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Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Residency Programs (WBG)

Offering fully and partially funded residencies to creatives in all disciplines for monthly, seasonal, and year round duration in a serene mountain community 2.5 hours north of NYC in the mountains of Woodstock NY with iterations open to individuals, teams, and couples at all levels in all disciplines. More information can be found at: http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residencies/

All programs provide uninterrupted creative time within the serene natural setting of the Byrdcliffe Art Community. We offer three categories briefly detailed below as well as live-in internships. Programming and accommodations vary significantly by category. Please peruse the information on our web page carefully before applying.

FIVE MONTH SEASONAL RESIDENCIES - DEC 10 DEADLINE
http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residencies/5-month-residencies/
Artists, couples, and teams spend five months working independently in a simple Arts & Crafts style houses, built in the infancy of the Woodstock Artist Guild (1902-03). Offering private live/work space cottages on Byrdcliffe’s 250 acre mountain campus, visual artists and craftspeople working in all mediums at all levels, as well as writers, musicians, composers, architects, filmmakers, photographers, and actors are invited to apply. Seasonal residents may choose to participate in up to two open studio events. Participation in other monthly AiR programming is accommodated only as space permits. 8 cottages available seasonally.

MONTHLY AiR PROGRAM - FEB 10 DEADLINE
http://www.woodstockguild.org/air-program/
Choose communal living consisting of a private bedroom in a shared building with a separate private studio OR apply for one of two private live/work cottages in close proximity. Cottages may accommodate couples depending on their practices. All monthly Artists are invited to participate in open studios, work-shares, artist studio visits, cultural field trips, and communal dinners, or choose to work in solitude during their entire stay. Residents have the opportunity to participate in an exhibition at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts the Spring following their residency. Byrdcliffe annually welcomes over 70 visual artists, writers, architects, and composers of exceptional talent in groups of 15-20 per month.

YEAR ROUND HOUSING - Rolling deadline as vacancies arise, check link below for availability
http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residencies/year-round-housing/
Similar to seasonal residencies in simple Arts & Crafts style houses, but in winterized buildings for year round accommodation. 8 cottages available year round.

LIVE-IN SUMMER INTERNSHIPS - MAY DEADLINE
http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residencies/summer-internships/

ARTISTS AFFECTED BY NATURAL DISASTER - FULL FELLOWSHIP & STIPEND - FEB 10 DEADLINE
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation will offer up to 20 selected visual artists in all media affected by natural disasters working in North America a full fellowship to attend the four-week residency. The grant will also provide a stipend to assist with the cost of travel to and from the residency, and supplies to help compensate for lost and damaged materials. This grant includes significant funding for artists affected by the recent earthquakes in Mexico, wildfires in California, hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas, and other natural disasters.

Location

Woodstock, New York: United States

Since its founding in 1902, Byrdcliffe has welcomed artists, creatives, and craftspeople to live and work in over 30 turn-of-the-century private and communal buildings sprinkled amongst the Catskill forests outside the vibrant creative center of Woodstock, NY. Just 2.5 hours north of NYC, the surroundings offer the tranquility of a remote forest while in walking distance of the bustling artistic center of Woodstock. Accommodations consist of simple historic arts & crafts style cabins and cottages clustered together in a close to nature forest setting. Mice, deer, hawks, ticks, chipmunks, bunnies, bears, owls, dust, leaf mold, and other possible irritants are present. Byrdcliffe is one of the oldest creative communities in the nation offering time and space to artists such as Bob Dylan, Philip Guston, Eva Hesse, and hundreds more. Open to individuals, teams, and couples in all disciplines, at all levels, Byrdcliffe offers several types of fully and partially funded residencies for periods ranging from four weeks to five months and year round accommodations. More information can be found at: http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residencies/

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 4 week / 5 month / Year Round
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 18
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 72 Monthly, 10 Seasonal, 9 Annual
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 350

Eligibility

  • Collaboration: May apply as a team
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Additional eligibility information: 

    Byrdcliffe is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. Women, people of color, LGBTQIA communities, and other historically underrepresented artists are encouraged to apply. Byrdcliffe also offers ADA compliant access to its main residency building and some studios.

