March 27, 2023

Call for Art: “Our Roots Run Deep” Exhibit

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Call for Art: “Our Roots Run Deep: A Celebration of Culture, Heritage, and Diversity”

In celebration of Salem Ancestry Days, Salem Arts Association invites artists to submit artworks celebrating culture and heritage. From portraits of our ancestors to a celebration of traditional visual culture, we encourage you to tap deep into your roots for inspiration.

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

Take-in for the “Our Roots Run Deep” exhibit and for Gallery Shop inventory will be on Sunday, April 2 from 12:00 until 4:00 PM.


Drop-Off Submissions: Sunday, April 2, 2023, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Notification of inclusion/exclusion: Notification by email by Thursday, April 6, 2023.
Pick up of unaccepted work: Any work not accepted will need to be picked up Saturday, April 8, 2023, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Reception: Friday, April 7, 2023, 6:00-8:00 PM
Exhibition Dates: April 8 – May 13, 2023
Gallery Hours are every Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Pick Up of Artwork: Sunday, May 14, 2023, 12:00 – 5:00; Monday, May 15 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
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:

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: Kate Fox, Executive Director at Destination Salem

Kate Fox is the Executive Director of Destination Salem, the Office of Tourism & Cultural Affairs in Salem, Massachusetts, where she oversees the destination marketing efforts for the city of Salem. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Salem Chamber of Commerce, the Salem Main Streets Steering Committee, is a Commissioner for the Essex National Heritage Commission, is a past president of the North of Boston Convention & Visitors board of directors and is a North Shore LEADS Fellow.

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 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.

Submission Fees

Current Salem Arts members fee is $10.00 per item submission.
Non-member fee is $20.00 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.

Please arrive with all the required information requested, and follow the 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.

Download Exhibit Take-in Form
Be sure to have all of your printed paperwork and payment ready at Drop Off. Make sure your membership and membership level is up-to-date. All artwork must be ready to hang and gallery labels must be affixed to the artwork.

Gallery Guidelines

Framing Your Artwork

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 don’t 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.
Please contact with questions.