The Art & Ag Project cultivates a dialogue between artists, farmers, and the community to raise awareness about the importance of preserving farmlands and the visual arts in Yolo County. A nationally recognized creative place making project, Art & Ag has invited farmers to open their land to local artists, providing unique opportunities to capture private landscapes that would otherwise remain inaccessible and unseen.

Each month, artists visit a different farm where they can meet the farm owners, paint en plein air, or take photographs. Artists are invited each Fall to exhibit their agriculturally –inspired artwork at YoloArts annual Art Farm Gala, the first Friday in November.

2018 Farm Visit Dates

Feb 22, 24

Mar 15, 17

Apr 5, 7

May 17, 19

June 14, 16

July 19, 21

Aug 16, 18

Sept 20, 22

Oct 18, 20

* dates subject to change

Special thanks to our program partners, Yolo Land Trust and Yolo Farm to Fork.

Master Artist Workshops

Conar Flowers, Robert Norris, Photography
Conar Flowers, Robert Norris, Photography

Plant Photography: Ecosystems to Pollen Grains

Learn plant photography from artist Robert Norris. Workshop includes a demonstration of close-up photography using recently developed focus stacking process.

Thursday, April 5, 2018


Cache Creek Nature Preserve


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Flyout, Jim Dunn, Photography
Flyout, Jim Dunn, Photography

Photographing the Natural World

Learn from artist Jim Dunn the field skills necessary for both landscape and wildlife photography.

Saturday, April 7, 2018


Cache Creek Nature Preserve


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Dorothy Peterson Arts Grant

YoloArts’ Art & Ag Project, in partnership with The Yolo Land Trust and Yolo Farm to Fork, is pleased to offer two awards of $200 each to elementary school teachers in the Yolo County public school system.

We are proud to offer this grant for the second year in a row, to honor the memory and continue the legacy of our friend and Art & Ag partner, Dorothy Peterson. Dorothy was a beloved educator, community leader, and arts advocate who touched many lives with her indomitable spirit and leadership in school gardening and district wide recycling programs.

Award Selection Criteria

  • High quality and unique agricultural art project
  • Targeted to elementary grade levels K-6
  • Enhance student knowledge of the contribution made by agriculture in our lives and community

2018 Due Date: September 10

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2017 Grantee


School: Plainfield Elementary, Woodland

Teacher: Jessica Friedman

Project: Pointillism Pollinators

Artful Plate

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Part of the Art & Ag project, Artful Plate creates an opportunity to enhance the full farm to plate experience by commissioning original works of art by local artists to be printed onto dinner plates. Dinner plates are then featured and sold at restaurants or non-profit and community events serving locally sourced meals. The project is supported by YoloArts’ collaborative partner the County of Yolo.

Rural Exposure, Danielle Collins, 2015
Rural Exposure, Danielle Collins, 2015
Melange of Beets, Lynne Cunningham, 2015
Melange of Beets, Lynne Cunningham, 2015
Fresh Face, Linda Fitz Gibbon, 2015
Fresh Face, Linda Fitz Gibbon, 2015
Tender Land, Claire Haag, 2015
Tender Land, Claire Haag, 2015
Winters Walk, Laura Hanke, 2017
Winters Walk, Laura Hanke, 2017

Art Farm Exhibition Opens at Gallery 625

For ten years, YoloArts’ Art and Agriculture Project has inspired a community celebrating farms as art, and art created on farms. During this time, art has been cultivated on ninety Yolo County farms during the February – October annual season of artist visits. Each season of art culminates in the annual art show known as … Continued

Art & Ag

Sacramento Valley, Contributed by Steve Colusa and Yolo County Farmer Blair Voelz recently hosted participants in Yolo Arts “Art & Ag Project” at SB Voelz Farms located on the Colusa County side of County Line Road in Dunnigan. Artists had the opportunity to visit the diversified operation on two different days. The purpose of this … Continued

Bringing Art Where It Isn’t

Danielle Whitmore, YoloArts’ executive director, tells a story about a student named Diana. When Diana — a pseudonym — was a student in a local continuation school, she wouldn’t even get out of bed to attend classes. It wasn’t that she was lazy. She was uncomfortable in school and had low self-confidence. It was only when she started … Continued

From Field to Canvas YoloArts’ Art and Ag Project

Frank Muller has agriculture in his blood. He was raised on a farm, and now runs Muller Ranch in Yolo County, California, northwest of Sacramento, with his two brothers, son, and nephew. The ranch boasts several thousand acres of walnut groves, sunflowers, vineyards, tomato fields, almond trees, and pepper plants. But despite his close ties with the landscape and all it produces, … Continued

America’s Heartland: Art & Agriculture

From the wheat fields of South Dakota to the ranch lands of Colorado, artists have provided iconic images of America’s rural landscape. Today, one rural community in northern California is providing a unique opportunity for artists to come out to the farm. Yolo County’s “Arts & Ag” program invites artists and photographers to farms and … Continued