Event Information

Salem Art Fair & Festival 2018

Bush's Pasture Park
Salem, Oregon (West)

Phone: 503-581-2228
Event Dates: 7/20/18 - 7/22/18
Application Deadline: 2/13/18 Midnight PST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $45.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Salem Art Association (SAA) invites artists to apply for participation in the 2018 Salem Art Fair & Festival. This honored 69-year-old event is one of the largest of its kind in the Pacific Northwest and draws artists from around the country. The Salem Art Fair has an outstanding reputation among participants and visitors alike, attracting 36,000 visitors annually. Salem Art Fair & Festival is held in the heart of Salem, Oregon in Bush’s Pasture Park. The 100-acre park is filled with majestic fir and oak trees. The park’s standing as a community gathering space makes this an ideal setting to celebrate creativity and showcase art. 

General Information
Show Dates: July 20, 21 and 22, 2018
Bush’s Pasture Park, Salem, Oregon
Northwest Region

Thursday, July 19: Set-up 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (a schedule with set-up times will be sent upon receipt of contract)
Friday, July 20: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 21: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 22: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2018:                                                                                                          
February 4, 2018, Midnight PST – Early Application deadline. Receive $10 off with coupon code “EARLY”.
February 11, 2018, Midnight PST – Final Application deadline.
March 13, 2018 – Notification of jury results BY EMAIL. 
April 9, 2018 – Commitment deadline for all accepted artists. Salem Art Association must receive a signed exhibitor’s contract and booth fee payment by 5:00 PST on this date.

APPLICATION FEE (non-refundable):
ounted Early Application Fee, received by February 4, 2018, Midnight PST - $45.00 (must enter coupon code "EARLY" for $10 discount).                                                                                  Final Application Fee must be received by February 11, 2018, Midnight PST  


Debra Carus is a metalsmith and jeweler working in gold, silver and gemstones. She specializes in contemporary Nordic design, inspired by her Norwegian roots and her studies in anthropology.  Her love of the ancient world and techniques such as filigree and granulation provide rich textures to her storied modern work.
Debra is represented by galleries in the Northwest, has exhibited at juried art shows for the past 14 years and is an award-winning artist in the Scandinavian community.  She teaches metalsmithing at Multnomah Arts Center in Portland, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology on the Oregon Coast, and in her Clackamas studio. 
Michael de Forest has been a studio artist since 1975 when he first apprenticed as a furniture maker. He was a booth artist in Portland’s Artquake (1982-1995), Grand Prix des Métiers d’Arts in Montréal, Quebec (1992), and Anacortes Arts Festival in 2005 and 2010 (Best of Show).  
Michael has an MFA in Visual Studies from Minneapolis College of Art & Design and has worked as an instructor for Oregon College of Art and Craft from 1993 to 2016, teaching in the Wood BFA Program from 2001 to 2016.
Michael’s gallery affiliations over the years include Contemporary Craft Gallery and Waterstone Gallery in Portland; The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia; del Mano Gallery in Altadena, CA; The Society for Arts and Crafts in Boston; Craft Alliance Center of Art and Design in St Louis, MO; and The Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene, ID.           
Corrine Loomis Dietz is a studio artist, whose work focuses primarily on painting and photography. As a working artist for Golden Paints for many years, she investigates acrylics and teaches concerns of contemporary materials and processes. Loomis Dietz currently divides her energies between studio work, lecturing and teaching in the region. 
For 30 years Corrine has maintained a strong community presence in Salem and surrounding areas, including involvement in programs offered by Salem Art Association: Project Space, Artist Services, the High School Student/Mentor Program, Salem Area Studio Tours and the Salem Art Fair and Festival. An experienced juror, her work is in many collections, including the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, as well as in a variety of national publications.
Barbara Mason is an artist/printmaker who lives and works in Hillsboro, Oregon. A studio artist for almost 30 years, she is a member and former director of Waterstone Gallery in Portland, was the director of Print Arts Northwest for years, and is a founding board member of Art in the Pearl.
A dedicated arts advocate, Barbara has served on many boards, including the Graphic Arts Center of the Portland Art Museum and the Right Brain Initiative for the Regional Arts and Culture Council. She’s a founding board member of Crows Shadow Institute for the Arts in Pendleton, OR and is currently board president of the Hillsboro Visual Arts Assn.  
Barbara shows her work nationally and internationally and has juried many shows in her career, including Art in the Pearl.
Natalie Warrens maintains a full-time ceramic studio in Portland, Oregon.
She received her Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University in 1984 and immediately continued her studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics in 1986.
Natalie began selling her work in the Chicago area while also teaching ceramics part-time at both the university level and in Chicago’s public schools as a visiting artist. She has continued to teach throughout the years at Portland-area colleges and universities.
Natalie exhibits and sells her work in local and national juried shows and galleries. She is a member of the Oregon Potters Association since 1992 and was a board member for Art in the Pearl from 2011-2016.

