Calls for Art

2019 Season at Salem Arts

Here you will find opportunities to submit artwork for inclusion in our gallery exhibits at the Salem Arts Association.

Young at Art

The Salem Arts Association is excited to open our 2019 exhibition schedule with “Young at Art”, a showcase of artwork from local teenagers. All current Salem residents, Salem public, private, charter school students, and members of any Salem-based organization between the ages of 13 -19 are invited to bring on your best work. Let’s show the community what you have to offer in all of your diverse styles and artistic disciplines.

Call for Art: Sunday, February 24, 12:00 to 3:00 pm 

Reception: Friday, March 1, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Reception for Salem Film Festival: Friday, March 29, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Exhibit: March 1 - 31


Scholarship Fundraiser Featuring Ellen Hardy & Paula Beaulieu

We will be opening our 2019 Season with a tribute to Ellen Hardy and Paula Beaulieu. This exhibit will feature artworks by these honorees and all proceeds benefit our Art School Scholarship Programs

Call for Art: Sunday, February 24, 12:00 to 3:00 pm 

Reception: Friday, March 1, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Reception for Salem Film Festival: Friday, March 29, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Exhibit: March 1 - 31


Member Showcase (at Salem Old Town Hall)

Salem Arts Association is excited to announce a Member Showcase exhibit at Old Town Hall showing the community what we have to offer in all of our diverse styles and artistic disciplines.

Call for Art: Sunday, March 31, 12:00 to 3:00 pm 

Reception: Friday, April 5, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Exhibit: April 5 - 20


Call for Artist Deadline: Solo Exhibition at the Salem Arts Gallery

Salem Arts is offering two solo exhibition opportunities for current Salem Arts members. 

Submissions must be delivered by 6:00 PM on Sunday March 31, 2019. 

Exhibit Opportunities are 

1. July 6 - 28

2. August 2 - 31

You may submit your application to be considered by providing the information requested on the call.

Members of the Salem Arts Gallery Committee and Board of Directors will jury submissions. 


Call for Wearable Art: Salem Arts Festival Fashion Show

Salem Arts will be participating in the Salem Arts Festival's 6th Annual Fashion Show Fundraiser on April 26 at the Hawthorne Hotel

Submission Criteria: This opportunity is open to current Salem Arts member artists who may submit wearable art work/fashion.  We are looking for complete "looks" but there might be the opportunity to show "separates" such as jewelry and hats.  Creativity is (ALWAYS) a plus! 

Theme is ROOTS

The theme of the exhibit and runway fundraiser will be ROOTS. Work that adheres to your interpretation of this theme will have priority consideration. 

This exhibit will be juried

All work, even if it is not accepted in the fashion show, will be eligible for display in our Roots exhibit (May 10-May 26, 2019) in Old Town Hall.


Roots (at Salem Old Town Hall)

In conjunction with the Salem Arts Festival, Salem Arts Association presents an exhibition exploring the meaning of “Roots”, one of the themes of the Festival.  Interpretations include living things and their roots, ancestry, home and country, family and any other creative explorations of this theme.

Call for Art:

SUNDAY MAY 5: Drop off is at Salem Arts Gallery, 211 Bridge Street, 12-3PM

MONDAY MAY 6 Drop off is at OLD TOWN HALL, 12 Derby Square, 5-8PM


Reception: Friday, May 10, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Exhibit: May 10-26


Works In Plein Air at The House of The Seven Gables” 

7th Annual Artists’ Residency with Salem Arts Association Members

All participating En Plein Air artists are invited to join in the exhibition to be held at the House of the Seven Gables during the Salem Arts Festival following our En Plein Air Residency. After this evening the entire exhibit will be moved to the Salem Arts Galleries at The Bridge at 211 (211 Bridge Street) where it can be viewed during the Salem Arts Festival and through the month of June.

En Plein Air Dates: May 15 - 28 during the House of Seven Gables regular hours

Workshop: Date: Sunday, May 19, 1-3pm

Reception (at H7G): Thursday May 30 from 6 to 8PM. 

Gallery Reception: Friday June 7 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm (at Salem Arts)

Exhibit June 7 - 30


Salon des Refuses

In 1863 the most prestigious exhibition in Paris, the Paris Salon, rejected art work in the new Impressionist style.  Manet, Courbet, Whistler and Pissaro were among the rejected artists.  In protest they exhibited their work in their own exhibit, the now famous "Salon des Refuses," which brought their beautiful and innovative work to the public - and made them famous.

In recognition of the fact that a lot of wonderful work doesn't get accepted into art exhibits we are holding our own "Salon Des Refuses."  

Artwork Drop-Off: Salem Arts Gallery at 211 Bridge Street

  • Sunday, June 2, 3 pm to 6 pm
  • Monday, June 3, 5 pm to 8 pm

Reception: Friday June 7 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Exhibit June 7 - July 28

Note: Salem Arts Festival June 7-9


All of the Arts are Sisters

Nietzsche wrote that "all of the arts are sisters."  We invited artists to submit work about or inspired by dance, music, theater, poetry (or any writing), or the visual arts or that incorporates visual elements from them (e.g., words, letters, musical notes, musical instruments) or otherwise explores this theme. 

Call for Art: Sunday, July 28, 12:00 - 3:00 pm 

Reception: Friday August 2 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Exhibit  August 2 - 25


13th Annual PEM Inspirational

"Picturing America"

13th Annual PEM Inspirational Exhibition

Salem Art Association presents an exhibition by local artists inspired by the Peabody Essex Museum collections of art and the exhibition of "A Passion for American Art: Selections from the Carolyn and Peter Lynch Collection". 

Call for Art: Sunday, August 25, 12:00 - 3:00 pm 

Reception: Friday August 30 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Exhibit  August 30 - September 29


Photo Nior

Salem Arts Association presents and exhibition of photography that celebrates black & white photography and Film Noir. 

Call for Art: Sunday, September 29, 12:00 - 3:00 pm 

Reception: Friday September 4 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Exhibit  September 4 - November 3


Dark Arts

Salem Arts Association Presents “Dark Arts”. We invited our Salem Art Association members to explore Salem’s history with witchcraft, religion, and Halloween. 

Call for Art: Sunday, September 29, 12:00 - 3:00 pm 

Reception: Friday September 4 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Exhibit  September 4 - November 3


Member Showcase

Salem Arts Association is excited to announce a Member Showcase exhibit at Old Town Hall showing the community what we have to offer in all of our diverse styles and artistic disciplines.

Call for Art: Sunday, November 3, 12:00 to 3:00 pm 

Reception: Friday, November 8, 5:00 to 8:00 pm

Exhibit: November 8 - December 15


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