Call for Art: “Untold Stories” Local Artists Explore Untold Stories and Hidden Relationships

  • Sunday, August 26, 2018
  • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Salem Arts Gallery 211 Bridge Street

Call for Art: “Untold Stories”

Local Artists Explore Untold Stories and Hidden Relationships

Art Take In Sunday August 26, 4-7 PM

Exhibition Dates August 31 through November 4
Opening Reception: Friday August 31st  from 5:00 to 8:00 PM

Salem Art Association presents “Untold Stories,” our 12th Annual Peabody Essex Museum Inspirational Exhibition, inspired by two current PEM exhibitions, “The Last Empresses of China: The Forbidden City’s Untold Story” and “Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings.”  Salem Arts encourages artists to present their untold stories, hidden relationships, familiar connections, or any interpretation of these themes in any medium or style. 

Submission Criteria: This exhibit is open non-members and current Salem Arts member artists who may submit work in any medium for the juror’s consideration. This exhibit encourages artists to submit images that adhere to our theme of “Untold Stories”.  

Submission Fees: Salem Arts members fee is $5.00 per image submission. Non-members fee is $10.00 per submission. Artists may submit up to three pieces.

Creative Salem members pay the Salem Arts member fee discount.*

Submission Form: Please download the gallery submission form and provide all required information requested, and follow instructions on the form. Printed copies must be submitted with your submissions.

Exhibition Jurying: Salem Arts Gallery Committee representatives will jury this exhibit. Criteria will be based on execution quality, presentation/framing, and space availability.  

Our guest juror is Gordon Wilkins, Assistant Curator for Exhibitions and Research at the Peabody Essex Museum. 

Wilkins joined PEM in 2015. He worked as a Curatorial Research Assistant at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland, Maine, as well as a Curatorial/Registration Department Intern at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Museum of Art. He has also been a visiting student at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris as well as an intern at the Mona Bismarck American Center for Art and Culture in Paris, where he worked on a major Wyeth Family exhibition.

Wilkins received his BA in Art History summa cum laude from Hamilton College, writing his senior thesis on Marsden Hartley and the marketing of Maine. He earned his MA in Art History from the University of Chicago, where his thesis examined the construction of a Maine folk in fine and vernacular art during the 1930s. His current research interests include ethnographic photography, colonial exhibition practices and issues of race and identity in New England. Follow @gordonwilkins on Instagram.

Awards: Our guest judge will be a Peabody Essex Museum Curator TBD. 


·      1st Prize: $100

·      2nd Prize: $75

·      3rd Prize: $50

·      Honorable Mentions


Drop Off Submissions:  Sunday, August 26, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Notification of inclusion/exclusion:  Notification by email by August 29, 2018. 

Pick up of unaccepted work: Any work not accepted will need to be picked up Saturday, September 1, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Opening Reception: Friday, August 31, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Exhibition Dates: August 31 – November 4, 2018

Gallery Hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Pick Up of Artwork: Sunday, November 4, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

Rules & Regulations: Please be sure to read the Salem Arts Association Artist Agreement and ensure you accept the agreement on your online member profile page. Non-members must also agree to our agreement provided at the gallery.

Presentation and framing: All submissions must be properly framed, matted, appropriately wired (no saw tooth hangars), and ready to hang. Wired images must have a tight wire positioned within the top quarter of the image height. All submissions will be inspected at take-in to assure they adhere to gallery standards. Submissions not meeting our standards will be rejected.

Sales and Volunteer Requirements: Exhibiting Salem Arts member artists are required to volunteer 3+ hours per month when your artwork is on display in the gallery or the gallery shop. Please sign up for a gallery host time slot or make arrangements for alternate volunteer opportunities. Click here for volunteer information and sign up.

* Non-member artists are not required to volunteer but are subject to a 40% sales commission. Member artist sales commission is 20%.

Please contact with questions.

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