MUNSTER | The 70th Annual Salon Show will open to the public on September 15 and continue through October 27, 2013. Dr. Michael Luongo, President of the Board of Directors at South Shore Arts and the South Shore Arts Exhibition Committee invite everyone to attend the artist reception and awards ceremony held on Sunday, September 15 from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Awards will begin promptly at 1:30pm. This event is FREE and open to the public.
The Salon Show is a tradition that has defined South Shore Arts since its inception in the late 1930s when ten area artists, including William J. Bachman, Martha Ellyson, Anne Geyer, O.O. Haag, Lenore Conde Lawson, Eunice McCullough, Frank Myslive, Clyde Price, Laverne Thornton and H. Tom Tuinman 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! This is one of the largest prize purses of any juried exhibit in the Midwest and it distinguishes the Salon Show from other exhibitions. Highest among the prizes remains the Surovek Award of Excellence, a $2,000 top prize made annually in memory of Helen V. Surovek by the Surovek family of Hammond and Palm Beach, Florida.
Although the Salon Show was not juried until 1942–prizes were instead awarded by popular vote–jurying has been the accepted practice ever since. Today, jurors are selected by the Exhibition Committee of South Shore Arts for their stature in the arts community. The juror for this year’s Salon Show is Paul Klein.
Paul Klein has long been an art advocate and proponent for artists. In 2006 the Chicago Society of Artists acknowledged Klein’s long-term contributions when he was selected as their 2006 Man of the Year. His desire to see artists empowered led him to create Klein Artist Works to demystify the art world, assist artists in navigating their own path and to make introductions that enable artists to succeed on their terms.
Paul Klein was the Managing Director of the Bridge Group, the premier art succession planning
group in the country. For the past seven years Klein has championed Chicago by writing and
distributing ArtLetter, an online examination of art in Chicago. He previews exhibitions and encourages readers to broaden their horizons by embracing unexpected quality, new venues, dynamic artists and strong exhibitions.
Klein was the Art Consultant/Curator for the 2.3 million square foot expansion of McCormick Place
West. It was his vision to use solely local artists at the new convention center, where all the content of the permanently installed art is Chicago and Illinois specific. In recent years, because of his Chicago focus at McCormick Place and his plain-speaking ArtLetter he has become the go-to guy in the expanding Chicago art scene, advising artists and cultural institutions almost daily.
For more information about Paul Klein visit these websites.
The juror viewed submissions by 160 artists and chose the work of 64 of those artists. Work ranging from paintings to drawings, photography to sculpture will be on display. The hours for viewing the 70th Annual Salon Show are Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the Salon Show is FREE. This and all exhibitions at South Shore Arts are open to the public.
The 70th Annual Salon Show is sponsored by Christenson Chevrolet, Highland, Indiana.