Exhibition Proposal Guidelines



As Filter Photo is dedicated to serving and supporting the contemporary photography community, all exhibition proposals should relate to photography and/or 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 online via Submittable. 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 proposal narrative. This is especially true for proposals that include site-specific installations and multimedia elements. Please add any proposed related programming to your proposal such as artist talks, performances, etc if you see them as relevant to your proposed exhibition.

In addition to contact information, applicants will need to provide the following materials and pay a submission fee of $25.


  • A proposal narrative describing the exhibition/curatorial statement and related programming (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. DoeJ_1.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 review panel.
  • Links to videos and other multimedia content, no more than 5 minutes in length (if applicable)



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

Information for Accepted Applicants


Applicants will be notified of the panel’s decision in late November. Accepted applicants will work with a Filter Photo staff member to determine the exhibition’s date, layout, and other details. Artists are responsible for all shipping costs to and from the gallery for their exhibition.  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 to works sold directly through Filter Photo.

Exhibition Review Panel


Matt Austin – Founder Candor Arts

Matt Austin is a book designer and publisher based in Chicago. He started and co-runs Candor Arts, a small independent art book press that publishes books about life, learning, and healing. Candor’s published authors share personal accounts of their lives—offering therapeutic perspectives on learning and healing. The projects always derive from human experience and often address contemporary issues in society. Candor Arts is not a medium-specific publisher, but instead support authors from a diverse range of approaches, backgrounds, and training. Providing design, production, and consulting services in the form of books, art objects, and printed matter, Candor Arts specializes in book design and production, working with artists, authors, and institutions on highly considered, often handmade, limited editions.


Natasha Egan – Executive Director, Museum of Contemporary Photography

Since 2011, Natasha Egan has served as the executive director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago (MoCP), where she was previously the associate director and curator since 2000. She has organized over fifty exhibitions with a focus on contemporary Asian art and artists concerned with societal issues, such as the environment, war, and economics.  Natasha was a guest curator for the 2010 FotoFest Biennial in Houston, the 2016 Dubai Photo Exhibitions, UAE, and is a guest curator for the 2019 Lianzhou Foto Festival in Lianzhou, China. She has contributed essays to numerous publications and periodicals and lectures internationally. For over a decade, Natasha taught in the photography and humanities departments at Columbia College Chicago and holds a BA in Asian studies, MA in museum studies, and MFA in fine art photography.


Kris Graves – Photographer and Publisher, Kris Graves Projects

Kris Graves is a photographer and publisher based in New York and London. Through +KGP Books he collaborates with artists to create limited-edition publications and archival prints, focusing on contemporary photography and works on paper. +KGP Books focus all of their publications on current world issues including, but not limited to race, policy, social awareness, feminism, culture, and wealth.  Kris received his BFA in Visual Arts from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, England; Aperture Gallery, New York; University of Arizona, Tucson; Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, Oregon; and Brooklyn Museum, New York; among others. Permanent collections include the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Wedge Collection, Toronto; and Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.


Colleen Keihm – Executive Director, LATITUDE

Colleen Keihm is the Executive Director of LATITUDE Chicago. LATITUDE Chicago is a non-profit organization that maintains a digital lab with high-end printing and scanning equipment, operates an artist in residence program, and organizes ongoing arts programming. Colleen received her Bachelors of Science in Photography at Drexel University in Philadelphia and her Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to LATITUDE,  she is a photographer whose practice breaks down the mechanics of the camera using vortoscopes, photograms, and stereoscopic imagery.


Tonika Lewis Johnson – Visual Artist and Photographer

Tonika Lewis Johnson, a visual artist/photographer from Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, often explores urban segregation and documents the nuance and richness of the black community. As a trained photojournalist and teaching artist, she has been engaged in building an artistic legacy that gained citywide recognition in the last two years. She was featured in Chicago Magazine as a 2017 Chicagoan of the Year for her photography of Englewood’s everyday beauty, countering its pervasive media coverage of poverty and crime. Her Everyday Englewood project was exhibited at Loyola University’s Museum of Art (LUMA) in early 2018. Her current ongoing project, Folded Map, visually investigates disparities among Chicago residents while bringing them together to have a conversation, was also exhibited at LUMA last year. She transformed this project into an advocacy and policy-influencing tool that invites audiences to open a dialogue and question how we are all socially impacted by racial and institutional conditions that segregate the city. Most recently, she was named one of Field Foundation’s 2019 Leaders for a New Chicago.


Juli Lowe – Director, Catherine Edelman Gallery

Juli Lowe was named the Director of the Catherine Edelman Gallery in 2015. She was hired five years prior as the Assistant Director and within a few years, Juli helped implement new initiatives including, Ctrl+P: Photography Taken Offline, now is in its eighth year; Art Mixer, special events that engage younger collector groups; and the gallery’s web series, Chat Room. She also oversees The Chicago Project (an online gallery started in 2003 to promote unrepresented photographers in the Chicagoland area) and has promoted the work of these emerging photographers through exhibitions, acquisitions by private and public collections and press outlets. Juli is an advisory board member for the Arnold Newman Prize and has juried several photography competitions including The Arnold Newman Prize for New Directions in Photographic Portraiture and Lens 2016 International Juried Photography Exhibition. Juli travels extensively for the Catherine Edelman Gallery, attending and participating in art fairs throughout the United States and internationally, constantly engaging in the conversation and education of photography. With a background in photography, Juli previously worked at The Maine Media Workshops and as a producer for print and television campaigns.


Jennifer Murray – Executive Director, Filter Photo

Jennifer Murray is the executive director of Filter Photo where she directs the planning of Filter Photo Festival as well as programming at Filter Space gallery in Chicago.  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 an independent curator and educator teaching a broad range of topics from darkroom and digital skills to portfolio development and professional practices for emerging photographers.  She is an instructor of photography at Loyola University Chicago and an artists’ consultant and mentor working with artists on project development and exhibition preparation.  She is a frequent portfolio reviewer and juror at photography events across the US including FotoFest, Photolucida’s Critical Mass, SPE, and Filter Photo.  Jennifer received an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2002.


Rafael Soldi – Artist and Curator

Rafael Soldi is a Peruvian­-born, Seattle-based artist and curator. He holds a BFA in Photography & Curatorial Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art. He has exhibited internationally at the Frye Art Museum, American University Museum, Griffin Museum of Photography, ClampArt, The Print Center, G. Gibson Gallery, Connersmith, Filter Space, and Burrard Arts Foundation, among others. Rafael is a 2012 Magenta Foundation Award Winner, and recipient of the 2014 Puffin Foundation grant, 2015 Portable Works Cultural Perspectives Purchase Grant, 2016 smART Ventures grant, 2016 Jini Dellaccio GAP grant, 2017 CityArtist Projects Grant, and a 2017 & 2019 4Culture Arts Projects Grant. He has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, PICTURE BERLIN, Oxbow Space, and the Bogliasco Foundation.  His work is in the permanent collections of the Tacoma Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, King County Public Art Collection, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He has been published in PDN, Dwell, Hello Mr, Metropolis, GRAY, LUXE, Lagom, among others. His work has been reviewed in ARTFORUM, The Seattle Times, The Boston Globe, Lensculture, Photograph Magazine, The Seen, Art Nexus, and PDN. Rafael is the co-founder of the Strange Fire Collective, a project dedicated to highlighting work made by women, people of color, and queer and trans artists.



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