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Call for Art: Impressions

  • Sunday, July 28, 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Salem Arts Association, 159 Derby Street, Salem MA

Life is less like a box of chocolates and more like an neverending series of impressions made upon us, like finger marks in wet clay.  As artists, not only do we visualize and bring to life the impressions that have been made on us by sights, sounds, scents, interactions, dreams, and ideas; we also leave impressions on everyone who sees our work.  For this exhibition, we ask our member artists to consider the impressions you’re left with long after a thing has passed, to consider the impressions that we leave in our passing, and to bring those impressions to life, using any medium. 


Salem Arts Association Galleries, 159 Derby Street, Salem MA 01970


  • Artist Members and Non Members may submit

Submission Fees:

    • 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.

      Important Dates:

      • Take In: Sunday, July 28, 2024, 12:00-4:00 PM
      • Reception: Friday, August 2, 2024, 6:00-8:00 PM
      • Exhibition Dates: August 3 – September 7, 2024
      • Pick Up of Artwork: Sunday, September 8, 2024, 12:00-4:00 PM 
      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 Saturday, March 2, 2024, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. 

      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

      Please note we have switched to an online artwork entry process. The Entry form will open approximately  two weeks before take-in. 

      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 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).

        Tax Forms

        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

        Download IRS FORM W-9 HERE

          Please contact with questions.


          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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          159 Derby Street, Salem MA 01970