The mission of York Art Association is to encourage and develop an interest in the visual arts; to provide opportunities for education through classroom instruction, workshops, lectures, and publications; to support interaction within the community and to provide a venue for members and non-members to exhibit their work in a gallery setting.
York Art Association, located in York, PA, began in 1905 when three visual artists and several businessmen came together to exchange views and interests. Over a hundred years later, the association has evolved into a vital organization with over 450 members.
The primary objective of York Art Association’s mission is to provide opportunities in south-central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland for individuals to expand their artistic skills or simply explore creativity through adult classes and workshops, children’s classes, exhibitions, and other special programming or using publications in our library. To achieve this goal, the association offers year-round day and evening classes for adults and children six days a week.
York Art Association is home to two galleries. The Nancy M. Woodward Gallery hosts seven exhibitions a year, including members-only exhibitions, invitationals, and the annual Open Juried Exhibition. The Sally Little Danyo Members Sales Gallery, located at the front of the Nancy M. Woodward Gallery, provides a venue for YAA members to display original artwork and prints that are for sale. Both galleries are named for members who made significant contributions of their time and talent to York Art Association. Applications to show in either of these galleries can be found HERE.
Classes and Workshops
Our award-winning instructors offer a variety of classes for children and adults. YAA is also the perfect venue for active seniors to pursue long-denied creative interests. We encourage anyone who has an interest in developing their artistic abilities to explore the opportunities available here at YAA. Check out the current class and workshop schedules to discover our varied offerings. Please Contact Us if you have any suggestions for classes and workshops that are not currently being offered.
The Rottler Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts
The Rottler Awards for Excellence in the Visual Arts came about as a result of a bequest from the estate of the late Kurt E. Rottler, a former President and Treasurer of the York Art Association. Mr. Rottler directed that his bequest (approximately $200,000) be conservatively invested and that a percentage of the annual income be used solely for the purpose of presenting “awards for excellence in the visual arts.” The fund may not be used for general income or normal operating expenses.
As a means of distributing Rottler money, the annual “Rottler Award for Excellence in the Visual Arts” exhibitions have been established. The Rottler Award Selection is held every other year (odd years) and the Rottler Award Recipients Group Exhibition is in the even years. Rottler award recipients will not be eligible to receive the award again. Three awards are given in the Professional category, and two in the Non-Professional category. Exceptions to the guidelines may be made at the discretion of the Gallery Committee.
The Susan Hantz Wolf Sculpture Garden
Susan Hantz Wolf was a lifetime member of York Art Association. She began taking art classes at YAA when she was in her mid-forties, a practice she continued for the rest of her life. As a Master Gardner, Susan landscaped various gardens at her Wrightsville farm. One of them consisted of whimsical metal sculptures, designed and fabricated by David Taylor of High Point, NC. The Susan Hantz Wolf, lovingly donated by her sister, Coni Wolf, brings together Susan’s love of York Art Association, her love of art and her love of animals.
By-Laws and Policies
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