Calls for Art

Here you will find opportunities to submit artwork for inclusion in our seasonal 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

Upcoming Deadlines:

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  • Wednesday, April 20, 2016 3:50 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    ArcWorks invites artists from Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire to submit works for consideration to the juried exhibit Spring Fling. 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.

    IMPORTANT DATES

    Online submission: March 14, 2016 – May 13, 2016     Instructions available here

    Hand-carried submission: Wednesday, May 18, 2016   1pm – 6pm      Instructions available here

    Notification of inclusion / omission: May 19 – 21, 2016    Notification will be made by telephone

    Exhibition opening: Thursday, May 26, 2016   5 – 7pm

    Artwork pick up: July 1 – 5, 2016

    JUROR:  Mary Melilli, Chair of Art + Design at Salem State University

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

    ENTRY FEE:  $5 per artwork; artists may submit up to three artworks.

    ** Please note that beginning with submissions for the 2016 Dog Days of Summer exhibit, our entry fee structure will be changing **

    RULES AND REGULATIONS:

    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 by clicking this link: Spring Fling rules and regs

    QUESTIONS?

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

    Email: EThurgood@ne-arc.org Phone: 978.548.5855

  • Monday, April 04, 2016 10:45 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)
    “En Plein Air and Beyond” 4th Annual Artists’ Residency at the House of the Seven Gables 

    Registration deadline: Monday May 9 2016

    REGISTER HERE - FREE

    (For Salem Arts Members Only)

    For the fourth year in a row The House of the Seven Gables will allow Salem Arts Association members on the grounds of their property to sketch, paint, photograph, write and do all things art related without the need to pay admission.

    Work Sought:  If you sketch, paint, draw, photograph, write or would otherwise like to create art about or in response to the House of the Seven Gables, you are encouraged to treat yourself to this wonderful opportunity.  As this residency and exhibit is entitled “Plein Air & Beyond” – Feel free to expand your definition of a plein air experience!  It can be painting or it can be your unique take on it!


    Registration and Eligibility:

    • You must be a current Salem Arts member.
    • You must register online prior to the May 9 deadline. 
    • You must provide an estimate of time(s) you most likely will participate? (we know it’s often weather dependent)
    • Optional:  Please email a 250 – 300 word description of your work for publication.  We would like to create a take-away for visitors as part of the exhibition. Submit on the registration form or email to events@salemarts.org.


    Residency Dates:  

    • Monday, May 23 – Monday, May 30, 2016
    • During their normal hours of operation of 10:00am to 5:00pm daily.


    The following guidelines will apply:

    • You will need to sign up in advance.
    • You will need to sign in at the H7G each day we attend and wear name tags.
    • You will need to protect the grounds from our art materials with drop cloths.
    • You will be able to use provided tables, but not the iron tables which are for H7G visitors.
    • You may use your own easels or other tools.
    • You will be able to show & sell our work during the Salem Arts Festival and have an opening reception to celebrate the partnership at the House of the Seven Gables.


    Art Exhibit and Reception:

    All participating En Plein Air artists are invited to participate in the exhibition to be held at the House of the Seven Gables during the Salem Arts Festival following our En Plein Air Residency. 

    • Exhibition: Thursday, June 2, 2016
    • Art drop-off: 10 -2 pm
    • All work for exhibition must have its own easel (table or floor)
    • Open to the public at 3 pm
    • Reception with food and beverage 6-8 pm
    • Art Pick-up: After the reception or make arrangements.
    • Insurance:  The House of the Seven Gables and Salem Arts are not responsible for any property loss or damage.  Artists must provide their own insurance if they wish additional coverage.

    REGISTER HERE - FREE


    En Plein Air Workshop:

    In the Garden: Open Air Painting at The House of the Seven Gables with Sue Grillo

    In conjunction with this residency, there will be a workshop on Sunday, March 29, 12 – 3 pm. 

    Be sure to register on line if you wish to participate. 

    More information can be found here: http://www.salemarts.org/event-2198166


    Questions?

