CALL TO ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS – Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

CALL TO ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS – Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

Temporary public art installation in Salem, Massachusetts, Summer 2015 

Salem, MA - The City of Salem and the Salem Main Streets Program seek qualifications from artists and designers interested in creating a three-month site-responsive public art installation in the heart of downtown Salem during the summer of 2015. The public art project will be a prominent feature in the kick-off of the Salem Arts Festival, an annual three-day celebration of all the arts that will begin June 5, 2015.  Artists and designers working in any media, including light, are encouraged to submit qualifications.

Salem is a growing, culturally diverse city with a rich literary, architectural, maritime, and immigrant history, including its role in the 17th century Salem Witch Trials.  In the 19th century, it was one of the most important seaports in the country.   Today it is lively destination that draws people from around the world. 

The Salem Arts Festival public art project is an opportunity to create a unique experience for the thousands of visitors and residents who enjoy downtown Salem in the summer.  In addition to the Salem Arts Festival, several other festivals, as well as a weekly farmers$B!G(J market on Derby Square Plaza, mark the season and draw crowds to the City.

Full details here including stipend and timeframes

How To Submit:

Submissions should be emailed no later than December 19, 2014 to Deborah Greel, Public Art Planner, City of Salem,

Totems: What Guides Us? Call for Art - Salem Arts Association

Totems: What Guides Us?

Inspired by the PEM’s exhibit, Raven’s Many Gifts:
Native Art of the Northwest Coast Judged by Karen Kramer, Curator of Native American Art and Culture at the Peabody Essex Museum. Ribbons will be awarded to Best of Show, Excellence, and Honorable Mention.

September 6-28, 2014 181 Essex St., Salem, MA Opening Reception September 6 from 6-9pm

Totem poles may recount familiar legends, clan lineages, or notable events. Some poles celebrate cultural beliefs while others are mostly artistic. The Native American art of the Northwest Coast is rich with patterns depicted include natural forms such as bears, ravens, eagles, orcas, and humans; legendary creatures such as thunder-birds and sisiutls; and abstract forms made up of the characteristic Northwest Coast shapes.

Then there's Raven; "Raven, an iconic trickster and culture hero who appears in countless Northwest Coast origin stories, is credited with carrying light into the world in his beak," says Karen Kramer, PEM's curator of Native American art and culture. Despite profound cultural changes over the past 200 years, oral histories such as the story of Raven continue to inspire a rich and diverse array of creative expression in tribal communities along the Northwest Coast.

Call for Art:  What cultural, environmental or social elements define you?
Take-in date are August 31st 11-2pm and September 2nd 5-8pm, IN-PERSON, at 181 Essex Street. 1-2 pieces can be submitted; all pieces need to be framed and WIRED appropriately undefined saw-toothed hangers will be rejected. A 4 foot height limit is applied. Artist will be notified via email if work is accepted. Work not accepted can be picked up on September 6 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Exhibit closing Pick-up Sunday September 28, 2pm-5pm IN-PERSON. $5 entry for SAA members per piece
$10 entry fee for non SAA members per piece

ALL accepted exhibiting artists are required to gallery sit at 181 Essex Street during open hours of the exhibit. A sign-in sheet will be provided at take-in. A minimum of four hours sitting is required for the month; more hours encouraged. The SAA takes a 25% commission on any sales. NFS pieces will be accepted.
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Works of fine art and craft with a value under $1,000 are insured for catastrophic loss only. Works with a value over $1,000 are not insured by the SAA. Artist’ must provide their own insurance if they wish.
Salem Arts Association is a non-profit organization.

Download the Full call to art here!

Download the gallery Exhibition Installation Form here!

Call to Artists: 2014 Gimme Shelter Birdhouse Auction


2014 Gimme Shelter Birdhouse Auction to Benefit the Northeast Animal Shelter

Event Description: The Gimme Shelter birdhouse auction fundraiser is back at its new home! This fun and valuable event created by Kate and Jamie Leavy, owners of Roost, Salem have graciously passed the torch to Salem Collective of Artists and Musicians (S.C.A.M.) on Artists' Row as of last year. The auction will be organized and run by Salem Collective of Artists and Musicians and the other Artists’ Row tenants

We invite you to participate! At this time we are looking for people to make and donate birdhouses and/or bird feeders!

Conceptual, functional and/or literal pieces are all encouraged! We will need to receive your completed works of art on or by Sunday, September 14.

The event will be complete with live music and refreshments. All contributions will benefit the Northeast Animal Shelter 

Please spread the word to anyone you think would be interested in making and donating a piece for auction.

Let's do it for the animals!

Work Media & Size: any

Timeline: On display September 13-21, 2014.

Auction event Sunday, September 21, 2014 • 2pm – 4pm

Selection Process: All submissions will be accepted from artists of all ages.

Delivery: Friday, September 12 • 2pm – 6pm, Sunday, September 14 • 2pm – 6pm, and by appointment

Contact: Laura Potter, Salem Collective of Artists and Musicians,

Artists’ Row, 24 New Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970 

CALL FOR ART: Salem Arts Association September Gallery

Call for Art:
“Gears, Grit and Gaslights”
September 4-28, 2014
Reception September 13th, 4-6pm.

 The theme for the Salem Arts Association’s September exhibit is “Gears, Grit and Gaslights”. 
Harken back to an earlier time or leap forward to a re-envisioned future:. Steampunk, Neo- Victorian, Retro Future, or Post-Apocalyptic Nostalgia. Celebrate an era that promised air ships and time travel. Remember a past of steam engines, industry and innovation.
Your work should reflect some aspect of or about the Late 19th Century, in anything from era appropriate themes, materials, and techniques to the dreams and visions of authors like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. 
Be adventurous and share your work with the community! 

Exhibit Dates: September 4-28, 2014 Accepted work must remain on view until the exhibit closes. 

Exhibition reception: September 13th4-6pm.
Exhibit Location: Artists' Row, Building #2, 24 New Derby Street in Salem, MA 

WORK SOUGHT: Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces, 2D works should be no larger than 18 x 24”and wired to hang with no saw tooth hangers. Sculptural pieces need to fit through the door. Wearables (large jewelry pieces, hats, dresses, etc.) should include displays. UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE UNABLE TO ACCOMMODATE INSTALLATIONS. NO SAW TOOTH HANGERS - THEY WILL NOT HANG.

ARTWORK DROP-OFF: Tuesday, September 2nd, from 4 to 7 pm. and Wednesday September 3rd from 8-10am,. In person drop-off only. Unsolicited mail will not be returned. Artists will be notified via email if work is not accepted. Please plan to pick up any unaccepted work on Thursday, September 4th, from 4-7 pm.

All artists are invited to submit 3 pieces.  Fees: SAA Members: Free.  Non-Members: $5.00 fee per entry.

All artists accepted to the show are encouraged to sign up got a 2 hour Gallery Sitting time.

INSURANCE: Works of Fine Art and Craft with a value under $1000 are insured for catastrophic loss only. Works With a value of over $1 000 are not insured by the SAA. Artists’ must provide their own insurance if they wish additional coverage.

The juror for this show will be Victorian Lady Lisa.
She is known both locally and nationally for her Cape Ann Cable TV show “All things Victorian” and her book “International Steampunk Fashions”.She is currently writing a second book, a Victorian/Edwardian fashions book. A third book, with Steampunk designer/model phenom Kato, is also being planned. Lady Lisa also has the honor of being a portrait model for artists in PA and recently for famed impressionist, Jude Abbe. She is a member of one of the Rockport Art Association. Lovely seaside Rockport, MA is where Lady Lisa resides.