Calls for Art

Here you will find opportunities to submit artwork for inclusion in our seasonal gallery exhibits, or other "Call To Arts".

Download your “Exhibitions Installation Form” here for any show you wish to enter that is posted in the Salem Arts Associations Call to art page. Details of each exhibition can be found in that call to art show listed below.

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  • 23 Sep 2014 8:11 AM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)


    October 3 - November 2, 2014

    Artists Reception October 11th,   4-6 pm

     

    A Call for Art!  The theme for this year’s SAA October exhibit is “Spirits of the Season”.  Does the title make you think of specters, angels, or ancient ancestors?  All Hallows Eve? Fall in New England?  Traditions in Salem?  The link between life and death?  Body and Soul?  The cycle of life and the seasons?  Think about this time of year and what the word “spirits” means to you.  We look forward to your interpretations…be adventurous and share your work with the community! 

    _____________________________________________________________

     

    Exhibit Dates:October 3 – November 1, 2014.  Accepted work must remain on view until the exhibit closes.

     

    Exhibition Reception:October 11th, 4-6 pm

     

    Exhibit Location:Artists’ Row, Building #2, New Derby Street in Salem

     

    WORK SOUGHT:Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces, 2D works must be wired to hang and all pieces must fit through the door.  UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE INSTALLATIONS.  NO SAW TOOTH HANGERS – THEY WILL NOT HANG PROPERLY.

     

    ARTWORK DROP-OFF:Sunday, September 28th from 4-6 pm and Monday, September 29th from 5-7 pm.  In person drop-off only.  Unsolicited mail will not be returned.  Artists will be notified via email if work is not accepted.  Please plan to pick up any unaccepted work on Sunday, November 2nd, from 4-6 pm

    ELIGIBILITY: Open to SAA members only.

    If your work is accepted into the exhibition, a two-hour volunteer gallery-sitting shift is required.  To sign up for your slot, go to our “Retail Sign Up” page at http://salemartsassociation.org/Retail-Sitting-Sign-Up Thank you!

    INSURANCE: Works of Fine Art and Craft with a value under $1,000 are insured for catastrophic loss only.  Works with a value over $1,000 are not insured by the SAA.  Artists’ must provide their own insurance if they wish additional coverage.  

     

     

    PLEASE DOWNLOAD OUR EXHIBITION INSTALLATION FORM FROM (Located at the top of the Call To Art page) ON OUR WEBSITE. EXTRAS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT INTAKE

     

     

  • 06 Sep 2014 7:57 AM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)

    8th Peabody Essex Museum Inspirational Show


    Totems: What Guides Us?

    Inspired by the PEM’s exhibit, Raven’s Many Gifts:
    Native Art of the Northwest Coast Judged by Karen Kramer, Curator of Native American Art and Culture at the Peabody Essex Museum. Ribbons will be awarded to Best of Show, Excellence, and Honorable Mention.
    September 6-28, 2014 181 Essex St., Salem, MA Opening Reception September 6 from 6-9pm



    Totem poles may recount familiar legends, clan lineages, or notable events. Some poles celebrate cultural beliefs while others are mostly artistic. The Native American art of the Northwest Coast is rich with patterns depicted include natural forms such as bears, ravens, eagles, orcas, and humans; legendary creatures such as thunder-birds and sisiutls; and abstract forms made up of the characteristic Northwest Coast shapes.


    Then there's Raven; "Raven, an iconic trickster and culture hero who appears in countless Northwest Coast origin stories, is credited with carrying light into the world in his beak," says Karen Kramer, PEM's curator of Native American art and culture. Despite profound cultural changes over the past 200 years, oral histories such as the story of Raven continue to inspire a rich and diverse array of creative expression in tribal communities along the Northwest Coast.



