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Uncommon Threads – Call For Artists

Uncommon Threads – Call For Artists

Salem Arts Association announces a call for artists for Uncommon Threads, an exhibition that redefines the use of fibers in art. This exhibit goes way beyond the quilting of old.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 25 Jun 2017

In this exhibition, Salem Arts challenge artists to discover new inspirations using fibers, fabrics, textiles, and inventive weaving.

Fiber art refers to fine art material which consists of natural or synthetic fiber such as fabric, plastics, wire, thread, or yarn as well as other less likely components. It focuses on the use of materials and the artist’s skill and labor as part of the works’ significance. Priority of aesthetic is valued over utility. Salem Arts welcomes artistic interpretation of the theme from assemblages to installations, wall hangings, and wearable art.

Submission Fees: Salem Arts members fee is $5.00 per artwork. Non-members fee is $10.00 per submission. Artists may submit up to three artworks.

Uncommon Threads Artist Benefits

The Salem Arts Galleries are the newest and most diverse art exhibition space in Salem. The galleries and shop enjoy high exposure in the location in a landmark former church at The Bridge At 211 center.

Our guest judge is Michele Fandel Bonner, a renowned fiber artist. Bonner will select submissions for awards.

  • 1st Prize: $100
  • 2nd Prize: $75
  • 3rd Prize: $50
  • Plus Honorable Mentions

Participating artists will only pay 20% to 40% commissions on sales. Non-member artists are not required to volunteer. They are subject to a 40% sales commission. Member artist sales commission is 20%.

About Salem Arts Association

In 2017, Salem Arts Association found a new home at The Bridge at 211 in Salem, MA. This facility provides Salem Arts with excellent gallery exhibition space, a gallery shop, workshop area, event facilities as well as unprecedented exhibition and learning opportunities. The new home allows Salem Arts to take advantage of performance and event space available at The Bridge and better deliver their mission, “To bring art, in all its forms, to the community and bring the community, in all its diversity, to the arts in Salem, Massachusetts.”

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