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.

Upcoming Deadlines:

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  • 28 May 2015 1:00 PM | Kimberly Underhill (Administrator)

    Artists are invited to submit designs that will draw attention to the trash barrels at Salem Willows Park. The purpose is to prevent litter and trash from becoming marine debris. Selected designs will be painted by the artists on one "painting day." Paints will be supplied. This is part of Salem Sound Coastwatch's "Talking Trash for Clean Oceans" program.
    Deadline for submissions is May 29, 2015. Contact Salem Sound Coastwatch at info@salemsound.org or call 978-741-7900.

    See pdf for full details.

  • 27 May 2015 1:33 PM | Kimberly Underhill (Administrator)

    JOIN US all around town for 7 exhibits and show us your best work! See the attached pdf for details and submission forms.

    Salem Arts Walk_CALL-For_PROP_2.pdf

  • 24 Apr 2015 2:35 PM | Kimberly Underhill (Administrator)

    FRONT YARD STREET ART SUBMISSION DETAILS

    “Front Yard” is a collaborative fiber arts project open to community members and groups of all ages and abilities. Create or add to handmade “green spaces” (fields, garden plots, jungles, etc.) made of yarn, felt, fabric, and whatever else inspires you! Each piece will become part of a large-scale temporary art installation transforming Front Street during the Salem Arts Festival, a Salem Main Streets project, on June 5-7th.

    Submit your intention to participate by May 2nd to Salem Arts Festival Committee members:

    Kylie Sullivan, kylie@salemmainstreets.org or Kate Babcock, kate@creativesalem.com

    Choose a level of participation:

    • ❏  1 foot x 1 foot Square(s) of handmade greenery. These may be sewn, knit, crochet, hooked rugs, woven, fleeced, felted. These must be submitted to be sewn together into the larger patchwork, so would be due by May 23rd.

    • ❏  CreaturesandFeatures:Makefloraandfaunatoliveandgrowonthehandmadeyards. They may be made from any fiber or recycled materials, but must be able to withstand being outdoors. These items due by May 30th.

    • ❏  Square Yard: 3 foot x 3 foot patch of land. Create your own mini environment. This dimension is approximate - keep in mind this plot does not need to be square. It could be a pond, piece of desert landscape, or anything else you can imagine. These plots due by May 30th.

    • ❏  Acre: 4foot x 8 foot patch of land. Like the 3 x 3, with room to spread out. These plots due by May 30th.

      Items to consider:

    • Think about what features along the street could you incorporate into your design for added dimension and structural support (ie: parking meters, trees, curbs street signs). Let us know if one of these items is integral to your design so we can designate your plot accordingly.

    • Materials are available at the Salem Main Streets office, and by appointment at Creative Salem. Please contact us if you need any supplies.
    • If you’re not crafty, but would like to participate or help, donations of any of these supplies as well as financial donations to the Salem Arts Festival are encouraged.

    More detail can be found on the Salem Arts Festival's website:

    SalemArtsFestival.com        

    www.salemartsfestival.com/frontyard

    • 14 Apr 2015 12:37 PM | Kimberly Underhill (Administrator)

      If you have participated in the House of Seven Gables Artist Residency events in the past, please consider submitting your work for the commemorative notecards we will be creating his year.

      For the 2015 event we will create a boxed set of notecards of artwork created in the previous two years. Any artist whose work is selected will receive 2 boxed sets of their notecards as compensation. All proceeds from the sale of the notecards will benefit Salem Arts Association. 

      Going forward we hope to continue this tradition of showcasing the work created during the Residency.

      Please send us your art from the last two years that you feel might work for a notecard.

