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

The Byrdcliffe short-term Artist in Residence program provides visual artists, writers, architects, and composers of exceptional talent with uninterrupted time and creative space within the serene natural setting of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Lasting four weeks, the residency offers artists private studio time within a community of peers. Artists are invited to participate in open studios, work-shares, field trips to cultural institutions and artists’ studios, and communal dinners, or they can choose to work in solitude during their entire stay. Visiting professional artists provide one-on-one feedback during residencies. Residents also have the opportunity to be included in an exhibition at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts the year after their residency. Byrdcliffe’s Artist in Residence program is particularly beneficial to those who find it restorative to live in a simple, communal environment in close proximity to natural beauty.

Program participants pay a subsidized fee of $700 for a four-week residency. Fellowships are available to offset the residency fee.

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 4-week AiR Program while the remainder are those who benefit from our year-round and seasonal artists’ residences in the woods comprising the historic Byrdcliffe Colony. Beyond this program, Byrdcliffe oversees more than a dozen artists’ 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 artists’ 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. The AiR Program offers a unique experience in simplicity of living amid the natural beauty of a 250-acre campus of protected fields and woodland, and provides the opportunity to live in a community of creative people of all ages and backgrounds who are dedicated to honoring the creative spirit.

NEW: Weaving and artist couples’ residencies are now offered.

One Weaving residency spot 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).

Artist couples may now apply to live and work in a Byrdcliffe cottage and enjoy being part of the residency program while having a private space.

Please contact if you are interested and if you would like further details.


Byrdcliffe will hold four Open Studio events for the AiR program in the 2018 summer season. Open Studios are a quintessential summer Woodstock event that combines visual and literary arts, music, and community. Studios are cleaned in preparation and will feature the creative labors of Byrdcliffe’s visual artists while the AiR’s literary oriented members will perform or read their work. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments are served. The public is encouraged to come tour the Artist in Residence studios, and converse and engage with participating artists. 5-month seasonal residents participate in up to two open studios.

Artist in Residence Program – Open Studio Schedule 2018:
-Friday, June 15, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
-Friday, July 13, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
-Friday, August 31, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
-Friday, September 28, 1:00 – 6:00 pm


We have an Artist in Residence Program blog; check it out at!!

Here’s a blog dedicated to helping playwrights find play submission opportunities:


Byrdcliffe’s 2018 4-week Artist in Residence Program application will be available via Submittable in mid-November, 2017. The deadline for submitting the 2018 AiR application is February 15, 2018. All applicants will be notified of their admission status in March 2018.


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 all fields of visual endeavor including painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video, performance, architecture, installation, assemblage, and now weaving.

Ceramics: Please apply using the Visual Artists’ online application!! Byrdcliffe accepts artists working in hand-building and wheel throwing 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.



Each four week session is limited to 12-15 individuals. Candidates may apply for additional weeks in the event a space becomes available. Most sessions conclude with an Open Studio where residents share their work with each other and the regional artistic community.

    • Session 01: Thursday, May 24 – Monday, June 18, 2018
    • Session 02: Thursday, June 21 – Monday, July 16, 2018
    • Session 03: Thursday, August 9 – Monday, September 3, 2018
    • Session 04: Thursday, September 6 – Monday, October 1, 2018


Residents are chosen by a selection committee of professionals in the arts that changes annually. The major criterion for acceptance is proof of serious commitment to one’s field of endeavor. Professional recognition is helpful for admission, but is not essential.

Panelists for visual artists in the past have included: Gregory Amenoff, Polly ApfelbaumZach Feuer, Jake BerthotJoan SnyderPortia MunsonMelissa Meyer, and Donald Elder. Literary panelists have included Gail GodwinMatthew SpirengMartha Frankel (fiction), Olga Broumas (poetry), Gus SchulenburgEvangeline MorphosRob Handel, and Nancy Golladay (BMI Faculty). Music Composition applicants have been juried in the past by John Medeski and David Van Tieghem.


SUPPORT MATERIALS (All materials should be of recent work)

  • Your resume or c.v. (PDF or Word doc)
  • Work samples (please see below for specific requirements for each discipline)
  • Two references (one professional reference (completed by an authority in the applicant’s field who is familiar with his/her work) and one personal reference)
  • Optional (if you want to apply for a fellowship): first two pages of your most recent tax return.

– FOR VISUAL ARTISTS: 10 images/samples (2 MB max. each: JPG, PNG, GIF, MP3, M4A, WAV, MP4, MOV, AVI, etc.) of your work along with the title, date, dimensions (if applicable), and medium.

– FOR CERAMIC ARTISTS: In addition to the visual arts support materials, please indicate your experience in glaze mixing and kiln firing.

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

– FOR WRITERS: Two* work samples (10 MB max. each: PDF) – for fiction and nonfiction, no more than 20 pages total; for play scripts, screenplays, or treatments up to 40 pages total. *Note: poets are required to provide 4 work samples.

– FOR FILMMAKERS: 2 clips of completed work or work-in-progress totaling no more than 20 minutes. Accepted formats: MP4, MOV, AVI.

– FOR ACTORS: 2 video or audio samples totaling no more than 15 minutes. Accepted formats: MP4, MOV, AVI, MP3, WAV.

*If none of the above types of work apply to your discipline, please send an email with a brief description of type of work sample you would like to provide to


Along with work-shares, open studios, 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



Application Fee: A nonrefundable processing fee is required with each application. Applicants pay the processing fee by debit or credit card through a secure site when submitting the completed online application. The fee is $30 if your application is submitted in November; $40 if submitted in December; $50 if submitted in January; and $60 if submitted in February.

Residency Fee: Byrdcliffe’s Residency fee is $700 per artist per 4-week session. Fees are due upon acceptance into the program. The residency fee is non-refundable. In the case of a cancellation, we will only consider a refund of the residency fee if the session can be filled with another resident.

Financial Aid: Byrdcliffe offers a number 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 a fellowship, artists must submit the first two pages of their most recent tax return with their application. Byrdcliffe strives to make the residency accessible and no one should be discouraged from applying based on financial grounds.


All 2018 Artist in Residence Program applicants will be notified of their admission status (accepted, wait-listed, or declined) in March, 2018.



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