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. We are open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm. We anticipate slowly increasing hours after that. Please check back for updates to the schedule.

We ask, 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.

August 5 – September 25, 2021 | AN Bush GalleryOctober 1 – October 30 | AN Bush Gallery

Reception October, 1 from 5:30 – 7:30

Organized by Artists in Action (AIA), Paint The Town/Write the Town is an opportunity for area artists, photographers and poets of all skill levels to meet and create art inspired by picturesque areas in and around Salem. The mission of this event is to raise awareness of the arts and artists in the Salem area, offer artists an organized event where they can create art outdoors with a juried exhibit opportunity, and to invite the public to observe the artists at work and their artwork.

October 1 – October 30 | Focus Gallery
Reception October 1, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

While creating, I follow a philosophy of keeping things as close as possible to how they are perceived. My aim is to arrange the world in a pleasing way, informed by my hopefully unique insights, and to share these arrangements with you through the lens of a camera.

- Josh Deeney

October 8 - November 13 | Annex
Community Celebration Friday October 29 from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Ofrenda is a community altar embracing elements of the Día de los Muertos traditions in Mexico. The exhibition explores death as an ever present part of life and creates an atmosphere for all to remember our ancestors and the lives of those loved. Artist Eddie Caine is building an altar for the community. You are invited to participate by bringing objects and photographs throughout the exhibition..

November 11 – December 24, 2021 | AN Bush Gallery
Opening Night Reception Friday November 12, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

urator David G. Lewis, Assistant Professor OSU, Member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in collaboration with Salem Art Association. The exhibition addresses the history and culture of the original Kalapuyans at Chemeketa Village, the original native peoples of what became Salem, Oregon. The exhibit images and text look at settler changes to the name and character of the town and how the Chemeketans adapted to the new American culture. Finally the exhibit documents challenges that Native peoples continue to face in the region from federal and state authorities in the recent past and present.

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 opportunities.


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.


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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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 of this pandemic.

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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