      Co-chairs: Sue Grillo: <sgrillov@comcast.net>
      Sheryl Lilly Pond:<sherylpond3@gmail.com>

    • 26 Feb 2015 4:42 PM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)



      5th Annual Artists & Authors Winter Exhibition
      at the Hawthorne Hotel

      Limited space is available to participate in our 5th Annual Artists & Authors Winter Exhibition.
      It is based on a first come, first served. Application must be received January 30th via email to <
      egh.arts@gmail.com> and a check must be received at our P.O.Box 226 by February 6th, 2015

      Exhibit Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 5 to 9 p.m.
                Co-chairs: Ellen Hardy, Cynthia Smiszek, Alikya Wingate

      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 with tablecloths will be provided by SAA through 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, $25; Non-member, $35; Writers Groups $35

      DEADLINE: Application by February 2 via email and check to the PO Box by February 6th, 2015

      Other information: SAA will not take commission on works sold. Table fees pay for room set-up, bartender, and promotional expenses There will be a booklet listing everyone who participates so please send in a description of 250-300 word maximum with your preferred contact information.

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

      Insurance: We are not responsible for any property loss or damage. Artists must provide their own  insurance  if  they  wish  additional  coverage.

       

      Name

      Email and phone number

      Attach 2 JPGs

      Attach or include a 250-300 word description of your work for publication.

      Download .PDF version

    • 19 Dec 2014 9:02 AM | Tommy Gagnon (Administrator)

      CALL TO ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS

      – Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

      Temporary public art installation in Salem, Massachusetts, Summer 2015 $4,200 budget Submission Deadline: December 19, 2014 The City of Salem and the Salem Main Streets Program seek qualifications from artists and designers interested in creating a three-month site-responsive public art installation in the heart of downtown Salem during the summer of 2015. The
      public art project will be a prominent feature in the kick-off of the Salem Arts Festival, an annual three-day celebration of all the arts that will begin June 5, 2015. Artists and designers working in any media, including light, are encouraged to submit qualifications. Salem is a growing, culturally diverse city with a rich literary, architectural, maritime, and immigrant history, including its role in the 17th century Salem Witch Trials. In the 19th century, it was one of the most important seaports in the
      country. Today it is lively destination that draws people from around the world. The site for the Salem Arts Festival public art project is the area surrounding Old Town Hall from Essex Street on the north side to New Derby Street on the south side. It includes a section of the Essex Street pedestrian mall, all of Derby Square, and Artists Row. Except for Front Street at the lower end, the site is a pedestrianonly zone. Retail shops, restaurants, businesses, and residences are located throughout the area. The architecture includes historic colonial buildings as well as newer structures. In addition, various landscape and hardscape features could be integrated with the public art project, such as bollards, steps, lamp posts, brickwork, and trees. Notable topography from the bottom of the plaza at
      Front Street to the top of the hill at Essex Street creates a dramatic space around Old Town Hall.

      The Salem Arts Festival public art project is an opportunity to create a unique experience for the thousands of visitors and residents who enjoy downtown Salem in the summer. In addition to the Salem Arts Festival, several other festivals, as well as a weekly farmers’ market on Derby Square Plaza, mark the season and draw crowds to the City. From this RFQ, three to five finalists will be invited to submit concept proposals.
      Each finalist or finalist team will be paid a $150 stipend. One proposal will be selected for installation. The selection committee is particularly interested in artists or designers who show promise of creating a project that: - responds to the physical, historical, and/or social attributes of the site
      - reflects high level of quality in design and fabrication
      - offers the potential for community interaction
      - unifies the series of public spaces within the overall site
      - is durable and easily maintainable for three months in exterior conditions

       
      The budget for the Salem Arts Festival public art project is $4,200. 00

      Timeline: December 19, 2014 All electronic submissions due
      January 16, 2014 Finalists selected End of January 2015 Finalists present concept proposals in person Mid- February 2015 Final selection announced February-May 2015 Final development of project End of May 2015 Installation


      How To Submit: Submissions should be emailed to Deborah Greel, Public Art Planner, City of Salem, dgreel@salem.com. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please re-send or call Deborah at 978-619-5681978-619-5681.


      For more information, please contact Deborah Greel: dgreel@salem.com Visit http://www.salemartsfestival.com for more information about the Salem Arts Festival.

    • 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! 

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      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!
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