Byrdcliffe provides opportunities for excellence in all the arts. It is a locus for creative collaboration and encounters for artists, students, arts professionals, and the public gathered in community for inspiration.
WHO WE ARE
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is a regional center for the arts located in Woodstock, New York. From its 250 acre mountainside campus and its arts and performance center located in the village of Woodstock, Byrdcliffe offers an integrated program of exhibitions, performance, classes, workshops, symposia, summer residences, and artist housing. Byrdcliffe embraces all disciplines of artistic endeavor in a collaborative spirit, and seeks creative partnership with other not for profit and educational entities in order to leverage its unique resources for the benefit of the cultural life of the Hudson Valley region. Byrdcliffe was founded in 1902 and has operated as a nonprofit organization since 1938.
As is common for not-for-profit service organizations, Byrdcliffe is funded by a combination of contributed income and earned income. Sources of contributed income include individual memberships, bequests, foundation grants, government agency grants, income from our endowment, and corporate and individual contributions. Byrdcliffe receives earned income from rentals, tuitions, sales, and tickets. Byrdcliffe is a member of the Woodstock Arts Consortium and the Woodstock Chamber of Commerce.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
- Susan Auchincloss, Secretary
- Susan Auchincloss retired in 2004 from serving as rector of an Episcopal church in Rockland County, NY, and continues to serve as a Sunday fill-in when needed. She received a B.A. in English literature from Stanford University and a M.Div. from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. She supports the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild because the organization so marvelously supports Woodstock and the surrounding community. Susan lives in Woodstock year-round and became a member of the Byrdcliffe Board in 2005.
- Nancy Azara is an artist who has exhibited in New York City, throughout the U.S., and abroad. Nancy is the author of Spirit Taking Form: Making a Spiritual Practice of Making Art (Red Wheel/ Weiser). She was a founder of the New York Feminist Art Institute (NYFAI) in 1979, where she was on the board for many years. Nancy has been a visiting artist at the following residencies: The Bogliasco Foundation, Genoa, Italy; Chikraneketan in South India (state of Kerala); and Civitella Ranieri, Umbertide, Italy. Nancy divides her time between New York City and Woodstock and became a member of the Byrdcliffe Board in 2006.
- Byron Bell, is an architect, working mostly in the non-profit world, and is a Fellow of the AIA, and a member of the National Academy. He is also a board member of the New York Society Library, President of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, a board member of the 3rd Street Music School Settlement, and a board member emeritus of the Van Alen Institute. Byron is particularly interested in the exhibitions in the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, the Annual 5 by 7 Show, and enjoys working with the people involved with Byrdcliffe. He has been, since 1990, an eight-month-a-year Woodstock resident who also resides in New York City. Byron became a member of the Byrdcliffe Board in 2005.
- Joseph W. Belluck is a founding partner of the law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP. Under his leadership, the firm has grown into one of the country’s most significant personal injury law firms. Joe is a highly experienced and nationally recognized attorney whose practice focuses on asbestos/mesothelioma cases, as well as consumer, environmental and product injury cases. Motivated by a desire to fight injustice and to seek justice for his clients, Joe has dedicated his law practice to representing individual consumers and workers against large multi-national corporations. Joe is known nationally for both his legal ability and his high ethical standards. In April of 2008, he was appointed by New York Governor David A. Patterson to serve on the New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct—the state commission that decides ethical complaints against judges. In 2008, he was also named a New York SuperLawyer.
- Kerrie Buitrago is Executive Vice President of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation whose mission is to encourage creativity by providing financial assistance to individual working artists of recognized ability as well as to a limited number of organizations that give support to individual visual artists. She received a B.A. from Syracuse University and a M.A. at Johns Hopkins SAIS, and attended the Fashion Institute of Technology Gallery & Retail Art Administration Program. She is a Member of Collegium Musicum, Art Table, and Grantmakers in the Arts. Kerrie's lifelong interest in art and music led her to Woodstock in 1997, as a participant of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Artist in Residence Program, and soon became a Woodstock homeowner. Kerrie became a member of the Byrdcliffe Board in 2006.
