South Shore Arts is pleased to present the 76th Annual Salon Show, opening September 14 and continuing through November 10, 2019. This regional exhibition, in recognition of artists from Indiana and Cook County Illinois, is an exceptional display of talent and creativity from our region and beyond. A reception and awards ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 22 from 1:00 to 3:00pm.

The Salon Show is a tradition that has defined South Shore Arts since its inception in the late 1930s when ten area artists launched an exhibition of visual art in the hat department of the Edward C. Minas Department Store in downtown Hammond. The record is not clear, but there was an interruption in the exhibition for several of the war years. Then in 1944, it resumed again, becoming known as the Salon Show.

Thanks to the generosity of many long-time contributors, up to $10,000 in cash awards will be given away! Highest among the prizes is the Surovek Award of Excellence, a $2,000 top prize, that has been made annually for over 25 years in memory of Helen V. Surovek by her family.

Salon Show guidelines

All fine art media are accepted, including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, fiber, glass, mixed media, digital/video media, ceramics, and jewelry.

  • All work must be original and completed within the past two years. Ineligible work includes assigned class work or work previously exhibited by South Shore Arts. All work must be suitable for display.

  • Graphic work must be backed, protected by glass or (preferable) plexiglas and framed. Paintings can be framed or unframed. ALL WORK must be fitted with wire or d-rings. Sawtooth hanging devices are unacceptable.

  • Work must not weigh more than 150 pounds. Shipped work must conform to UPS regulations.

  • South Shore Arts receives 35% of sale proceeds. Indiana sales tax is applicable. Work in the show will be listed for sale unless otherwise instructed. All sold work must remain on view for the duration of the exhibition. A payment check to the artist will be issued within 30 days of the exhibit’s close.

  • $25 allows for two entries. A third entry can be summited for an additional $5. Please pay online or make checks payable to South Shore Arts and indicate Salon Show Entry Fee on the memo line of the check. If sending via mail the fee must accompany the entry form found in the submission guidelines.

how to submit your work

The deadline for submission is August 16, 2019 by 5pm. Complete submission guidelines and mail in entry forms can be found here.

To submit online click from the options below:

2D submission for 2 pieces $25

2D submission for 3 pieces $30

3D submission for 2 pieces $25

3D submission for 3 pieces $30

Important dates:

Entry Deadline: August 16, 2019, 5pm

Notification for accepted work sent out: August 23, 2019

Delivery of accepted work:  Sunday, September 8, 3-5pm & Monday, September 9, 9am-5pm

Award Ceremony: Sunday, September 22, 1-3pm

Exhibit Run:  September 14 – November 10, 2019

Pick up Exhibit Work:  Monday, November 10 & Tuesday, November 11, 9am-5pm

The Juror

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In contrast to the tradition of artists creating works informed by a consistent visual language, David Klamen embraces an aesthetic diversity that is directed instead by an exploration of an expanding idea. In recent years, the scale of his work has shifted from tiny to larger than life, the imagery from pictorial to digital abstraction, and the tone from the silent to the aggressive, yet in each there is a common commitment. All of these works use various visual images and processes in order to investigate the question of how we know our culture and ourselves. His current paintings test epistemological strategies as diverse as OP Art (and its implication that knowledge may be a purely retinal experience), empiricism (the idea that the sole source of knowledge is direct quantifiable experience), introspection, and others. In this investigation, Klamen plays with the history of art, utilizing modern and pre-modern conventions as metaphors for our communal search for meaning.

Klamen earned his Bachelor's of Fine Arts at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana, and his Master's of Fine Arts in Painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He holds the title of Chancellor’s Professor, and serves as the Dean of the School of the Arts at Indiana University Northwest. Klamen’s work has been exhibited in international-level solo and group exhibitions across the US, Europe and Asia. His works are in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; the Elvehjem Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin; the Berkeley Museum of Art in California; the Illinois State Museum, Springfield; the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul, Korea; and the McNay Museum, San Antonio.