    Please refer your questions to our event Co-chairs Sue Grillo and Annette Sykes. events@salemarts.org


  • Tuesday, March 29, 2016 4:31 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    CALL TO ARTISTS 

    2016 Salem Mural Slam 

    Artists’ Row, Salem, MA 

    The City of Salem is seeking artists to participate in a “Mural Slam”, a public art project to take place during the Salem Main Streets, Salem Arts Festival, June 3-5, 2016. The site for the 2016 Salem Mural Slam is a series of brick walls at Artists’ Row located in historic downtown Salem at 24 New Derby Street, across from Old Town Hall and Derby Square. This area at the heart of the City was originally built as a market place and continues to this day to be an important public plaza and pedestrian way. 

    In the interest of enhancing the visual experience for residents and visitors in this great walking city, the City of Salem is inviting artists to help transform these spaces that are part of the City of Salem Art Space Initiative and the murals will provide an entertaining and stimulating experience to those that live in and visit Salem. 



    PROJECT CRITERIA 

    Who can participate? 

    Anyone may apply. Either solo or in small teams. 


    Timeframe: 

    Saturday, June 4 & Sunday, June 5, 8:30am – 8:30pm. It is anticipated that artists will complete the mural in this timeframe. 


    Painting Surface: 

    There will be 10 walls available for the 2016 Salem Mural Slam. They will be primed plywood sheets mounted to the existing brick walls. The format will be 8’ wide by 4’ tall. 


    Materials/Supplies: 

    Due to the close proximity to other artists and local businesses during the event, along with practical considerations for drying time, Acrylic paint will be the only media permitted for use during the 2016 Salem Mural Slam. 

    Acrylic paint and individual painting surfaces will be provided by the city of Salem. All other materials will be provided by the artist. 


    Awards & Prizes 

    Artists will be competing for the following prizes. Awards will be acknowledged at the event and the prized within a week of the event. People Choice Awards 

    1st Place $750 

    Sponsored by the City of Salem Public Art Initiative 

    2nd Place $500 

    Sponsored by the City of Salem Public Art Initiative 

    3rd Place $250 

    Sponsored by “Sully’s Brand” 

    4th Place $150 

    Sponsored by Structures North Consulting Engineers 


    Application Requirements/Checklist 

    Applicants MUST attach the following items to the Application, in order to be considered for the 2016 Salem Mural Slam. If more than one artist is participating on one mural, they must all include their names on the application. 

     Resume/Bio with contact information and website (if applicable) 

     Examples of artwork – (See application) 

     Four Jpeg images of previous work 

     Artist proposal 


    Artists' proposals for the mural should be a scale image or description based on the dimensions of the wall. 

    Proposals should include the artist's signature (or identifying mark) as it would appear on the mural. All submitted applications become the property of the City of Salem. 

     Applications will be ineligible if they involve: 

     A breach of intellectual property rights (i.e., somebody else's idea) 

     Trademarks, brand or business names, logos or copyrighted images 

     Anything that is harmful to a third party 


    TIMELINE: 

     May 6, noon Deadline for Applications 

     May 12 Notification to Applicants 

     Saturday, June 4 & 5 “Mural Slam” Paint on location 


    FOR INFORMATION: 

    Deborah Greel, Public Art Planner 

    Department of Planning and Community Development 

    120 Washington Street 

    Salem, MA 01970 

    www.salem.com 

    dgreel@salem.com 

    978-619-5681 


    DOWNLOAD THE 2016 SALEM MURAL SLAM APPLICATION 

    APPLICANT INFORMATION 

    Call to Artists Mural Slam AR 2016.pdf





  • Saturday, March 26, 2016 1:24 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    The Lynn Museum/LynnArts organization is seeking contemporary art to be displayed in the LynnArts building (25 Exchange St) to compliment a historical exhibit in the Lynn Museum (590 Washington St), Industry and Craft: People At Work In Lynn 


    The museum’s exhibit will feature artifacts from the museum’s collection and will highlight the evolution of artisan craftspeople and industries in Lynn, including but not limited to early industries (flax, ice), shoemaking, Pinkham and Fluff, firefighting, and General Electric. The LynnArts exhibit seeks contemporary art that connects to these themes.


