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Artists and Supporters are welcomed!

Joining Salem Arts Association entitles you to many benefits. You can participate in our exhibits, receive discounts on workshops and events, even save at local businesses. 

All are invited to join! Artists, performers, writers, art lovers too. No matter how you define your creative spirit there's a membership for you.

Visit Salem Arts

Closed For The Winter - We will reopen on March 1, 2024 with new exhibitions and programs. 

Gallery Address: 159 Derby Street, Salem MA 01970

Phone: 978-745-4850


Support The Arts

We need your support now more than ever. 

Due to current restrictions we are unable to host events where most of our operating costs are collected. Please consider donations of any amount.  In January, after 13-years, we moved into our new home in the Derby Street Historic District.

Your support ensures we thrive in our new galleries. 

Current Exhibits

This Is Trans • A Photography Journey of Awareness and Love by MX. NV Gay

Salem Arts Association is proud to bring "This Is Trans" to Salem. This is a timely and important subject for our time and community. 

  • Special Artist Reception with MX. NV Gay - Saturday March 23, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
  • Exhibition Dates: March 2 – April 6, 2024 (Opening Reception: Friday, March 1, 2024, 6:00 to 8:00 PM)
  • Portrait Session Event (See Details Below) - March 23 and 24, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Artist reception will feature a meet and greet with Miss Trans Massachusetts 2023, Chelsea Page Moses and special guests.

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Welcome to a new year and a fresh perspective to all of our member artists!  The Spring Member’s Showcase is around the corner, and this is your chance to exhibit the projects and pieces you’ve been working on during our winter break.  This show is open themed - submit your best work and put that fresh face forward as we move into spring!

Reception: Friday, March 1, 2024, 6:00-8:00 PM
Exhibition Dates: March 2 – April 6, 2024

Exhibit Details

Call for Art

Upcoming Calls for Art at Salem Arts Association. We have a great line up of exhibitions in 2024. See all Call for Art schedules here

Our Time on Earth

Our 18th Annual PEM Inspirational Exhibition invites artists to take inspiration from the PEM exhibition “Our Time on Earth, on view at the Peabody Essex Museum February 17 through June 9, 2024.  From the PEM, “Part of PEM’s Climate + Environment Initiative, this traveling exhibition from the Barbican Centre in London celebrates the power of global creativity to transform the conversation around the climate emergency.” 

Eligibility: Open Exhibit - Salem Arts Association Artist Members and Non-Member Artists.

Take In: Sunday, April 7, 2024, 12:00-4:00 PM

Reception: Friday, April 12, 2024, 6:00-8:00 PM

Exhibition Dates: April 13 – May 18, 2024

Pick Up of Artwork: Sunday, May 19, 2024, 12:00-4:00 PM

Call for Art Details  

A form of abstract art that came about in the 1950’s in the US and spread worldwide, minimalism was best described as art with no subtext or, “What you see is what you get.”  Salem Arts Association invites our artist members to present the essence of their expression, to strip down their creative process to concepts that represent a world of simplicity where less is more, and to explore and play with the idea that art doesn’t necessarily have to represent a deep thought or evoke emotion - sometimes, it can just… be. We invite artists to contemplate the minimalist aesthetic and let their artistic expressions speak volumes through the power of minimalism in any medium or creative process.

Eligibility: Salem Arts Association Artist Members.

Submission Fees: 

Salem Arts Members $10 per item (First item free for Masters Circle Members)

Submit up to 3 items per artist

Take In: Sunday, April 7, 2024, 12:00-4:00 PM

Reception: Friday, April 12, 2024, 6:00-8:00 PM

Exhibition Dates: April 13 – May 18, 2024

Pick Up of Artwork: Sunday, May 19, 2024, 12:00-4:00 PM

Call for Art Details  


Upcoming events

$3000 in Awards Sponsored by Salem Arts Association Salem Arts Scholarships are awarded to graduating seniors attending any Massachusetts North Shore school (public, charter, or private), who are pursuing visual or performing arts at a university or accredited art school the following fall.

Three scholarship awards will be offered

  • Creative Collective Innovation Award: $1000 award to a graduate who demonstrates creative innovation in visual arts, performance, or multi-media.
  • Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship: $1000 award to a graduate who demonstrates creative achievement in visual arts, performance, or multi-media.  
  • Paula Beaulieu Memorial Scholarship: $1000 award to a graduate who demonstrates creative achievement in the visual arts.

Apply Today

Applications must be received on or before Monday May 6, 2024. 

Your Gift Helps Us Make a Difference!

Please consider a contribution to the Salem Arts Association as a tax-deductible donation to the continued growth and cultural provenance of the City of Salem. We are very grateful for any help to make this a bigger, better creative place to be! When you donate you may choose to support our mission or let us know in your comment if your donation is specifically for the Paula Beaulieu Memorial Scholarship or the Ellen Hardy Memorial Scholarship.
Goal: $15,000.00
Collected: $710.00

159 Derby Street History Project

Do you know about the amazing history of 159 Derby Street? This historic location has included ship builders, sail makers, distillers, even a paper stamper. Did you know the property dates to 1653? Or that is was once home to Benjamin Hawkes? Ever heard of Tuckers Wharf? How did Kosciuzco Street get it's name? Maybe your grandparents attended the Ukrainian Working Man's Association? 

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Salem Food Tours at Salem Arts

Salem Arts Association is proud to include Salem Food Tours as a partner in our space. Food is an integrated part of the Salem creative scene. Salem Food Tours offers a variety of tour options the give guests a great overview of our delicious City.  As we walk you’ll learn about our local history with a focus on our illustrious spice trade history, walking past historic landmarks, and learning about our modern day dynamic cultural scene. When we’re done you’ll know where to eat, shop, visit, etc. 

Visit for information and tour booking.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Salem Arts Association is committed to our values of of inclusivity, diversity, and respect for all people!  We welcome everyone in our community and offer a safe and prejudice-free environment in which every individual is respected, understood, and appreciated for who they are and how they identify. 

Salem Arts Association reminds our visitors, volunteers, and artists to hold each other accountable, take care of one another, and be kind.

So join us. Join us as a member. Join us as a visitor. Join us as a supporter. Come share your creativity - all the arts. Come share your thoughts. Come share you with us.

North American Reciprocal Museums Program Benefits 

Salem Arts Association Members, Artists and Friends, may now receive extra benefits of our participation with the North American Reciprocal Museums Program known as NARM. Enjoy access to 1,000 museums through the North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) program.  Join our "Artist Master Circle" or as a "Friend of Salem Arts" at Steward or above and receive NARM Benefits PLUS 10% off at our shop and more from local merchants. See a list of NARM Members where you can get free admission and discounts, including here in Salem at PEM and House of the Seven Gables.

Salem Arts Association is proud to be supported by our community partnerships. Creative Collective, Mass Cultural Council, Local Cultural Councils, Salem Main Streets, and Destination Salem. 



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159 Derby Street, Salem MA 01970