The Salem Art Fair & Festival is a three-day outdoor celebration of the visual and performing arts. The primary focus of the event is the juried exhibition of high-quality fine art and fine craft. Visitors can meet and talk with the artists while viewing and purchasing their artwork.  Additionally, the festival offers art activities for children, live performances on 2 stages, and food, beer, and wine.

The Salem Art Fair & Festival attendance is approximately 36,000 visitors each year. Over $25,000 is spent to market the event. While the majority of the audience is from the surrounding community, a significant and increasing number of visitors are from around the state and beyond.

The Salem Art Association (SAA) runs the Salem Art Fair & Festival. SAA is a tax-exempt art services organization dedicated to arts education, art appreciation and historic preservation within Salem and the surrounding communities. Founded in 1919, SAA is one of the largest arts organizations in the state. Funds raised through the Salem Art Fair & Festival maintain and grow SAA’s year-round educational programs, including Community Arts Education, the Galleries Program in the Bush Barn Art Center and the Bush House Museum.

Artists may apply in more than one media category but must submit separate applications for each category with different bodies of work. Each category requires a separate user id, set of digital images and jury fee. Artists may not submit the same body of work in multiple categories.

Two artists may share a booth space and application only if they are a collaborative team. A collaborative team is defined as two artists who together produce one body of work. Every artwork exhibited in the booth must be created together. A collaborative team may submit one application, but both names must be on the application and both artists must be present in the booth during the Fair.

The application must include a $45 non-refundable application fee payment. Applicants may pay online by credit card or they may pay by check. Make check payable to “Salem Art Association” and mail to 600 Mission St SE, Salem, Oregon 97302. Applications sent by mail must be received by February 4, 2018, in order to receive the Early Registration discount.  All checks will be deposited upon receipt.

An artist who is selected by the jury and accepts SAF&F’s invitation to exhibit must return a signed Exhibitor’s Contract and a Booth Fee. Salem Art Association must receive the Contract and Booth Fee on or before Monday, April 9, 2018, so please be sure to allow enough time for mailing. Failure to respond by the deadline may result in revocation of the invitation. After the deadline, SAF&F will start issuing invitations to alternates.

NOTE: Applicant must keep SAF&F advised of current mailing address, phone number, and email address.

If an artist who has paid a booth fee cancels on or before Friday, May 4, 2018, 5 pm PST, a refund will be sent, minus a $100.00 administration fee.

If an artist cancels after May 4, 2018, 5 pm PST, no refund will be given.

Approximately 210 artists will be chosen to exhibit at the 2018 event. The artists are chosen through a blind jury process. In addition, a total of 5 award winners from the 2017 exhibit are automatically invited to return.

The jury consists of five arts professionals, with a strong emphasis on working artists. Our aim is to have a panel of respected artists whose collective backgrounds cover as many media as possible. The jury views the images from calibrated projectors. Each applicant’s four images are projected simultaneously in a horizontal grouping, the booth shot being the last image. The criteria for jurying are as follows: Artistic Merit (design, vision, creativity, and originality), Craftsmanship/Technical Competence, and Presentation. The process, materials, and dimensions for each artwork, as well as the artist’s information statement, are available to the jury upon request.

Notification of jury results will be BY ZAPP EMAIL. The top 210 artists will receive invitations.

The balance of artists from the final round will automatically become the waiting list of alternates. If you are an alternate, you will receive notification BY EMAIL. Please do not call.

Decisions of the jury are final.

All images must be anonymous. Please photoshop out artist name before submitting. Please do not title any of your images with either your name or business name. Please be sure artist name or business name do not appear in the booth shot.

