Exhibition Proposal Guidelines


As Filter Photo is dedicated to serving and supporting the photographic community, all exhibition proposals should relate to photography and 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.

Proposal Materials

Proposals will be accepted via our online system. 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 statement of intent. This is especially true for proposals that include site-specific installations and multimedia elements. In addition to standard information, applicants will need to provide the following materials and pay a submission fee of $25.


  • A statement of intent describing the exhibition/curatorial statement (500 words max)
  • A brief bio for the applicant(s) and, if possible, for all the proposed artists
  • A CV for the applicant(s)
  • 8 – 10 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. DoeJ1.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 jury panel.
  • Links to videos and other multimedia content, no more than 5 minutes in length (if applicable)
  • A proposed exhibition title (optional)
  • A proposal for a related event, e.g. an artist talk, workshop, etc. We welcome creative proposals. (optional)



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


Exhibition Review Panel

Catherine Edelman, Owner and Director, Catherine Edelman Gallery

Catherine Edelman opened her Chicago gallery 29 years ago after completing her MFA in Photography at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since its founding in 1987, the gallery quickly established itself as one of the leading galleries in the Midwest devoted to the exhibition of prominent contemporary photographers alongside local, new & young talent, showcasing a broad range of subject matter. The gallery exhibits in major art fairs throughout the country and is widely respected as a leader, educator and expert in the field of photography.

Catherine Edelman is an active member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) and currently serves as its President. She is also a member and President of the Chicago Art Dealers Association (CADA).

Karen Irvine, Associate Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography

Karen Irvine is Curator and Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. She has organized over forty five 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 an MFA in photography from FAMU, Prague, Czech Republic, and an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Zora J. Murff, Independent Artist

Zora J Murff is an MFA candidate in Studio Art at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Zora attended the University of Iowa where he studied Photography and holds a BS in Psychology from Iowa State University. Combining his education in human services and art, Zora’s photography focuses on the experiences of youth in the juvenile justice system and the role of images in the correctional system; specifically how images are used to define individuals who are deemed criminals, and what happens when these definitions are abandoned or skewed. His work has been exhibited nationally, internationally, and featured online including The British Journal of Photography and Wired Magazine’s Raw File. His work has also been published in VICE Magazine, GOOD Magazine, and PDN’s Emerging Photographer Magazine. Zora was named a Joy of Giving Something Fellow through Imagining America in 2016, was selected as a LensCulture 2015 Top 50 Emerging Talent, and was a 2014 Photolucida Critical Mass finalist. A portfolio of his work is included in the Midwest Photographers Project through the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Zora published his first monograph, Corrections, through Aint-Bad Editions in the Winter of 2015. Zora is a co-curator of Strange Fire Collective with Jess T. Dugan, Hamidah Glasgow, and Rafael Soldi.

Jennifer Murray, Executive Director, Filter Photo

Jennifer Murray is the Executive Director of Filter Photo.  She is a Chicago-based artist, curator, and educator. 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 a founding member of the curatorial collective The Exhibition Project, which curates photography related exhibitions engaging new audiences with emerging artists. Most recently, she was a juror for Photolucida’s Critical Mass 2016 Top 50 and contributed a Rule Breakers essay for Don’t Take Pictures magazine. She has lectured widely on various photography subjects and continues an active photographic practice working in and with photography to examine our cultural relationships and histories with objects. Murray was recently awarded grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Illinois Arts Council Agency. She is currently an Instructor of Photography at Loyola University Chicago and has an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago.

Jessica Pierotti, Executive Director, LATITUDE

Jessica Pierotti is an interdisciplinary artist, photographer and educator with an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She works as the Executive Director for the non-profit LATITUDE Chicago and as an Instructor in the Photography Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Most recently she traveled to Berlin for the Leipzig.Chicago.Berlin.Connection Residency in October of 2016.

Jay Wolke, Professor, Photography Department, Columbia College Chicago and Filter Photo Board Member

Jay Wolke has had solo exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago, the St. Louis Art Museum, Harvard University and the California Museum of Photography. His photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Art Institute of Chicago and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Three monographs of his photographs have been published: All Around the House: Photographs of American-Jewish Communal Life (Art Institute of Chicago, 1998), Along the Divide: Photographs of the Dan Ryan Expressway (Center for American Places, 2004) and Architecture of Resignation: Photographs from the Mezzogiorno (Center for American Places, 2011). Wolke received his B.F.A. in Printmaking / Illustration from Washington University, St. Louis, and an M.S. in Photography from the Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago. Since 1981 he has taught photography and art at various universities. From 1992-1999 he was Coordinator of Graduate Documentary Photography at the Institute of Design (IIT). In 1999-2000 he was Head of Art and Graduate Studies at Studio Art Centers International, Florence, Italy. He is currently a Professor of Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where he also served as Chair of the Art and Design Department from 2000-05/ 2008-14.

Information for Accepted Applicants


Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision in late May. Accepted applicants will work with a Filter Photo staff member to determine the exhibition’s layout and other details. 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 for works sold directly through Filter Space.



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