Intent to Apply 2023

Thank you for your interest in the Salem Arts Festival Gallery!  Over 8,000 people regularly attend this family-friendly Festival, transforming downtown Salem, MA into an opportunity for the arts community to showcase a wide range of talents, including a multidisciplinary gallery located at the heart of the festival.

The juried gallery will be selected by an on-site review process again this year, which will be held the weekend before the festival, May 26 through May 28. Work must be physically dropped off to Old Town Hall to be reviewed by our jurors. Work not accepted must be retrieved following the jury review. Work chosen for the exhibit will be kept for the week and displayed during the festival, June 2 – 4.

This special exhibit is to be judged and juried for prizes by a panel comprised of individuals from the Salem arts community and beyond. Our 2023 jurors include Regina Zaragoza Frey from the City of Salem, Kurt Steinberg of the Peabody Essex Museum, and photographer Susannah Bothe.

The following is the timeline for the jury process:

Art Drop Off – Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square – DOWNSTAIRS

Friday, May 26, 5 pm to 8 pm
Saturday, May 27, 9 am to 12 pm


Notification of Acceptance: Saturday, May 27, mid to late afternoon – via email

Works Not Accepted MUST be picked up at Old Town Hall:

Saturday, May 27, 4:30 pm to 6 pm
Sunday, May 28, 1 pm to 3 pm

Exhibit Dates: Work chosen for exhibition will be kept over the week and will be on display June 2-4, 2023 during the festival. Gallery awards will be announced at the festival on Friday night.

Pick Up Date for Accepted Work – Gallery pieces MUST be picked up at Old Town Hall at the end of the festival on Sunday, June 4, 5 pm to 7 pm.

The submission fee is $10 per piece or $25 for 3 pieces. We will accept cash or checks payable to Salem Main Streets.

Please do not hesitate to contact Elise Towle Snow at with any questions or concerns.