April 12, 2024

Salem Arts Association Presents: “Inspired by PEM” and “Minimalism” Exhibitions

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The Salem Arts Association is delighted to unveil two new exhibitions, “Inspired by PEM” and “Minimalism,” both made possible by the generous sponsorship of the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM). These exhibitions open a window to the vibrant local art scene, offering a fresh perspective on contemporary and minimalist art.

Exhibition Highlights

1. Inspired by PEM

The 18th Annual PEM Inspirational Exhibition, aptly titled “Inspired by PEM,” draws from the themes of the Peabody Essex Museum’s latest showcase, “Our Time on Earth.” This exhibition runs from February 17 to June 9, 2024, and features artworks that explore the intersection of science, nature, and sustainability. The artists, inspired by the possibility of a sustainable future, use their pieces to provoke thoughts on the delicate interplay between humanity and our natural world.

Esteemed Guest Jurors:

  • Trevor Smith: Associate Director – Multisensory Experience and Curator of the Present Tense, PEM
  • Jane Winchell: Director of PEM’s Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center and Curator of Natural History

2. Minimalism

Following the reflective depth of “Inspired by PEM,” the “Minimalism” exhibit strips down artistic expression to its core. This movement, which began in the 1950s in the US and later captured a global audience, emphasizes simplicity and directness. Salem Arts’ minimalist exhibition showcases local artists who embody the “What you see is what you get” philosophy, inviting viewers to appreciate the beauty in simplicity.

Visit the Exhibition

Location: Salem Arts Association, 159 Derby St, Salem, MA

Key Dates:

  • Reception: April 12, 2024, 6:00-8:00 PM — Featuring a musical performance by Dennis Shafer of the Chagall Performance Art Collaborative.
  • Exhibition Period: April 13 – May 18, 2024

Admission: Free

For more details, visit Salem Arts Exhibitions or reach out via email at info@salemarts.org.

About Salem Arts Association

Founded in 2007, the Salem Arts Association is a community-driven non-profit organization committed to the promotion and support of the arts in Salem, Massachusetts. Over the years, Salem Arts has become a hub for artists to display their work, engage with the community, and participate in enriching events. The organization’s ongoing dedication has culminated in more than 500 exhibitions, events, and workshops that celebrate and nurture the local arts scene.


Join us at the Salem Arts Association for a cultural experience that celebrates creativity and simplicity in art, brought to life by the talented artists of our community. Whether you are drawn to the thought-provoking themes of sustainability in “Inspired by PEM” or the understated elegance of “Minimalism,” these exhibitions promise to offer insightful and memorable visual narratives.

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Salem Arts Association, Inc. is an entirely volunteer-run nonprofit arts organization. Founded in August of 2007, the SAA mission is simple: to “bring art, in all its forms to the community, and bring the community, in all its diversity to the arts in Salem.” Artists working in all media and all disciplines are welcome, as are arts lovers, enthusiasts, and
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