Acceptance / Alienation: It has been said by critics of abstract art that abstract works are alienated from reality, rendering them incomprehensible to the viewer. Similarly, many famous artists have expressed alienation through their works, both abstract and not. In today’s post-pandemic world, the social condition places individuals on a spectrum between being an outsider or accepted within a variety of boundaries. As artists we create inside the lines and beyond our limits. Salem Arts Association invites our artist community to explore our feelings of belonging and exclusion, consider our place in and around our community and what community means to us, and to express forms of acceptance or alienation in ways that truly embody their voices.This exhibition will be on display as part of the Salem Arts Festival, June 1 - 3, 2024
Salem Arts Association Galleries, 159 Derby Street, Salem MA 01970
- Non member fee is $15.00 per item submission
- Current Salem Arts members fee is $10.00 per item submission.
- First Item FREE for "Masters Circle" Artist Members
- All artists may submit up to three items per exhibit.
Pick up of unaccepted work: Artists will be contacted by email regarding any items not accepted into the exhibition. Any work not accepted will need to be picked up during the time specified in the email.
- Take In: Sunday, May 19, 2024, 12:00-4:00 PM
- Reception: Friday, May 24, 2024, 6:00-8:00 PM
- Exhibition Dates: May 25 – June 22, 2024
- Pick Up of Artwork: Sunday, June 23, 2024, 12:00-4:00 PM
Exhibition Jurying: Exhibit Chairpersons and Salem Arts Gallery Committee will curate this exhibit. Criteria will be based on alignment with the exhibition theme, execution, presentation quality, and space available. Every effort will be made to include as many submissions as possible.
Guest Juror: To Be Announced
Submitting Your Work
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
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.
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.
FRAMING AND PRESENTING YOUR ARTWORK:
All submissions must be properly framed and 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.
- All work MUST be properly framed or otherwise presented for hanging.
- No wet paintings will be accepted
- Works on paper must be under glass or high quality acrylic.
- 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.
Sales will be handled by the Salem Arts Gallery Shop Volunteers. A Commission of 35% of the selling price is required of Salem Arts Association member artists and will be subtracted from the price before payment. Payment of 65% of the selling price will be issued to the artist by check, generally during the month following the month of the sale (generally within 60 days).
If your membership expires while your work is on display it will be subject to the non-member sale commission rate of 50%
Non-members participating in exhibitions are subject to a commission of 50% of the selling price that will be subtracted from the price before payment. Payment of 50% of the selling price will be issued to non-member artists by check, generally during the month following the month of the sale (within 60 days).
Salem Arts Association is required by law to submit 1099’s to the IRS from artists with sales, awards, or other payments for amounts totaling $600 or greater during a calendar year. A 1099 will ONLY be sent to the IRS if the total payment to an artist equals or exceeds $600.
To facilitate this, we require completed W-9 forms prior to giving out award and/or sales payments. Artists are asked to complete a W-9 form, or validate that current W-9 form information is accurate, when submitting work for sale. W-9 forms will be kept on file for three years. Artists are required to inform Salem Arts Association of any changes to address or other related tax form information.
Selling artists can check with your tax advisor for advice regarding claiming commissions as tax-deductible donations to the extent allowable by law.
Download the form using the link below and deliver in person, mail to Salem Arts Association at 159 Derby Street, Salem MA 01970, or email to email@example.com
Download IRS FORM W-9 HERE
Please contact Gallery@SalemArts.org with questions.