Calls for Art

Here you will find opportunities to submit artwork for inclusion in our gallery exhibits or other calls for arts.

If you would like to post a call for art on this page, please email


“Dark Arts”

Call for Art: "Dark Arts" Art Drop Off Sunday, September 30, 5-7 PM

Friday Oct 5 - Sunday November 4 

Opening Reception Friday October 5, 5-8 PM

A seasonal exhibit exploring Salem’s history with witchcraft, religion, and Halloween. Salem Arts encourages member artists to explore their interpretation of these themes in various mediums and styles.  

“Member Showcase”

Call for Art: Member Showcase - November 4

Friday November 9 - Sunday December 16

Opening Reception Friday November 9, 5-8 PM

Salem Arts Association is excited to close our 2018 exhibition schedule with a showcase of our member artwork. All current Salem Arts members are invited to bring on your best work. Let’s show the community what we have to offer in all of our diverse styles and artistic disciplines.  This is THE art Shopping Experience for the holidays. 

2018 Holiday Artists' Market Registration - Deadline 11/04/18

Salem Arts Associationin collaboration with the City of Salem Public Art Commissionand SalemMain Streetsinvites local artists and artisans to participate in this year’s Holiday Artists’ Marketin the Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA.

The Holiday Artists’ Market will be Saturday, November 24, 2018, from 10-6pm with spaces of approx. 8’x 6’ for juried vendors with their artwork and creations. Spaces start at only $40 rental.

Go to the application, vendor guidelines, and payment levels.  All can be submitted online.  Any questions, email us at

All applications need to be submitted by November 4 

Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by November 7.

Upcoming Deadlines:

Call for Art: “Dark Arts”

We're proud to announce a Call for Art for “Dark Arts”, a seasonal exhibition exploring Salem’s history with witchcraft, religion, and Halloween. Salem Arts encourages member artists to explore their interpretation of these themes in various mediums and styles. 

Salem Arts encourages all member artists to submit their interpretation of these themes by entering artwork in any medium or style

  • Artwork Drop-Off: Sunday, September 30, 2018 (or by appointment)
  • Exhibit Dates: Friday October 5 - Sunday November 4
  • Opening Reception: Friday October 5 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM



  • Tuesday, May 24, 2016 9:20 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)
    Cape Ann Plein Air Competition and Festival October 10-16, 2016

    Come paint plein air where it all began!

    For nearly two centuries, Cape Ann (Massachusetts’ “other” Cape located 25 miles north of Boston) has been a destination for some of the finest painters who paint “en plein air.”  Throughout its four picturesque seaside communities, Cape Ann Plein Air will host a week long plein-air painting celebration in October when the famous Cape Ann light shines at its very best. Organized by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, seARTS, and Cape Ann’s leading arts and culture organizations, the communities will see up to 40 of the finest artists in the nation compete for $16,000 in prizes and awards while raising awareness of all that painting en plein air is today. The work produced will be sold at the Grand Awards Gala on Saturday, October 15 at the Rockport Art Association & Museum.

    Application Process & Fees
    *    Entries will be processed by from April 8 - July 15, 2016.
    *    The non-refundable fee of $50 is payable when you apply online using a credit card or Paypal.  Unpaid applications will not be considered for selection.
    *    Print your receipt for your records.
    *    Submit 3 color images in jpeg format, RGB color.
    *    Submitted images should reflect recent plein air artwork.
    *    Eligibility: 18 years and older
    *    DEADLINE July 15, 2016.
    *    Entering Your Images:  Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest half inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.

    Jurying Process
    Cape Ann Plein Air’s artists will be selected from all applicants by juror Colin Page  
    * Selected artists will be notified by email and the list will be posted on the Cape Ann Plein Air website by July 22, 2016. 
    * 40% commission for works sold at Gala will benefit Cape Ann Plein Air. 

    Cape Ann Plein Air’s 2016 distinguished awards judge will be Ray Hassard.

