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

Call for Art: “Faint of Art”

Local Artists Explore the Fear Factor!

Drop Off Submissions:  Sunday, August 27, 5:00– 8:00 p.m. and Monday, August 28, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Exhibit September 1 through October 29

Opening Reception: Friday September 1st  from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Salem Arts Association Presents “Faint of Art”. Our annual PEM inspirational that allows local artists to interpret concepts of fear, suspense, and horror. Inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum’s exhibition of “It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection”.

Submission Criteria: This exhibit is open non-members and current Salem Arts member artists who may submit work in any medium for the juror’s consideration. This exhibit encourages artists to submit images that adhere to our theme of “Fear, Suspense, and Horror”.  


Call For Artists and Artisans: 

Application Deadline is October 15th!

Holiday Artists’ Market  at Salem Old Town Hall

Salem Arts Association in collaboration with the City of Salem Public Art Commission and Salem Main Streets invites local artists and artisans to participate in this year’s Holiday Artists’ Market in the Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA.

The Holiday Artists’ Market will be Sunday, November 26, 2017, from 10-5pm with spaces of approx. 8’x 6’ for juried vendors with their artwork and creations. Spaces start at only $60 rental.

Go to for the application, vendor guidelines, and payment levels.  All can be submitted online.  Any questions, email us at

All applications need to be submitted by October 15th


Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2016 2:01 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    The Fine Art Department at the Topsfield Fair is seeking submissions for the Professional Fine Art Division:

    Entry Forms are due on September 5th (Labor Day) and then the entries are to be brought to the Fairgrounds the following weekend, September 10th & 11th from 12-4:00pm. They can enter online or by sending in the form to the Fair's office. If you would be so kind to share this information with your members, I would be grateful. I figured it would be another way for them to display their work.

    Some information for the Division:

    • Artists are able to enter 1-2 pieces for the juried show and they should be no more than 48 united inches (height+width) and priced. 
    • There is a panel of two judges that review all work and will critique the winners
    • All work is hung, unless juried out by the judges
    • Artists also have the opportunity to put pieces in our Art Sales Room- 3 framed, 20 matted and 10 note cards/calendars
    • Artwork is to be picked up after the Fair on October 11th from 2-6pm
    • The Topsfield Fair does take 20% commission for all artwork sold for the Essex Agricultural Society

    The dates for this year's Fair is September 30th- October 10th. We look forward to seeing you there! If anyone has any questions, please contact me. Thanks so much! 

    entry form pdf download

    Amanda Guerino*
    Fine Art Department, Chairperson
    Topsfield Fair

  • Saturday, July 16, 2016 9:50 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    The Serenity Restaurant Group is seeking artists to display their works across their collection of restaurants including Salem's OPUS and other popular locations across the north shore area. 

    Interested artists should email the curator, Kati Nalbandian, at with a to view your digital online portfolio with samples of your artwork.  

    This is a great opportunity for Salem Arts members to display your work. 

  • Tuesday, July 05, 2016 3:56 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    World View

    Salem Arts Association is pleased to announce a special exhibition featuring Salem Arts members’ Photos of the world.

    What’s your “World View”? Salem celebrates a long and rich maritime history of exploring the world and returning with stories far and wide. Salem Arts Association invites all members to submit your photographs of the world.  Where have you been? What have you seen? This is an opportunity to share your images of the world outside this region we call home. This special exhibition will showcase a collection of photographs made by our membership and like the explorers of Salem’s past will bring home our visual stories from far and wide.


    This is an open call for art to all Salem Arts members.

    It’s Free! There are no submission fees for members.

    New members are welcome to join Salem Arts to submit work.

    Salem Arts members may submit up to three photographs for consideration in the exhibition. 

    Salem Arts members Karen Hosking and James Bostick will curate the exhibition with assistance from the Salem Arts Gallery Committee.

     “World View” will be on display at the Salem Arts Center through the month of August 2016.

