This interdisciplinary and intercultural artists 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 three years, artists representing a number of different mediums, generations, and cultural backgrounds participated. In 2012, painters, sculptors, musicians, writers, and multi-media artists from all over the world converged on the grounds of Schloß Salem (Salem Castle) on Lake Constance, 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 never a theme or subject prescribed to 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.
The foundry at SAW is an arts education and training facility where professional artists and students are encouraged to engage in all stages of the casting process. Facilities include a coke fired furnace with a 600 pound capacity, a 3,100 square foot mold making studio, a wax melt out kiln for investment castings, and a fully equipped metal shop for finishing work. Consumables such as core glue, grinding discs, and lumber are available.
Salem, NY 12865