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Salem Arts Association Has a New Home.

by Dinah Cardin (April 2020)

When describing his playful multimedia art pieces, artist Paul Nathan says, “There’s a certain...happiness." A dynamic collage features a parade more suited for New Orleans passing in front of the Salem Custom House. “They are light and joyous, but not simple,” says Nathan. This could be a good description for Salem itself at times.

A story full of serendipity has been unfolding on Derby Street in Salem. It started when Nathan retired from his work as a lawyer a couple years ago and turned his law office (an 18th-century yellow clapboard building near the water) into the Paul Nathan Gallery and Museum, where he could sell his original artworks and greeting cards stamped with his work. But he wasn’t seeing enough foot traffic. Then one day, when Salem Arts Association president Jim Bostick wandered in. a friendly conversation sparked a historic moment for the arts in Salem. Fast-forward to April of this year and the SAA has a new 2,600-square-foot home across the street from the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and near landmarks like the House of the Seven Gables and Mercy Tavern.

In contrast with the Rockport Art Association, which began in 1921, Salem’s is the youngest on the North Shore, formed in 2007 by a group on Artists’ Row. The Salem Film Fest and Salem Jazz and Soul Festival were starting up at the same time. The SAA now has a membership of more than 300, representing artists living all over the North Shore.

The organization has been housed in several locations, the most recent being a former Universalist church on Bridge St reet. “Our openings were incredibly well attended. It was a really good feeling. But after the opening, nothing” says the organization’s vice president and exhibition curator. Heather Stewart, who lives in Lynn and focuses on Realist paintings.

Stewart is thrilled to have a more permanent home with 11 galleries, space for classes and workshops, and maybe even an artist-in- residence program.

“I consider this a story of growth,” says Bostick, who works as a photographer and designer. One common goal is to bring back the community “clubhouse" feel that existed on Artists’ Row, when musicians would just turn up on a Friday, says Bostick, the new location includes a patio filled with potential on Kosciusko Street. Sunlit galleries are named after a few of the 50 wharves where goods were offloaded from Salem ships traveling all over the world, A first-floor gallery is named in memory of active Salem artist Ellen Hardy, considered the driving force behind the association. Bostick credits Hardy with saying “The word arts has an s for a reason." Keeping this in mind, the association is looking into expanding their offerings, even turning their basement into a black box theatre. “Ellen is smiling down on us.” says Bostick of his friend, who died in 2017. “None of this would have happened without her.”

The SAA has gained traction with a busy calendar of events, like their annual show inspired by a chosen exhibition at PEM. In Oc­tober, there is a fitting Dark Arts exhibit And in the spring is the playful Salon des Refuses, a tradition that started last year, featuring works turned down by the Salem Arts Festival. Now, when an artist’s work is rejected, the city hands them a flyer for the Salem Arts show, says Bos­tick, adding that this opportunity is a tradition going back to the French Academy.

On April 3, the public can attend the first member showcase in the new location. “I feel really strongly about letting people show their work," says Stewart, who has acted as juror, curator, and critic for exhibitions at prominent galleries in the region.

Bostick is coming to the end of his three- year term as president and is happy to hand off the SAA stronger than he found it. Some of that is due to hard work and some to the magic of Salem. In the meantime, the building also houses a small gallery just for Paul Nathan's work. “I think it s a win-win all around," says Nathan. "I see tills as an adventure. The more people you have, the more energy."

September 2021 - Destination Salem Podcast Featuring Salem Arts Association and Artoberfest - Northshore Radio 104.9

March 2021 - Salem Arts Association Welcomes New Director and Artist in Residence - Creative Northshore

September 2020 - Salem Arts Announces Two New Exhibits - Northshore Magazine

July 2020 - Salem Arts Grand Opening Member Showcase Salem Access Television (SATV)

May 2020 - Salem Arts Association Launches Virtual ExhibitNorthshore Magazine

May 2020 - Gallery, Never Opened Due to COVID, Launches Online - Salem News

April 2020 - Arts On The Move - Salem Arts Association Has a New Home - Northshore Magazine (download PDF)

