AWARD WINNERS OF THE 2016 YOSEMITE RENAISSANCE 31 COMPETITION
The Yosemite Renaissance, was founded in 1985 to "motivate artists to develop diverse interpretations of Yosemite and its varied landscapes." Artists from around the country have been showcased in Yosemite Renaissance's annual traveling exhibit.
Welcome to Yosemite Renaissance
For over three decades, Yosemite Renaissance has encouraged and promoted diverse artistic expressions of Yosemite National Park and the surrounding area.
Started in 1984 by a small group of visionaries, Yosemite Renaissance was set up to continue the legacy of the great, influential artists of the past - including Thomas A. Ayers, Albert Bierstadt, William Keith, Thomas Hill and Ansel Adams, to name just a few. Yosemite National Park was their inspiration. They captured the hearts and imaginations of a nation, and their art encouraged visitors, generated support and aided in the preservation of the park.
It is as important now as it was more than 160 years ago to continue this legacy; to encourage a new generation of artists and photographers to “dig a little deeper” to discover and express the awesome grandeur and the subtle nuances that is a part of the Yosemite experience.
“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.” - Edward Hopper
Art brings people together from all nations and cultures. It engages in a universal language. We have an innate need to express ourselves and share our experience. We are visual and tactile beings and through art we are able to connect with others. It can spark a thought or emotion. It can jog a memory. It enables us to slow down, become aware and be in the moment.
“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. “ - Aristotle
The audience is as important as the art. While the artist may express a personal emotion through their art, the viewer creates their own experience with it. In this way art becomes interactive and a dynamic and intimate synergy is created. Whether serious or whimsical, art can recreate an emotional response that reflects and reminds us of the experience we had when visiting Yosemite and the surrounding areas.
Imagination and creativity are the pathway to the future. Come join us on the journey.
Director, 10/2015 - 11/2016, Yosemite Renaissance
”A world without Art is a world where progress has stopped.” carts.org (A New York City based, cultural education program.)
Introducing Jonathan Bock
The New Executive Director of Yosemite Renaissance
Jon has more than 30 years experience as an artist and art director and 20 years' experience as a gallery curator and business owner. He has managed Sierra Art Trails for 15 years, growing the organization's flagship event, the annual "Sierra Art Trails Yosemite Foothills Open Studio Tour" into the largest art event in the region. Jon is very enthusiastic to pick up the torch. He has the experience and resources to move Yosemite Renaissance to a new level. He is already proving to be a wonderful asset to the organization.
"Being a part of Yosemite Renaissance this past year has been an extraordinarily rewarding experience. Yosemite Renaissance continues to thrive due to the continued interest of artists from all mediums to capture the essence of this magnificent national park. It is inspiring to see the many ways artists highlight and focus on elements that might otherwise go unnoticed. Yosemite Renaissance continues to be a way to bring these revelations to excite and engage a broader audience.
Thank you to all the artists who have participated over the past three decades. Thank you Mariposa County for your ongoing support. I am truly grateful for the many who have supported me over the past year!"
Christine Obers, Director 10/2015 - 11/2016
853 ENTRIEs SUBMITTED FOR THE UPCOMING EXHIBIT!
Judges now have the difficult task of selecting approximately 50 works that will be exhibited in the historic Museum Gallery in Yosemite National Park. Yosemite Renaissance 32 will open February 24th and will run to April 30th, 2017. The exhibit will then travel to two other California art centers
Artists will be notified by email December 16th. A list of exhibiting artists will also be posted on this website.
Art from Yosemite Renaissance Exhibits is Included in NPS 100th Anniversary Celebration Videos
Earlier this year, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy contacted Yosemite Renaissance requesting images of artwork specifically about Yosemite National Park. They have since produced several videos celebrating the 100th anniversary of the National Parks. Each video is intended to inform the public of the importance of the history and relevance today of art and the National Parks and invite the viewer to come to the parks to be inspired.
The videos were produced by the San Francisco non-profit organization Baycats http://baycat.org . Baycat is a nonprofit social enterprise that provides access, education and employment for low income youth, youth of color and young women.
The videos have been completed and can be viewed on the National Park Service website. https://www.nps.gov/subjects/arts/100-years-of-art.htm
It is as just important now as it ever was to engage the public. Young people, people who have never visited a National Park need to be invited to find inspiration and their own creative voice. This is imperative for National Parks to maintain their value.
As artists, we can invite people to come and share our surprise, our delight, our reverence, our inspiration, our joy, our reflection, our concern, through our art. In this way we can connect with others and preserve our magnificent natural heritage for the next 100 years.
90 Years, 90 Objects, 90 Stories
The Yosemite Museum opened its doors to the public 90 years ago, becoming the first such building and institution in the National Park Service. To commemorate the anniversary, the museum will host a special exhibit this summer and fall: Why Yosemite Collects: 90 Years, 90 Objects, 90 Stories. The exhibit features a display of the wide variety of artifacts, documents and specimens that the museum preserves. The exhibit will be up from Tuesday, May 31 through Thursday, November 1, 2016.
We had an opportunity to walk through the exhibit last week. It’s a fascinating and informative exhibit, and fun for all ages. Here are few photos to give you an idea of the interesting artifacts you’ll find.
If you’re planning to visit Yosemite Valley this summer or in the fall, don’t miss this special exhibit. Museum Hours: 9 am to 5 pm; beginning October 1, 10 am - Noon, 1 pm to 4 pm.
Link to Yosemite National Park website: https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/historyculture/museum-exhibit.htm