    Call for Art:  What cultural, environmental or social elements define you?
    Take-in date are August 31st 11-2pm and September 2nd 5-8pm, IN-PERSON, at 181 Essex Street. 1-2 pieces can be submitted; all pieces need to be framed and WIRED appropriately undefined saw-toothed hangers will be rejected. A 4 foot height limit is applied. Artist will be notified via email if work is accepted. Work not accepted can be picked up on September 6 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Exhibit closing Pick-up Sunday September 28, 2pm-5pm IN-PERSON. $5 entry for SAA members per piece
    $10 entry fee for non SAA members per piece



    ALL accepted exhibiting artists are required to gallery sit at 181 Essex Street during open hours of the exhibit. A sign-in sheet will be provided at take-in. A minimum of four hours sitting is required for the month; more hours encouraged. The SAA takes a 25% commission on any sales. NFS pieces will be accepted.
    For more info contact heatherreid.studios@gmail.com or cheryl.frary@gmail.com.
    Works of fine art and craft with a value under $1,000 are insured for catastrophic loss only. Works with a value over $1,000 are not insured by the SAA. Artist’ must provide their own insurance if they wish.
    Salem Arts Association is a non-profit organization.

    Download the Full call to art here!

    Download the gallery Exhibition Installation Form here!


  • 04 Sep 2014 8:13 AM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)


    A Call for Art:
    “Gears, Grit and Gaslights”
    September 4-28, 2014.
    Reception September 13th, 4-6pm.

     The theme for the Salem Arts Association’s September exhibit is “Gears, Grit and Gaslights”. Harken back to an earlier time or leap forward to a re-envisioned future:. Steampunk, Neo- Victorian, Retro Future, or Post-Apocalyptic Nostalgia. Celebrate an era that promised air ships and time travel. Remember a past of steam engines, industry and innovation.
    Your work should reflect some aspect of or about the Late 19th Century, in anything from era appropriate themes, materials, and techniques to the dreams and visions of authors like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. 
    Be adventurous and share your work with the community!

    Exhibit Dates: September 4-28, 2014 Accepted work must remain on view until the exhibit closes. 

    Exhibition reception: September 13th, 4-6pm.
    Exhibit Location: Artists' Row, Building #2, 24 New Derby Street in Salem

    WORK SOUGHT: Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces, 2D works should be no larger than 18 x 24”and wired to hang with no saw tooth hangers. Sculptural pieces need to fit through the door. Wearables (large jewelry pieces, hats, dresses, etc.) should include displays.UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE INSTALLATIONS. NO SAW TOOTH HANGERS - THEY WILL NOT HANG.

    ARTWORK DROP-OFF: Tuesday, September 2nd, from 4 to 7 pm. and Wednesday September 3rd from 8-10am,. In person drop-off only. Unsolicited mail will not be returned. Artists will be notified via email if work is not accepted. Please plan to pick up any unaccepted work on Thursday, September 4th, from 4-7 pm

    All artists are invited to submit 3 pieces. 
    Fees: SAA Members: Free.Non-Members: $5.00 fee per entry.

    All artists accepted to the show are encouraged to sign up for a 2 hour Gallery Sitting time.

    INSURANCE: Works of Fine Art and Craft with a value under $1000 are insured for catastrophic loss only. Works With a value of over $1000 are not insured by the SAA. Artists’ must provide their own insurance if they wish additional coverage.

    The juror for this show will be Victorian Lady Lisa
    She is known both locally and nationally for her Cape Ann Cable TV show “All things Victorian” and her book “International Steampunk Fashions”. She is currently writing a second book, a Victorian/Edwardian fashions book. A third book, with Steampunk designer/model phenom Kato, is also being planned. Lady Lisa also has the honor of being a portrait model for artists in PA and recently for famed impressionist, Jude Abbe. She is a member of the Rockport Art Association. Lovely seaside Rockport, MA is where Lady Lisa resides.


    Download the call to art here!

  • 01 Aug 2014 4:12 PM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)


    THE SALEM ARTS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS ITS

    ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW.