February 2020 - Salem Arts Association Moves to Derby Street Neighborhood - Salem Gazette

November 2019 - Autumn Member Showcase - Salem Access Television (SATV)

October 2019 - Dark Arts Exhibit - Salem Access TV (SATV)

September 2019 - Picturing America and Dark Arts Exhibitions - Salem Access Television (SATV)

August 6 2019: Dan Breslin Solo Show - Salem Gazette

June 2019 - Salon Des Refuses Salem Access Television (SATV)

May 2019 - Roots Exhibit at Salem Old Town HallSalem Access Television (SATV)

April 2019 - Member Showcase Exhibition at Salem Old Town HallSalem Access Television (SATV)

March 2019 -  Young at Art, Ellen Hardy, Paula Beaulieu, and Scholarship Fundraiser ExhibitSalem Access Television (SATV)

December 2018 - Fall Member Showcase 2018 - Salem Access Television (SATV)

October, 2018 - Two Exhibits: Untold Stories and Dark Arts 10-5-18 - Salem Access Television (SATV)

August, 2018 - Land & Sea, Raymond Gilbert Solo Exhibit - Salem Access Television (SATV)

July, 2018 - Go Away Exhibit - Salem Access Television (SATV)

March 2018 - Inspiring The Arts - Salem Magazine (Download PDF)

January, 2018 - Salem Cultural Council 2018 Grant Recipients - Salem Cultural Council

December 28, 2017 - Reflecting on 2017 Events in SalemSalem Gazette

November 2017 - Salem Arts Association Member Showcase - Salem Access Television (SATV)

July 17, 2017 - Salem Arts Association: ReVision Opening Reception - Salem Access Television (SATV)

May 5, 2017 - ReVISION Exhibit Opening and Awards - Salem Gazette Video

March 9, 2017 - Salem Arts cuts ribbon on new digs - Wicked Local Salem

March 5, 2017 - Grand Opening Festivities on Salem Access Television - Salem Access Television (SATV)

February 22, 2017 - Salem Arts Announces New Move - Salem Gazette 

February 18, 2017 - "The Bridge at 211" Welcomes Salem Arts Association - Creative Salem

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  • Monday, June 27, 2016 2:52 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    The Salem Arts Association recently presented The Paula Beaulieu Arts Scholarship to Jacqueline Muise, a 2016 Salem High School graduate. Jacqueline will be attending the Massachusetts College of Art & Design in the Fall.

    The Paula Beaulieu Scholarship was established by the Beaulieu family in honor of their late mother. Mrs. Beaulieu was an artist and art teacher in the Salem and Reading school systems. Along with the scholarship, Dan Beaulieu, Paula’s son, presented Jacqueline with an art print created Mrs. Beaulieu.

    The Paula Beaulieu Scholarship is a perpetual one which is awarded each year for $1000 to a student pursuing the visual arts either through a university program or through an art school. All of the visual arts will be considered. Paula Beaulieu was an active artist in the Salem Arts Association and taught young and old alike through her program “Connect with Their Creativity.” Her family has chosen Salem Arts Association and Salem High School as beneficiaries of any donations made in her honor. 

    Salem Arts congratulates Jacqueline and wishes her great success. 

    Photo caption: 

    (l. to r.) Mary Szeman Best, SAA President, Jacqueline Muise, Dan Beaulieu, Rebecca deVries, SAA Vice President & Education Chair.

  • Thursday, April 07, 2016 1:44 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Join us for an informal exchange about how to approach and market your work to commercial galleries. Facilitated by Marblehead Gallery owner, Gene Arnould and experienced artists.


