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The MoCP is the world’s premier college art museum dedicated to photography.  As an international hub, we generate ideas and provoke dialogue among students, artists and diverse communities through groundbreaking exhibitions and programming. Our mission is to cultivate a deeper understanding of the artistic, cultural and political roles of photography in our world today.

Founded in 1976 by Columbia College Chicago as the successor to the Chicago Center for Contemporary Photography, the Museum of Contemporary Photography began collecting in the early 1980s and has since grown its collection to include over 16,000 objects by over 1,500 artists. The MoCP is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

MoCP Annual Reports:

Download a PDF of our 2020 Annual Report

Download a PDF of our 2019 Annual Report

Download a PDF of our 2018 Annual Report

Download a PDF of our 2017 Annual Report

Download a PDF of our 2016 Annual Report












Advisory Board

Julia Langdon Antonatos
Lisa Bailey
Michael Belsley
Dawoud Bey
Suzette Bross
Veronique Bushala
Marcella David
Kassie Davis
Josh Goldman
John Hass
Bill Hood
Thomas (Ted) E. Keim, Jr.
Gary I. Levenstein
Maggie Meiners
Jessica Nielsen
Nina Owen
Richard S. Press
Larry Ross
Lisa Sandquist
Ross Sawyers
David Weinberg
Helena Chapellin Wilson
Robert Wislow, Chair
Genia Yovankin


Faculty Advisory Committee

Janell Baxter, Interactive Arts and Media 
Robert Blandford, Arts & Entrepreneurship 
Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin, Communication 
Ellen Chenoweth, Dance 
Kelli Connell, Photography 
Matthew Cunningham, Communication 
Joan Giroux, Art and Art History 
Robert Hanserd, History
Onur Öztürk, Art and Art History