COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update – 3/19/2020

Dear Filter Photo community,

With the safety of our community in mind, and in accordance with current recommendations 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 until further notice to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. We strongly believe that we must all do our part and make sacrifices for the greater good at this unprecedented time.

We have created an online version of the Context 2020 exhibition and hope to re-open the gallery to the public as soon as possible offering the opportunity to see this exciting exhibition of photographs 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.

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.  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.

Be on the lookout for our April 1stnewsletter which will take a slightly different format given the current directives to remain at home.  Instead of an events calendar for the Chicago area, it will be filled with links to online artist talks, free classes, and other online opportunities to remain engaged at home during this time.  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 many 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.  Filter Photo will continue to update this page on our website with current information as the situation evolves.  We are deeply grateful for your continued support.

Jennifer Murray
Executive Director
Filter Photo