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Call for Art: ArtoberFest -- September 10, 12:00-4:00 PM

  • Sunday, September 10, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Salem Arts Association, 159 Derby Street, Salem MA

Call For Art: "ArtoberFest"

An exhibit exploring Salem’s history with Autumn, Halloween, Witchcraft, and the Spirit of the season. The resulting exhibit represents diverse interpretations of the theme and how, by bringing them together, we create a collective understanding of it.

We'd like to thank Pampelmousse Salem for sponsoring this exhibition.

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


  • Drop Off Submissions:  Sunday, September 10, 2023, 12:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Notification of inclusion/exclusion:  Notification by email by Thursday, September 14, 2023. 
  • Pick up of unaccepted work: Any work not accepted will need to be picked up Saturday, September 16, 2023, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
  • Reception: Friday September 15, 2023, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • Exhibition Dates: September 16 - November 11, 2023
  • Gallery Hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Pick Up of Artwork: Sunday, November 12, 2023, 12:00 – 4:00 PM

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
John Andrews

John Andrews, the founder and managing director of Creative Collective, firmly believes in the transformative power of creativity. His dedication to using creative solutions for complex problems has helped various industries, cities, and businesses improve their productivity and community relations.

John is an expert at bridging divides, uniting diverse groups of people to work towards a common goal. He values diversity and inclusion and believes the best creative outcomes stem from multiple perspectives. At Creative Collective, he devotes a significant amount of time to educating about the contributions of creative professionals to local economies and communities. He organizes and executes projects to strengthen the bonds between cultural preservation, economic development, and arts in towns, businesses, and organizations.

John Andrews is a dynamic force for organizations and cities looking to enhance their performance and community engagement through creativity. As a constant learner, he tirelessly seeks out novel approaches to employ creativity in solving problems. His rich experience in the arts and his interaction with business communities and city leaders give him a unique perspective on creative problem-solving.

Location: Salem Arts Association Gallery, 159 Derby Street, Salem MA 01970

Submission Criteria: This exhibit is open to 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.



Salem Arts Association
159 Derby Street 
Salem, MA 01970  
Phone: 978-745-4850 

Weekends 12-6pm

Closed: Christmas, Thanksgiving
and New Years Day 
Parking: on street when available


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