    EXHIBIT LOCATION: Artists’ Row Building #2, 24 New Derby Street in Salem

    WORK SOUGHT: Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces, no larger than 18 x 24”and wired to hang with no sawtooths.

    ARTWORK DROP-OFF: Sunday, July 27, from 3 to 6 pm. and Monday, July 28, from 5 to 7 pm. In person drop-off only. Unsolicited mail will not be returned and artists will be notified via email if work is not accepted.

    Participation is free for members of the Salem Arts Association.

    INSURANCE: Works of Fine Art and Craft with a value under 51000 are insured for catastrophic loss only. Works With a value of over $1 000 are not insured by the SAA. Artists’ must provide their own insurance if they Wish additional coverage

    If your work is accepted into the exhibition a two undefined hour volunteer slot is required. Please the two-hour slot you are available .

    To sign up for a "Sitting" please navigate to our "Retail Sign Up" page and click the orange button at the bottom of the page. There you can register for a day to sit in the gallery if your work has been accepted or sign up for a day if you have items in the retail section of the SAA. Thank you!
  • 03 Jul 2014 9:50 AM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)

                   


    A Call for Art!  The theme for SAA’s July exhibit is “From the Earth”.  What does that mean to you?  Do you think of planting and gardening, or fossils, rocks and volcanoes?  Supporting locally grown crops?  Do you think of Astrology?  How the Earth was formed?  Do you think of Earth tones?  Or being grounded?  Salt of the earth?  Life on Earth?  Nature?  Earthlings?  Your work can reflect any aspect of or about the earth, in anything from a literal translation to “what on Earth”?  Be adventurous and share your work with the community! 


    Exhibit Dates: July 3-31, 2014.  Accepted work must remain on view until the exhibit closes.  Exhibition reception: Saturday, July 12thth from 4-6 p.m.

    Exhibit Location: Artists' Row

    Work Sought: All artists are invited to submit 3 pieces. It should be wired to hang, no saw tooths, and professionally presented.

    UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE INSTALLATIONS.  NO SAW TOOTH HANGERS - THEY WILL NOT HANG.

    Size Limits: What fits through the door

    Eligibility: Open to all artists

    Fees: SAA Members: Free.

               Non-Members: $5.00 fee per entry.

    Artwork Drop-Off:  Sunday June 29th from 3-5 and Monday June 30th from 4-6 pm
    IN-PERSON DROP-OFF ONLY.  Unsolicited mail will not be returned.

    Acceptance Notification:  Artists will be notified by e-mail if work is not accepted. 

    Work Not Accepted:  Pick up on Thursday, July 3rd from 4-7 pm

    Insurance: Works of Fine Art and Craft with a value under $1000 are insured for catastrophic loss only.  Works with a value of over $1000 are not insured by the SAA.  Artists’ must provide their own insurance if they wish additional coverage


    SALEM ARTS     From the Earth SHOW ENTRY FORM         JULY 2014

     

    Artist Name __________________________________________________________________

     

    City/ST/Zip ___________________________________________________________________

     

    E-mail ______________________________ Website _________________________________

     

    Best Phone: ____________________________ 2nd Best Phone ________________________

     

    If your work is accepted into the exhibition, a two-hour volunteer slot is required. Please fill-in the two-hour slot you are available____________________. 

    ____________________________________          ________________________

    (signature please)                                                    (date)

     

    You may also signup through SignUp Genius :

    http://salemartsassociation.org/Retail-Sitting-Sign-Up

     

    JUDGED BY CLAUDIA KAUFMAN:

    A resident of Marblehead, Massachusetts, Kaufman is a member of the Copley Society of Art, North Shore, Rockport and Marblehead Arts Associations and has been a frequent exhibitor and award winner in greater Boston area exhibits. She also is an oil painting instructor.

     

    After receiving an undergraduate degree in fine art, she worked as a commercial artist in New York City and Boston followed by a career as marketing executive/creative director of a national healthcare technology company. 

