Past Exhibitions


Stronger Together: Images from the Women’s March in Salem
March 12-28

In response to the local community’s current political and social atmosphere, this exhibit, curated by Barry Shapiro, looked at the Women’s March in Salem through the eyes of two photographers who use their cameras to regularly document daily life. Diane Beals and Greg Zurbrugg cast their trained eyes at an important local event. They found the uplifting strength of commitment and community. Their images capture and preserve this worldwide day of solidarity as it happened in Oregon’s capitol city.

Image: Photo by Greg Zurbrugg

Artist-in-Residence: Bonnie Hull

February 13-March 8

Bonnie Hull used drawing to explore the flora of Bush’s Pasture Park’s during her time as the Annex  Artist-in-Residence (AIR). Hull was the first ever AIR when the program opened in 2010. During that residency, she says she began to appreciate “the close connection of the Annex to the many gardens in Bush’s Pasture Park,” and notes that the gardens became “integral” to the work she completed. Because of this experience, she decided to get to the root of her fascination, and continue her series of drawings.

Artist-in-Residence: Corrine Loomis-Dietz
January 23-February 10, 2017

Influenced by the Expressionists and many modernist movements, Corrine Loomis-Dietz loves to investigate the abstract reality of paint and process. This artist has been described as a “storyteller” as her work often chronicles family and friends in personal environments. As part of the Salem Art Association’s Artist-in-Residence program in the Annex, Loomis-Dietz explored monotype and collagraph printmaking techniques. She focused on employing acrylic paint systems, plate and  press options, and collaborating with other printmakers in the community.

Artist-in-Residence: Jim Hockenhull
January 15-28, 2017

Jim Hockenhull participated as an Artist-in-Residence (AIR) at the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center. He said of his residency: “I am not looking for answers. I’m looking for interesting questions. I’m looking forward to this residency as an opportunity to extend my studio, my work habits, and my ideas into the community.”


TEDxSalem Artist-in-Residence: Kathryn Cellerini Moore
December 15-January 7, 2016

Kathryn Cellerini Moore was the 2017 TEDxSalem Artist-in-Residence (AIR). The Salem Art Association’s Community Arts Education program is collaborated with TEDxSalem to provide a space for the AIR to complete a stage installation, which set the tone for the January 7 event at the Salem Convention Center. The TEDxSalem AIR program aims to connect with the community through public art. As part of the program, Cellerini Moore will presented a TEDx talk on stage in addition to creating the installation. It is the hope that through this program, ideas, innovation and community will be connected through art.

Annex Prints!
November 11-December 24, 2016

Annex Prints! showcased ten local printmakers in the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center. Work from Willamette Valley artists Rosemary Cohen, Annegret Disterheft, Paul Gentry, KC Hancock, Jo Hockenhull, Ann Kresge, Rebecca McCannell, Gary Rawlins, Hillary Russel and James Thompson will be on view. Visitors will experience a diversity of approaches to printmaking, ranging from monotype to silkscreen, and abstract to representational.

October 16-November 4, 2016

The Salem Art Association exhibited 28 prints from Print Arts Northwest (PAN) in the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center. Artists working in intaglio, relief, monotype and silkscreen were featured. Exhibiting artists included: Jules Altfas, Kristine Blodget, Lise Drost, Dennis Floyd, Jan Fowler, Kristin Kohl, Liv Rainey-Smith and Ann Truax. A panel discussion titled “The Nature of Prints” took place on October 25.

PAN is a nonprofit organization of professional printmakers who advocate the art of printmaking by providing exhibitions, professional development and educational programs that promote the creation, appreciation and collection of original artists’ prints. PAN has a great diversity of fine art prints representing many different printing processes drawn from a membership of over sixty artists in 6 western states. Exhibitions of the work of PAN members take place regularly in local galleries, universities and colleges, libraries, and businesses. PAN is located at the Multnomah Arts Center in Portland, Oregon.

Looking Forward: LOOKING BACK
September 23-October 14, 2016

Looking forward: LOOKING BACK was the inaugural exhibition in the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center after the newly renovated space reopened to the public. Through audio interviews and visual art from past Salem Art Association artists and administrators such as Carl Hall, Charles Heaney, Sara Swanberg, Nancy Lindburg and Bonnie Hull, visitors were able to reflect on the history of the organization and imagine what the future would hold. Large-scale drawing installations by Andrew Myers were also on view. A conversation with Cynthia Addams, Carol Baumann, Vicki Falcon, Eileen Cotter Howell, Bonnie Hull, Kristin Kuhns, Nancy Lindburg, Karen Runkel, Sara Swanberg, Elisabeth Walton and David Worrix took place on Friday, October 14 to wrap up the exhibition.