    April 10, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


    Marblehead Arts Association - King Hooper Mansion
    8 Hooper Street
    Marblehead, MA 01945


    $5 members/ $10 non members





  • Tuesday, April 05, 2016 11:59 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Montserrat College of Art’s Continuing Education Department is offering 15 different week-long art classes (+ 1 weekend & 1 evening class) for adults through the Summer Immersive Program in June and July on Montserrat’s campus, 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA. The workshops are open to the public. Discounts apply if registered before April 10. www.montserrat.edu/summer-immersive-workshops


    The Summer Immersive Program is designed to allow participants time and instruction to explore new skills or subject through short-term, credit, PDPs and non-credit classes. Classes and workshops include: 

    • Digital Photography: Seeing like a Camera
    • Deepening your Relationship with Painting & Drawing
    • Psychological Portraits
    • Figure Painting
    • Creative Letterpress Projects
    • Fabricated Steel Sculpture
    • Video Shorts
    • Drawing Basics Intensive
    • Solar Plate Etching
    • Encaustic Painting
    • Experimental Film Intensive
    • Weaving a Sculptural Narrative
    • Collage
    • Abstract Drawing
    • Exploring Self-Portraits
    • Mixed Media Drawing & Painting
    • 2D Animation 

    Montserrat’s diverse Summer Immersive courses are ideal for adult art enthusiasts of all backgrounds and professions to make the most of this summer learning new skills and insights. The program allows its participants to devote part of the summer to art in the unique environment that only a working art college can offer.


    The instructors hail from Montserrat and beyond, and are nationally and internationally recognized artist-educators who form the core of the unique, summer community of adult learners. Their expertise combined with small class sizes ensures an unforgettable experience. Affordable accommodation and optional evening activities foster a residential community of individuals who share the creative spirit and commitment.


    Montserrat is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education as a Professional Development Provider. All courses are eligible for PDP awards. 

    For more information about the offered courses, instructors or to register, visit: www.montserrat.edu/summer-immersive-workshops or contact Montserrat’s Continuing Education Office at ce@montserrat.edu or 978.921.4242 x1202. 

    Discounted rates are offered to educators, seniors and Montserrat alumni. 

  • Tuesday, March 22, 2016 1:48 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Artist Studio Space

    Artist Studio Space available at Corbino Gallery and Studio’s, 14 Prospect Street, Marblehead, MA

    Come to our studios and get to know the Artists; Photography, Mixed Media, drawing, Painting, Mosaics, Sculpture.  An environment that is open and unintimidating. Small and large spaces available.

    Contact Mary – 617-233-2347 or marytaddie@gmail.com ;  info@corbinogallery.com;

  • Monday, March 07, 2016 3:26 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Cover Of Salem's New Magazine from North of Boston Media Group "The Salem Magazine" by photographer Jeff Folger.

    Photographer Jeff Folger of Salem has been selected to herald the launch of Salem's new magazine. His image "Federal Street in Spring" will be the cover shot. The Salem magazine will be everything you want to know about the local area in and around Salem Massachusetts.

    Jeff Folger is a professional photographer and blogger in Salem Massachusetts. He retired from the Air Force and came to the notice of Yankee Magazine by winning their first ever Fall foliage contest. He was soon their first ever fall foliage blogger. 

    Today he writes year-round about New England fall foliage on http://www.jeff-foliage.com. He provides tips on planning a fall foliage vacation and showing his award winning imagery of New England.

    His image that will be on the first cover of Salem Magazine was taken on Salem's Federal historic street in springtime. A warm and sunny late april morning had all the trees along the entire street blooming.

    To view this image copy and paste this link: 


    Of historical note.

    Salem Massachusetts was the 2nd town established in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1626. It led the way in trade and commerce in the building of the new country and today is a lovely stop for tourism outside of Boston. The first ever National Historic site in the National Park system was chosen to be Salem's maritime waterfront. Today about 120,000 visitors visit Salem each year.