     

    Kaufman has studied painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Mass College of Art and completed a post baccalaureate residency program in painting at Brandeis University. Her studio practice is in Marblehead, MA.

     

    Claudia will decide the following awards for this show: Best of Show, Outstanding work and Honorable Mention.

     


    SAA INFO  (DO NOT CUT THIS)

     

    Artist ______________________________________

     

    Title _______________________________________

     

    Medium ___________________________________

     

    Dimensions _______________________________

     

    Price _______________Value if NFS ___________

    Artwork 1 Tag (FOR ARTWORK & LABELING)

     

    Artist ______________________________________

     

    Title _______________________________________

     

    Medium ___________________________________

     

    Dimensions _______________________________

     

    Price _______________Value if NFS __________



    SAA INFO   (DO NOT CUT THIS)

     

    Artist ______________________________________

     

    Title _______________________________________

     

    Medium ___________________________________

     

    Dimensions _______________________________

     

    Price _______________Value if NFS __________

     

     

     

    SAA INFO   (DO NOT CUT THIS)

     

    Artist ______________________________________

     

    Title _______________________________________

     

    Medium ___________________________________

     

    Dimensions _______________________________

     

    Price _______________Value if NFS ______

    Artwork 2 Tag (FOR ARTWORK & LABELING) 

     

    Artist ______________________________________

     

    Title _______________________________________

     

    Medium ___________________________________

     

    Dimensions _______________________________

     

    Price ______________Value if NFS ___________

     

     

     

    Artwork 3 Tag (FOR ARTWORK & LABELING)

     

    Artist ______________________________________

     

    Title _______________________________________

     

    Medium ___________________________________

     

    Dimensions _______________________________

     

    Price _______________Value if NFS __________



  • 20 May 2014 8:44 AM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)
              


    Fire & Spice

                   June 1- 29, 2014  Artists Reception June 14th,   4-6 pm

     

    This year the theme of the Salem Arts Festival is “spice” because it was such an integral part of Salem's early history and this year June 25th marks the 100th anniversary of the Great Salem Fire. Your work can reflect any aspect of what that might have meant to live in the community during the fire and it's aftermath or work that expresses what “spice” means to you.

    • All member artists are invited to submit 3 pieces

    Size Limits:  What fits through the door

     

    Exhibit Dates: June 1-29, 2014.  Accepted work must remain on view until the exhibit closes.  Exhibition reception: Saturday, June 14thth from 4-6 p.m.

    Exhibit Location: Artists' Row

    Work Sought: All artists are invited to submit 3 pieces. It should be wired to hang, no saw tooths, and professionally presented.

    UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE INSTALLATIONS.  NO SAW TOOTH HANGERS / THEY WILL NOT HANG 

    Size Limits: What fits through the door

    Eligibility: Open to all  members for free 

    Fees: SAA Members: Free.

    Artwork Drop-Off:  Sunday June 1st from 3-5 and Monday June 2nd from 4-6 pm
    IN-PERSON DROP-OFF ONLY.  Unsolicited mail will not be returned.
     

    Acceptance Notification:  Artists will be notified by e-mail if work is not accepted.

    Work Not Accepted:  Pick up on Thursday,  June 5th from 4-7 pm

     Insurance: Works of Fine Art and Craft with a value under $1000 are insured for catastrophic loss only.  Works with a value of over $1000 are not insured by the SAA.  Artists’ must provide their own insurance if they wish additional coverage

    DOWNLOAD THE CALL HERE




  • 13 Jan 2014 6:34 PM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)

         


    The Beauty of Form:
    Celebrating Architecture and the Opening of Ames Hall

                   February 6-8, 2014  Artists Reception February 8th,   1-4 pm,  R.S.V.P. required


    The Salem YMCA has asked Salem Arts Association to exhibit art during their grand re-opening of Ames Hall on February 6-8, 2014.

