III: Annual Members Exhibition

Filter Photo is pleased to present III, our third annual Members exhibition, juried by Aline Smithson. Join us for a public reception concurrent with our other exhibitions, Seeing the familiar for the first time, and The Universal on September 20th, 6 – 9 pm during the 2019 Filter Photo Festival and Expo Chicago’s Art After Hours.

This open call for photographic work is free and open to current Filter Photo Members only. 5 artists will be chosen for the installed exhibition at Fogelson Studio, 1821 W. Hubbard Street, Suite 206, Chicago – adjacent to Filter Space.  All submissions will be exhibited in the online exhibition.

Become a Member today to take advantage of this exhibition opportunity!

About the Juror

Aline Smithson is a Los Angeles based artist best known for her conceptual portraiture and a practice that uses humor and pathos to explore ideas of childhood, aging, and the humanity that connects us. She received a BA from the University of California at Santa Barbara and was accepted into the College of Creative Studies, studying under artists such as William Wegman, Allen Ruppersburg, and Charles Garabian. After a career as a New York Fashion Editor working along-side the greats of fashion photography, Aline returned to Los Angeles and her own artistic practice.

She has exhibited widely including over 40 solo shows at institutions such as the Griffin Museum of Photography, the Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Art, the Shanghai, Lishui, and Pingyao Festivals in China, The Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, the Center of Fine Art Photography in Colorado, the Tagomago Gallery in Barcelona and Paris, and the Verve Gallery in Santa Fe. In addition, her work is held in a number of public collections and her photographs have been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, The New Yorker, PDN (cover), the PDN Photo Annual, Communication Arts Photo Annual, Eyemazing, Soura, Visura, Shots, Pozytyw, and Silvershotz magazines.

Aline is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Lenscratch, a daily journal on photography and has been teaching at the Los Angeles Center of Photography since 2001. In 2012, Aline received the Rising Star Award through the Griffin Museum of Photography for her contributions to the photographic community. In 2014, Aline’s work was selected for the Critical Mass Top 50 and she received the Excellence in Teaching Award from CENTER. In 2015, the Magenta Foundation published her first significant monograph, Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography. In 2016, the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum commissioned Aline to a series of portraits for the upcoming Faces of Our Planet Exhibition. Her work is currently on exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London as a finalist in the Taylor Wessing Prize. Kris Graves Projects commissioned Aline to create LOST; Los Angeles to be published in April 2019. She is a dedicated film shooter.


Important Dates

July 27 at 11:59 p.m. CT – Submissions Close

Early August – Entrants are notified of juror’s decision

September 7 – Accepted work must arrive at Filter Space in Chicago

September 13 – Exhibition Opens

September 20 – Public Reception during Filter Photo Festival

October 12 – Exhibition Closes



All types of photographic work will be considered. The entry fee is free for Filter Photo Members. Save your images in JPEG format, sized at 1000 pixels on the longest side. Image files must be titled with the artist’s last and first names and the image number. Example: Smith_Mary_1.jpg. No less than 5 jpegs per submission, if selected all 5 images will be displayed. Work must be from a single body of work and have been completed in the last 2 years. Work must be framed and ready to hang (unless an alternative installation is intended). Work cannot be larger than 20 x 30 inches framed. Accepted work is due to Filter Space by September 9, no exceptions

Accepted artists are responsible for shipping expenses to and from the gallery. Artist must include in their packaging a prepaid label for return shipping. To submit your work please use the link below.

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