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Yosemite Renaissance


Yosemite Renaissance is an annual competition/exhibition which is intended to encourage diverse artistic interpretations of Yosemite.  Its goals are to bring together the works of serious contemporary artists that do not simply duplicate traditional representations; to establish a continuum with past generations of Yosemite artists; and to help re-establish visual art as a major interpretive medium of the landscape and a stimulus to the protection of the environment.  Historically, the arts have played a very important role in the establishment of our State and National Parks.  It is our hope that they can be just as important in future efforts to preserve and protect that heritage.


The Yosemite Renaissance XXVIII competition is open to all living artists. Subject matter is limited to recent works on the landscape, environment, wildlife and people of Yosemite or the environment of the Sierra. Both representational and non-representational submissions are accepted. Original artwork may be in any medium including the following: Painting (any medium); Photography/Digital; and Other (All other two- and three-dimensional media, including drawings, pastels, printmaking, textiles, and all 3-dimensional works).  Size is limited to works that can be shipped in containers not exceeding maximum U.P.S. dimensions of 130 inches, length and girth combined (girth is the distance around the package). Triptychs or other multi-image pieces (exhibited under one title) should not exceed 48 x 48" and should be framed as a single unit.   Each artist is limited to eight entries.  No more than two entries from any artist will be included in the exhibit.

Please read this entire prospectus before completing your entry forms. For entry by mail use the .pdf entry form(s)--this form requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. You can also enter using the online entry form (which requires a credit card OR a PayPal account).


Artists must submit one digital file for each artwork entered. (Up to three digital files may be submitted for each three-dimensional piece.)  Please do not submit slides.

1. Preliminary and final selection for inclusion in the exhibit will be made by the jurors from the digital files.  Between 35 and 50 pieces will be selected for the exhibition.

2. Artists whose works are selected from the digital files will ship their original works for the exhibition at the Yosemite Museum Gallery. (If the originals differ significantly in appearance from the digital files which were submitted they may be disqualified.)

3. From the original works the independent jurors will select award-winners to be announced on the night of the opening reception (Friday, February 22, 2013).


At least $4,000 in cash awards will be distributed at the discretion of the judges. (Purchase awards may be given as well.) 


The Board of Directors of Yosemite Renaissance (consisting of artists, curators and administrators) will make the initial selection of works for the exhibition.  Cash award-winners will be selected by independent judges to be announced.


There is a non-refundable entry/handling fee of $15.00 for each entry. Payment must accompany your entry submissions. For mailed entries your check or money order should be made payable (only in U.S. dollars) to Yosemite Renaissance, Inc.  One check may cover several entries from one artist (up to the eight entries allowed per artist). For entries submitted online you may pay by credit card or PayPal.


Entry is by digital files only.  No slides.  Digital files submitted by mail should be in the form of CDs or DVDs (include all of your entries on a single CD or DVD). For digital files submitted online you will be prompted to select your files to be uploaded.

Digital files should be in .jpg (.jpeg) format and no larger than 3 mb per file (we do not recommend that you send files smaller than 250 kb).

For three-dimensional works artists may submit up to 3 digital files per entry to show significant views.

Filenames should start with the artist's last name and include a brief title (Example: Kennedy_Half_Dome_Winter. jpg)  Although we will not disqualify anyone for failing to name their files as we request, following these instructions will prevent confusion at our end (if everyone names their files "image1.jpg" there will be confusion when we prepare the images for viewing by the jurors).


1) For those who prefer to submit their entries online go to the online entry form.

2) For those who prefer to mail their entries please send .pdf entry form(s) (a separate form for each entry), digital files & entry fees (checks should be made out to Yosemite Renaissance) to:

U.S. Postal Service (preferred method): 
Yosemite Renaissance XXVIII, P.O. Box 767, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389 


FedEx or UPS:
Yosemite Renaissance XXVIII, c/o Yosemite Museum, 9039 Village Drive, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

CDs, DVDs and flash drives will NOT be returned.  If you do not wish to send a non-returnable disc or drive you should use the online entry form.  


Artists will be notified by email of the judging results by late December  The results of the judging will also be posted on this website when they are available.  Artists who are selected for the exhibition will receive additional information via regular mail at a later date.


Framed two-dimensional artwork accepted for exhibition which is glazed must be glazed with Plexiglas (we require Plexiglas because UPS will not insure glass), with proper hardware ready for hanging.  Other two-dimensional artwork must also include proper hardware for hanging.

Three-dimensional works accepted for exhibition should be ready for presentation.

All artwork, including hand-delivered pieces, must be packed in sturdy cardboard (or other lightweight material) reusable containers. Containers should not exceed the UPS maximum of 130" (length and girth combined).  (Selected artists will receive more detailed shipping guidelines.)   Due to excess weight wooden shipping containers are not accepted.

Artists will ship their works to Yosemite at their own expense. Return shipping and shipping insurance costs (up to $2,000 in insurance) will be covered by Yosemite Renaissance.


The utmost care will be taken in handling artwork while in Yosemite and other venues. However, no responsibility is assumed by Yosemite Renaissance, Inc., the National Park Service, the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, exhibiting venues or any other sponsoring agency for loss or damage for whatever cause.

Artists wishing to insure their work should contact their insurance agents.


All artworks will be considered for sale unless designated "Not For Sale" (NFS) on the entry form. If "Not For Sale", please list the insurance value, for our information. Sale prices (and values) must include the cost of the frame (or other presentation hardware) and the 25 percent sales commission on sales made through the exhibit or through Yosemite Renaissance. Requests for price changes made after acceptance to the exhibit will not be honored.


Artists give permission for images of their works to be used for publicity purposes and/or for them to be reproduced in printed or electronic publications which are directly related to the activities of Yosemite Renaissance. Submission of an entry or entries constitutes agreement by artists to the terms and conditions in this prospectus.


November 14, 2012 (extended)

Digital files, form(s) and fees must be received by Yosemite Renaissance.
Mid-November Preliminary judging from digital files.
December Final judging from digital files.
Late December Artists notified of judging results by email.

February 2013

Works accepted for the exhibition to be shipped by artists to Yosemite—to be received no later than Feb. 8, 2013
February 22, 2013

Yosemite Renaissance XXVIII opens at the Yosemite Museum Gallery. Awards will be announced at the opening reception, 5:30-7:30PM.

May 5, 2013 Exhibit closes at Yosemite Museum Gallery.  Traveling exhibit begins.


Works from the exhibition may be included in a traveling exhibit through November 2013.  A space is provided on the entry form for artists to indicate if their works will be available to travel throughout this traveling exhibit.  Please note that due to space limitations not all traveling venues will be able to display all the pieces included in the Yosemite Museum Gallery exhibit.  Each venue will determine what they can display.


Yosemite Renaissance is a non-profit organization for the arts of Yosemite, supported, in part, by funds and services from the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors, Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, and the National Park Service.



Copyright 2012 Yosemite Renaissance and individual artists illustrated. All Rights Reserved.