For Visual Artists (includes Ceramicists and Weavers), Writers, Architects, Filmmakers, and Composers

Every year the Byrdcliffe 4-week Artist-in-Residence program provides over 60 visual artists, writers, architects, and composers of exceptional talent uninterrupted creative time within the serene natural setting of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. 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. The major criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence or proof of serious commitment to one’s field of endeavor.

Residencies offer artists private studios and accommodation within a community of peers. Each session is limited to 16-20 artists and lasts just under four weeks. Sessions conclude with an Open Studio event at the Villetta Inn, a quintessential Summer Woodstock happening that combines visual arts, readings, music, and community. This event is free to the public with refreshments served. 5-month Seasonal Residents share their work in up to two open studios. There is a weekly grocery/supply trip and artists are invited to participate in work-shares, studio visits, cultural field trips, and communal dinners, or can choose to work in solitude during their entire stay. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in an exhibition at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts the year following their residency.

The application deadline is February 15, 2019. There is a subsidized fee of $700 for participation in the Monthly AiR program. Different fees apply for private accommodations in Varenka and The Forge. Fellowships and subsidies are available to offset the residency fee. Click here for details on fees and fellowships.

NEW: Ceramicists may apply for 1, 2, or 4 sessions!

NEW: Weaving residencies now offered!
One Weaving residency in each session is available for an artist to work in the historic loom room at White Pines on two countermarch looms (Cranbrook and Glimakra 4-harness, convertible to 8-harness).

NEW: Couples and private accommodations now available!
Enjoy being part of the residency program while having a private space. Byrdcliffe offers two private live/work spaces as part of its Monthly AiR Program: The Forge and Varenka. The Forge is larger and reserved exclusively for couples. Varenka is smaller and generally more suitable for individuals, however equally welcomes any couple who feels confident the space meets their needs. Regretfully Byrdcliffe is unable to accommodate children at this time.


  • Session 01: Thursday, May 30 – Monday, June 24, 2019 with Open Studio on Saturday, June 22, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Session 02: Thursday, June 27 – Monday, July 22, 2019 with Open Studio on Saturday, July 20, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Session 03: Thursday, August 8 – Monday, September 2, 2019 with Open Studio on Saturday, August 31, 3:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Session 04: Thursday, September 5 – Monday, September 30, 2019 with Open Studio on Saturday, September 28, as part of Byrdcliffe Afternoon, 12:00 – 4:00 pm


DEADLINE MIDNIGHT FEBRUARY 15, 2019. Application fee is $45 before January 15, 2019 and $50 thereafter. Pollock-Krasner Foundation Fellowships for visual artists affected by natural disasters were available through March 20, 2019! Notifications are sent in late March and early April.


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

  • Work samples – please see below for specific requirements by discipline. Materials should primarily be created in the past three years.
  • Three brief statements (under 200 words/one paragraph each): Biography, Residency Goals, and Approach to Community
  • Professional Resume or C.V.
  • Contact information for two references: one personal and one professional (an authority in the applicant’s field who is familiar with his/her work)
  • If applying for financial aid, the first two pages of your most recent tax return
  • If applying as a couple, the second artist will be asked to submit similar materials during the same application.

– VISUAL ARTISTS: 10 images/samples with corresponding list detailing title, date, dimensions, medium, etc. (2 MB max. each JPG, PNG, GIF, MP3, M4A, WAV, MP4, MOV, AVI, etc.)

– CERAMIC ARTISTS: In addition to the visual arts support materials, ceramic artists will be asked to indicate their experience in glaze mixing and kiln firing.

– MUSIC COMPOSITION: 5 music samples totaling no more than 15 minutes along with title and date plus a PDF with the scores of the uploaded work samples. (10 MB max. each MP3, M4A, WAV, etc.)

– WRITERS: Two work samples — for fiction and nonfiction, up to 20 pages total. For play scripts, screenplays, or treatments, up to 40 pages total. Poets are required to provide four work samples. (10 MB max. each PDF)

– FILMMAKERS: Two clips of completed work or work-in-progress totaling no more than 20 minutes. (MP4, MOV, AVI)



Residency Fees: Communal buildings are $700 per artist per session; Varenka is $1200 per session; and The Forge is $1600 per session. A deposit is asked upon acceptance with the remaining balance due prior to arrival. The residency fee is non-refundable. In the case of a cancellation, refunding a deposit is only considered if the session can be filled with another applicant.

Financial Aid: Byrdcliffe offers a range of fellowships each summer based on a combination of financial need and artistic merit, ranging from partial to full coverage of residency fees. To be eligible for fellowships and funding, applicants simply check the appropriate boxes in the application, complete the Fellowship section, and upload the first two pages of their most recent tax return when prompted. Applicants will only be asked for financial information in order to qualify for funding.

Click here for more information about fees and fellowships.


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. The major criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence or proof of serious commitment to one’s field of endeavor.

Residents are chosen by a committee of professionals in the arts that changes annually to prevent taste discrimination. Panelists for visual artists in the past have included: Gregory Amenoff, Polly Apfelbaum, Zach Feuer, Jake Berthot, Joan SnyderPortia MunsonMelissa Meyer, and Donald Elder. Literary panelists have included Gail Godwin, Matthew Spireng, Martha Frankel (fiction), Olga Broumas (poetry), Gus Schulenburg, Evangeline Morphos, Rob Handel, and Nancy Golladay (BMI Faculty). Music Composition panelists have included John Medeski and David Van Tieghem.



Along with work-shares, open studios, welcome dinner, and other activities in which artists engage with their peers, Byrdcliffe’s AiR Program offers:

Bikes for residents: You can use these bikes to travel into town or to get to your studio. The bikes can be borrowed from the Villetta Inn.

Byrdcliffe Discount Card: Residents receive a Byrdcliffe Discount Card upon arrival which offers them a 10% discount at some of the best shops and eateries in the town of Woodstock.

Exhibition Opportunity: Inclusion in an exhibition at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in the year following your residency.

Visiting Artists Series: Studio critiques with visiting artists and/or Byrdcliffe’s AiR Program Manager




For more information about Internships at Byrdcliffe, click here.