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 statement of intent. This is especially true for proposals that include site-specific installations and multimedia elements. In addition to contact 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. 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)
  • 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

Janice Bond, Independent Artist and Curator

Janice Bond is a curator, interdisciplinary artist, and cultural producer. As a visual/multimedia artist, her photography, minimalist paintings, installations, and soundscapes are inspired by the terrain of human perspective and identity, sacred geometry, sound frequencies, and indigenous fractal patterns found in urban landscapes. In 2016, Janice participated in the first International Photography Symposium in Daugavpils, Latvia hosted by the Mark Rothko Art Center. Original works from her series, Beyond the Binary, were added to their permanent collection.  She served as both as a member of the Chicago Cultural Plan Advisory Council (2012) and the Navy Pier Arts Working Group (2016). Bond’s signature workshops for independent artists have been facilitated all over the world, from the Brooklyn Museum to Malaysia.

Paul D’Amato, Professor, Columbia College Chicago; Editor, Skylark Editions

Paul D’Amato was born in Boston where he attended Boston Latin School at the height of racial unrest, civil rights, and bussing.  After receiving an MFA from Yale he moved to Chicago where he discovered the communities of Pilsen and Little Village. The pictures and writing D’Amato produced there were made into the book, Barrio. Paul teaches at Columbia College Chicago and has just finished a twelve-year project made in the African-American community on the west side for a project called HereStillNow which was published the fall of 2017. He has been awarded numerous grants and fellowships including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Pollock-Krasner Grant, and a Rockefeller Foundation Grant to Bellagio, Italy and his work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Art Institute of Chicago.  D’Amato is also an Editor for Skylark Editions, a non-profit publishing project based in Chicago and Atlanta.

Karen Irvine, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography

Karen Irvine is Deputy Director and Chief Curator 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.

Debra Klomp Ching, Owner and Director of Klompching Gallery

Debra Klomp Ching has been working with photography since the 1980s. She is an experienced curator, portfolio reviewer, private consultant, lecturer, writer, and art dealer. She holds a B.A. with Honors in Photographic Studies, and an M.A. in Critical History and Theory of Photography. In addition to owning and operating the Klompching Gallery, she is an Adjunct Faculty member of the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She regularly attends portfolio review festivals, including the prestigious FotoFest Meeting Place in Houston, and is active as a juror/judge for a number of notable photography awards including the LensCulture International Emerging Talent Awards (2017), the Arnold Newman Prize (2018) and the Rhonda Wilson Award (2018), among others. Her writing has appeared in several publications, including PDN, Nahtsellen, Photo-eye Booklist, she has been a guest editor for Photography Quarterly (Issue No. 99), and she is a photo editor for At Length. As a private consultant, she provides creative and professional advice to photographers, intending to or working within a fine art context, and to collectors of contemporary photography.

Darren Ching, Owner and Director of Klompching Gallery

Darren Ching is the Owner and Director of the Klompching Gallery in New York, specializing in the exhibition and sale of contemporary fine art photographs, placing artworks into numerous private, corporate and public collections. Mr Ching’s involvement with photography spans two decades. Formerly the Creative Director of PDN, establishing the design direction of the magazine and was a perennial judge for the annual PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers issue. He regularly judges photography awards and competitions, including the Arnold Newman Prize in 2018; “Americana” at Colorado Photographic Arts Center in 2017; and was included in the recent “Curator’s Choice” issue for Aint-Bad magazine. As an educator, he was an Adjunct Faculty member at SVA in NYC for four years, and has been a guest critic/lecturer at institutions including RISD, MICA, SCAD and Parson’s. Additionally, Mr. Ching is a freelance designer, specializing in photography-based projects, and is a consultant offering advice and career strategies to all levels of photographers.

Jennifer Murray, Executive Director, Filter Photo

Jennifer Murray is an artist, curator, and the Executive Director of Filter Photo where she directs the planning of Filter Photo Festival as well as programming at Filter Space gallery. Most recently, she was a juror for Photolucida’s Critical Mass 2017 Top 50 and is the inaugural curator for Gallery 19’s Meed 1 competition and mentorship program in Chicago. She is a founding member of the Chicago-based curatorial collective The Exhibition Project, which curates photography related exhibitions engaging new audiences with emerging artists. 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 currently an Instructor of Photography at Loyola University Chicago and received an MFA in photography from Columbia College Chicago.

Martha Schneider, Owner and Director of Schneider Gallery

Martha Schneider studied at the University of Buenos Aires (Art History – 20th century) and came to the USA in 1964. She worked for 5 years at the Photo Department of the Art Institute of Chicago. Schneider founded Schneider Gallery in Chicago in 1982 and has been exclusively showing photography since 1989. She has reviewed at FotoFest in Houston for the past 26 years, Photolucida in Seattle, Review Sante Fe, Filter Photo Festival, and SPE in Chicago and numerous other local and national fairs. She recently juried Portraits 2016 at the Center for Fine Art Photography.

Teresa Silva, Director of Exhibitions & Residencies, Chicago Artists Coalition

Teresa Silva is a writer, curator, and the Director of Exhibitions & Residencies at the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC). She manages several programs at CAC, namely BOLT Residency, HATCH Projects, and the MAKER Grant. She has served as a panelist for Ox-Bow Fall Artist and Writers’ Residencies, The Luminarts Fellowship in the Visual Arts, and ACRE, among others. Silva is a member of the artist-run space, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, and serves as a board member for Chicago-based VGA Gallery and Heaven Gallery.

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 to works sold directly through Filter Photo.



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