The Jewish Art Salon is a symbol of the tremendous growth of interest in the creation and study of art with Jewish content over the last few decades. Its membership includes artists who work in many styles and mediums and whose individual concerns are as varied as its membership. Through its meetings, exhibition and educational programs, and various outreach efforts, it appeals to and brings together a surprisingly large number of artists who choose to explore their religious and cultural heritage, examine what it means to create art with Jewish content in the contemporary world, and, in effect, help create a modern Jewish culture appropriate to life in America. As a clearing house for ideas and a meeting place for artists to discuss issues of the moment as well as provide spaces where artists can show their work–where their work can be seen and discussed–the Salon offers its members an unparalleled opportunity to develop and enhance their lives and careers on many levels–professional, personal, religious, and spiritual.
Matthew Baigell, Art Historian. Member since 2008.
Joining the Jewish Art Salon has been a life changing experience. I began with the Salon as an intern, and was given access to an endless amount of opportunities that I would have never been able to find otherwise. From exhibition opportunities to curatorial experience, the Jewish Art Salon has connected me to a network of artists and opportunities, and I am extraordinarily grateful to Yona Verwer and the Salon for helping me make my career goals a reality. If you’re a Jewish art student, get involved with the Jewish Art Salon. Trust me, it will be one of the better decisions you make during your college career.
Goldie Gross, Artist / Curator. member since 2017.
As an emerging artist, I have found the Jewish Art Salon to be instrumental in providing the inspiration, support and education needed to continue my career in the arts. The programming they provide and the connections I’ve made through JAS helped encourage me in thinking creatively about my next steps as an artist.
Lenore Cohen, Artist, Member since 2016.
The Jewish Art Salon made 2016 a really great year for me. This year I participated in several exhibitions organized by the J.A.S., which resulted in my painting selling recently as well. I love meeting curators and artists who genuinely inspire my vision and concretely offer opportunities for exhibiting it.
Batya Kuncman, Artist, Member since 2009.
The Salon serves as a community for all artists who work with Jewish subject matter and Jewish ideas. It has held about 15 exhibitions so far in museums, galleries, alternative spaces, and community centers, as well as linkages with the Jerusalem Biennial. The website is a great resource, displaying people’s works, calls for art and personal accomplishments. The Salon meetings are a great place to meet artists, discuss ideas and see works that you probably wouldn’t see in a “regular” gallery setting. It is an important organization that continues to grow.
Joel Silverstein, Artist / Curator, Member since 2008.