- Lisa is originally from the upper west side of Manhattan, but from the time she was born she spent weekends and summers with her family in Willow, NY. Just out of high school, Lisa began a successful career as a fashion model. With New York as her base, she traveled around the world on assignments, but when not working she would always retreat to Woodstock. Lisa purchased her first home near the Byrdcliffe Art Colony over 25 years ago and she still lives there now and walks most days on Upper Byrdcliffe Road. Lisa has raised her 5 children there and is currently a Realtor working in the Hudson Valley with Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty.
- Henry T. Ford was educated in both the Beauty and Interior Design Fields, and is self-employed in both. He is a native New Yorker, with multi-generational ties to the Catskills and the Hudson River Valley, including the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony. While he has divided his time between New York City and Woodstock for the past 20 years, it is in Woodstock that he devotes much of his time collecting the work of local artists. Henry is dedicated to preserving the legacy of Byrdcliffe and became a member of the Byrdcliffe Board in 2006.
- Frances Halsband is a founding partner of Kliment Halsband Architects. Her work includes planning and design for many universities, a Visitor Center for the FDR Library in Hyde Park and the recently completed Sangha House for the Zen Mountain Monastery. She was Dean of the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute, has served as a commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and as an advisor to the US Department of State. Frances has served as president of the NYC American Institute of Architects, and president of the Architectural League of New York. She received a B.A. from Swarthmore College and a M. Arch. from Columbia University. Frances has been living in Woodstock on weekends since she was one year old, and has previously served on the Byrdcliffe Board.
- Mark Kanter is an artist, educator, administrator, business owner, and curator who has organized programs and faculty and managed international fine arts programs. Mark has a B.A. degree from Bates College and a M.F.A. from the Parsons School of Design. He has completed post graduate studies at the New York Studio School and the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy. Mark has taught at the American University in Washington, D.C., Dartmouth College, and SUNY New Paltz. Mark has exhibited and curated at the Kleinert/James Arts Center. He has exhibited his work extensively in New York and in Italy. Mark became a member of the Byrdcliffe Board in 2010.
- Joan Lonergan grew up in Ulster County and graduated with a B.F.A. with a concentration in painting and ceramics. She attended the School of Visual Arts and worked for ten years as a graphic designer in New York. In 1986 Joan and her family decided to leave Brooklyn and chose Woodstock as their new home. She opened Village Green Realty in 1990 which has grown to include five offices in the region employing over 100 agents and staff. Joan has served on a number of local boards. She has been affiliated with the Woodstock Youth Theater, Woodstock Democratic Committee, and Woodstock Chamber of Commerce, among others. Joan believes Byrdcliffe plays a pivotal role in Woodstock, and she became a member of the Byrdcliffe Board in 2010.
- Karen Peters is a Presiding Judge of the Appellate Division Third Department of the New York State Supreme Court. Prior to serving as Counsel to the New York State Division of Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse, and Director of the Government Operations Committee in the New York State Assembly, Karen was an Assistant Professor at SUNY New Paltz and was engaged in the private practice of law. She received a B.A. from George Washington University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law. An avid appreciator of the arts, and a passionate potter, Karen studies ceramics with WBG’s Rich Conti. A native New Yorker, Karen Peters lives, works and raised her family in Ulster county. Karen became a member of the Byrdcliffe Board in 2009.
- Benjamin Prosky is Assistant Dean for Communications at Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). In 2009, he co-founded ARCHITIZER, the first professional and social networking website for architecture. Until May 2011 he was the Director of Special Events and External Affairs at Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. From 2002 to 2005, he was Head of Public and University Programs at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, Canada, and from 1999 to 2002 he was an Exhibitions Coordinator for the Institut Francais d’Architecture in Paris, France. He received a B.A. in Urban Studies from Vassar College and studied Urban Planning at Columbia University. Ben has been coming to Woodstock all his life, and became a member of the Byrdcliffe Board in 2009.
- Michael Shaughnessy is the Executive Vice President of Ulster Savings Bank which he joined in 2000. He currently serves on the Gateway Community Industries Board as Director and Treasurer. He has a B.S. from St. Peters College and an MBA from St. Johns University. He is also a graduate of the National School of Banking currently housed at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Freddie Mac Community Lender Advisory Board and the Chair of the American Bankers Association’s Mortgage Markets Committee. Michael has resided in Woodstock for 12 years.
