The Byrdcliffe Arts Colony Artists-in-Residence Program (AiR) offers uninterrupted time and space for creatives in all disciplines. Our serene and rustic mountain community is 2.5 hours north of NYC in Woodstock NY with residencies open to individuals and co-applicants at all stages of their career. Byrdcliffe’s AiR program is particularly beneficial to those who find it restorative to live in a community environment surrounded by natural beauty. More information can be found at:

In the Monthly AiR Program, DEADLINE: January 15, Residencies offer artists’ studios and accommodations within a community of peers. Each session hosts between 16-21 artists and lasts just under four weeks. Sessions conclude with an Open Studio event at the Villetta, a quintessential Summer Woodstock happening that combines visual arts, readings, music, and community.

• Session 01: Saturday, May 28 – Wednesday, June 22, 2022
• Session 02: Saturday, June 25 – Wednesday, July 20, 2022
• Session 03: Saturday, August 6 – Wednesday, August 31, 2022
• Session 04: Saturday, September 3 – Wednesday, September 28, 2022

In the Seasonal AiR Program April 30 – September 29, DEADLINE January 15, Artists spend 5 months living independently and working in simple Arts & Crafts style residence/studio cottages constructed between 1902 and 1903. Buildings were part of the original Byrdcliffe Arts Colony and are located in a close to nature setting within close proximity of the monthly AiR buildings. Five month residencies are primarily autonomous with optional programming available.
Cottages are unique in size and layout and may accommodate anywhere from 1-2 bedrooms. Individuals, co-applicants, peers, teams (both collaborative and non-collaborative), and other variations may apply.

WINTERIZED YEAR ROUND RESIDENCIES: We have cottages for artists and craftsperson’s working in all disciplines and media, with the express purpose of maintaining Byrdcliffe as a focus for creative collaboration and experiences. These simple wooden Arts & Crafts style structures were all constructed in 1903 as part of the original Byrdcliffe Arts Colony. Pets are not permitted except for ADA service animals only.

-3 1/2 weeks: COMMUNAL residence with annexed art studio or writing room
-5 months: SEASONAL residence/studio
-3 months: WINTERIZED residence/studio
-6 months: WINTERIZED residence/studio
-9 months: WINTERIZED residence/studio
-12 months: WINTERIZED residence/studio

All artists are invited to participate in a welcome gathering, open studio events, field trip, and other practiced shares. Residents have the opportunity to participate in an exhibition at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts the after their residency the following spring/summer.


The Byrdcliffe Arts Colony annually welcomes over 80 visual artists, writers, weavers, composers, and creators of exceptional talent in groups of 15-20 per month. The main criterion for acceptance to Byrdcliffe’s AiR program is artistic excellence or a demonstrated commitment to one’s field of endeavor. Emerging as well as established artists, writers, musicians, and craftspeople in nearly all media are invited to apply. We offer ceramic kilns, weaving looms, and a minimal darkroom. We currently do not have printmaking facilities/equipment or a wood=shop but welcome these disciplines. Please email us if you have questions regarding your specific practice's eligibility.

Monthly AiR Program fees total $800 per artist per session. Seasonal AiR Program fees depend on cottage. A limited number of general need and merit-based fellowships and subsidies are available to offset the residency fees. Byrdcliffe extends tremendous gratitude to individual donors and granting partners and offers the following fellowships for the season through their generosity:

Byrdcliffe offers the following fellowships for the upcoming season with help from our granting partners:
-The annual Ford/Knauth Fellowship for LGBTQIA+ Artists (Full fee)
-The annual Bernard and Shirley Handel Playwright Fellowships (Full fee)
-The annual Milton and Sally Avery Fellowships for Visual Artists (Full fee)
-The annual Ceramics Fellowship (full fee)
-The annual BIPOC Artist or Activist Fellowship (full fee)
-The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for Artists Affected by Natural Disaster (Full fee & stipend)

“Full fee” means the grant covers the full residency fee for one communal session.

SEASONAL or COMMUNAL residency grants:
– The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for Seasonal Artists (for SEASONAL residence/studio)
– The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for Seasonal Artists (for multi-session COMMUNAL residency)
These Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grants are offered to 5-month SEASONAL residents in residence/studios. These grants can be adapted to cover successive COMMUNAL residency sessions up to 4-months long. Some short-term WINTERIZED residencies might also be eligible. The grant covers the full residency fee plus a stipend and travel to and from Byrdcliffe.

Accommodations consist of simple historic arts & crafts style cottages constructed between 1902-1903 in a close-to-nature forest setting. Mice, dust, leaf mold, deer, hawks, ticks, chipmunks, bunnies, bears, owls, dust, and other possible irritants are present.

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. Regretfully Byrdcliffe is unable to accommodate children at this time. Byrdcliffe offers ADA compliant access to its main residency building and some studios.

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild strongly enforces the NYS Department of Health “Stop the Spread” campaign to protect ourselves and one another from the spread of COVID-19 and germs. This includes, observing social distancing, face coverings and frequent hand-washing. Residence must sign an agreement that they will comply with policy requirements prior to attending the Artist in Residence Program.


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PROUD+ 2020 is the third national edition of visual arts exhibition running from July 3 – 25, 2020 at The Studio Door(San Diego, CA). The exhibition runs concurrent with San Diego Pride month.  Includes "in gallery" and "online only" exhibition choices.

An artist reception is scheduled for July 11th, 2020 at 6 – 9 PM.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual and other community artists (LGBTQIA+) are encouraged to present contemporary works that celebrate the unique sense of pride that this diverse community has.  The Studio Door is seeking artwork that expresses authentic, diverse viewpoints from the LGBTQIA+ experience.  Show us what your Pride looks like.


Hunter O’Hanian, Executive Director of Stonewall National Museum & Archives  (Fort Lauderdale & Wilton Manors, FL)

Prizes Details: 

A Juror's Award certificate and a check for $100 will be presented to three works that express the most imaginative interpretation of the theme. 


Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
An entry consists of one to three submissions of images. Payment of $35 per initial entry and $5 for per additional media. [1 work of art = $35; 2 works = $40; or 3 works = $45]. Payments are processed through CAFÉ ™.
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