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Call for Art: Spring Member Showcase

  • Sunday, February 25, 2024
  • 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Salem Arts Association, 159 Derby Street, Salem MA

Call for Art: Spring Member Showcase

Welcome to a new year and a fresh perspective to all of our member artists!  The Spring Member’s Showcase is around the corner, and this is your chance to exhibit the projects and pieces you’ve been working on during our winter break.  This show is open themed - submit your best work and put that fresh face forward as we move into spring!

Read the following information carefully. Our artwork entry process and forms have changed for 2024. 

Artwork Entry Form


Eligibility: 

  • Artist Members Only (Make sure your membership status is current for the duration of the exhibition)

Submission Fees:

    • 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, February 25, 2024, 12:00-4:00 PM
    • Reception: Friday, March 1, 2024, 6:00-8:00 PM
    • Exhibition Dates: March 2 – April 6, 2024
    • Pick Up of Artwork: Sunday, April 7, 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. 

    Location:

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

    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: Liz Nofziger

    Liz Nofziger is a site-specific installation artist whose work examines relationships to space within the physical, architectural, political, and pop-cultural landscape. Employing a broad range of media including video, sculpture, light, audio, found material and text, viewer investigation completes her work. Nofziger received her MFA from the Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, MA. She currently teaches at Montserrat College of Art.



    Submitting Your Artwork

    Read the following information carefully. Our artwork entry process and forms have changed for 2024. 

    Submission Process:

    This year we are switching to an Online Artwork Entry Form in order to streamline our take-in process. You will now fill out an online entry form instead of the paper forms we used previously, and we will provide you with the labels for the back of your artwork when you drop off your art. Everything else will remain the same. We understand that for various reasons, some people will not be able to fill out the online form. Bring your artwork to take-in and we will be able to enter your information you on site.

    Fill out the online entry form (Click the "Entry Form" button found below) to provide your information and artwork details before take-in day. If you are not able to fill out the online form before take-in, that is OK!  We will be able to fill out forms for you during take-in. However, be prepared for a longer process if you are not able to submit your information in advance.

      • You will need to provide the following information for up to three (3) items. 
        • Your name, as you wish it to appear on your artwork label.
        • Contact information including your full address, email, and phone number.
        • Your three initials (first, middle, last name). We use this as your inventory ID.
        • Membership Status (be sure to check that your membership status is current for the exhibition period).
        • Artwork information including title, medium, dimensions, and price (or value if not for sale)
    • Bring your artwork and payment to the Salem Arts Association between 12:00 and 4:00 pm on take-in day. Whether you register your work prior to take-in day or not, all artwork must still be brought in during the scheduled take-in time.
    • We will verify your membership, collect any payment and provide you with labels for your artwork during your take in time.


    Artwork Entry Form


    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 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: 

    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%

      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 finance@salemarts.org

      Download IRS FORM W-9 HERE


        Please contact Gallery@SalemArts.org with questions.

         


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