The Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts and Social Issues creates a space for a socially engaged photographer or photo-based practitioner to immerse themselves in a Chicago community to produce a new and compelling body of photographic work. The fellowship allows the artist to create an authentic partnership between themselves and a Chicago based community partner/organization. This serves the larger goal of the fellowship, which is to use the photographic practice to elevate public collective awareness of social, economic, and cultural issues to inspire positive social change.
Columbia College Chicago is partnering with Centro Romero(External link) to host the 2022/2023 fellow.
In addition to their work with a community partner in the greater Chicago area, the fellow will also spend significant time at Columbia College Chicago, where they will connect with Photography Department faculty members and students. The fellowship will culminate with a public presentation, exhibition and/or publication of the fellow’s newly created body of work at the completion of the fellowship period.
Because of the dynamic nature of the fellowship, a concentrated commitment is required during the months of September through to May. Fellowship hours will vary, as will the activities in which the fellow will be immersed. It is an advantage if the fellow resides in Chicago during the term of the award; however, if this is not possible the applicant must provide a draft detailed schedule of when they plan to be on location in Chicago. It is required that applicants align their projects with Columbia College Chicago’s academic calendar(External link) to ensure maximum exposure to the college’s student population. The fellowship in 2022/2023 will take place between Tuesday, September 6 – Friday, May 12.