SAA’s educational programming, specifically the Artists-in-the-Schools Program (AIS) and the Arts & History Immersion Program (AHIP). 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.

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 checkback 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.

August 5 – September 25, 2021 | AN Bush Gallery

Reception Friday, August 27, 5-9 

Since my return to Oregon, I have gradually returned to where I started, that is to seek an expression and style that goes beyond the love of painting, and finds a view of the world through its realities and dreams. I have been making paintings now for sixty five years.  Except for five years that I devoted to making sculpture, this pursuit has been ongoing and continuous.

AUGUST 10 – OCTOBER 5, 2021
Reception August, 27 from 5-9

Creating this work was my personal way to process the wringer that has been our recent history. Social isolation and derailing of the status quo served as a catalyst for mass introspection. A process anywhere from internal, intimate reflection, to an arching global scale. I hope that we as a whole have emerged from this period with reduced social insecurities, open hearts, and a fierce anger towards the system as we know it.

August 5 – September 25 | Focus Gallery
Artists Reception Friday, August 27, 5-9 

Portraits that give recognition to Latin women, who helped our community to progress.  Some were the first women in government jobs, colleges or universities (Chemeketa Community College).  Other Latin women helped provide assistance such as affordable housing for migrants and farm workers. 

August 5 – September 25 | Camas Gallery
Artists Reception Friday, August 27, 5-9 

Alex Buron is a self-taught multi-media artist who grew up in Salem, Oregon and comes from a first generation-working-class family. As seen through his photographs, Alex captures resistance to capitalism and colonization manifested through survival, spirituality, radical grassroots movements, pre-colonial economies, culture and art. Alex’s uses his deep knowledge of systemic racism to highlight the raw beauty of the people and places most affected by it. Alex uses photography as a tool for empowering the communities he photographs, rather than simply capturing a moment in time. In this exhibition, Alex highlights the Mercado, resistance and rural life.

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.


Le invitamos a leer estas páginas y a disfrutar de regalos que serán apreciados, obras de arte que inspiran y elevan, y hermosos artículos para el uso diario. A través de esta plataforma, le animamos a apoyar a los artistas locales y a mantener el arte en nuestras comunidades.


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.

Upcoming Events, Workshops, & Artist in residency

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Mercado en línea

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.

Le invitamos a leer estas páginas y a disfrutar de regalos que serán apreciados, obras de arte que inspiran y elevan, y hermosos artículos para el uso diario. A través de esta plataforma, le animamos a apoyar a los artistas locales y a mantener el arte en nuestras comunidades.


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

Apply Now

Apoyar a la SAA

Los programas de la SAA no estarían en funcionamiento sin el apoyo de la feria de arte y de nuestros otros eventos de recaudación de fondos y de creación de comunidad, incluyendo el Clay Ball, una subasta formal y un banquete que incluye arte local y regional y paquetes de experiencias; y la Holiday Showcase & Gala, que celebra la oportunidad de experimentar y comprar regalos navideños originales, hechos a mano, y la vista previa de las próximas exposiciones de arte de la SAA.


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