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Byrdcliffe Artist Residency Program 2019 in Woodstock, NY




Byrdcliffe offers 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. Iterations open to individuals and couples. 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. In our Monthly Air Program, artists may choose between 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 an open studio, work-share, artist studio visits, cultural field trips, and communal dinners, or are free 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 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 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 woodshop but welcome these disciplines. Please email us if you have questions regarding your specific practice's eligibility.

The application deadline is February 15, 2019. There is a subsidized fee of $700 for participation in the Monthly AiR program. Fellowships and subsidies are available to offset the residency fee. Different fees apply for private accommodations in Varenka and The Forge. Byrdcliffe extends tremendous gratitude to all of our supporters and granting partners and is offering the following fellowships for the 2019 AiR season through their generosity:

-Pollock-Krasner Foundation Support Fellowships for Visual Artists Affected by Natural Disaster

-The Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship for Visual Artists

-The annual Mantooth/Morabito Fellowship for an artist of color

-The annual Ford/Knauth Fellowships for LGBTQ artists

-The annual Bernard and Shirley Handel Fellowship for Playwrights

-Individual Merit Fellowships provided by private donors-

-Need and Merit Based Financial Aid



Session 01: Thursday, May 30 – Monday, June 24, 2019

Session 02: Thursday, June 27 – Monday, July 22, 2019

Session 03: Thursday, August 8 – Monday, September 2, 2019

Session 04: Thursday, September 5 – Monday, September 30, 2019


In addition to basic information and preferences, you will be asked to supply the following materials during your AIR application:

 -Work samples whose requirements vary by discipline

 -3 statements, each under 200 words (about one paragraph): Bio Statement, Goals, and Approach to Community

 -A current resume or CV

 -Names and contact information for two references

 -If applying for financial aid, the first two pages of your most recent tax return

-If applying as a couple, the 2nd artist will be asked to submit similar materials during the application

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 young children at this time. Byrdcliffe offers ADA compliant access to its main residency building and some studios. 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.


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