COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update – 4/24/2020

Dear Filter Photo community,

With the safety of our community in mind, and in accordance with current guidelines on social distancing from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Chicago Department of Public Health we are closing Filter Space gallery to the public through May 30.

We have created an online version of the Context 2020 exhibition juried by Eve Schillo, Assistant Curator Wallis Annenberg Photography Dept., Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). We are delighted to announce the Juror’s Choice winner is Julianna Foster, and the Honorable Mention is Gary Emrich. Please visit the online exhibition and all of the artists’ individual websites to learn more about the creative work they are doing.

We currently have two open calls for entry, Interior Life, juried by Strange Fire Collective and we like small things v.3, juried by Roula Seikaly.  Please know that we are committed to showcasing artists’ work on the walls of our gallery.  In addition to the exposure that juried submissions offer to artists, we recognize that being accepted to an exhibition is an important part of an artist’s professional advancement.  As such, Filter Photo will continue to mount exhibitions in our gallery and will provide public access to the gallery in conjunction with current state and city-wide guidelines as they develop.  We will continue to offer online versions and video walk-throughs of all of our exhibitions until social distancing guidelines are relaxed.

Our staff will be working from home to continue the work of supporting artists and photographers and planning for future Filter Photo events and exhibitions, including the 2020 Filter Photo Festival which may take a different format this year.  We know some of you are struggling with the loss of jobs and opportunities as well as with the new challenges of social distancing.  You are all in our hearts and minds.

Via social media and our newsletters, Filter Photo will continue to share creative resources with our community and provide ways to remain connected with contemporary photography while most of us shelter in place.

I am humbled and inspired to see the ways our communities are coming together to provide support and reassurance in this historic time.  In spite of remaining physically apart, we grow closer and continue to meet the challenges of the day.  Please consider becoming a Member or renewing your Membership with Filter Photo today.  These crucial funds will help to support us through this unprecedented time. We are deeply grateful for your continued support.

Jennifer Murray
Executive Director
Filter Photo