    Work Media: Paintings, photographs, other works on paper, sculpture.

    Work Size: 7’ x 7’ maximum, 50 lb. weight limit

    Work per Artists: 3 pieces may be submitted, up to two accepted.

    Entry Requirements:

    • 1.    High-resolution photos of 3-5 works, sent to jolenelynnarts@gmail.com by 5 pm on Tuesday, April 9, 2016.
    • a.    Please include title, date, medium and dimensions of work
    • b.    Contact information
    • c.     Optional artist’s statement (100 words maximum)
    • 2.    Artwork must be ready to be installed. Artwork should be framed and ready to hang, gallery style. Work that is not ready to hang will not be accepted. Artist information, including website, email address and phone number to be attached to back of work.
    • 3.    Admission fee of $25.00, (for each piece accepted) to be paid in check or money order. Please make check or money order payable to LynnArts. No cash will be accepted.

    Timeline

    Entries Due: Please send high-resolution photos of 3-5 existing works, sent to jolenelynnarts@gmail.com by Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 5 PM. A jury will select pieces and notify artists by Tuesday, April 26, 5 PM.

    Artist Drop Off:  Accepted works are to be delivered to LynnArts (25 Exchange St.).  Drop off dates are Saturday, April 30 , 10-2pm,  Monday Tuesday or Wednesday, May 4-6, from 11 am-4 pm.  LynnArts is closed on Sundays.  If special arrangements for drop off are needed, please email jolenelynnarts@gmail.com.

    Opening Reception: Saturday, May 7 2016, 2-5 PM. This will be a dual opening between the museum building (590 Washington St) and the LynnArts building (25 Exchange St)

    Exhibit Ends: Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 2 pm.

    Pickup Artwork by: Tuesday, June 21-Friday June 24, 11am – 4pm.  Saturday, June 25, 10am-2pm.

    Publicity: The Lynn Museum/LynnArts will promote the exhibition through its website, mailing lists, and social media regularly throughout the duration of the exhibit.

    Sales: Jolene Kelly will oversee the sale of art. The Lynn Museum/LynnArts will receive 25% commission.  All art work sold must remain at LynnArts until exhibit ends.  Payment to artist will be made within 14 business days of sale.

    Contact:

    Jolene Kelly

    LynnArts Coordinator

    781-581-6200

    jolenelynnarts@gmail.com


    http://lynnmuseum.org/exhibitions/upcomingexhibitions/

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 3:17 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    ArcWorks invites artists from Eastern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire to submit works for consideration to the juried exhibit Spring Fling. 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.

    IMPORTANT DATES

    Online submission: March 14, 2016 – May 13, 2016     Instructions available here

    Hand-carried submission: Wednesday, May 18, 2016   1pm – 6pm      Instructions available here

    Notification of inclusion / omission: May 19 – 21, 2016    Notification will be made by telephone

    Exhibition opening: Thursday, May 26, 2016   5 – 7pm

    Artwork pick up: July 1 – 5, 2016

    JUROR: 

    TBD

    PRIZES: 

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

    ENTRY FEE:

    $5 per artwork; artists may submit up to three artworks.

    RULES AND REGULATIONS: 

    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 by clicking this link: Spring Fling rules and regs

    QUESTIONS?

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

    Email: EThurgood@ne-arc.org Phone: 978.548.5855

     

    - See more at: http://arcworksart.org/exhibitions/call-to-artists/#sthash.5iLeAmea.dpuf

    - See more at: http://arcworksart.org/exhibitions/call-to-artists/

    http://arcworksart.org/exhibitions/call-to-artists/#sthash.5iLeAmea.dpuf

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 3:15 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)
    The City of Peabody announces its 2nd Annual Outside the Box mural program. The city seeks talented artists to put forth a proposal for painting some of the traffic light utility boxes around the downtown area. This is a paid opportunity for artists.Selected artists will receive a stipend of $750 to purchase supplies and complete the work. Deadline to submit a proposal is April 14, 2016 at 3:30pm.