    Members may deliver submissions on Saturday July 30 between 12:00 noon and 2:00 PM at the Salem Arts Center Gallery. Artist agreement and Standard inventory forms are required.

    An exhibition reception will be hosted at the Salem Arts Center Gallery on Saturday August 6th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.

  • Wednesday, June 29, 2016 5:24 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    ArcWorks invites artists from Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire to submit works for consideration to the juried exhibit 2016 Dog Days of Summer. Artists may submit artwork in a variety of two– and three– dimensional media for the juror’s consideration. ArcWorks’ juried exhibits are un-themed, and artists may submit artwork of any subject matter.


    Online submission: May 30 - July 2, 2016      Instructions available here

    Hand-carried Submission: July 6, 2016 1 - 6pm

    Notification of inclusion / omission: July 7 - 9, 2016    Notification will be made by telephone

    Exhibition opening: Thursday, July 14, 2016   5 – 7pm

    Artwork pick up: August 29 - 30, 2016

    JUROR:  Shoshana Resnikoff, Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research at the Peabody Essex Museum

    PRIZES:   1st Prize – $150, 2nd Prize – $100, 3rd Prize – $50

    ENTRY FEE:   $10 for the first artwork, $5 per additional artwork; artists may submit up to three artworks total.


    Please be sure to read the posted rules and regulations for this exhibit to ensure that artwork will be acceptable for submission. Any artwork that does not meet the specified condition rules will not be accepted for submission. Rules and Regulations can be downloaded from the Call to Artists page on our website. 


    Please contact Emma Thurgood, Business Manager, with any questions regarding this call to artists.

    Email: Phone: 978.548.5855

  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:20 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)
    Cape Ann Plein Air Competition and Festival October 10-16, 2016

    Come paint plein air where it all began!

    For nearly two centuries, Cape Ann (Massachusetts’ “other” Cape located 25 miles north of Boston) has been a destination for some of the finest painters who paint “en plein air.”  Throughout its four picturesque seaside communities, Cape Ann Plein Air will host a week long plein-air painting celebration in October when the famous Cape Ann light shines at its very best. Organized by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, seARTS, and Cape Ann’s leading arts and culture organizations, the communities will see up to 40 of the finest artists in the nation compete for $16,000 in prizes and awards while raising awareness of all that painting en plein air is today. The work produced will be sold at the Grand Awards Gala on Saturday, October 15 at the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

    Application Process & Fees
    *    Entries will be processed by from April 8 - July 15, 2016.
    *    The non-refundable fee of $50 is payable when you apply online using a credit card or Paypal.  Unpaid applications will not be considered for selection.
    *    Print your receipt for your records.
    *    Submit 3 color images in jpeg format, RGB color.
    *    Submitted images should reflect recent plein air artwork.
    *    Eligibility: 18 years and older
    *    DEADLINE July 15, 2016.
    *    Entering Your Images:  Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest half inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.

    Jurying Process
    Cape Ann Plein Air’s artists will be selected from all applicants by juror Colin Page  
    * Selected artists will be notified by email and the list will be posted on the Cape Ann Plein Air website by July 22, 2016. 
    * 40% commission for works sold at Gala will benefit Cape Ann Plein Air. 

    Cape Ann Plein Air’s 2016 distinguished awards judge will be Ray Hassard.

    1st Place $6000
    2nd Place $4000
    3rd Place $2000
    Honorable Mention: 2 @ $500 each
    People’s Choice $500
    Best Harbor Scene $500
    Best City Scene $500
    TBD $1500