    The Salem magazine will have their launch party on:
    Tuesday, March 15th 2016
    5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sea Level Oyster Bar 
    94 Wharf St, Salem

    Jeff Folger
    email: Jeff@Vistaphotography.com


  • Wednesday, January 27, 2016 3:55 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Kensington-Stobart Gallery 


    From the Collection of Jim McAllister 

    Kensington-Stobart Gallery in Salem’s historic Hawthorne Hotel announces an exhibition of works featuring paintings, fine art posters and works on paper from the vast collection of local historian Jim McAllister. Jim has been collecting art for more than two decades and is planning to sell much of his inventory in an attempt to reclaim living space in his domicile and shed his growing reputation as a hoarder. Twenty very reasonably priced pieces are now available for sale and others will be added over the course of the next month. The initial offering includes an oil painting of South Street in Rockport by Rosa Silva, works by Cape Ann artists Max Kuehne, Ann Fiske, and Charles Allan Winter, a pair of fine art posters, a number of watercolors related to the Massachusetts coast, and an eclectic assortment of other pieces. 

    All are invited to stop by the gallery to view and enjoy this varied collection. The show runs from January 27th through February 29th

    Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-5pm. For more information call, The Kensington-Stobart Gallery at 978-825-0022. This exhibition is free and open to the public. 

    For additional information, contact: 

    Sandra Heaphy, Director 

    Kensington-Stobart Gallery 

    At the Hawthorne Hotel, On the Common 

    Salem, Massachusetts 01970 


    Website: kensingtonstobartgallery.com 

    Email: ksgsalem@aol.com 

  • Thursday, January 21, 2016 3:50 PM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Montserrat College of Art (Beverly MA) is offering area residents an opportunity to brush up on their art and learn a new skill this spring through Montserrat’s Continuing Education classes during the months of February, March and April on Montserrat’s campus, 23 Essex Street, Beverly, MA. Subjects include Digital Photography, Portrait Painting, Drawing for Beginners, Oil Painting and Figure Drawing.

    The Continuing Education program provides expert instruction within the visual arts for the North Shore community and beyond. It is designed to allow teen and adult participants time and instruction to delve into a new skill or subject. Small program sizes and a supportive environment allow students of all levels a conducive environment to explore, learn new skills and sharpen existing ones.

    Montserrat’s spring courses are ideal for teen and adult art enthusiasts of all backgrounds and professions to start the New Year with new skills and insights.

    For more information about Montserrat’s Continuing Education program, visit www.montserrat.edu/continuing-education or contact: ce@montserrat.edu, 978.921.4242 x 1202 to learn more.

  • Thursday, December 24, 2015 8:09 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    Call for Creative Entrepreneurs for Salem’s Artists’ Row 2016

    Applications due by noon, February 12, 2016. Season runs May 19-November 1, 2016.

    Mayor Kimberley Driscoll is looking for creative entrepreneurs to participate in the twelfth season of Artists’ Row, a City of Salem Arts Space Initiative. Artists’ Row is located in historic downtown Salem at 24 New Derby Street, across from Old Town Hall and Derby Square. This area at the heart of the City was originally built as a market place and continues to this day to be an important public plaza and pedestrian way.

    Artists’ Row is a seasonal program (May 19 –November 1, 2016) that provides space for artisans interested in building their audience through daily engagement with residents and visitors to Salem. The variety of activities considered for Artists’ Row spaces are to include all types of uniquely produced or crafted products that have appeal to a wide audience. Possible categories are handcrafted products, artwork and artisanal food products. The City is particularly interested in activities that will contribute to a lively activated passage that serves as an entryway to one of the central public spaces in downtown Salem.


    •   To create a lively atmosphere and add to the diverse cultural offerings available for residents and tourists visiting historic downtown Salem.
    •   To give individuals or partnerships an opportunity to share their unique products and artisanal practices with the public in an engaged retail environment.
    •   To offer cultural enrichment to the public in the form of free workshops given by participants about the materials and practices of the unique products sold.


    •   All creative entrepreneurs regardless of race, gender, belief, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical disabilities are eligible to apply.
    •   Participants of Artists’ Row will offer an interesting and diverse array of art and handcrafted products and use art to animate and engage community and neighborhood spaces.
    •   There are four (4) stalls available for licensing through this program:  Stall #1, #2, #4 and #5 (refer to attached map for stall locations and sizes).
    •   Monthly Rental Fee: Stall #1 - $200.00. Stall # 2 $175.00. Stall # 4 - $150.00. Stall #5 - $100.
    •   No commissions are charged and participants retain 100% of sales from their products.
    •   City staff will offer assistance in finding resources to support participants’ businesses including practical business skills and financial management.