    There are three spaces: Beautiful Ames Hall, the marble and stained glass foyer, and the reception gallery room. We will hang in the reception room which has 4 large high walls and we can spill out into the foyer with easels if submitted. All work will be locked up when there is no reception.

    It is a Grand new space in Salem.

    The first few days will be private receptions for donors but any artist whose work is in the exhibiton will be admitted for free on Saturday February 8th from 1-4 p.m.

    Artwork in the vicinity of 18"x 24" is acceptable.

    Artwork larger than that must have an easel.

    No room for installations.

    Free to members and Non-members are invited to submit at $10 per piece. 100% of any sale goes to the artists.

     

    • All member artists are invited to submit 3 pieces

    Size Limits: 18” x 24” maximum, 5 lbs. maximum each, hung with multiple 3M to not disturb the wall

    • Larger pieces are welcome but must be accompanied with an easel for display

    Exhibit Dates: February 6-8, 2014.  Accepted work must remain on view until the exhibit closes.  Exhibition reception: Saturday, February 8th from 1-4 p.m. RSVP required so you do not need to pay admission. Private receptions will take place from February 6-8th.

    Exhibit Location: 1 Sewall Street, Salem MA

    Work Sought: All artists are invited to submit 3 pieces. It should be wired to hang, no saw tooth hardware, and professionally presented.

    UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE INSTALLATIONS.  NO SAW TOOTH HANGERS / THEY WILL NOT HANG

    Size Limits: 18” x 24” maximum unless accompanied with an easel

    Eligibility: Open to all  members for free and non-members $10 per piece.

    Fees: SAA Members: Free.

    Non-members: $10 per piece

    Artwork Drop-Off:  Monday and Tuesday February 3 and 4th from 4 pm to 7 pm
    IN-PERSON DROP-OFF ONLY.  Unsolicited mail will not be returned.

    Acceptance Notification:  Artists will be notified by e-mail if work is not accepted.

    Work Not Accepted:  Pick up on Wednesday, February 5th from 4-7 pm

    Exhibit Closing Pick Up: Sunday, February 9th, 3pm-6 pm.  IN-PERSON PICK-UP ONLY. No works will be mailed. SAA is not responsible for work damaged, lost, or stolen, after the deadline pick up date.

    Insurance: Works of Fine Art and Craft with a value under $1000 are insured for catastrophic loss only.  Works with a value of over $1000 are not insured by the SAA.  Artists’ must provide their own insurance if they wish additional coverage

    The YMCA will display the work throughout all their private opening receptions. Work is available for sale and 100% of the sale goes to the artists. Customers will contact the artists directly after the opening weekend. Please put you preferred method of contact on the take-in form. It should include your email and your telephone number.

     Artists are invited to the Saturday open house from 1-4 pm.

    DOWNLOAD THE CALL HERE

  • 02 Jan 2014 6:29 PM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)



    4th Annual Artists & Authors Winter Exhibition at the Hawthorne Hotel

    Limited space is available to participate in our 4th Annual Artists & Authors Winter Exhibition.

    Exhibit Date: February 19, 2014 from 5 to 9 p.m.

    Artists must arrive by 4 p.m. and be set up completely before the 5 p.m. opening. Breakdown will occur directly after the event at 9 p.m. Tables will be provided by the Hawthorne Hotel.  

    Exhibit Location: The Hawthorne Hotel Ballroom, Salem, MA

    Work Sought: All Visual Artists are invited to show fine art work only, framed or presented professionally for sale. (Send  2  JPG’s  of  actual  work  to  be  presented  to  the  email  address  on  the  application  form.) Writers and Poets whose work has been published are invited to present their publications for sale. (Send a JPG of your publication cover and/or your jacket bio pic.)

    Eligibility: Open to all artists 18+ (SAA Student Artist Member work is eligible for entry regardless of age). Fees: SAA Members, $20; Non-member, $30; Writers Groups $30

    DEADLINE: JAN 29, 2014

    SAA Commission: SAA will not take commission on works sold. Table fees pay for room set-up, bartender, and promotional expenses.

