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ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM – FAQS

Please refer to this list prior to contacting us. If you still have questions, call 845.679.2079 or email air@woodstockguild.org.

Q: I do not have any JPEGs of my work, will you accept slides?

No, we have moved to an online application form so you will need to submit work samples in a digital format.

Q: I need help with my online application…who should I contact?

Please contact air@woodstockguild.org, or if you have a technical issue you can contact Submittable via their online support page.

Q: I have my two references. Do I need to get letters of recommendation from them?

No, letters of recommendation are not required at this time.

Q: I am a smoker. Can I smoke at Byrdcliffe?

Smoking is not permitted inside the buildings at Byrdcliffe. However, you may smoke outside 50 feet away from any building.

Q: What does the residency fee of $700 cover?

The $700 fee covers accommodations at the Villetta Inn or Eastover and use of a private studio space for the 4-week residency period. It also includes free laundry facilities and some bulk food items. Different fees apply for independent living residencies in Varenka and the Forge.

Q: I’ve already paid my residency fee, but now I need to change my plans. Can I get a refund?

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.

Q: I have a small but well-behaved dog. Can she or he come too?

No, pets are not permitted except for assist/guide animals.

Q: Can I bring my spouse/partner?

Spouses/partners are not allowed to stay during your residency unless they have submitted an application and been accepted as a resident. You are allowed one overnight guest during your stay.

Q: Do you get cell phone reception at Byrdcliffe?

Yes, but depending on your carrier, there may be areas at Byrdcliffe that do not get a signal. We ask that residents refrain from using cell phones in the Villetta, Eastover or studios, so as not to disturb their fellow artists.

Q: Do you have a darkroom or other photography facilities?

Byrdcliffe has a very basic darkroom in the Villetta Inn, but no digital facilities. The Center for Photography Woodstock has a darkroom and a digital photography workroom. You may want to contact them to make arrangements.

Q: Do you have a studio for printmakers?

No, The Woodstock School of Art has printmaking facilities as well as The Women’s Studio Workshop (in Rosendale, NY). Please contact them for rates and info.

Q: Does Byrdcliffe provide art supplies?

Residents must bring their own art supplies. Studios are equipped with a sink and glass tabletop palette. There is an art supply store, Catskill Art & Office, right in town.

Q. When I arrive on my first day, where do I check in?

Please come to the Villetta Inn at 3 Upper Byrdcliffe Way, Woodstock. DO NOT go to 34 Tinker Street, which you’ve no doubt seen in various places on our website and letterhead! That’s the address of our administrative office, about 2 miles away from where you want to go.

Q: I am concerned about ticks and wildlife in the area. How do I prepare for my stay?

Unfortunately, ticks are prevalent in the Catskills. We recommend you take precautions and check yourself for ticks regularly. Tuck your pants into socks, wear long sleeves, and use a tick repellant spray. Contact the Ulster County Health Department for more info and helpful hints: 845.340.3150. Bears, raccoons, deer, mice, and other animals are part of the Byrdcliffe experience. It’s best to observe animals; do not encourage them by feeding them or leaving food scraps. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has an informative website about living amongst black bears.

Q: Do you have an internet connection?

Yes, there is wifi in both Byrdcliffe’s residential buildings, the Villetta Inn and Eastover. The wifi reaches some visual arts and writing studios, but not all. There is no wifi in the ceramics area, White Pines or the composer’s studio.

Q: Do you have a computer and printer for residents to use?

Unfortunately there is no computer or printer for residents’ use. However, there are printing services in downtown Woodstock at Catskill Art & Office. Documents can be emailed to them for pick-up.

Q: Do I need to bring a car?

While you do not need to bring a vehicle, it is helpful to have one. The AiR Manager will schedule several trips to town weekly for residents without cars. Rides are also provided to the local walk-in doctor or hospital in emergency situations. For other trips, residents need to make arrangements with a taxi service, of which there are several in town.

Q: I would like to make a contribution and/or become a member:

Super, it’s easy to do! Check out our membership and contribution page to do so.