  • Application deadline: February 10, March 15
  • Additional deadline info:
    DEC 10, 2018 deadline for 5-month private cottage residencies FEB 10, 2019 deadline for Monthly AiR programs, including communal buildings, private cottages, natural disaster related fellowships, and other fellowships. MARCH 15, 2019 deadline for artists affected by natural disasters. See Link: http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residencies/

Past Residents & Quotes

"Byrdcliffe is a bucket of love" "Its like warm cookies"

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private housing (individual apartment/cabin/house), Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Spouses/partners allowed for full stay
    5-Month Seasonal and Year Round Cottages may accommodate couples in which at least one member is an active artist. It is up to the applicants to determine suitability of accommodations for their unique needs. The Monthly AiR Program includes two independent cottages which may accommodate artist couples. It is up to the applicants to determine suitability of accommodations for their unique needs.
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
    Byrdcliffe offers ADA compliant access to some studios and it's main residency building, including ground floor bedrooms across from an ADA compliant full bathroom.
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Fiber arts, Fine metals / Jewelry making, Painting, Photography (non-digital), Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE: http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residencies/ Each Visual Artist is provided with a private art studio. Studios vary in size, however all have good, natural light, access to running water and a large worktable. There are easels and extra work surfaces for those who need it. Artists are advised to bring their own materials and tools, including power tools and a camera for documenting work, if necessary. Ceramic Artists are provided with a private ceramics studio adjacent to the main ceramics workshop space. Studios have natural light, a large, ceramics work-surface, wheel and shelving. Byrdcliffe has an electric and gas kiln for residents’ use. Ceramic artists must be able to work independently, have prior experience in glaze mixing and kiln firing, and are asked to bring their own materials and tools, including clay tools, buckets, apron, etc. Please contact air@woodstockguild.org for further information about Byrdcliffe’s ceramics studio. Weavers will have two Looms to work with. Composers are provided with a private studio called the Ice House, a converted outbuilding near the Byrdcliffe Barn. A short walk from the main residency buildings, the Ice House’s location allows for composers to work undisturbed. Byrdcliffe also has several performance spaces that may be utilized for informal presentations of works-in-progress. Writers are provided with a private writing studio, either in White Pines or in one of the residency buildings. White Pines is a short distance walk from the Villetta Inn or Eastover. Some writers are given a larger room to serve as both their live and work accommodations. Writing studios contain the essentials – a worktable, comfortable chair and lighting. Most studios have wifi, although some studios are out of range. Writers must provide their own computer.
  • Other facilities and services: We are located on Upper Byrdcliffe Road. We do have parking for your car. We provide some free Bicycles for those who have no car and coordinate weekly shopping trips. You can arrive in Woodstock by BUS (Trailways from NYC) or Train (AMTRAK to Rhinecliffe ) and we can pick you up.

Residency Fees

MONTHLY AIR PROGRAM - $700 Dollars per session. Need and Merit based aid available. MONTHLY COUPLES RESIDENCIES - Variable based on the unique size and layout of each building. FIVE MONTH AND YEAR ROUND HOUSING - Costs vary based on the size and layout of each building. --CLICK HERE TO GET ALL DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT ALL PROGRAMS-- http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residencies/

Stipends / other support

Full and partial Fellowships available based on both need and merit. Byrdcliffe is offering the following fellowships with the support of our granting partners for the 2019 AiR season: Pollack-Krasner full Fellowships with stipend for visual artists affected by natural disaster The annual Mantooth/Morabito Fellowship for an artist of color The annual Monica Coleman/Kate Pierson Fellowship for a woman artist The annual Bernard and Shirley Handel Playwright Fellowship The annual Ford/Knauth Fellowships for LGBTQ artists Financial need based aid

Additional expectations / opportunities

Byrdcliffe’s AiR program is particularly beneficial to those who find it restorative to live in a simple, communal environment in close proximity to natural beauty. Engraved on a chimney (in Greek) is the phrase "Kindness begets kindness." Please adjust your attitude accordingly :) Please note Byrdcliffe is comprised of historic buildings in the deep woods. Mice, deer, ticks, chipmunks, bunnies, bears, owls, dust, leaf mold, and other possible irritants are present.

Contact Information

34 Tinker Street Byrdcliffe Offices
Residency buildings located at 3 Upper Byrdcliffe Way
Woodstock, New York 12498
United States