    Acceptance Notification: Artists/Authors will be notified by e-mail of acceptance.

    Insurance: Works of fine art with a value under $1000 are insured for catastrophic loss only. Works with a value of over $1000 are not insured by the SAA. Artists must provide their own  insurance  if  they  wish  additional  coverage.


    Download the call here

  • 26 Sep 2013 10:54 AM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)

                  

                   October 3-November 2, 2013   Reception: October 12 from 4-6 pm          

     

    • All member artists are invited to submit 3 pieces

    Size Limits: 16” x 20” maximum including frame

     

    Exhibit Dates: Oct 3- Nov 2. Accepted work must remain on view until the exhibit closes.

    Exhibition reception: Saturday, Oct 12, 4-6 pm

     Exhibit Location: Artists' Row Building #2,
    24 New Derby St., Unit #4

     Work Sought: All artists are invited to submit 3 pieces. It should be wired to hang, no saw tooths, and professionally presented.

     UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE INSTALLATIONS.  NO SAW TOOTH HANGERS / THEY WILL NOT HANG

     Size Limits: 16” x 20” maximum including frame

     Eligibility: Open to all  members.

     Fees: SAA Members: Free.

    Artwork Drop-Off:  Sunday, Sept. 29  Noon to 6 p.m. and Monday, Sept 30  from 6-8 p.m. 
    IN-PERSON DROP-OFF ONLY.  Unsolicited mail will not be returned.

     Acceptance Notification:  Artists will be notified by e-mail if work is not accepted.

     Work Not Accepted:  Pick up on Thursday,

    October 3 from Noon-7 p.m.

     Exhibit Closing Pick Up: Sat., Nov. 2 from Noon-4 pm  IN-PERSON PICK-UP ONLY. No works will be mailed. SAA is not responsible for work damaged, lost, or stolen, after the deadline pick up date.

     Insurance: Works of Fine Art and Craft with a value under $1000 are insured for catastrophic loss only.  Works with a value of over $1000 are not insured by the SAA.  Artists’ must provide their own insurance if they wish additional coverage


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  • 26 Aug 2013 5:50 PM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)

    Mini Marvels Exhibit


    September 5-29, 2013 Reception: September 14 from 4-6 pm
    Music by Dave Bailin & friends
    • All member artsts are invited to submit 3-5 pieces
    • Size Limits: 8”x 10” maximum including frame

    Exhibit Dates: Sept. 5-29. Accepted work must remain on view until the exhibit closes.

    Exhibit reception: Saturday, Sept. 14, 4-6 pm
    Exhibit Location: Artists' Row Building #2, 24 New Derby St., Unit #4

    Work Sought: All artists are invited to submit 3 pieces. It should be wired to hang, no saw tooth, and professionally presented.

    UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE INSTALLATIONS. NO SAW TOOTH HANGERS / THEY WILL NOT HANG

    Size Limits: 8”x 10” maximum including frame
    Eligibility: Open to all members.

    Fees: SAA Members: Free.
    Artwork Drop-Of: Saturday, August 31, Noon to 6 pm and Sunday, Sept 1 from Noon-6 pm IN-PERSON DROP-OFF ONLY. Unsolicited mail will not be returned.

    Acceptance Notification: Artists will be notified by e-mail if work is not accepted.

    Work Not Accepted: Pick up on Thursday, September 5 from 3-7 pm
    Exhibit Closing Pick Up: Sunday, Sept. 29, 3pm-6 pm. IN-PERSON PICK-UP ONLY.

    No works will be mailed. SAA is not responsible for work damaged, lost, or stolen, after the deadline pick up date.
    Insurance: Works of Fine Art and Craft with a value under $1000 are insured for catastrophic loss only. Works with a value of over $1000 are not insured by the SAA. Artists’ must provide their own insurance if they wish additional coverage

    Download the "Call" here .PDF format
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