    Open to the public May 19 –November 1, 2016.


    By or before 12:00pm (noon) Friday, February 12, 2016. Hand deliver or mail completed applications to the Department of Planning & Community Development, Attn:  Deborah Greel, City Hall Annex, 120 Washington Street, Salem, MA 01970. The application form must be completed in its entirety and is available at http://www.salem.com/artists-row.


    A public site visit and informational meeting with program goals, expectations for operations and submission requirements, is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 11am (or by appointment). Those interested in participating in the program should arrive at Artists’ Row (24 New Derby Street) at that time and date.



    •   All work MUST be created by the individuals participating in the program and must be original handcrafted works or products. Mass produced or manufactured works are not acceptable (sales representatives and agents are not eligible).
    •   All prices for artwork or handcrafted products MUST be visible to the public. Participants are responsible for collecting sales tax.
    •   Selected participants are responsible for transporting all products, support material and equipment to and from the site, and for all installation, display and sales.

    License Agreement:

    •   Art stalls MUST be open to the public Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Hours: From noon to 6:00pm, Monday, Wednesday & Sunday. Noon-7pm, Thursday – Saturday. Participants are encouraged to stay open more than the required days and times.
    •   Selected participants will be required to sign a License Agreement with the City of Salem.
    •   Selected participants are required to provide a $500 security deposit for the use of one stall. The security deposit will be refunded at the end of the season if the stall is returned to the City in a reasonable condition and all program requirements are satisfied.
    •   Selected participants are responsible for securing his or her own Liability Insurance. The City of Salem is not responsible for damage to work caused by the elements, theft, or vandalism.
    •   Selected participants shall be responsible for payment of electricity, and if desired, phone and internet service.
    •   Selected participants MUST attend mandatory monthly meetings with the City’s Program Manager, which typically occur the first Thursday of each month at 10:00am at City Hall Annex, 120 Washington Street, 3rd floor conference room.
    •   At the end of the 2016 Season, participants are responsible for removal of all their work, equipment, furnishings and for cleaning art stall prior to final inspection by the City’s Program Manager. All participants MUST vacate stalls by November 9, 2016.

    Community Engagement/Programming:

    •   All participants MUST provide a minimum of twelve (12) FREE workshops, demonstrations, and/or performances to the public throughout the 2016 season.
    •   Participants are responsible for staffing, supplies, marketing and outreach for the programming. Collaborations with other participants to present workshops and performances that tie into Salem events are encouraged.
    •   Participants are encouraged to think of fruitful partnerships with local businesses, cultural institutions, and non-profit organizations in order to achieve their community engagement goals; the City will support them in reaching out to potential partners. 
    •   Vending Program on the Row: The City invites juried artist/vendors for a fee to showcase and sell their work at designated days and areas on Artists’ Row. Products include fine art, including but not limited to photography, sculpture, digital prints and handcrafted products made by the exhibiting artist, artisan, crafter, and designer. 


    •   Selected participants are responsible for the costs associated with the fabrication and installation of an exterior business sign. Exterior business signs can only be installed on the existing sign pole and the design and layout of the sign MUST be reviewed and approved by the City of Salem Redevelopment Authority and its Design Review Board, prior to fabrication and installation. 
    •   Selected participants will be encouraged to present a proposal to the Program Manager for temporary exterior enhancements to their stalls. These could include features such as seating for the public, plants and garden elements, decorative lights, unique displays related to the products being sold, or other components that contribute to a lively and appealing environment between New Derby and Front Streets throughout the season. (Features need approval by the City of Salem Redevelopment Authority and its Design Review Board.)
    •   To promote Artists’ Row businesses and workshops/performances, and events, examples of marketing materials may include but not limited to: posters, rack cards, social media, and press release to local media.
    •   Every Thursday from June 19 – October 20, 2016 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm vendors associated with the Salem Farmers’ Market set up in various exterior locations at Artists’ Row. It is anticipated that up to six (6) such vendors will be accommodated without interfering with artist’s dedicated outdoor vending space, during market days.


