Yosemite Sierra Artists (formerly Yosemite Western Artists) was founded in 1971 by a group of artists and art enthusiasts interested in sharing their work, their experience, and their passion for learning more about the arts. The organization flourished and continues today as a community-sponsored enterprise dedicated to the development of the visual arts.

YSA offers participation on many levels. For members who simply want to show their support by joining, your membership dollars will go toward organizing and funding classes, workshops, and exhibitions, and the day-to-day expenses of keeping the organization running. For members who want to be more hands-on, the organization is always seeking volunteers to help with YSA events and activities. Artist members benefit from each other’s experience and through participation in YSA classes, workshops, and exhibitions.

Membership Benefits

  • Connecting with other members for support and camaraderie
  • Participation in YSA special events, exhibitions, groups, and outings
  • Opportunities to exhibit work at YSA satellite locations including Yosemite Gateway Arts Center, United Security Bank, and at Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce functions
  • Collaboration with Local Arts Councils
  • Reduced fees and special opportunities to participate including Annual Tri-County Exhibition and other YSA sponsored exhibits

CALL FOR ENTRY: 51st Annual YSA Show – Circle Gallery, Madera

Call for Entry open until May 31st, 2022. Show begins June 9, 2022.


Best of Show: $300 plus ribbon. First Place in each category: $100 plus ribbon. Ribbons awarded for 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mention. Awards will be made at the Opening Reception and later posted on the YSA website, www.yosemitesierraartists.org.

Entry Fees

YSA Members: $20 1st entry and $10 each additional piece (You must use unique YSA code that will be provided to each member to receive the discount on Smarter Entry.)

Non-Members: $30 1st entry and $20 each additional piece


Visions of Self 2022

In this second annual show, female artists explore self, our world, emotions, and state of being. We received entries from over 100 artists from 14 countries across the world. The show begins March 1, 2022 to celebrate Women’s History Month on YosemiteArts.com.

Art Groups

Please note the new times/dates of our art groups:

Portrait Group: Meets weekly via Zoom. Please visit our Live Model Group page for details

Plein-Air: Meets monthly with strict social distancing guidelines. For details please visit our Plein-Air Group page

Photo Group: Meets virtually on Facebook and monthly on Zoom.

Women’s Voices, Women’s Vision: Meets virtually on Facebook and monthly on Zoom.


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Covid-19 Statement

The health and safety of each and every member of our community is of utmost importance to us. After careful consideration of the most recent information provided about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and after consultation and deliberation with our board, we have made the decision to hold our Monthly Meetings and most of our groups, virtually.