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Competition for Yosemite Renaissance 33 (2018)

The Call to Artists for YR33 is now closed.  The exhibit opens in Yosemite on Feb 23rd, then travels to other art centers across California. Stay tuned for more!



The Yosemite Renaissance Exhibition is an annual exhibit that offers an opportunity for artists inspired by Yosemite and the California Sierra Nevada region to display and promote their art. The exhibit opens at the historic Yosemite National Park Museum Gallery in the heart of Yosemite Valley, then travels to other art centers across California. 

For over 150 years, artists have played an important role in the establishment of our state and national parks, inspiring people to visit iconic natural sites, and to protect our natural resources.  While the nexus of the exhibit is Yosemite, the scope of the show also includes Sequoia National Park, Sierra National Forest, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Mono Lake, Bodie, the White Mountains, and more. The High Sierra, east side and west side foothills, canyons, and communities from Lake Tahoe to Tehachapi are all included! The area is huge, consisting of hundreds of thousands of acres of rugged peaks, deep valleys, forests, chaparral, deserts, lakes and streams. If your work is inspired by these places, it will be considered.

Subject matter must be related to the landscape, environment, wildlife and people of Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada region. Both representational and non-representational submissions are allowed. We encourage artist who apply to celebrate the beauty and wonder of nature through art, but also to consider and explore environmental issues, ecology, biology, forestry, and other scientific, political, spiritual and cultural themes.

$5,000 in cash awards will be announced at the opening reception at the Yosemite National Park Museum Gallery.

Important Dates:

Opening Reception, Yosemite National Park, Museum Gallery – Friday, 2/23/18
Exhibit ends Yosemite National Park, Museum Gallery – Sunday, 5/6/18
Exhibit travels 6/1/17 – 10/30/18