Q: I understand the easiest way to get to Woodstock is by bus. What is the closest terminal/stop?

Trailways Bus 800.858.8555, stops in Woodstock. The bus stop is about 1.5 miles from the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, across the street from Byrdcliffe’s administrative offices and Kleinert/James Center for the Arts. Ulster County Area Transit also has a local bus to Woodstock; call UCAT at 845.340.3333 for more info and schedules. View a Map to the Byrdcliffe Art Colony.

Q: If I arrive by bus, can someone pick me up?

Yes, arrangements can be made for a Woodstock pick-up. Contact the AIR Program Manager at air@woodstockguild.org before your arrival to make plans.

Q: I am taking the train. What are the closest stations?

If you are arriving on Amtrak, it’s best to go to Rhinecliff, NY (RHI). If you are taking Metro North from NYC, you can get off at Poughkeepsie, NY. Ulster County Area Transit has a bus (Ulster–Poughkeepsie Link) that links the Poughkeepsie Train Station with the Rosendale Park and Ride. One could take either another UCAT bus to Woodstock, or the Trailways Bus. Call UCAT 845.340.3333 for more info and schedules, or call Trailways, 800.858.8555.

You are responsible for your own travel arrangements to and from the colony from the airport and train stations.

Q: I am flying in. What are the nearest airports?

Stewart International Airport (SWF) in Newburgh, NY and Albany International Airport (ALB) are the nearest airports, but direct flights to these airports are scarce. John F. Kennedy (JFK) in New York City; LaGuardia (LGA) in Queens/NYC, NY; and Newark (EWR) in Newark, NJ offer more direct flights, but require additional transportation to get to Woodstock. Please check with your flight carriers.

Q: If I arrive by bus, can someone pick me up?

Yes, arrangements can be made for a Woodstock pick-up. Contact the AIR Program Manager at air@woodstockguild.org before your arrival to make plans.

Q: Is there an in-house chef?

No, there is no chef on staff. Residents must provide their own food and prepare their own meals, and of course, clean up afterwards. Group meals and clean-up are common among residents. Byrdcliffe tries to supply some bulk foods and basic condiments wherever possible.

Q: Where do I get groceries?

There are a few places to shop in the Woodstock area, such as Sunfrost, Cub Market 845.679.6569, Sunflower, Gallos 845.679.5113, and the Woodstock Meat Market 845.679.7917. There are supermarkets in neighboring West Hurley (Hannaford), Saugerties (Price Chopper), Town of Ulster (HannafordShopRiteAdams Fairacre Farms, and Aldi), and Uptown Kingston (Hannaford and Davenports Farms 845.334.9004). There are also Farmer’s Markets in WoodstockKingston, and Saugerties during the summer. UCAT has bus service to West Hurley, Saugerties, and Kingston.

The AIR Program Manager provides weekly shopping trips for those without cars.

Q: Do I need to bring my own sheets and towels? What about toiletries?

No, we provide sheets and towels. There are laundry facilities on the premises. You must bring your own soap, shampoo, toothpaste, hair dryer, laundry detergent, etc.

Q: Is The Villetta Inn wheelchair accessible?

The Villetta Inn is ADA compliant.

Q: Are there bicycles at the Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program?

Yes, there are several bicycles at the Villetta Inn that can be borrowed for biking to and from town, but also for riding to the writing studios in White Pines and the ceramics studios at the Byrdcliffe Barn. Bikes can also be rented from Overlook Mountain Bikes or from Old Spokes Home (behind the Golden Notebook in town).

Q: Is there a pool or workout room?

No, sadly, there is no pool or workout room. There are plenty of places to hike and walk, including the Mount Guardian trail right on the Byrdcliffe campus. There is a creek in town for swimming. The local park in Woodstock, Andy Lee Field, has two tennis courts, a basketball court, two baseball diamonds, plus swings and a field for frisbee. There are several yoga studios (BlissShakti, and Euphoria) and pilates studios (The Moving Body) in town. 28 West Gym on Route 28 in West Hurley is about a 10 minute car ride from the Byrdcliffe Art Colony.