The idea for the salem2salem artist exchange formed in July 2009 from a conversation between Peter Lundberg (US) and Bernd Stieghorst (DE / CH). Afterwards, the curators of the Bodensee Kulturraum, Bernd Stieghorst and Gunar Seitz, developed the first concept for the implementation of the project to take place in the Bodenseekreis in 2010. In October 2009, Anthony Cafritz, Barbara and Bill Carris and Peter Lundberg visited the Zeppelin Museum in Friedrichshafen and met with Lothar Wölfle, the district administrator of the district office Bodenseekreis, and Dr. Stefan Feucht, the cultural office director and Assistance was promised from all sides. It was decided that the implementation in 2010 under the organizational leadership of the Cultural Office of Lake Constance in Salem (Germany) would host the first project and a year later the project would continue in Salem (NY).
About the Residency
In 2010 Salem Art Works partnered with the Lake Constance Cultural Department in Salem, Germany to create an international artist residency exchange program. Every year since, the organizations have taken turns hosting groups of interdisciplinary artists, alternating every other year between Salem, New York USA and Salem, Germany.
At each location, participants are provided with room, board, studio, and a small budget for materials. Travel to and from the residency is at the expense of the artist. One benefit for participants is their exposure to new art practices and perspectives, with the freedom to work in new ways. Artists also benefit from living and working in a creative international community, sharing work in progress and receiving support and critical feedback through ongoing discussion.
The public is encouraged to stop by and visit during organized events. Activities include weekly open mic nights, one open studio visit, and a final exhibition featuring music, visual, spoken, and performance art produced during the residency.
Please join us for our upcoming events, meet our new artists. See our calendar below for details.
Schedule August 1–25 2019
Thur Aug 1, Arrival, 12–8 PM
Fri Aug 2, Orientation & Tour, 10–12 PM
Mix & Mingle with Shop Directors, 4–5 PM
Young and Studio Artist Exhibition (N. Main Gallery), 5-7 PM
Tues Aug 6, Scrap Metal Field Trip (Rutland VT), 8 AM-2 PM
Wed Aug 7, MASS MoCA Field Trip (North Adams MA), 9 AM–5 PM
Thur Aug 8, Participatory performance “Harder Barter Market/Härterer Tauschmarkt”, 5-6 PM Presented by Lifetime Guarantee a collaboration of Jenny Hillenbrand and Kristen Tordella-Williams
Live Music by David Cuite, 6 PM
Fri Aug 9, Intro to Glass, from 3–5 PM
Tue Aug 13, Aluminum Pour, TBA
B-Sides @ Salem Tavern, 7:30–11 PM
Thur Aug 15, Small Ceramic Wood-Kiln loading & 48-Hour Firing
Studio Visits with Sarah Tanguy, Art in Embassies US Department of State
Lecture by Sarah Tanguy and Mary Early Washington DC Sculptor, 5 PM
Sat Aug 17, Music on the Hill, Live Music Motorbike, 4–8 PM
Tue Aug 20, B-Sides @ Salem Tavern, 7:30–11 PM
Wed Aug 21, Small Ceramic Wood-Kiln Unloading, TBA
Thur Aug 22, Exhibition prep, Install, and rehearsals, TBA
Fri Aug 23, Closing Exhibition
Sat 24-Sun 25, Exhibition deinstall, packing, and departure