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Artist Membership Process

Whether art is a vocation or avocation for you, we invite you to become an artist member of the Salem Arts Association. We encourage artists at all stages of their careers, as well as artists who don't even consider art their career, to join as artist members.

There is no jury. We do take our artists seriously, though, and we want you to take yourself and your art seriously. Because of this, all artist members must provide the following with their application form:

  • an artist statement,
  • an artist résumé or bio,
  • Visual Artists: up to 5 images of your work
  • Literary Artists: a writing sample (short story, chapter from a novel, selection of poems, or published essay
  • Performing Artists: cassette/CD/DVD with audio/video portion not to exceed 15 minutes in length
  • You must also agree to abide by our Artist Agreement to display artwork in the gallery or at events. 

Submission materials may uploaded directly to your membership profile page or may be e-mailed to Hard copy submission materials may be mailed to Salem Arts Association, 159 Derby St, Salem, MA 01970. Or drop off materials for review at the Gallery. 

If you are a new or "beginning" artist, please don't let these requirements intimidate you. Take comfort in the fact that artist statements and other such things are the bane of many an artist's existence. Check out the resources below for advice on preparing your materials, and look for upcoming workshops.

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If payment is received but submission materials are not received within one month of application, your membership level will be changed to Associate. If neither payment nor submission materials are received within one month of application, your record will be archived.

Resources for Writing Artist Résumés, Bios, and Statements




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