Calls for Art

Here you will find opportunities to submit artwork for inclusion in our gallery exhibits or other calls for arts.

If you would like to post a call for art on this page, please email publicity@salemarts.org




Call for Art: “Uncommon Threads”

NOT your Grandmother’s Sewing Circle!

Salem Arts Association presents “Uncommon Threads”, an exhibition that redefines the use of fibers in art. This exhibit goes way beyond the quilting of old. In this exhibition we challenge the artists to discover new inspirations using fibers, fabrics, textiles of any kind, and inventive weaving.

Fiber art refers to fine art whose material consists of natural or synthetic fiber, such as fabric, plastics, wire, thread or yarn, as well as other less likely components. It focuses on the use of materials and the artist’s skill and labor as part of the works' significance, with priority of aesthetic value over utility.

We welcome your artistic interpretation of the theme from assemblages to installations, wall hangings to wearable art. Let your imagination go!

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  • Tuesday, March 22, 2011 10:56 AM | Deleted user
    SAF_ART WALK proposals.pdf
    As the city prepares to take in artists proposals for the Salem Arts Festival we have begun to take in names and businesses that would like to participate in the 2011 ARTS WALK. Please email BJ Larson if you are interested in:
    • Being in a group exhibition space
    • You want to participate within a business
    • You are a business and want to take in one or more artists
    • You want to work outdoors, en plein air
  • Friday, March 18, 2011 10:25 AM | Deleted user
    Salem Arts Association Spring Show
    Saturday, April 9 to Saturday, April 30
    Opening reception:  Saturday, April 16 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
    The First Universalist Society of Salem [FUSS], 211 Bridge Street and just after 20 Federal Street, Salem. See http://www.salemuu.org for directions.
    DEADLINE: Saturday, April 9
    Check here for more information and for the Artists Call.
  • Friday, August 20, 2010 9:26 AM | Deleted user

    LANDSCAPE / SEASCAPE

    Thursday, September 2–Sunday, September 26, 2010

    (Artists’ Reception: Saturday, September 11, 4:00–7:00 pm)

    Salem Arts Association Gallery

    Artists’ Row at 24 New Derby Street

    Artists are invited to submit digital images of their work (in .jpg format) prior to the exhibition for purposes of publicizing the show and to document the exhibition, particularly for our magazine, S’ART.


    Artwork Take-In: Sunday, August 29, 4:00–6:00 pm
    OR Monday, August 30, 6:00–7:00 pm at the SAA Gallery


    Submission Info: Download the full call and entry form.



  • Tuesday, July 13, 2010 4:36 PM | Deleted user

    TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT (photography)   

    Thursday, August 5–Sunday, August 29, 2010

    (Artists’ Reception: Saturday, August 14, 4:00–7:00 pm)

    Salem Arts Association Gallery

    Artists’ Row at 24 New Derby Street

    Artists are invited to submit digital images of their work (in .jpg format) prior to the exhibition for purposes of publicizing the show and to document the exhibition, particularly for our magazine, S’ART.


    Submission Info: Download the full call and entry form.

  • Monday, July 12, 2010 7:13 PM | Deleted user

    Call for PEEPS (Art)
    "Ahht for Peeps: Art About People by the
    Salem Arts Community and All of Artists Row."

    Hosted by the Salem Arts Association
    www.salemartsassociation.org




    Friday, August 6-Sunday, August 8, 2010
    (Artists' Reception: Saturday, August 7, 4:00-7:00 pm.  Please bring a dish of nibblies for all the hungry peeps!  Don't forget to invite all your friends and family to this FUN event!)
    Salem's Old Town Hall


    Artwork Take-In: Thursday, August 5, 3:00-7:00 pm
    at Old Town Hall during the Farmers' Market.


    Submission info: Download the full call and entry forms (pdf)

     
  • Thursday, June 24, 2010 5:22 PM | Deleted user

    Call for Art!

    CELEBRATING THE HUMAN FORM

    Artist's are encouraged to submit digital images (in .jpg format) of the work they will be entering as far in advance as possible to be considered for the shows promotional materials including the official postcard and for use in S'ART Magazine (complete entry still required at time of drop off).  Please send jpegs in advance to gallery@salemartsassociation.org

    Exhibition: CELEBRATING THE HUMAN FORM

    Thursday, July 1–Sunday, August 1, 2010

    (Artists’ Reception: Saturday, JULY 10, 4:00–7:00 pm)

    Salem Arts Association Gallery Artists’ Row at 24 New Derby Street*

    Submission Info:

    Work Sought: Artists are invited to submit up to two (2) works. Works may be in any medium and include two-dimensional, three-dimensional, sculptural works, photography, mixed media, crafts or experimental works.

