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Call for Art: Roots Exhibition - May 5 & 6

  • Sunday, May 05, 2019
  • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Salem Arts Association Galleries at 211 Bridge Street, Salem , MA


Call for Art “Roots" Exhibit at Salem's Old Town Hall

Salem Arts Association is excited to announce the opportunity to submit work exploring the meaning of "Roots" for an exhibit at Old Town Hall. All current Salem Arts members are eligible.  “Roots” is one of the themes of this year's Salem Arts Festival.  Interpretations include living things and their roots, ancestry, home and country, family and any other creative explorations of this theme.

You are welcome to submit work that you previously showed in exhibitions at Salem Arts Association.  It is also possible to show larger work.  If you are submitting larger work please include a detailed description including weight with your submission.  

Submission Criteria: All current member artists may submit artwork in a variety of 2D & 3D media for the juror’s consideration. This Membership Showcase encourages artists to submit artwork of any subject matter, medium, style, or inspiration.

Submission Fee:

Salem Arts Members: $5.00 per artwork; Member artists may submit up to FIVE artworks. Special Discount is 5 pieces for $20.

Non-Member Submission fee is $10.00 per submission.  Non-Member Artists may submit up to three (3) items.

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



Exhibition Jurying: Exhibit Chairpersons and Salem Arts Gallery Committee will jury this exhibit. Criteria will be based on execution quality and space available. Every effort will be made to include as many submissions as possible. 


Drop Off Submissions: 


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

If you are submitting larger items or artwork that is either large, heavy, difficult to carry, very fragile, or requires installation, then please bring on MONDAY to Old Town Hall. All other items with average size and weight may be delivered either take in time. Works submitted at Salem Arts Gallery will be transported by volunteers to Old Town Hall. 

Notification of inclusion/exclusion:  Notification by email by Wednesday May 8, 2019. 

Pick up of unaccepted work: Any work not accepted will need to be picked up Saturday, May 11, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

Opening Reception: Friday, May 10, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Exhibition Dates: May 11 - May 26, 2019

Gallery Hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Pick Up of Artwork: Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Salem Old Town Hall.

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.

Please contact gallery@salemarts.org with questions.



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