    1st Place $6000
    2nd Place $4000
    3rd Place $2000
    Honorable Mention: 2 @ $500 each
    People’s Choice $500
    Best Harbor Scene $500
    Best City Scene $500
    TBD $1500

    1.     April 8-July 15: Submit works online.
    2.     July 22: Notifications
    3.     Oct. 10, 7:30 -10am: Registration and substrate stamping North Shore Arts Association, Pirates Lane, Gloucester MA   Orientation: 10:00am. Add: Check in and stamping available until 7pm for late arrivals.
    4.     Oct. 10, 5pm-7pm: Welcoming reception North Shore Arts Association. Optional: bring your own easel and one painting for sale.
    5.     Oct. 10-15: Artists paint en plein air in Gloucester, Rockport, Essex, and Manchester-by-the-Sea
    6.     Special events - details to be announced on full calendar at
    * Quick Draw: Manchester-by the Sea, Oct. 12, 10-12 (no fee for 2016 CAPA artists).
    * Wet Paint Essex, Essex, MA Oct 15 all day; Exhibition & Sale Oct. 16 (no fee for 2016 CAPA artists). Delete:
    * Cape Ann Museum tours: A survey of painters, past and present: Oct. 11 -14.
    * Youth and emerging artist events.
    * Demos & workshops.
    7.    Oct. 14, 10am-4pm: Drop off up to six paintings for exhibit, including up to three for awards consideration at Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport, MA.
    8.    Oct. 15: Wet Paint Essex all day painting.
    9.    Oct.15, 6pm: Awards Gala, Rockport Art Association & Museum, Rockport, MA.
    10.    Oct.16: Wet Paint Essex exhibition and sale, Woodman’s Function Hall, Essex, MA.

    General Regulations:
    *    Participation in the Oct.15 Awards Gala is required
    *    Artwork submitted for Awards must have been created en plein air, within the four Cape Ann communities, and without the benefit of photography between Oct. 10 - 15, 2016.
    *    All mediums are acceptable including oil, acrylic, and pastel.
    *    Artists are responsible for framing their work and bringing it to the display location. Must include hanging wire 
    *    All paintings must have the Cape Ann Plein Air 2016 stamp on the substrate.
    *    All exhibited artwork must be for sale.  Artists set their own prices. 
    *    All sales transactions are processed by Cape Ann Plein Air.
    *    a 40% commission on all sales is retained to benefit CAPA.
    *    Unsold paintings are the responsibility of the artist.

    Questions Contact:
    Karen Ristuben, Project Manager
    Cape Ann Community Foundation
    Attn: Cape Ann Plein Air 2016
    33 Commercial St.
    Gloucester MA 01930

    Or visit

  • Tuesday, May 17, 2016 7:41 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    We're reaching out to arts organizations to try to help get the word out about the many special residency fellowship awards we offer to artists and writers. We hold three annual fellowship deadlines (February 15th, June 15th, and October 1st), and the available awards differ at each deadline.

    At our June 15th, 2016 fellowship deadline, we are thrilled to announce 54+ new residency fellowships--many with stipends--including designated awards for: 

    & more—plus 25 VSC Fellowships open to ALL!

    Applications must be received by June 15th, 2016

    We hope you'll help spread the word about these residency fellowship opportunities to the communities you serve!

    Sharing is easy! Here are links to our:

    Public announcement:

    List of awards & eligilbity requirements:


    Facebook page:

  • Wednesday, May 11, 2016 7:49 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Artists’ Plein Air Day at Cogswell’s Grant

    Saturday, May 21, 9 am –5 pm

    Calling all painters: come to Cogswell’s Grant for a day of plein air painting. Join fellow artists from all over the North Shore to paint beautiful vistas including the Essex River and the Great Marsh, farm fields and landscapes, and our eighteenth-century historic house and barns.

    Free beverages and snacks are available. Stay and tour the museum, which features one of the country’s most celebrated collections of American folk art.


    Cogswell’s Grant

    60 Spring Street, Essex, Massachusetts

    For more information call 978-768-3632 or visit

  • Monday, May 09, 2016 8:56 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Enter our juried competition for digital art and photography. Entrants submit three JPEG files of original work. 
    All styles of artwork and photography where digital processes of any kind were integral to the creation of the images are acceptable. 
    The competition is international, open to all geographical locations.

    The selected winner receives 10 prints up to 44x60 inches on canvas or museum quality paper 
    (approximately a $2,500-$3,000 value) to be shown in a solo exhibition in our main gallery. 
    The exhibit will be widely promoted and will include a reception for the artist.

    Second place prizes: Ten second place winners will receive one print of their work up to 24x36 inches 
    ($150-$200 in value) to be included in the winners' exhibits and opening.