    1.     April 8-July 15: Submit works online.
    2.     July 22: Notifications
    3.     Oct. 10, 7:30 -10am: Registration and substrate stamping North Shore Arts Association, Pirates Lane, Gloucester MA   Orientation: 10:00am. Add: Check in and stamping available until 7pm for late arrivals.
    4.     Oct. 10, 5pm-7pm: Welcoming reception North Shore Arts Association. Optional: bring your own easel and one painting for sale.
    5.     Oct. 10-15: Artists paint en plein air in Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea
    6.     Special events - details to be announced on full calendar at
    * Quick Draw: Manchester-by the Sea, Oct. 12, 10-12 (no fee for 2016 CAPA artists).
    * Wet Paint Essex, Essex, MA Oct 15 all day; Exhibition & Sale Oct. 16 (no fee for 2016 CAPA artists). Delete:
    * Cape Ann Museum tours: A survey of painters, past and present: Oct. 11 -14.
    * Youth and emerging artist events.
    * Demos & workshops.
    7.    Oct. 14, 10am-4pm: Drop off up to six paintings for exhibit, including up to three for awards consideration at Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport, MA.
    8.    Oct. 15: Wet Paint Essex all day painting.
    9.    Oct.15, 6pm: Awards Gala, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport, MA.
    10.    Oct.16: Wet Paint Essex exhibition and sale, Woodman’s Function Hall, Essex, MA.

    General Regulations:
    *    Participation in the Oct.15 Awards Gala is required
    *    Artwork submitted for Awards must have been created en plein air, within the four Cape Ann communities, and without the benefit of photography between Oct. 10 - 15, 2016.
    *    All mediums are acceptable including oil, acrylic, and pastel.
    *    Artists are responsible for framing their work and bringing it to the display location. Must include hanging wire 
    *    All paintings must have the Cape Ann Plein Air 2016 stamp on the substrate.
    *    All exhibited artwork must be for sale.  Artists set their own prices. 
    *    All sales transactions are processed by Cape Ann Plein Air.
    *    a 40% commission on all sales is retained to benefit CAPA.
    *    Unsold paintings are the responsibility of the artist.

    Questions Contact:
    Karen Ristuben, Project Manager
    Cape Ann Community Foundation
    Attn: Cape Ann Plein Air 2016
    33 Commercial St.
    Gloucester MA 01930

    Or visit

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016 7:41 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    We're reaching out to arts organizations to try to help get the word out about the many special residency fellowship awards we offer to artists and writers. We hold three annual fellowship deadlines (February 15th, June 15th, and October 1st), and the available awards differ at each deadline.

    At our June 15th, 2016 fellowship deadline, we are thrilled to announce 54+ new residency fellowships--many with stipends--including designated awards for: 

    & more—plus 25 VSC Fellowships open to ALL!

    Applications must be received by June 15th, 2016

    We hope you'll help spread the word about these residency fellowship opportunities to the communities you serve!

    Sharing is easy! Here are links to our:

    Public announcement:

    List of awards & eligilbity requirements:


    Facebook page:

  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 7:49 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Artists’ Plein Air Day at Cogswell’s Grant

    Saturday, May 21, 9 am –5 pm

    Calling all painters: come to Cogswell’s Grant for a day of plein air painting. Join fellow artists from all over the North Shore to paint beautiful vistas including the Essex River and the Great Marsh, farm fields and landscapes, and our eighteenth-century historic house and barns.

    Free beverages and snacks are available. Stay and tour the museum, which features one of the country’s most celebrated collections of American folk art.


    Cogswell’s Grant

    60 Spring Street, Essex, Massachusetts

    For more information call 978-768-3632 or visit

  • Monday, May 09, 2016 8:56 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Enter our juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. 
    All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. 
    The competition is international, open to all geographical locations.

    The selected winner receives 10 prints up to 44x60 inches on canvas or museum quality paper 
    (approximately a $2,500-$3,000 value) to be shown in a solo exhibition in our main gallery. 
    The exhibit will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artist.

    Second place prizes: Ten second place winners will receive one print of their work up to 24x36 inches 
    ($150-$200 in value) to be included in the winners' exhibits and opening.

