For Visual Artists, Writers, Ceramicists and Composers

The Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence program provides artists of exceptional talent with uninterrupted time and creative space to research and create new work. Lasting four weeks (or a possible eight weeks for ceramic artists), residencies provide artists with private studio space within a community of peers and the serene natural setting of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. 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.

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.


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Byrdcliffe’s 2014 Artist in Residence Program application has now closed!! The deadline for submitting this year’s AIR application was March 15, 2014. Thank you for applying. All applicants will be notified of their admission status in mid to late April.


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 painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, video and/or performance

Ceramics: Please apply using the Visual Artists’ online application!! Byrdcliffe accepts artists working in handbuilding and wheelthrowing 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 I: May 28 – June 23, 2014 (4 weeks)
    • Session II: June 25 – July 21, 2014 (4 weeks)
    • Session III: July 30 – August 25, 2014 (4 weeks)
    • Session IV: August 27 – September 22, 2014 (4 weeks)


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 AmenoffJake BerthotJoan SnyderPortia MunsonMelissa Meyer and Donald Elder and literary panelists included Gail GodwinMatthew SpirengMartha Frankel (fiction), Olga Broumas (poetry), Gus SchulenburgEvangeline MorphosRob Handel and Nancy Golladay (BMI Faculty).


SUPPORT MATERIALS (All materials should be of recent work)

  • Copy of your professional resume (PDF)
  • 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): your most recent tax return (only the first two pages need to be attached).

- FOR VISUAL ARTISTS: 10 images (5 MB max. each: JPG, PNG, GIF) of your work along with the title, date, dimensions, 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) – 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 FICTION, NONFICTION: 2 work samples (10 MB max. each: PDF) – no more than 20 pages total

- FOR POETRY: at least 4 work samples (10 MB max. each: PDF) – no more than 12 pages total


Application Fee: 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.

Residency Fee: Byrdcliffe’s Residency fee is $600 per artist per 4-week session. Fees are due one month prior to the start date of each residency session.

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 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 2014 Artist in Residence Program applicants will be notified of their admission status (acceptance, waitlist or rejection) in late April, 2014.



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