Call for Entries – Context 2018 :: Filter Photo

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Only 2 days left to submit to Context 2018, the fourth annual spring open call for photography. This year the exhibition will be juried by April M. Watson, Curator of Photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

This annual open call for work celebrates the multiple perspectives and creative voices of contemporary photography.  Open to all lens-based work, this exhibition is always exciting and filled with a great variety of artists.  Scroll down for more details about the call and submit your work today!

Context 2018

Context 2018 will open March 16, 2018, at Filter Space and will be open through April 28. A juror’s choice award and an honorable mention will be awarded.

All types of photographic and lens-based work will be considered, including short videos.

The cost to submit to Context 2018 is $30.00 for up to five entries. The juror’s choice award comes with a $500 cash prize.

Open Theme:

Juror and curator April M. Watson will consider all types of photographic work for this fourth annual survey exhibition of contemporary photography.  This open theme allows for the widest understanding of the medium and current photographic practices. She is open to all interpretations and will accept photography and video.
Important Dates:

January 14 – Submissions are due

Late January – Entrants are notified of juror’s decision

March 9 – Accepted work must arrive at the gallery

March 16th, 6 – 9 pm – Artists’ Reception and Exhibition Opens

April 28 – Exhibition Closes


About the Juror

April M. Watson is curator of photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO. She joined the museum in 2007, and since then has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions from the permanent Hallmark Photography collection, including Heartland: The Photographs of Terry Evans, a career retrospective of the artist; Through the Lens: Visions of African-American Experience, 1950-1970; American Soldier; About Face: Contemporary PortraitureTime in the West: Photographs by Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe and Mark Ruwedel; and Human/Nature: Recent European Landscape Photography. In fall 2013, Watson served as the photography curator for Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from Le Gray to Monet, an exhibition co-organized with the Saint Louis Art Museum. She is also co-curator of the upcoming retrospective Eugene Richards: The Run-On of Time (2017), a show co-organized with Lisa Hostetler of the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY. Forthcoming projects include an exhibition of Gordon Parks’s photographs of Muhammad Ali, in collaboration with the Gordon Parks Foundation. Watson has contributed writing and scholarship to numerous exhibitions and catalogues, including Stories from the Camera (2016) and The Art of Frederick Sommer: Photography, Drawing, Collage (2005). Watson holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Kansas, Lawrence; an MA in Art and Art History from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; and a BFA from Alfred University, NY.

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