The booth image is used to show how the artist will present work at the festival. If you do not have a booth image, please provide an image of a grouping of your body of work to give an idea of how you will present your work at the show.
  • Please follow zapplication guidelines for the images. You may read more at: www.zapplication.org/imaging_tips.phtml.
  • Four images are to be submitted for each individual media category entered by the artist.
  • Three images must be of individual pieces of work.
  • Image #4 must be of artist’s booth. If you do not have an image of your booth, you must provide an image of how you would group your work for display. The fourth image is mandatory. The booth shot helps jurors determine the quality of artist’s presentation and helps identify the scale of artist’s work. Note: this is a blind jury process. Please avoid submitting booth images with any identifiable sign, or photo of the artist.
  • Images must accurately represent the body of the artist's work to be exhibited at SAF&F.
Emerging Artist applicants: Please see Emerging Artist section below for specific instructions regarding image uploading.

For additional tips on photographing your work go to: http://www.dallasartsrevue.com/resources/How-to-Photo-Art.shtml

Media categories are used by the Salem Art Fair & Festival as a tool for organizing artists' images into logical, related groups for the jury's review. While a balanced show that equitably showcases works of fine art and fine craft as well as diversity among media is a principal objective of Salem Art Fair and Festival, the festival establishes no quota or entitlement by media category.

Please note: Mass produced post cards, calendars, mouse pads, magnets, books, etc are not permitted. Note cards are permitted, but must be approved by the Show Director before the festival.

In order to ensure quality of artwork and compliance with the Rules of the Show, booths will be monitored daily.

Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work, other than jewelry, is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed.

Cottage Crafts: This category consists of traditional crafts historically considered functional and may include soap, candles, beadwork, needlepoint, cross stitch, quilting, brooms, dolls and toys, calligraphy, pressed flowers, and hand-embellishments or painting on items that were not made by the artist. Wearable fibers in this category may include painting or other embellishments on fabric that was not made by the artist. Jewelers, whose process consists primarily of assembly, mainly wire wrapping, and the use of commercially produced components such as charms and findings must apply in this category. No pre-packaged food or pre-packaged non-food items of any kind are permitted.

Digital Art: This category includes any original work in which the image was executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category must be printed on archival material and be properly signed and numbered as a limited edition, not to exceed 250 per image. Traditional photographs taken using a digital medium should apply in the Photography Category.

Drawing: Original works created using dry media, including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or using the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category.

Emerging Artists: See description below.

Fiber (non-wearable): All original work crafted from fiber that is not wearable, including basketry, embroidery, weaving, rug making, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted.

Fiber Wearables: All original work crafted from fiber that is wearable (i.e. hats, scarves, shoes, clothing, belts, purses, etc). No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited in this category.

Glass: Category includes original hand blown, lampworking and stained glass.  No forms of mass production are permitted.

Graphics and Printmaking: Original work where the artist has hand- manipulated the plates, stones or screens. All prints must be properly signed and numbered as a limited edition, not to exceed 250. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.

Jewelry: All jewelry, whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials, must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds, individual beads, or production studio work is allowed. Jewelers whose process consists primarily of assembly and the use of commercially produced components such as charms and findings must apply in the Cottage Crafts category.

No more than 15% of a piece may consist of commercial findings. Not acceptable are commercially purchased components (beads, glass, gems, pearls, metal, other components not made by the artist) that are strung or assembled and/or twisted on wire, with no substantial original work done by the artist (that is considered Cottage Crafts - please see category description above).

Metalworks:  Works, other than jewelry, incorporating metal are accepted in this category. Jewelry incorporating metal must apply in the jewelry category. No production studio work is allowed.

2-D Mixed Media: Any work designed to be displayed on a wall and which combines two or more media (for example: ink & pastel, or painting and collage).

3-D Mixed Media: Freestanding work with a multi-sided orientation, which incorporates two or more materials.

Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category. Pastels should apply in the Drawing/Pastels category.

Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Prints must meet “archival quality” standards and be properly signed and numbered as a limited edition, not to exceed 250 per image. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes.

Sculpture: Original freestanding three-dimensional work done in any medium.

Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.  Category includes functional wooden craft and toys.

