Help us bring art in all its forms to the community and bring the community in all of its diversity to the arts in Salem, Massachusetts. Join us! All are welcome. By becoming a member of the Salem Arts Association you will receive membership benefits and meet like-minded people.
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Joining the Salem Arts Association entitles you to many benefits. You can take advantage of our members' exhibits, sell your artwork at our gallery, receive discounts on workshops and events, even save at local businesses. Visit our "About us" page to learn more about the Salem Arts Association. 

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Visit the Salem Arts Association Gallery at The Salem Arts Center On the walking mall in Downtown Salem.

  • Address: 179 Essex St. Salem, Ma 
  • Hours: Thursday to Sunday, Noon - 6:00 

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Photography Exhibition

Salem Arts Association is pleased to announce a special exhibition featuring Salem Arts members’ Photos of the world.

What’s your “World View”? Salem celebrates a long and rich maritime history of exploring the world and returning with stories far and wide. Salem Arts Association invites all members to submit your photographs of the world.  Where have you been? What have you seen? This is an opportunity to share your images of the world outside this region we call home. This special exhibition will showcase a collection of photographs made by our membership and like the explorers of Salem’s past will bring home our visual stories from far and wide.

Reception Saturday August 6 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm

For the tenth consecutive year, Salem Arts presents an art show inspired by a Peabody Essex Museum exhibition. This year we offer “Impressions of Salem”, a reflection of PEM’s “American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isle of Shoals”. This exhibit is juried by Austen Barron Bailly, The George Putnam Curator of American Art, Peabody Essex Museum.

Exhibit runs September 10 through 30, 2016

Opening reception Saturday, September 10, 2016, 6–8 p.m.

Salem Arts Center, 179 Essex Street on the pedestrian mall, Salem, Massachusetts

Open Thursday–Sunday, Noon–6 p.m.

Call For Art: 

Submit your art to Salem Arts signature exhibit. After visiting the PEM’s exhibit “American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isle of Shoals”, be inspired to think about: What impressions do you have of Salem? What does Salem mean to you? What’s it like to paint outdoors, something that interests you? If you were to make an artistic statement about Salem what would it be?

All media are accepted.

Prizes will be awarded for Best of Show and runners up. Awards are given for 1st Prize (Best of Show) is $150, 2nd Prize (Excellence) is $100 and 3rd Prize (Honorable Mention) is $50.


All juried exhibitions require a non-refundable entry fee for each submission of $5 for Salem Arts members and $10 for non-members. Artists may submit up to three pieces.

Important Dates

Artwork Take-In: Thursday, September 1st from 6-8pm and Saturday, September 3rd from noon to 2pm
Dates of Exhibit: September 10-30, 2016.

Opening Reception: September 10th from 6-8pm
Artwork Pick-Up: Sunday, October 2nd from noon to 6pm

Click Here for submission forms and entry details

Join us for our art critique workshop where artists will present their individual work and receive feedback from their peers in a constructive and productive manner. The critique sessions will be guided by Elizabeth Sultzer to facilitate honest and actionable criticism, artist-to-artist, with respectful and open dialogue. The goal of this workshop is to allow artists to learn or practice how to both give and receive constructive criticism of their work in a friendly and meaningful way and for artists to come away with a stronger sense of community and inspiration to better their own artistic practice.


Second Wednesday - Every Month

6:30 - 8:30 at Murphy's Pub, 300 Derby Street Salem MA

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Goal: $2,500.00

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Gallery Address: 179 Essex Street, Salem MA 01970
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