- Abigail Sturges grew up in New York City and spent uninterrupted summers in Woodstock. She majored in classics at Vassar before studying in Italy for a year. Working in New York City provided Abigail the opportunity to collaborate with graphic designer Massimo Vignelli for over twenty years on architectural publications, while she has owned her own design firm for 45 years. Abigail has been the Art Director for Architecture magazine and has designed illustrated books for major publishers such as Rizzoli and Norton. Her volunteer work includes graphic design for private schools and colleges and event planning. She has also served on the New York State Council of the Arts's Architecture, Design and Exhibition panel. Abigail and her architect husband Daniel Perry live in Avanti on Webster Road below the Byrdcliffe Theater and Daniel is in the process of restoring the house to its original arts and crafts design.
- Paul Washington is the Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Time Warner Inc. A lifelong Woodstock resident, Paul worked in local, state and federal government, as well as in the private sector. His legal career has included serving as a law clerk for Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in D.C., retired Associate Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., and Associate Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court, and then as an associate at Sidley & Austin. Paul has a B.A. in History from Yale and a law degree from Fordham where he serves as an adjunct professor teaching a class on Corporate Governance. Paul has 25 years of experience in serving on the boards of non-profit cultural, civic and professional organizations. He currently also serves on the boards of the American Folk Art Museum, Wilderstein Historic Preservation, and the Legal Aid Society.
- Sylvia Leonard Wolf grew up in NYC where she was dragged around to museums and galleries since being old enough to walk. The continual exposure took! She is a certified fine art appraiser with an international practice for museums, the IRS, and individual collectors. Sylvia teaches Art Appraising at NYU, is a member of the Appraisers Association of America (past president), served on the WAAM Board of Directors for eight years (chaired the Permanent, Acquisition and Archives committee), is a member of Art Table, the Dali Authentication Committee, and the advisory board of the Dorsky Museum at SUNY, New Paltz. In 2010 she joined Byrdcliffe's exhibition committee and has co-curated three exhibitions. After Music + Art High School (NYC), and a BA from NYU Heights, she continued with graduate art history studies at Columbia University, Geneva (Switzerland), and the New School. Sylvia is a full-time Bearsville resident, after 25 years of weekends in Woodland Valley.
- Doug James, a life-long jazz drummer, owned Woodstock Recording Studio and was the voice of WDST's Sunday 'Sound of Jazz' for nine years during the 1980's and 1990's. He was formerly head of a public relations office in New York. He dedicated the Kleinert/James Arts Center and the James Gallery in 1996 and was instrumental in forming the Byrdcliffe Permanent Collection. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Acquisition Committee of the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum, and a member of the Woodstock Memorial Society. A Wisconsin native, he received a degree from Princeton University. Doug has lived in Woodstock since 1969, and became a member of the Byrdcliffe Board in 1980. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to Byrdcliffe, Doug was voted a permanent board member.
- Garry Kvistad is the founder and CEO of Woodstock Percussion, Inc., makers and distributors of Woodstock Chimes® and musical instruments for children sold worldwide. As a professional musician, Garry has been performing and recording with the ensemble Steve Reich and Musicians since 1980. Garry won a Grammy award for the 1998 recording of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. He tours and records as a member of NEXUS, the internationally-renown, Canadian-based chamber music ensemble. Garry served as Chairman of the Byrdcliffe Board of Directors (board member for 20 years) where a building was named in his honor in 2008. Garry is also on the advisory board of the Phoenicia Festival of the Voice and is the creator/Executive Director of the Drum Boogie Festival (held in 2009 and 2011 in Kingston, and summer 2013 in Woodstock).
- A native of the Netherlands, Nathalie joined Byrdcliffe in the spring of 2008, and is now Operations Manager after having worked for two and a half years in the Byrdcliffe Shop and Kleinert/James Arts Center. Although she holds a doctorate in econometrics from the University of Tilburg, her passion is as a painter. She has a loyal following of collectors and has shown in several cities, including New York and San Francisco. Prior to joining Byrdcliffe, Nathalie held positions of Director of Marketing at Rebis, a CAD software company, Senior Project Manager at Razorfish, a web design agency, and COO at VZones, a virtual worlds internet business.