    The final selection of Artists’ Row participants will be based on the following criteria:

    •   Quality of products and uniqueness of materials and/or methods.
    •   Appropriateness and scope of appeal for Artists’ Row setting and an audience of diverse ages and backgrounds.
    •   Variety of products among the four spaces within the City’s goal of selecting diverse representation of cultures, products, or styles.
    •   Quality of interactive workshops and/or performances for the general public.
    •   Potential of participants’ work to contribute to a lively atmosphere in a marketplace area and be a vibrant part of daily life in the City.
    •   Ability to work well with other participants in a group setting.


    The Public Art Commission will evaluate proposals and select participants for the 2016 Artists’ Row Season. Notification will be sent no later than February 23, 2016.


    •          Saturday, January 9  – 11am           Site Visit
    •          Friday (noon), February 12             Submission Deadline
    •          Tuesday, February 23                       Notification to Applicants
    •          March/April                                     Stall Preparation & Signage Review
    •          Thursday, May 19                            Opening Day
    •          Tuesday, November 1                      Closing Day
    •          November 2-9                                    Clean & Vacate Stall


    Applicants MUST attach the following items to the Application, in order to be considered for the Program:

    •   Detailed description of work you are presenting/selling, the number of participants in your groups and the proposed name of your enterprise.
    •   Professional resumes of all participants
    •   Description of the free community workshops, demonstrations, and/or performances you plan to provide to the general public. Must provide a minimum of twelve (12) with appeal to all ages and backgrounds.
    •   Physical plans for the stall you are looking to occupy, including the equipment you would be bringing into the space and any proposed interior improvements.
    •   Ten Photographs or digital photographs of artisanal products or artwork to be sold from each participant of the stall. Each photo includes:
      •   Name of product
      •   Suggested Retail Prices and corresponding number from photo list.

    For information regarding the Artists’ Row Program, please contact Deborah Greel at the City of Salem Department of Planning and Community Development at 978-619-5681 or dgreel@salem.com or visit http://www.salem.com/artists-row.

    Read more: http://www.salem.com/node/31206

  • Sunday, December 20, 2015 11:46 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

    SculptureNow is accepting proposals from established and emerging artists for its 19th consecutive, annual exhibition of large-scale, outdoor sculptures at The Mount, the historic museum/estate of Edith Wharton, in Lenox, MA. The show is scheduled to open on June 1 and close on October 31, 2016. 

    The postmark deadline is February 8, 2016

    Visit sculpturenow.org for more information 

    Existing and new sculptures may be submitted for consideration. Innovative and interactive works are encouraged

    Up to 30 sculptures may be selected. There is no application fee.

    The exhibition will include invited and juried sculptors. Invited artists in past exhibitions include William Carlson, Nancy Graves, Tim Prentice and George Rickey.

    Works should be suitable for long-term, outdoor exposure, fabricated and installed in a viewer-safe manner, and of an appropriate outdoor scale.  Sculptures which have been exhibited within a range of 50 miles from The Mount in the last 3 years, and sculptures that need refinishing may not be accepted. Sculptures which differ significantly from submitted images will need approval prior to installation.

    Artists who require installation assistance should detail their requirements when submitting a proposal. All sites are on grassy areas.

    SculptureNow and The Mount will provide installation/de-installation support, liability insurance and insurance for the sculptures. A reception, including an artists-guided tour, is scheduled for mid-June.

    Self-guiding maps of the exhibition will be available at The Mount, on the websites of SculptureNow and The Mount. 8,000 exhibition cards will be distributed throughout the Berkshires and beyond. Monthly, artists-guided tours will be scheduled.

    The Berkshire region of Western MA is well known for its rich cultural venues and beautiful nature, attracting visitors from New York, Boston and beyond.

