival.com


  • Julie Weber

  • Production Coordinator // julie@filterfestival.com

  • Eric Newman

  • Legal Counsel

Board of Directors

Dirk Fletcher | President
Maggie Meiners | Secretary
Erin Hoyt | Treasurer
Doug Fogelson
Peter Fitzpatrick
Jeff Curto

Advisory Committee

Jane Fulton Alt
Jessica Tampas
Judy Natal
Aline Smithson
Rich Cahan
Jeff Phillips
Susan Aurinko