This interdisciplinary and intercultural artist exchange was created in 2010 with the idea that in order for art to grow and flourish, it must be exposed to different perspectives and experiences. Each year a new group of thirty artists are alternately hosted either in Salem, New York, or Salem, Germany to inspire one another, using new relationships to create a more in-depth understanding of the artistic process.
Over the initiative’s first five years, artists representing a number of different mediums, generations, and cultural backgrounds participated. In 2014, painters, sculptors, musicians, writers, and multi-media artists from all over the world converged on the grounds in Salem, Germany. During the three week residency, participating artists exchanged ideas, expanding their creative approach both as individuals and together as a group.
There is no a theme or subject mandated for Salem2Salem, and the goal is not necessarily to have a finished product by the end of the residency. The place and the group are the theme, and the participating artists are free to create as they wish. Emphasis is placed on participants taking the time to experiment with various approaches and ways of working as an important component of the artistic process.
2015 will mark the sixth year of this exchange, with artists from all over the world once again returning to work and live in Salem NY. Because of the varied spaces and architecture that comprise the barns and landscape of Washington County, artists are able to envision new ideas and expand upon previously created concepts while working abroad. In Salem NY, artists will have time to explore, challenge, and create. The program then culminates in a group exhibition to be held in August.
Salem2Salem 2015 in Salem, NY
July 26th - August 16th, 2015. Salem2Salem Exhibition August 15th.
Photos By Jess Hough