To create a stronghold for contemporary realist art with uncompromising levels of quality, the New Salem Museum and Academy of Fine Art:
Fosters a community of professional artists, patrons, dealers, and collectors, encouraging them to learn from one another;
Draws inspiration from old masterworks while paying close attention to what is happening with the art of our time;
Gives the general public the opportunity to view works of art that would otherwise remain in private hands;
Provides an environment where collectors and patrons can learn from professional artists in developing their expertise.