    For complete details and the applications, click here

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 3:13 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    The Peabody Cultural Collaborative and Opportunity Peabody are excited to announce a new public art initiative to bring art and music together throughout the downtown. Public pianos will be painted by artists and placed on the sidewalks, available for anyone to sit and play for a while. This is a paid opportunity for artists. All supplies are provided and the selected artists will receive a stipend of $250. Deadline to submit is March 30, 2016 at 3:30p. 

    For complete details and application, click here

  • Sunday, March 06, 2016 12:34 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Telling America's Stories: Celebrating 100 Years of the National Park Service.

    This year the National Park Service turns 100 Years Old!


    The Brush Art Gallery and Studios, in partnership with Lowell National Historical Park, invites artists to enter this national juried exhibition, celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Service.  Artists are encouraged to submit works that represent a broad view of interpretations to include environmental, ecological, cultural, historical, and political ideas.  The jurors will consider a range of work from traditional representation to experimental in concept. 

    Deadline for Submissions: April 1, 2016

    Exhibition on display May 7 – June 10, 2016 
    $500 Prize for Best in Show


    Entry Form Here: www.lowellartshows.com/NPS

    Complete Prospectus available here http://thebrush.org/PDFgallery.htm

     

  • Saturday, February 27, 2016 2:28 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Call for Works!

    NE Regional Open Exhibit

    Marblehead Arts Association

    8 Hooper St. Marblehead MA 01945

    Submit Take-In: Tue. March 15, 2-4 pm & 7-8 pm

    1-2 pieces, $10 ea. 

    For more info. visit: http://www.marbleheadarts.org/event/take-n-e-regional-exhibit-variations/

    Or 

    call 781-631-2608

    Show Dates: March 19 – May 1, 2016

    Opening Reception: Sun. March 20, 2-4 pm

  • Friday, February 26, 2016 2:42 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Applications for the 2016 Salem Arts Festival are now live! 

    The deadline for submission is set for April 8th, 2016.

    Now in its eighth year, the Festival will take place from June 3-5, 2016.  Thousands are expected to attend this free family-friendly festival which lights up Salem’s downtown corridor with an art show, street fair, and live performances. Last year’s festival welcomed over 5,000 visitors. All events take place in downtown Salem, within walking distance of public transportation.

    The 2016 festival will consist of:
    ·         a gallery of juried artists’ work in Old Town Hall
    ·         outdoor stage venues for performance and dance at Derby Square and Artists’ Row
    ·         a juried street fair on Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and Derby Square
    ·         this year’s collaborative public arts project – “Move With Me”
    ·         and much more!

    Artists selected for the Old Town Hall gallery will have an opportunity to sell their work at (with 20% of proceeds going to Salem Arts Festival).  All performers are given a small honorarium.

    Applications should be completed and submitted by April 8th via the Salem Arts Festival website, www.salemartsfestival.com.  

    While the festival prefers electronic applications, applicants are welcome to pick up and drop off hard-copies of the form at Salem Arts Festival/Salem Main Streets, 265 Essex St., Salem, MA 01970.

    The Salem Arts Festival is organized by Salem Main Streets and a collaboration of Salem organizations and volunteers, including Creative Salem, Salem Arts Association, Salem State University’s Center for Creative and Performing Arts, and the Peabody Essex Museum.  This program is supported in part by a grant from the Salem Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

    For more information, please see www.salemartsfestival.com or contact Kylie Sullivan at kylie@salemmainstreets.org or (978)744-0004 (x15).


    Kylie Sullivan
    Executive Director, Salem Main Streets
    265 Essex Street
    Salem, MA 01970
    978/744-0004 x15
    www.salemmainstreets.org


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