    Entries will be juried from original work only.

    Accepted work must remain with the exhibit until the exhibit closes.

    All TWO-dimensional work must be wired for hanging.

    We regret that we are unable to accommodate installations.

    Size Limitations: 18” x 24” (any direction) for two-dimensional work, including frame (if applicable). A limited number of pedestals are available for sculptural work.

    Eligibility: Open to all SAA members and non-members. Visit www.salemartsassociation.org for info on membership.

    Entry Fee: Free for SAA members; $5 per piece for non-members.

    Commission: The artist will pay 30% commission to the SAA unless he or she volunteers for a four hour shift in the Gallery during the month of the exhibit, in which case the artist pays a 20% commission.

    Artwork Take-In: Sunday, June 27, 4:00–6:00 pm OR Monday, June 28, 6:00–7:00 pm at the SAA Gallery, 24 New Derby Street, Unit 1, Salem, MA. Exhibition will be hung Wed., June 30.

    Acceptance Notification: All artists will be notified by e-mail or phone by Wednesday, June 30.

    Work Not Accepted: Must be picked up Thursday, July 1–Sunday July 4, during regular Gallery operating hours (Thu 11–7; Fri-Sat 10–6; Sun 12–6).

    Pick-Up of Unsold Work: Sunday, August 1, 4:00–6:00 pm or Thursday, August 5, 10:00 am–4:00 pm at the SAA Gallery. All work MUST be picked up! We have NO storage. The SAA is not responsible for work damaged, lost, or stolen, after the pick-up date.


    Download the full call and entry form (PDF) here.

  • Tuesday, June 15, 2010 8:28 PM | Deleted user

    Call for Art!

     Salem Willows Public Art Project

    The City of Salem is requesting proposals from area artists to improve the visual appeal of concrete barriers placed at the end of Fort Avenue to separate parking from a sitting/passive recreational area at Salem Willows Park. Successful proposals will consider the placement of the barriers, the Salem Willows community, and Salem’s interesting, varied history.  There are 10 barriers at the site. Work should be site specific and able to be completed on site.

    CRITERIA

    The City of Salem will award a stipend of $1000.00 to the chosen artist and will be paid in installments of $500.00 for initial material investment and $500.00 upon completion of the project.  

    All proposals submitted should address the following criteria to the degree feasible: 

    • Appropriateness of art for the Salem Willows setting
    • Transforming the concrete blocks into a more visually appealing barrier
    • Ability to incorporate Salem Willows varied and interesting history
    • Attention to the elements, including marine environment and weather
    • Durability and sustainability of materials
    • Ease of maintenance
     

    Selection Process

    The City of Salem Park and Recreation Department will review all proposals and make the final selection(s) based on the above referenced criteria.

     
    ELIGIBILITY

    This Call for Artists and Craftspeople is open to all individuals and groups regardless of race, gender, belief, national origin, sexual orientation or physical disabilities.

    SUBMITTAL

    Submissions must include a written description including sketches, drawings, photos or other visual support, timeline and materials list, as applicable.  Artists should also include a resume and/or brief biography and samples of work, as applicable.   

    A site visit for interested artists will be held on June 23, 2010 at 1 p.m. 

    All proposals must be received by 12:00pm (noon) Monday, July 5, 2010, in the City of Salem Park and Recreation Department, 5 Broad Street, Salem, Massachusetts 01970.  The artist who is selected will be notified By Friday, July 19, 2010.  Proposal shall be completed by August 23, 2010.

  • Saturday, May 15, 2010 11:59 AM | Deleted user

    FRESH AND FRUITY

    at the SALEM ARTS ASSOCIATION Gallery

    Anticipating the return of summer
    and Salem’s Farmers Market.

    Fresh and Fruity


    Take In:

    Sunday May 23rd from 12:00pm 3:00 pm

    and Monday May 24th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm.

    Click here for the Call for Art - Fresh and Fruity (pdf)      

  • Friday, May 14, 2010 10:39 AM | Deleted user




    Salem Arts Association Gallery on Artist Row
    is now accepting work from artists for the 2010 season!

    The Salem Arts Association’s Artist Row gallery has 900 Square Feet of display and exhibition space. Roughly one-quarter of the space (and most of the wall space) will be dedicated to rotating monthly exhibits, and the other half to a Retail Gallery offering works that may stay in stock throughout the season. Monthly exhibits will have a specific Call for Art, separate from this Call for the Retail Gallery.

    Read more in the Call for Retail Art (pdf) and then bring the completed Consignment Contract (pdf) and Inventory Form (pdf) with you when you drop off your work.


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