When does a work of art transition from work in progress to a finished piece? When is the artist done making and starts displaying? LATITUDE is a space that bridges the gap between an artist’s vision and their ability to produce it. We want to use this open call to create a space that bridges the gap between the working lab and the final gallery. Selected artists will have an opportunity to display work in all stages of development in an environment where making is always happening and where our roommates, Filter Photo, are organizing and hosting their own high quality programming and exhibitions . Additionally, the work is be shown online through LATITUDE's website. 

Three artists are chosen quarterly to participate, with each exhibition organized around a different theme.  The chosen artists get an opportunity to display their prints in the Filter Photo/ LATITUDE shared space and on our online gallery. 

Photo by  Sarah Hamburger

Current Open Call | Ugliness

“Calling something ugly is like calling something beautiful. The minute you say it, you’re in a difficult spot, trying to define what that really means.” - Michael Frank

Ugliness is subjective, often directly linked to our perception and acceptance of beauty. In photography, is ugliness defined by the content of the image, or the context? Can it be the same as a boring photograph? In Open Call: Ugliness, we want to highlight your impressionistic take on ugliness, whether it be the purpose of your image or an unfortunate byproduct.

DEADLINE: Monday, February 11, 2019


  • Up to 5 images sized at 72 dpi in JPEG format

  • Longest side of the image sized no more than 1800 pixels

  • A brief artist bio and statement (200 words limit)

  • Title and year for every submission

  • A brief explanation of how your work relates to the theme.

To submit work, email all the materials to opencallgallery@latitudechicago.org.

Chosen artists will receive a space of 16”x24” to display their work. The final prints will be displayed as unmounted, unframed working prints. The selected artists will have a choice to print their work DIY for free or have their work printed through the service bureau with a 20% discount.