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Call for Art: Becoming: Transformative Journeys - AND Member Summer Showcase - July 30, 12:00-4:00 PM

  • Sunday, July 30, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Salem Arts Association, 159 Derby Street, Salem MA

Call For Art: "Becoming: Transformative Journeys"

And Summer Member Showcase*

The mythical hero’s journey is a tale of an ordinary person who goes on an adventure, meets their mentor, endures life-changing trials, learns an important lesson, transforms, and returns a hero. What is your transformative journey and how would you depict it visually?

Does the butterfly emerging from its cocoon speak to you, the first buds of spring or some other natural metaphor? Do you want to show us where you came from – ancestral home or family - or where you are now or want to be (castle)? What has the process been like?  Would you represent it via transportation (train, boat, bird in flight) or some other visual means like an explosion or a dance?  

What did the journey look like?  Did you emerge from a cave or climb a mountain or tree or dive into the depths of the ocean? What did your mentor look like?  Was your mentor a person or an idea?  Don't forget, animals can be mentors, too. 

Your response doesn’t need to be literal; any image that depicts this theme will do.  Salem Arts Association invites artists to submit artwork that are inspired by transformative journeys and the act of becoming.

Open Exhibit Call for Art: Both Member and Non-Member artists may submit works.

*Salem Arts Members are also welcome to submit work on any medium or subject matter not adhering to the "Becoming" theme. Works outside the main theme will be displayed as a separate gallery display. 


  • Drop Off Submissions:  Sunday, July 30, 2023, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m..
  • Notification of inclusion/exclusion:  Notification by email by Thursday, August 3, 2023. 
  • Pick up of unaccepted work: Any work not accepted will need to be picked up Saturday, August 5, 2023, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
  • Reception: Friday,  August 4, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Exhibition Dates: August 5 - September 9, 2023
  • Gallery Hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Pick Up of Artwork: Sunday, September 10, 2023, 12:00 – 4:00.

Arrive with your artwork, printed forms, and submission fees ready. 

Be Sure to Have all of your paperwork and payment ready at Drop Off.  If you are a member, make sure your membership is up-to-date.

Gallery Take In Form Download

Exhibition Jurying: 

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

Guest Juror: Rinus Oosthoek

Rinus Oosthoek is the Executive Director of the Salem (MA) Chamber of Commerce.  In his role, Rinus overseas all operations and management of the 500+ member organization.

Rinus is the ED of the Chamber since 2005, after a career in international business in management positions both in the United States and in his native Netherlands. His background and experience are in non-profit administration, business consulting, fundraising, volunteer management, and event organization. Rinus’ local knowledge, world view, and team building approach represent an ideal combination for Salem’s business community.

Prior to his work experience on Boston’s North Shore, Oosthoek managed large-scale international events through Oosthoek Group, RAI Exhibitions and was the International Trade Advisor at the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce in New York. Before coming to Salem, Rinus was the executive director of Beverly Main Streets.  

Rinus is born in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, and moved to the U.S. in 1992. He has lived in New York City and Cambridge, and currently resides in Beverly with his wife Gina and dog Buddy.

Location: Salem Arts Association Gallery, 159 Derby Street, Salem MA 01970, our Virtual Online Galleries and Online Shop

Submission Criteria: This exhibit is open to both 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 artworks that adhere to our theme. Work created at any time is eligible for display. 

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

Submission Fees:

  • Current Salem Arts members fee is $10.00 per item submission.
  • Non-member fee is $15.00 per item submission
  • First Item FREE for "Masters Circle" Artist Members
  • All artists may submit up to THREE items.
  • All mediums, including 2D, 3D, and multi-media are accepted. 

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 at drop off. Part of the form must be attached to your artwork.

Artwork Presentation MUST adhere to our framing guidelines for acceptance. Please review all gallery submission guidelines.

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.

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 with questions.


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. Read our framing guidelines

Salem Arts Galleries and Shop utilizes a hanging system consisting of a wire or rod suspended from a rail near the ceiling. We rarely use nails in our walls. Because of this it's very important to frame and present your work properly by following these rules. 

Submitted items will be inspected at take in. We're having a lot of issues with poor framing. 

  • All work MUST be properly framed or otherwise presented for hanging. 
  • No wet paintings will be accepted
  • Works on paper must be under glass (Not Plastic).
  • Plastic clip frames, Table frames (with leaning back), and document frames will NOT be accepted in the gallery. Don't use them. 
  • Framed items must include a taught wire properly fastened to the top quarter of the frame back. 
  • Artwork framed using sawtooth hangars, triangle hangars, and holes as part of the frame will be rejected.
  • Loose wires or wired below the top quarter will be rejected. If you can see the wire above the frame it's wrong.





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