The museum reviews portfolios from national and international artists on a monthly basis for consideration for exhibition and acquisition.

To have your portfolio reviewed by museum staff, please send:

  • A CD of no more than 30 digital images, slides, or quality reproductions
  • A short statement about the work
  • A current resume
  • Press clippings, if applicable
  • Appropriate packaging and return postage if you would like your materials returned by mail
  • Submissions missing any of the above items will not be considered.
  • Supporting text will only be read if submitted as a hard copy.

Please note:

  • Digital images must be submitted as high quality JPEG files.
  • Digital images must be sized to 1000 px at their longest dimension.
  • Please do not submit digital slide shows or Power Point presentations. Digital files that do not follow these specifications will not be considered.
  • The museum does not review portfolios sent over email.
  • Portfolios may also be dropped off in person at the museum’s front desk during regular museum hours
  • Portfolios must be picked up in a timely manner, following the review, once you are contacted by museum staff
  • Materials without appropriate packaging and postage will not be returned.
  • The museum staff reviews portfolios on a monthly basis. There is no deadline for submitting works to the portfolio review.
  • Due to the volume of unsolicited materials the museum receives portfolios will be reviewed in the order they are received.
  • Responses may take up to several weeks. Please do not contact the museum regarding the status of your portfolio. We appreciate your patience.

Please address work to:

Curatorial Committee,
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605

If you require further information, please contact us at

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Collection artist Brian Ulrich, Flushing, NY, 2004