THIS PROGRAM IS UNAVAILABLE UNTIL THE RENOVATION OF OUR ANNEX SPACE IS COMPLETED
Studio Annex Artist in Residence Program Description
Salem Art Association’s (SAA) Artists Services Program is revitalizing its Artist-in-Residence (AIR) Program. This program aims to serve professional artists by providing a flexible space for artistic development.
While not the primary focus of the AIR, SAA asks that each artist engage with our local community in some way during the residency. Please include in your proposal which areas might be of interest to you.
Suggestions: studio hours open to the public, performance, education workshop or event, lecture, other, please describe
Type of Facility
Founded in 1919 in Salem, Oregon, the Salem Art Association is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization which has served the mid-Willamette valley for nearly 100 years and is one of the largest community arts organizations in Oregon.
Who Can Apply
All artists, including literary, visual, and performing artists. Please submit a description of a clearly defined project. SAA may or may not consider artists particularly complementary to an occurring SAA exhibit.
Dates of Operation
SAA is open year-round.
SAA is located in the beautiful Bush’s Pasture Park in downtown Salem, Oregon.
With a strong tradition of artistic excellence since 1919, the Salem Art Association enriches the cultural fabric of our community. From contemporary art exhibits at Bush Barn Art Center, decorative and historic art at the Bush House Museum, public cultural programs and school programs to the annual Salem Art Fair & Festival, SAA’s many activities foster creativity and appreciation for the arts in our local community.
Studio space is located in the Art Annex, a space adjacent to the main building which is the renovated barn of the Bush family. Historical Bush House is located across the parking lot from both buildings.
SAA’s Art Annex is (est.) 630 square feet, with a loft at (est.) 300 square feet.
Several eight foot tables, easels, small refrigerator, sink and storage space, are on site.
There is a printmaking press on site, currently installed in an enclosed room.
SAA strives to maintain a non-toxic environment and is committed to physical and bodily health and safety. Please provide a list of any chemical materials, tools or potentially hazardous materials you may use and how materials will be safely disposed of. A solvent garbage can will be provided. Ventilation is provided by windows and doors only.
How to Apply
Mail or email cover letter and resume, statement of what you hope to achieve from your residency including length of time desired, samples of recent work, list of three references and any support materials, via email to Kathleen Dinges Rice, Community Arts Education Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
Kathleen Dinges Rice
Salem Art Association
600 Mission Street SE
Salem, OR 97302
Length of each residency may vary from four to six weeks. Please state specific dates of preference.
For Spring Artist-in-Residence (between March 16 and May 1)
For Fall Artist-in-Residence (between October 15 and December 15)
Focus Gallery Exhibition Schedule for AIR
Spring AIR May / June exhibition
Fall AIR January/February exhibition
Details will be reviewed on an individual basis.
Approximate Cost to Artist
Transportation, meals, materials, and incidentals are costs to artists.
Housing is not provided.
Salem Art Association currently has a minimal budget to support this program.