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Yosemite Renaissance Inc
Yosemite Renaissance 33





Yosemite Renaissance 33
2018 Exhibition

IMPORTANT: Please read the entire prospectus before completing your entry form.


About Yosemite Renaissance
Yosemite Renaissance is a non-profit art organization founded in 1985 to encourage artists to create diverse interpretations of Yosemite National Park and the surrounding Sierra Nevada region. By creating a continuum of artworks inspired by the region from historical times to the present, the organization seeks to inspire a new generation of people to understand, preserve and protect our wild lands and natural places.

The Yosemite Renaissance Exhibition is an annual exhibit that offers an opportunity for artists inspired by nature and the American wilderness 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.

Philosophy and Approach
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.  

Artists should consider that one of the goals of Yosemite Renaissance is to encourage innovation. While the mastery of traditional media, technical expertise, style and personal vision are important factors in the selection process, jurors will also consider the use of new tools, technologies and materials, innovative applications of traditional media, unique styles and / or personal vision, interpretations inspired by current events, and works that express trends in our environment and in our culture.

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.

Contributing artists should be aware of the geographic range of the show. 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 and canyons 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.
$5,000 in cash awards will be announced at the opening reception at the Yosemite National Park Museum Gallery.

Submission Guidelines
The exhibit is open to artists living and working worldwide. All submissions must be completed in English. Participating artists must be able to communicate in English, either directly or through an interpreter.

The exhibit is open to visual artists and artisans working in all media including but not limited to: oil & acrylic painting, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, printmaking, photography, digital art, drawing, fiber art, glass, woodworking, jewelry, ceramics, and sculpture. No film, video, interactive media or performance. Original works only; no giclée prints or other reproductions.

Entry Fees and Procedures
Each artist is limited to eight entries. No more than two entries from any artist will be accepted for inclusion in the exhibit.
Entry is through Online Juried Shows only.
No other types of submission will be accepted.

The cost for the first entry is $25. Additional entries (up to 8) are $15 each.  Entry fees are non-refundable. Payment is by credit card or PayPal through OnlineJuriedShows.

Entering Your Images
Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.  List sizes up to the nearest inch.  Submitted images must not include matting or frame.  Crop the photos to include only the artwork.  Be sure your images are right-side-up.

Before uploading your images, make sure they are smaller than 4MB, but no smaller than 800KB at 72 dpi.  Images should be in JPEG format, sRGB color space.  Help in photographing your work and properly sizing your images can be found at:  If you need help entering your images or are unable to, please write to us here:

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All works submitted must be available for sale. Yosemite Renaissance retains a 40% commission on sales. Once accepted for the exhibition, works accepted for the exhibit must be sold through Yosemite Renaissance, until the close of the exhibit.


Image Requirements
Artists must submit one digital file for each piece of artwork entered. For 3 dimensional art, up to three images may be submitted, one primary image (front view of the piece) and up to 2 secondary images (side view and back view of the piece).
Jurors and Judges
A panel of artists, curators and art administrators will make the selection of works to be included in the exhibition. Award-winners will be selected by a panel of independent judges.  Jurors and judges will be announced at the event reception at the Yosemite Museum.

Selection and Awards Procedures
1.    Preliminary and final selection for inclusion in the exhibit will be made by the jurors from the digital images submitted. Between 40 and 50 pieces will be selected for the exhibition.
2.    If, upon delivery, submitted works differ significantly in appearance, size, or medium from the digital files, the work will not be included in the exhibit.
3.    Independent judges will select the award-winners from the original art. The award-winners will be announced on the night of the opening reception, Friday, February 23rd, 2018.

Notification of Jury Results

Jury results will be announced via email by mid-December. Jury results will be posted through, and on our website when they are available.  Artists who are selected for the exhibition will receive additional information via email after the initial notification of acceptance.

Exhibit Specifications and Requirements
We recommend that two-dimensional works not exceed framed dimensions of 30x40 inches. Larger works may be submitted, however works that exceed 30x40 inches may be rejected due to size constraints. Triptychs or other multi-image pieces (exhibited under one title) must be framed as a single unit.  

All 2D artwork accepted for exhibition must be framed and wired for hanging, with any additional hardware provided by the artist if required. No SAW TOOTH hangers. Metal prints and gallery wrap paintings may be displayed un-framed. If you are not sure if your piece qualifies, please inquire via email before you submit.

We recommend that three-dimensional works not exceed 60 inches in height. Larger works may be submitted, however works that exceed 60 inches in height may be rejected due to size constraints. All works accepted for exhibition must be ready for presentation. Artist must disclose and provide any special display hardware or other fixtures required for display.  The gallery has a variety of pedestals in assorted sizes available for 3D works.

The gallery reserves the right to refuse any artwork for display reasons, if they are deemed inappropriate for inclusion in the exhibit.

Delivery and Shipping Requirements
All artwork must be packed in sturdy cardboard, reusable containers made for shipping artwork. No packing peanuts allowed.  Bubble wrap and soft foam packing materials are OK. Please make sure packing materials can be easily removed AND replaced for return shipping.

Exhibiting artists must ship their accepted artworks to the Yosemite National Park Museum Gallery at their own expense. A pre-paid return label must also be provided by the artist.  The museum will schedule one day for receiving works delivered personally by the artist or by proxy. The receiving date will be announced in January, 2018.

All hand delivered work must be protected in the same manner, for safe transport between venues during the traveling exhibit.
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 from any cause. Artists wishing to insure their work are responsible for their own insurance.

Participation Agreement
Submission of an entry or entries constitutes:
•    Agreement by the artist to the terms and conditions in this prospectus.
•    Agreement by the artist that accepted entries will be available for display and available for sale.
•    Agreement by the artist that images of submitted works can be used by Yosemite Renaissance, partners, and assigns for publicity purposes, and can be reproduced in printed or electronic form for the promotion of the exhibit and the activities of Yosemite Renaissance.

The Yosemite Renaissance Traveling Exhibit
Works from the exhibition may be included in a traveling exhibit through October 2017. Please indicate on your application if you would like your work to be included in the traveling exhibit in the "Description" box in the application form.

Due to space limitations, there is a possibility that some works will not be displayed at a particular venue during the traveling exhibit. Each venue will determine what they can display, at their own discretion.

Important Dates:
Opening date for submissions - Monday, 9/12/17
Closing date for submissions - Sunday, 12/3/17
Notification of Acceptance - Friday, 12/22/17
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

For more information regarding Yosemite Renaissance, including images from past exhibits, please visit our website:




REGARDING JURY NOTIFICATIONS:  Notifications are sent through ConstantContact from  To ensure receipt of this notification, please add to your contact list, or safe senders’ list.

On the day of notification, you can do the following, but you will also receive an email notification, sent from ConstantContact, that will state the same.
1.  Go to and log in using your email address and password.
2.  Right above where you just logged in, click "Your Artist Profile."  You are now in Your account!
3.  Click the show name and you will see your first image.  The jury results will be under the thumbnail view.
4.  As you will see, it will say either "This Image has been Accepted or Declined in to the show."  Under that sentence, you can click "Read Acceptance (or Declined) Letter."  The letter will then be displayed below.
5.  If you submitted more than one piece in the show, go to the next entered piece in the show by clicking the page number, displayed below the thumbnail image.
6.  While you are in your account on, click "Personal Info" and make sure your name, address, phone number, and email address are up-to-date.

NOTE:  Please be sure to read your letters in their entirety.  Most acceptance letters will ask you to RSVP or will have special instructions you must follow.

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