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Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

The Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence program provides visual artists, writers and composers of exceptional talent with uninterrupted time and creative space within the serene natural setting of the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Lasting four weeks (or a possible eight weeks for ceramic artists), residencies provide artists with private studio space within a community of peers and the serene natural setting of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Artists are invited to participate in open studios, work-shares, communal dinners and field trips, or may spend their residency working in the creative solitude of a private studio. Byrdcliffe’s residencies are particularly beneficial to those who find it restorative to live in a simple, communal environment in close proximity to natural beauty.

Surrounded by the Catskill Mountains and just west of the Hudson River, the Byrdcliffe Art Colony is home to over 80 artists each year, with 60 being hosted by the Artist in Residence Program while the remainder are those who benefit from our artists’ housing. Beyond the AIR program, the Colony is comprised of more than a dozen artist cottages, the Byrdcliffe Theater, the Byrdcliffe Barn, a tennis court and the Mt. Guardian hiking trail, as well as the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts which is located in the center of Woodstock. Byrdcliffe hosts a regular schedule of artist talks, exhibitions, concerts, theater productions and guided hikes, most of which are year-round. Public events allow artists the opportunity to connect with the community at large. At Byrdcliffe creative time is sacrosanct, and artists are given free rein to decide what activities will contribute to their residency experience. Byrdcliffe offers a unique experience in simplicity of living amid the natural beauty of a 250 acre campus of protected fields and woodland. At the same time, Byrdcliffe provides the opportunity to live in a community of creative people of all ages and backgrounds who are dedicated to honoring the creative spirit.

Location

Woodstock, New York: United States

Statistics

  • Residency Length: 4 weeks
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: 15
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 60
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 350

Eligibility

  • Additional eligibility information: 

    The main criterion for acceptance to Byrdcliffe’s AIR program is artistic excellence and a demonstrated commitment to one’s field of endeavor. Byrdcliffe seeks to pull together artists from varying perspectives and demographics, engaging in a broad range of artistic practices. Emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply.

    Visual Arts: Byrdcliffe accepts artists working in painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video and/or performance.

    Ceramics: Please apply using the Visual Artists’ online application!! Byrdcliffe accepts artists working in handbuilding and wheelthrowing techniques. To be eligible for the residency, artists must have prior experience in glaze mixing and kiln firing.

    Writing: Byrdcliffe accepts writers of fiction, nonfiction, playwriting/screenwriting, and poetry.

    Composers: Byrdcliffe accepts composers working in all genres, including (but not limited to) classical, experimental and popular music.

    Byrdcliffe is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability. Byrdcliffe offers ADA compliant access to its main residency building and some studios.

  • Application deadline: March 10

Facilities & Services

  • Housing: Private bedroom in a shared housing facility
  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Wireless Internet
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible
  • Studios/special equipment: Ceramics / Pottery, Painting, Photography (non-digital), Sculpture
  • Additional studio information: 
    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. 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.

Residency Fees

$650 for 4 weeks

Stipends / other support

Full and partial Fellowships available

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

34 Tinker Street
Woodstock, New York NY12498
United States
Tel: 845-679-2079