The Emerging Artist Program is limited to artists residing in Oregon or Washington. The program is designed specifically for artists who have no experience or extremely minimal experience exhibiting and selling their artwork. Artists who are just beginning their careers in the art world are encouraged to apply.

Artists may only apply to the Emerging Artist Program OR to the general show. You may not apply to both. The application fee is the same for both.

The application procedure for Emerging Artist applicants is slightly different. When uploading images, please submit FOUR images of your work instead of 3 images and a booth image. To complete your submission, upload the fourth artwork image and mark the box that states it is a booth image and select “Emerging Artist” as your Medium Category.

Two artists will be chosen as Emerging Artists. Upon acceptance, Artist will pay a reduced booth fee of $250. Artist will also receive mentoring from a professional artist to help guide them through the details of festival preparation, display, and sales. A 10x10 tent will be set-up and a table and chair will be provided. Artist is responsible for his or her own display.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: Artists who have previously exhibited in festivals and are now changing their medium do not qualify as emerging artists. If you have any questions as to whether or not you qualify, please contact the festival director prior to applying for this program.

SAF&F will pre-screen and research emerging artist applicants to make sure they are a suitable fit for this category. If you do not qualify for the Emerging Artists Program, your application will be moved to the general show application.

Artistic excellence is the sole criterion for the festival awards. Best of Show will be awarded $500. Four artists will receive Merit Awards of $250 each. All five artists are automatically invited to return the following year. Awards are presented Friday evening on the Main Stage prior to the headliner entertainment.  

• Complimentary lunch or dinner on Thursday during Set-Up
• Omelets made to order on Saturday and Sunday mornings
• Daily treats and beverages
• Artist Hospitality Tent available throughout the fair
• “Artists Only” portable toilets
• Booth sitters
• Designated artist food lines
• Merit Awards
As a promotion, $2,500 in Art Fair Bucks are given to random attendees, which can be used to purchase art and, in turn, are redeemed by the artist for cash.




1. All work must be original, handcrafted work. Artist guarantees the accuracy of the description of the work presented and the authenticity of the work as the creation of their own hands. (Please refer to “Cottage Crafts” in the MEDIA CATEGORIES section above for the sole exception to this rule.)

2. Work done by a production studio is not acceptable. All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist. (Please refer to “Cottage Crafts” in the MEDIA CATEGORIES section above for the sole exception to this rule.)

3. No more than two artists may collaborate on work. Both must be included on and sign the application. Both must be present at the Salem Art Fair & Festival (SAF&F).

4. An artist may not submit multiple applications in one category.

5. An artist may apply in multiple categories with different bodies of work, but each category requires a separate application and fee.

6. Artist must be present in his/her booth for the entire three days of the SAF&F. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist. The SAF&F will require photo identification at check-in to ensure compliance.

7. All artwork exhibited in the booth must be in the same category and be of the same quality and style as the work selected by the Jury.

8. T-shirts, magnets, books, or any other mass-produced items are not allowed. Greeting cards may be sold with the permission of the Art Fair Director. (Please refer to “Cottage Crafts” in the MEDIA CATEGORIES section above for exception)

9. Reproductions of an artist’s original work are allowed, but must be labeled as reproductions and must be numbered (not to exceed 250). Artist may have no more than one bin of reproductions without prior permission of the Art Fair Director. Reproductions of an artist’s original work may be exhibited on the walls, but must not represent more than 25% of total booth content. 

Booth Information
*Please do not send a booth fee with your application.
$525.00 for 10’ x 10’ booth
$630 for inside park corner booth (10' x 10')
$700 for main path walkway booth (10' x 10')
$785 for main path corner booth (10’ x 10’)
$840 for a 10' x 15' booth (limited availability)
$1,050.00 for a 10’ x 20’ booth
$1,155 for a double inside park corner booth (10' x 20')
$1,300 for a double main path corner booth (10’ x 20’)

Each exhibitor will be provided a space measuring from 10’x10’ to 10”x20”. Artists are to provide their own display booth, racks and/or tables in order to display their work in an outdoor environment.  Rentals are available on a limited basis.

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. A schedule of set-up times will be sent upon receipt of contract.

Artists retain all revenue from the sale of their work. There is no commission taken by SAF&F. There is no sales tax in Oregon.
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