ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM - OPEN STUDIO
Byrdcliffe held several Artist in Residence (AIR) Program Open Studio events this 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 be performing or reading their work. This event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served. The public is encouraged to come tour the Artist in Residence studios and converse and engage with participating artists.
Artist in Residence Program - Open Studio Schedule 2013:
-Friday, June 14, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
-Sunday, July 7, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
-Saturday, July 27, 5:30 -7:30 pm
-Friday, August 30, 5:30 -7:30 pm
-Saturday, September 28, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
BYRDCLIFFE COLLABORATION WITH NYFA and POLLOCK-KRASNER FOUNDATION
Byrdcliffe is pleased to announce the collaboration with the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation to assist artists who have experienced loss, displacement and/or damage due to Hurricane Sandy by providing 3 to 6 week studio residencies at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Eligible professional visual artists working in any discipline may apply through Wednesday, April 24.
The Byrdcliffe/Pollock-Krasner residencies will provide a supportive environment for artists to restore normalcy to their artistic practice and recover from the feelings of anxiety and isolation that often accompany natural disaster. Easily accessible from affected areas, Byrdcliffe’s serene natural setting offers uninterrupted time and creative space within a community of peers.
BYRDCLIFFE ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
The Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence program provides visual artists (including ceramic artists), writers and composers of exceptional talent with uninterrupted time and creative space within the serene natural setting of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Lasting between three and six weeks, Byrdcliffe’s residencies provide artists with uninterrupted private studio time within a community of peers. Artists are invited to participate in open studios, work-shares, communal dinners and field trips, or may spend their residency working in the creative solitude of a private studio. Byrdcliffe’s residencies are particularly beneficial to those who find it restorative to live in a simple, communal environment in close proximity to natural beauty.
Artists participating in Byrdcliffe’s Artist in Residence program are asked to pay a subsidized fee of $600/month to attend. The full cost of Byrdcliffe’s residency program is $2,000 per person. Byrdcliffe also offers financial aid to participants based on a combination of need and merit. In 2012, 62% of artists received partial or full fellowships to attend the residency program. This support was made possible through the generosity of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Byrdcliffe restricted funds, including the Handel Fund and the Milton and Sally Avery Fund for Visual Art. Other fellowships are awarded directly from Byrdcliffe. To be considered for a fellowship, artists must fill out and submit the required financial information in the application. Some partial fellowships available through Byrdcliffe may require 3-5 volunteer hours per week.
Surrounded by the Catskill Mountains and just west of the Hudson River, the Byrdcliffe Art Colony is home to over 80 artists each year, fifty of whom are hosted by the Artist in Residence Program. Beyond the AiR program, the Colony is comprised of more than a dozen artist 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 artist 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. Byrdcliffe offers a unique experience in simplicity of living amid the natural beauty of a 250 acre campus of protected fields and woodland. At the same time, Byrdcliffe provides the opportunity to live in a community of creative people of all ages and backgrounds who are dedicated to honoring the creative spirit.
Read what one of the 2011 residents has to say about her stay at Byrdcliffe in her blog!
And, here's also a local blog to read about the Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program!
2014 ONLINE APPLICATION
The 2014 Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program application will be online later this year (most likely in December, 2013). The deadline for applying for the 2014 Artist in Residence Program applicants will be March 15, 2014.
Byrdcliffe accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: visual arts (including ceramics); fiction, nonfiction and/or poetry; playwrighting and screenwriting; and music composition. The main criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence. Byrdcliffe encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply.
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.
APPLICATION GUIDELINES FOR THE 2014 ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM
For all visual arts (including ceramics), music composers, playwrights, and writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry:
Each four week session is limited to 10-14 individuals. Candidates may apply for additional weeks in the event a space becomes available. Each session concludes with an Open Studio where residents share their work with each other and the regional artistic community.
Residents are chosen by a selection committee of professionals in the arts. 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 in the past have included: Gregory Amenoff, Jake Berthot, Joan Snyder, Portia Munson, Melissa Meyer and Donald Elder and literary panelists included Gail Godwin, Matthew Spireng, Martha Frankel (fiction), Olga Broumas (poetry), Gus Schulenburg, Evangeline Morphos, Rob Handel and Nancy Golladay (BMI Faculty).
SUPPORT MATERIALS (All materials should be of recent work)
- FOR VISUAL ARTISTS: 10 images (5 MB max. each: JPG, PNG, GIF) of your work along with the title, date, dimensions, and medium.
- FOR MUSIC COMPOSITION: 5 music samples (10 MB max. each: mp3) – altogether no more than 15 minutes along with the title and date. Please also include the scores of the uploaded work samples (PDF).
- FOR PLAYWRITING / SCREENWRITING: One or two work samples (10 MB max. each: PDF) – up to 40 pages in total for a play script or treatment.
- FOR WRITERS OF FICTION, NONFICTION, AND/OR POETRY
-Fiction and Nonfiction: 2 work samples (10 MB max. each: PDF) – no more than 20 pages total
-Poetry: at least 4 work samples (10 MB max. each: PDF) – no more than 12 pages total
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM FEES
A nonrefundable processing fee of $40 (US) 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.
Byrdcliffe's residency fee is $600 per artist per session. Artists are accepted for residence solely according to merit. Fellowships are available to offset all or part of the $600 fee based on financial need. No one should be discouraged from applying on financial grounds. The Fellowship form (optional form within the Artist in Residence Application) is due simultaneously with the application for residence.
All 2014 Artist in Residence Program applicants will be notified of their admission status (acceptance, waitlist or rejection) in late April, 2014.