- Derin Tanyol most recently was an Interim Curator at the Dorsky Museum in New Paltz, New York. She has developed events at the Dorsky and at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum where she was formerly their Gallery Manager. She has experience in arts publicity, grant writing, and coordinating volunteers. Derin has a Ph.D. in Art History with a specialization in French painting. Her dissertation, written in Paris on grants from the Kress Foundation and the French Embassy, examined visual and verbal strategies of historical narrative under Napoleon. After relocating to the Hudson Valley, Derin's interests migrated towards the Woodstock Art Colony. In 2012, she published an article on Byrdcliffe founder Bolton Brown in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide. Her recent research on Georges Malkine, a French painter who lived in Woodstock for almost 15 years, brings together her established and newer areas of expertise. She has taught Art History at Hunter College and Wesleyan University.
- Marcel, who grew up in West Hurley, came to Byrdcliffe in 1985 as a teenager to mow grass part time for the summer. In 1990, Marcel became the Property Manager succeeding Burt Van Kleek, the long time manager for the Whiteheads, under whom he trained. For sixteen years Marcel made great improvements to grounds and buildings of Byrdcliffe with the utmost dedication. Everyone at Byrdcliffe is delighted to have Marcel back once more because there is no one who cares more about Byrdcliffe than he does.
- Alexis Grabowski is an artist and curator hailing from the small city of Binghamton, NY. She has exhibited her highly detailed ink drawings in solo and group exhibitions throughout the northeast and has received individual artist grants from both Puffin Foundation and the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council. Grabowski has also completed residencies at the Miller Performing Arts Center, The Contemporary Artists Center Woodside and Salem Art Works. Alexis has been an arts administrator for seven years, working on everything from a contemporary dance tour of the Northeast via bicycle, to artist residency programs at a former textile mill, gothic-style stone church and what was once a 120-acre dairy farm. Alexis moved to Woodstock in the spring of 2012 to work with Byrdcliffe, and enjoys working in her studio near the Byrdcliffe Art Colony and on collaborative projects with creative individuals across the country.
- Megan Daly has been a resident of Woodstock since 1976, raising two kids and working part-time for her husband. She is a ceramicist with extensive experience in retail craft shows up and down the East Coast. From 2000 to 2010 she worked as Crafts Coordinator and manager of the Kaaterskill Fine Arts Gallery for the Catskill Mountain Foundation in Hunter. She co-produced the Mountain Culture Festival for the CMF from 2001 to 2007. Megan is very happy to be contributing to the life of the Byrdcliffe community.
- Aaron Lockhart, a native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, moved to the Hudson Valley shortly after graduating with a BFA in Studio Art in 2012. He has exhibited his meticulously rendered graphite drawings and sculptures throughout the south and in upstate New York. He now lives and works in Kingston, NY and is very happy to join the Byrdcliffe community as their gallery and shop assistant.
- Rich Conti initiated the current ceramics program at Byrdcliffe and has been director of the program for 13 years. He received his BFA from Alfred University and in 1999 was a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation. Rich's work is firmly grounded in objects for daily use, combining simple aesthetics and the mandates of functionality. Rich has a dedicated following of students in his classes at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Known as the "El Camino" of potters, when asked about whether he considers himself an artist or craftsperson, Rich responds, "Is the El Camino a car or a truck?"
Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
34 Tinker Street
Woodstock, NY 12498 USA
HOURS OF OPERATION
OFFICE HOURS: The Administrative Office is open Tuesday through Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
SHOP/GALLERY HOURS: Starting May 16, 2013, the Byrdcliffe Shop and Kleinert/James Center for the Arts are open Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm. After Thanksgiving, we will expand our shop and gallery hours to Wednesday - Sunday, 12:00 - 6:00 pm.
View a map to the Byrdcliffe Administrative Office and the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts.
View a Map to the Byrdcliffe Art Colony.