artist residency programs

ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAMS

Since its founding in 1902, Byrdcliffe has welcomed artists—Bob Dylan, Philip Guston, Eva Hesse, and hundreds more—to and live and work surrounded by 250 acres of the Catskill Mountains’ serene natural beauty. Byrdcliffe offers several types of residency ranging from four weeks to five months to year-round for artists in multiple disciplines. 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, ages, and demographics, and engage with a broad range of artistic practices. Creatives and craftspeople in all media including weavers, writers, musicians, composers, healing arts (new!), architects, filmmakers, playwrights, performance and visual artists, and artists in other disciplines are invited to apply. Emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply.

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Byrdcliffe offers the following fellowships with help from our granting partners for the upcoming season and graciously thanks all of its supporters! Including major contributions from The Pollock Krasner Foundation as well as the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Bernard and Shirley Handel, the National Endowment for the Arts, numerous individual donors and local businesses, and artists like you!
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant for Artists Affected by Natural Disaster (Full fee & stipend)
– The annual Mantooth/Morabito Fellowship for an artist of color (Full fee)
– The annual Ford/Knauth Fellowships for LGBTQIA+ artists (Full fee)
– The annual Bernard and Shirley Handel Playwright Fellowship (Full fee)
Need based support provided by private donors and supporters (Ranging from $100 – full fee)

To be eligible for these fellowships, simply check the appropriate boxes in the Fellowship section of the application and provide financial information for need based awards.

RESIDENCIES

  • 5-MONTH SEASONAL RESIDENCIES MAY 1 – SEPTEMBER 30:
    – Private live/work cottages
    – Primarily autonomous with some optional programming available
    – Optional programming includes four Welcome Dinners with monthly residents, participation in up to two open studio events, our weekly Byrdcliffe Barn Cafe, and more on a space available basis
    – Cottages are unique in size and layout and may accommodate anywhere from 1-3 bedrooms
    – Individuals, couples, peers, teams (both collaborative and non-collaborative), and other variations may apply. Each individual must be an artist or the partner of an artist (eg. painter & accountant)
    Click here for more info about Seasonal cottages
    Application deadline: 11:59 pm, December 20, 2019
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  • MONTHLY RESIDENCIES:
    Monthly residencies include two communal buildings with external studios, and two private live/work buildings in close proximity. Residents in both the communal and private buildings are welcome to take part in all of the same programming and events, and share the same arrival and departure dates.

    Communal buildings:
    – Private bedroom and private studio, shared kitchen, bath, and common spaces
    – Optional programming includes Open Studios, Work Shares, Visiting Artists, and more
    – Program generally consists of 18-21 residents in mixed disciplines
    – $750 per session (minus any fellowships/awards)
    Click here for more info about the Monthly Communal AiR Program
    Application deadline: 11:59 pm, February 15, 2020

    Residency at Varenka:
    – Private live/work cottage
    – May be suitable for couples depending on their unique needs and space requirements
    – Participate in all optional programming with the communal residents
    – Optional programming includes Welcome Dinner, Open Studios, Work Shares, and more
    – 716 square feet, $1,260 total per session (minus any fellowships/awards)
    Click here for more info about private lodging in Varenka
    Application deadline: 11:59 pm, February 15, 2020

    Couple’s Residency at The Forge:
    – Private live/work cottage for a couple with a dedicated studio space
    – Participate in all optional programming with the communal residents
    – Optional programming includes Welcome Dinner, Open Studios, Work Shares, and more
    – 1,351 square feet, $1,440 total per session (minus any fellowships/awards)
    Click here for more info about The Forge
    Application deadline: 11:59 pm, February 15, 2020
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  • YEAR-ROUND ARTIST HOUSING:
    Byrdcliffe offers nine cottages and houses for yearly rental at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony on an as available basis. Artists in any media may apply. Potential tenants will be required to submit a portfolio of their work.
    Click here for available Byrdcliffe long term artist housing