The Gage Gallery at Roosevelt University is Chicago’s premier space for showcasing contemporary critical social photo-documentary (Newcity Art). The Gallery exhibits work that is consonant with the mission of the University and its ideals of social justice. It serves the academic goals of the University by hosting numerous public lectures, panel discussions, and symposia, which allow groups to learn about, and discuss, the important social issues of our time. Gallery exhibitions have explored themes including immigration, incarceration, gun violence, terrorism, mental illness, LGBTQ activism, and poverty.
The Gallery serves the greater photographic community by being one of only a handful of galleries in the United States to exhibit documentary photography for the sole purpose of education. Past exhibits have included nationally and internationally known photographers including Eugene Richards, Noor’s Nina Berman and Jon Lowenstein, Edmund Clark, Milton Rogovin, VII’s Jessica Dimmock, and important emerging photographers. Opening receptions often feature an artist talk by the photographer. These talks take attendees behind the scenes providing insight on exhibited photos, the photographic process, and often a preview of the photographer’s upcoming projects.
In a fast-paced, image-driven society, the Gage Gallery provides a place to stop, think, and examine our world. It is a cornerstone for the people in this world who have chosen to spend their lives as documentary photographers and the thoughtful, and sometimes painstaking, images they share with the world.
The Gage Gallery is affiliated with, and supported by, the College of Arts and Sciences at Roosevelt University.
Michael Ensdorf, Founder and Director
Juli Rowen, Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences