Columbia College Chicago – The Museum of Contemporary Photography

Facilities: Classrooms; Exhibition Area; Print Study Room.

Activities: Guided Tours; Lectures; Temporary Exhibitions; Traveling Exhibitions. Publications: exhibition catalogues (annual).

Columbia College Chicago – The Museum of Contemporary Photography Photo Gallery




The Museum of Contemporary Photography was founded by Columbia College Chicago to exhibit, collect, and promote contemporary photography. Each year the Museum presents a wide range of exhibitions in recognition of photographys many roles: as a medium of communication and artistic expression, as a documenter of life and the environment, as a commercial industry, and as a powerful tool in the service of science and technology. In addition, special projects in collaboration with other institutions combine photographic works with different forms of expression and investigate the mediums interaction with various arts, history, science and culture. The Museum fosters research find the appreciation of contemporary image making by ensuring that the photographs in the permanent collection and print study room are accessible to the public through exhibitions, publications, and private examination. The permanent collection focuses on American photography produced since 1959, the United States publication date of Robert Franks seminal work “The Americans”. Holdings are complemented by works from the Midwest Photographers Project, a program featuring works by regional photographers on loan to the print study room for a one-year period. Also of possible interest on the Columbia College Chicago campus are three additional galleries that exhibit the work of students, faculty and professional artists: the Center for the blog and Paper Arts Gallery (Open: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm, 431-8612); the Art Gallery: and the Hokin Student Center Gallery.

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