Jessica Pierotti / Executive Director 

Jessica joined the staff as Deputy Director in May of 2016 and transitioned into the position of Executive Director in January 2017. Jessica is an interdisciplinary artist, photographer, and educator with an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology. She additionally works as an Instructor in the Photography Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Most recently she traveled to Berlin for the Leipzig.Chicago.Berlin.Connection Residency in October of 2016.

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Simon Pyle / Lab Director

Simon joined the staff as Lab Director in February of 2017. A San Francisco transplant, Simon Pyle is an artist and organizer with extensive volunteer-management experience at nonprofits and tech companies. He received his M.F.A. from Mills College and is on the board at Chicago’s largest volunteer-run makerspace, Pumping Station: One. Simon’s art practice considers the gaps between reality and perception in digital photographic technologies such as facial recognition, LCD screens, and jpegs.


Alex Wieder / Lab Technician

Alex joined the staff as the Lab Technician in December of 2016 after working as a Lab Assistant since 2014. He received a BFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2014. Alex is a lens-based artist whose practice focuses around iterative explorations of the physicality of light.


Gwen Cinelli / Programming Fellow

Gwen joined the Fellowship Program in December of 2016 after working as a Lab Assistant since July of 2016. Gwen is a recent graduate with a BFA in Photography from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Her focus is on fine art photography specializing in abstract and conceptual work.


Caitlin Peterson / Lab Fellow

Caitlin joined the Fellowship Program in July of 2016 after working as a Lab Assistant since September of 2015. She has additionally worked at LATITUDE in short-term contracted roles performing project management and supporting staff transitions. Caitlin was born in Milwaukee, WI but spent the majority of her formative years in Birmingham, AL. She received her BFA in photography from the Savannah College of Art & Design in the fall of 2013. Since relocating to Chicago in 2015, she has been primarily working in the nonprofit sector: currently as the Communications Coordinator for Filter Photo & the Lab Fellow for LATITUDE Chicago.

Ashley LeTourneau / Communications Fellow

Ashley joined the Fellowship Program in January of 2017 after working as a Lab Assistant since January of 2016. Ashley is a documentary event, wedding and portrait photographer located in Chicago, IL. She enjoys exploring the connections we have with others in our lives, opting for a documentarian approach, alongside an honest, intimate and timeless perspective.