    Deadline for Entries: May 23, 2016
    Winnners Announced: May 30, 2016
    Exhibit Dates: June 9-July 2, 2016

    Curating Jurors: 
    Kathryn Poindexter, California Museum of Photography
    Mat Gleason, Coagula Curatorial

    previous Top 40 exhibit

    LACDA Artists' Reception: Saturday, June 11, 6-9pm

    Artwalk preview: Thursday, June 9, 7-9pm

    Complete information:

    Online registration only. 
    For questions email us at 
    No phone calls please.

    los angeles center for digital art
    104 East Fourth Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90013

  • Tuesday, May 03, 2016 10:16 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Salem has a new public art project: “Drain SmART Salem”. “Drain SmART Salem” will use artistic stormdrain murals to educate Salem residents about the connection between stormdrains and the ocean. Stormdrains empty rainwater directly into the ocean, carrying with it any trash or harmful chemicals from the street. Murals will be painted around drains on the sidewalk and street, incorporating environmental and ocean themes in a way that educates walkers and passing residents.

    The project is made possible through a collaboration between Salem Sound Coastwatch and the City of Salem Public Art Initiative.  

    "We are very excited about this project,” said Barbara Warren, executive director of Salem Sound Coastwatch. “Most people don’t know that trash from the street like plastic bags and cigarettes butts flow directly into the ocean through stormdrains.”

    “Drain SmART Salem” invites local artists to submit mural designs for review and selection by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the City of Salem Public Art Commission. Once selected, artists will paint their designs on stormdrain of their choice located throughout downtown Salem. Applications are currently available online at If interested in submitting a design or to request more information, contact Jack Nessen at or at 978-741-7900.

    More information sources...

  • Tuesday, May 03, 2016 10:12 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Wicked Art Bar recently launched an Adult Coloring Book Night Event Series which will be running twice a month in our Beverly studio on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month. Each month will have a different “theme” or “special feature” to keep the event fun and fresh.  In this “open-studio” style event, we’ll have a huge assortment of Adult Coloring Books, colored pencils and markers of all varieties for you to color, sip and socialize with friends. Coloring is a great way to relieve stress and relax!

    Call to Local Artists!! - For our June Coloring Book Nights (June 14th and June 28th) we’re going to curate coloring book artwork from local artists for guests of each event to choose from (as reprints).  We are hoping to compile enough designs to publish a full fledged North Shore Artist coloring book in the fall of 2016.  Below are the details on submission of artwork:

    • Wanted: Up to 3 single page adult coloring book designs (original artwork only)
    • Specs: Up to 8.5″ x 11″, no full bleeds (minimum size 4.25″ x 5.5″)
    • Format: We can accept digital (PDF) or original artwork (we will be producing prints of originals – all original artwork will be returned to the artist after)
    • Style: Black & White and stylistically following the coloring book format.
    • Deadline:  All submissions must be received by May 21st, 2016
    • To submit: Email to submit a digital version of your artwork or to make arrangements to drop off actual artwork for us to replicate.  Please make sure to include your name and/or your business name (if any), your website, your logo (if any) and any social media you’d like included. Each print will have the artists full info listed at the bottom of each page.

    MAY’s Adult Coloring Book Events,  7pm to 9pm - DJ Noel Snow will be spinning tunes and taking requests in the studio for the duration of the event! Everyone who registers to attend will be entered to win a Wicked Prize Pack! As always, snacks, beverages, beer and wine will be for sale at our bar during the class which is being held at our studio location, 95 Rantoul St. Beverly, MA. Recommended for ages 13+.  Tuesday, May 17th – click here to register.  Tuesday, May 31st – SOLD OUT.

    JUNE’s Adult Color Book Events, 7pm to 9pm - Join us for our bi-monthly Adult Coloring Book Night Event Series! In June’s “open-studio” style event, we’ll be curating Adult Coloring Book prints submitted by local artists available for you to choose from plus a big selection of colored pencils and markers for you to color, sip and socialize with friends. Coloring is a great way to relieve stress and relax! All the local coloring book artwork will be on display in our studio and as always, snacks, beverages, beer and wine will be for sale at our bar during the class which is being held at our studio location, 95 Rantoul St. Beverly, MA. Recommended for ages 13+. Tuesday, June 14th – click here to register.  Tuesday, June 28th – click here to register.

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