    Deadline for Entries: May 23, 2016
    Winnners Announced: May 30, 2016
    Exhibit Dates: June 9-July 2, 2016

    Curating Jurors: 
    Kathryn Poindexter, California Museum of Photography
    Mat Gleason, Coagula Curatorial

    previous Top 40 exhibit

    LACDA Artists' Reception: Saturday, June 11, 6-9pm

    Artwalk preview: Thursday, June 9, 7-9pm

    Complete information:

    Online registration only. 
    For questions email us at 
    No phone calls please.

    los angeles center for digital art
    104 East Fourth Street
    Los Angeles, CA 90013

  • Tuesday, May 03, 2016 10:16 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Salem has a new public art project: “Drain SmART Salem”. “Drain SmART Salem” will use artistic stormdrain murals to educate Salem residents about the connection between stormdrains and the ocean. Stormdrains empty rainwater directly into the ocean, carrying with it any trash or harmful chemicals from the street. Murals will be painted around drains on the sidewalk and street, incorporating environmental and ocean themes in a way that educates walkers and passing residents.

    The project is made possible through a collaboration between Salem Sound Coastwatch and the City of Salem Public Art Initiative.  

    "We are very excited about this project,” said Barbara Warren, executive director of Salem Sound Coastwatch. “Most people don’t know that trash from the street like plastic bags and cigarettes butts flow directly into the ocean through stormdrains.”

    “Drain SmART Salem” invites local artists to submit mural designs for review and selection by Salem Sound Coastwatch and the City of Salem Public Art Commission. Once selected, artists will paint their designs on stormdrain of their choice located throughout downtown Salem. Applications are currently available online at If interested in submitting a design or to request more information, contact Jack Nessen at or at 978-741-7900.

    More information sources...

  • Tuesday, May 03, 2016 10:12 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Wicked Art Bar recently launched an Adult Coloring Book Night Event Series which will be running twice a month in our Beverly studio on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of every month. Each month will have a different “theme” or “special feature” to keep the event fun and fresh.  In this “open-studio” style event, we’ll have a huge assortment of Adult Coloring Books, colored pencils and markers of all varieties for you to color, sip and socialize with friends. Coloring is a great way to relieve stress and relax!

    Call to Local Artists!! - For our June Coloring Book Nights (June 14th and June 28th) we’re going to curate coloring book artwork from local artists for guests of each event to choose from (as reprints).  We are hoping to compile enough designs to publish a full fledged North Shore Artist coloring book in the fall of 2016.  Below are the details on submission of artwork:

    • Wanted: Up to 3 single page adult coloring book designs (original artwork only)
    • Specs: Up to 8.5″ x 11″, no full bleeds (minimum size 4.25″ x 5.5″)
    • Format: We can accept digital (PDF) or original artwork (we will be producing prints of originals – all original artwork will be returned to the artist after)
    • Style: Black & White and stylistically following the coloring book format.
    • Deadline:  All submissions must be received by May 21st, 2016
    • To submit: Email to submit a digital version of your artwork or to make arrangements to drop off actual artwork for us to replicate.  Please make sure to include your name and/or your business name (if any), your website, your logo (if any) and any social media you’d like included. Each print will have the artists full info listed at the bottom of each page.

    MAY’s Adult Coloring Book Events,  7pm to 9pm - DJ Noel Snow will be spinning tunes and taking requests in the studio for the duration of the event! Everyone who registers to attend will be entered to win a Wicked Prize Pack! As always, snacks, beverages, beer and wine will be for sale at our bar during the class which is being held at our studio location, 95 Rantoul St. Beverly, MA. Recommended for ages 13+.  Tuesday, May 17th – click here to register.  Tuesday, May 31st – SOLD OUT.

    JUNE’s Adult Color Book Events, 7pm to 9pm - Join us for our bi-monthly Adult Coloring Book Night Event Series! In June’s “open-studio” style event, we’ll be curating Adult Coloring Book prints submitted by local artists available for you to choose from plus a big selection of colored pencils and markers for you to color, sip and socialize with friends. Coloring is a great way to relieve stress and relax! All the local coloring book artwork will be on display in our studio and as always, snacks, beverages, beer and wine will be for sale at our bar during the class which is being held at our studio location, 95 Rantoul St. Beverly, MA. Recommended for ages 13+. Tuesday, June 14th – click here to register.  Tuesday, June 28th – click here to register.

  • 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.


    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 **


    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


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

    Email: 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


    (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

    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.


    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:


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

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


    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. 


    Who can participate? 

    Anyone may apply. Either solo or in small teams. 


    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. 


    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 


     May 6, noon Deadline for Applications 

     May 12 Notification to Applicants 

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


    Deborah Greel, Public Art Planner 

    Department of Planning and Community Development 

    120 Washington Street 

    Salem, MA 01970 




    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 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.


    Entries Due: Please send high-resolution photos of 3-5 existing works, sent to 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

    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.


    Jolene Kelly

    LynnArts Coordinator


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