The Yosemite Art Center inspires visitors to connect to the park through art. Our volunteer guest artists lead daily workshops and encourage creative involvement in the arts for a wide array of park visitors.
The Yosemite volunteer guest artist is a residency position with Yosemite Conservancy. The volunteer guest artist is responsible for leading six public art workshops beginning on the Monday of their assigned week and ending the following Saturday. For a full position description, click here.
Our artists are encouraged to bring work for display. All work will be sold on consignment through the Yosemite Art Center store during the week and artists are encouraged to leave up to three consignment items for sale after their stay.
Accommodations & Benefits
Guest artists will be housed in a small studio apartment located in the back of the Yosemite Art Center for the duration of their visit. The apartment contains a bunk with a full bed on the bottom bunk and single bed on the top bunk, as well as a small kitchenette with dishes and cookware. There is a private bath with shower facility. Pets are not allowed in any park service building.
Additional benefits include an employee discount card and a pass waiving park entrance fees.
How to Apply
Applications for the 2015 season are accepted at any time until October 31st of 2014. The schedule is finalized by mid-November. If you are available in the case of cancellation please indicate your availability on the application form. Please fill out the Yosemite Guest Artist application below to apply for this program.
Yosemite Guest Artist Application
You may also print a pdf version of this form and mail it to:
Yosemite Art Center
PO Box 230, El Portal, CA 95318
If mailing your application, please include either a website link with examples of your work or a flashdrive with examples.
Please contact the Yosemite Art Center with any questions at artcenter@yosemiteconservancy or by calling (209) 372-1442.
Yosemite Art Center Workshops
The participants meet at the Yosemite Art Center for registration. In the case of inclement weather, the Yosemite Art Center has space for 15-18 students indoors. Art supplies will be available for purchase through our supply store at the Yosemite Art Center. We work with the artist to ensure affordable, appropriate supplies are made available to our visitors. The Yosemite Art Center also hosts other art workshops, such as a series of children's programs and family craft projects, which will share the use of the Yosemite Art Center.
Workshop participants are charged a $10 registration fee for each 4 hour workshop. Workshop proceeds, along with supply and art sales, goes directly to covering program costs. The workshops are to be held outside/plein air to take full advantage of this incredible location, unless the materials or weather make this unworkable.