Independent Group

Mark di Suvero: For Euler, 1997

Mark di Suvero: For Euler, 1997

Bring a group to SAW for a custom residency or workshop experience. Individuals, groups, and organizations can rent SAWs housing, facilities, and services to execute their vision in a creative community and space.

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Group residencies are self-funded artist-led projects. Visual artists working in any medium, as well as writers, choreographers, musicians, and performers, may apply on a rolling basis.

SAWs group residencies have flexible parameters including duration, group size, use of space and resources to support each groups unique vision.

Group residency examples are: a director brings performers to develop and rehearse; a teacher brings a group of students for a weeklong intensive kiln building workshop; an artist collective makes individual or collaborative work to make a catalogue and exhibit; a sculptor brings assistants to create a piece in the park; a company plans a conference and meets daily with a team building workshop; a family books a custom workshop to make knives for a reunion.

Groups may customize their residency choosing their dates, duration, number of participants, type of accommodations, meals, studio, facility access, instruction or technical support, transportation, materials, and documentation.

In keeping with Salem Art Works’ mission to create a collaborative and open space for art making, all residents are invited to give an artist talk, participate in studio critiques, and events, as well as, clean up after themselves at mealtime and in shared work spaces. Residents who are at SAW for more than a week also participate in a rotating cooking and cleaning schedule.

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For Who Early-career, emerging, mid-career and established Artists

Media/Genre All media

When All year

Duration Any Duration

Benefits/Costs See details below

+ Independent Artist Fees

Facilities Price varies, please see individual shop pages

Studio $25 per day. SAW studios are at least 12' x 12' with table, chair, wall space, and easels.

Meals $30 per day (Breakfast $5, Lunch $10, and dinner $15).

SAWs kitchen is fully stocked. Artists make their own breakfast and lunch. Staff and Artists prepare dinners, served family style, with a rotating cooking schedule.

Tent Camping $45 per night, includes three meals. Artists must bring their own camping gear and have access to public restrooms and outdoor showers. Wifi and laundry available onsite.

Trailer, Arthouse, or Indoor room $75 per night, includes three meals. SAW trailers and Arthouses do not have plumbing, but do have access to electricity outlets. Artists are responsible for power cord and have access to public bathrooms and outdoor showers. Indoor rooms provide linens and shared restrooms. Spaces are single or double occupancy, please specify preference.

Extra people $25 per night, includes three meals.

+ Application Details

Application Fee n/a

Application Timeline

  • Applications Accepted: Rolling
  • Deadline: Rolling
  • Notification: Minimum of two to six weeks

Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make any changes.

SAW will not accept late applications and encourage artists to apply again in the future or apply for an independent or group residency should they miss the deadline.

Who Can Apply?

You must be at least 21 years old.

There is no limit to the number of times an artist or group may apply and participate.

All of SAWs programs, activities, and services are provided equally without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Required Information

  • Artist Statement (150 Word)
  • Letter of Intent (150 Word) Describe your goals for the residency and how you plan to use your time at SAW, your anticipated use of SAWs space, facilities, and technical support
  • Resume
  • 12 Work Samples Images - jpg, Written Documents - pdf, Video and Film Files - mp4 or .mov
  • Title Sheet

Review Process

Residency applications are reviewed by staff as they are received.

Residency offers are made based on the nature and artistic merit of each applicant’s proposal, the quality of the artist’s work to date, and SAWs schedule.

‘Edmonton to Salem’ Group Residency Exchange

In the summer of 2018, I was given the opportunity to embark on a unique and ambitious project through the generous support of Salem Art Works and guidance from my dear friend, Anthony Cafritz. Anthony and I conceived of the idea to create an art residency at SAW just for Canadian artists. With help from SAW, I wrote my first grant proposal and was awarded $23,800 from the Canada Council for the Arts. We brought ten Canadian artists from my home town of Edmonton, Alberta to attend a four week artist residency in the month of July, 2018. Throughout the project I was challenged in a wide range of new ways as I took on the new role of Director and Curator of this residency. This position was invaluable to my career as a young professional in the arts.

Vanessa Mastronardi, Directed and curated the Edmonton Artist Exchange Residency

‘Form-Idea’ Group Residency Workshop Intensive

“I think we all seemed to agree that the Workshop was successful. For the "New Comers" it provided a skill making experience in forged metal (hook making) and an opportunity to apply those skills in making a sculptural form. For the others, former members of James' Art Students League Metal Forging Class, it was an experience to take an original, uniquely personal idea to a realized form in forged metal over the course of two days.

Thanks to the Salem Arts Center for the opportunity to have this workshop, Anthony Cafritz's vision of enabling artists the place and facilities (the new blacksmith shop is great!) to explore their art form, Jenny and Luke who really made this a possibility, working hard at what they so capably do and being so welcoming. The entire SAW staff makes it a great place for creatives.

A very special thanks to James Garvey for sharing his knowledge, skill and experience as an artist blacksmith and in creating and instructing this workshop. Bravo!

It was an enjoyable experience being together, learning, developing skills, working, making having a great workshop at SAW. Hope that we can all be together again in the future.”

Bill Graziano and James Garvey, Form-Idea workshop group leaders