    The Mount, in the heart of the Berkshires, is both a historic site and a center for culture, Open to the public from May through October, every day, it attracts more than 40,000 visitors annually, who enjoy the exquisite grounds, the gardens, the estate, and the great performances of music, theater, and literature.

    The SculptureNow exhibitions at The Mount have become a sculpture destination for collectors and visitors and have been favorably featured by Sculpture Magazine, NPR’s WAMC, the Boston Globe, Art New England, Berkshire Magazine, the Berkshire Eagle, MassLive and numerous other websites and publications.

    For additional information and application forms please visit

    www.sculpturenow.org  “IN THE WORKS”, or email annjon@bcn.net,

    or call 413 623 2068.

    For more information about The Mount, please visit www.edithwharton.org

    Prospectus and application forms are available for download here.


    See information about The Mount sculpture show, the 2016 prospectus and 2016 application form here as a pdf or a Word doc.

  • Friday, December 18, 2015 10:30 AM | James Bostick (Administrator)

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

    Public Art Installation in Salem, Massachusetts, Summer 2016 

    $7,000 budget 

    Submission Deadline: February 12, 2016 

    The City of Salem seeks qualifications from artists and designers interested in creating a site-responsive public art installation in the heart of downtown Salem during the summer/fall of 2016. The public art project will be a prominent feature in the kick-off of the Salem Main Streets, Salem Arts Festival, an annual three-day celebration of all the arts that will begin June 4, 2016. Artists and designers working in any media, including light, are encouraged to submit qualifications. The City is particularly interested in installations that have an impact when viewed across the site and that are effective at night as well as during the day. 

    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 site for the public art project is the area surrounding Old Town Hall from Essex Street on the north side to New Derby Street on the south side. It includes a section of the Essex Street pedestrian mall, all of Derby Square, and Artists’ Row. Except for Front Street at the lower end, the site is a pedestrian-only zone. Retail shops, restaurants, businesses, and residences are located throughout the area. The architecture includes historic colonial buildings as well as newer structures. In addition, various landscape and hardscape features could be integrated with the public art project, such as bollards, steps, lamp posts, brickwork, and trees. Notable topography from the bottom of the plaza at Front Street to the top of the hill at Essex Street creates a dramatic space around Old Town Hall. 

    The City of Salem 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 and fall. In addition to the Salem Arts Festival, several other events, as well as a weekly farmers’ market on Derby Square Plaza, mark the season and draw crowds to the City. 

    From this RFQ, three to five finalists will be invited to submit concept proposals. Each finalist or finalist team will be paid a $150 stipend for proposals. One proposal will be selected for installation. The selection committee is particularly interested in artists or designers who show promise of creating a project that: 

    • Unifies the series of public spaces within the overall site 
    • Is durable and easily maintainable for four months in exterior conditions 
    • Responds to the physical, historical, and/or social attributes of the site 
    • Reflects high level of quality in design and fabrication 
    • Offers the potential for community interaction 

    The budget for the Salem Arts Festival public art project is $7,000.00, which must cover all costs. 


    • February 12, 2016 All electronic submissions due 
    • March 4, 2016 Finalists selected 
    • Late March 2016 Finalists present concept proposals in person 
    • April 1, 2016 Final selection announced 
    • April-May 2016 Final development of project 
    • End of May 2015 Installation 

    Please submit the following: 

    • Resume/Bio with contact information and website (if applicable) 
    • Statement of Interest (50 words or less) 
    • Example of work: 
    •  Title 
    •  Location 
    •  Ten Jpeg images of completed work 
    •  Material/Medium 
    •  Dimensions 
    •  Brief Description of the project 

    How to Submit: 

    Submissions should be emailed to Deborah Greel, Public Art Planner, City of Salem, dgreel@salem.com. If you do not receive a confirmation email within 24 hours, please re-send or call Deborah at 978-619-5681. 

    For more information, please contact Deborah Greel: dgreel@salem.com 

    Visit www.salemartsfestival.com for more information about the Salem Arts Festival. 



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