This year we celebrate an important milestone in our organization’s history with the 75th presentation of the Salon Show, our most prestigious exhibit, dating back to 1936, when local artists approached the owners of Minas Department Store in downtown Hammond about the possibility of hosting an art exhibit. The Salon Show is known for its generous $10,000 purse of prize money, including the $2,000 Helen V. Surovek Memorial Award.

The 75th Annual Salon Show

The exhibit that launched South Shore Arts in the ladies hat department of Minas Department Store in downtown Hammond!

September 9 – November 8, 2018

 About the Juror 


Sergio Gomez is a Chicago based visual artist, curator and creative entrepreneur. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Northern Illinois University. Gomez' work has been the subject of over 40 solo exhibitions, and he has participated in over 150 group exhibitions in the US and abroad. Gomez' work has been exhibited in Italy, Spain, Sweden, Egypt, England, Austria, Korea, Belgium, Mexico and the US. His work can be found in private and public collections, including the National Museum of Mexican Art, Brauer Museum of Art and the MIIT Museo Internazionale Italia Arte. Currently, Gomez has a solo museum show traveling to two museums in Europe and a second one traveling to two museums in Mexico.

Besides his ample studio practice, Gomez is the founder/director of 33 Contemporary Gallery, curator/director of exhibitions at the Zhou B. Art Center, contributor for Italia Arte Magazine, an Art/Design faculty member at South Suburban College, and co-founder of the Art NXT Level Program, which helps artists launch and succeed in their careers.

Gomez' weekly Art NXT Level videos and podcasts inspire and educate contemporary artists around the world. Gomez has curated special projects for the Chicago Park District, Garfield Park Conservatory, ArtSpot Miami International Art Fair during Art Basel Miami, Sirona Fine Arts, Evanston Art Center, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali of Turin, National Museum of Mexican Art, and ExpoChicago among others.