As things slowly get back to normal, our hours will be limited so that we can ensure the health and safety of all of our staff and visitors. To begin, we will be open the following hours in July: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm. We anticipate having these hours from July 1 - July 31 and then slowly increasing hours after that. Please check our website for updates to the schedule.

We ask, of course, that visitors continue to wear masks and maintain social distancing when enjoying the art in our galleries. And, of course, we hope that everyone who enters our galleries has received the vaccine.

Join us for the 2021 Virtual Salem Art Fair & Festival, July 16 through July 25, presented by Spirit Mountain Casino and produced by Salem Art Association. During the ten days of the festival, visitors will find many of the same elements you’ve come to love at the annual event, including seventy-eight featured artist’s “booths”, musical performances, kids’ activities, community partners, and more.

Guests can shop directly from the artists through their websites. In addition, some artists will be live streaming from their studios during the event on Facebook, Instagram, and Zoom.

We’ve added several in-person activities for this year’s event, taking place at the recently opened Bush Barn Art Center and our Community Partners locations. For more details, please take a look at our schedule page. And stay tuned to social media to participate in raffles throughout the event.

JULY, 1 – 31, 2021

The Salem Salon is back! After more than a year of not seeing one another, or even worse, not seeing any art, this year’s Salem Salon, a non-juried, community art exhibition, is back! The Salon is one of our most popular exhibitions. Salem Art Association (SAA) invites artists in Marion, Polk, and Yamhill Counties to participate in our summer exhibition – SALEM SALON –BETTER TOGETHER. <

Latinos Unidos Siempre (LUS) is partnering with the Salem Art Association to display an exhibition surrounding the empowerment of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPoC). LUS has invited community artists who identify as BIPoC to display their artwork about empowerment, which will be displayed in the upstairs gallery. These artists are creating artwork about empowerment through self-love, self-care, community organizing, and more. Youth organizers from LUS will also be making their own personal contributions to the exhibition, including through murals in the Annex. The month-long exhibition will consist of an open house with an artists’ panel, an open mic event with live art, and a social justice panel.

This Changes Everything (This Changes Nothing)
July, 1 – 15 2021

I am juggling three different processes at the moment; collage, watercolor drawings, and cut-wood pieces that I call my “Wall Drawings.” With all I like to play around with silhouetting, patterning, geometric design qualities and symmetry. The recognizable characters of my current work often include insects, flowers, and birds, and the designs also play with negative space as an emotive quality. You may assume when looking at my work that entomology, ornithology, and botany are of interest to me, because I appropriate a lot of that arrangement style in my compositions. This is true. However, in full disclosure, I mostly consider the collective outcome of these studies and the corresponding physical collection or presentation without much curiosity towards any scientific findings.


Following the health and safety guidelines from the Governor’s Office and Youth Programs guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, the Salem Art Association (SAA) is excited to offer a modified schedule of summer camps in late July and early August 2021.

All of our camps will prioritize the health and safety of all participating children and adults.


We invite you to peruse these pages and enjoy gifts that will be cherished, artworks that inspire and uplift, and beautiful items for everyday use. Through this platform, we encourage you to support local artists and keep the arts thriving in our communities.

Thank you for your interest in employment with the Salem Art Association. We are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and qualified workforce, and strive to maintain a staff that works together to realize our mission: To actively engage the community in the appreciation of the arts through contemporary art exhibitions, events, and education. Learn more about other oppertunies.


SAA has a series of Art Boxes available for teachers to use in the classroom. Teaching Artists have recorded short videos of art activities using materials found around the house to do at home with students! Scroll down for videos.


Musical Line Drawing with Sonia Allen


Drawing with Shapes with Teaching Artist Nancy Kurz


Calligraphy with Lyn Graybeal

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The Salem Art Association is a 501c3 non-profit organization serving the mid-Willamette Valley since 1919.

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Due to the impacts of the pandemic, Salem Art Association is closed until further notice. However this organization remains committed to building community through the arts and this is something we bequeath to the future.

We stand together and know that art in our lives is absolutely pivotal in understanding one another, in finding common ground, and in imagining creative solutions together. Art brings us together and unites us in our humanity. It enhances our natural instinct to overcome obstacles and to care for each other – to remember what it means to be human, especially during the most challenging times.

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Through this platform, we will be serving our artists and community with opportunities and interactions in the arts while respecting the need to keep everyone safe doing the current pandemic.

We invite you to peruse these pages and enjoy gifts that will be cherished, artworks that inspire and uplift, and beautiful items for everyday use. Through this platform, we encourage you to support local artists and keep the arts thriving in our communities.


Community Arts Education (CAE)

Virtual Arts Programming for Students and Adults:

SAA’s Community Arts Education is continuing to look for alternative ways to adapt our school programs that include arts education to K-5 students in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties, especially to those attending Title I schools. Offering a virtual learning component is another way that the Salem Art Association is striving to ensure that kids stay connected to the arts.

  • Out of the Box: Art Activities for Kids via social media and on our website
  • Art for Kids YouTube videos
  • Art Boxes with lessons and material lists available online
  • Teaching Artist YouTube videos for more in depth art making
  • Teaching Artist Anecdotes that are fun, yet share with all of us the value of making art

Learn more About CAE

Call for Artists

Call for Artists opportunities for the Bush Barn Art Center take place throughout the year. Click the link for a current list of ways to get your art out into the world through the Salem Art Association

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Support SAA

SAA’s programs would not be operational without the support from the art fair and our other fundraising and community-building events including the Clay Ball, a formal auction and banquet including local and regional art and experience packages; and the Holiday Showcase & Gala, celebrating the opportunity to experience and purchase original, hand-crafted holiday gifts and preview SAA’s upcoming art exhibitions.


Thank you to the following supporters whose generous contributions support the Salem Art Association in making art experiences possible for everyone in our community.

Compton Family Foundation

Michele J. Patterson

Janet Neuburg

Braemar Charitable Trust

Harvest Foundation

Bob & Marypat Hill Family Foundation

Autzen Foundation

William S. Walton Charitable Trust


Special thanks to our generous sponsors