On Saturday, April 15, Byrdcliffe will celebrate the creative benefits of producing work at the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony with an opening reception for the exhibition Fresh AiR: 2016 Artists in Residence at Byrdcliffe. This is the first of what will be an annual exhibition at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts; all alumni of Byrdcliffe’s seasonal residency program (AiR) have the opportunity to participate. Byrdcliffe’s AiR Program welcomes over 70 artists over the course of 5 months for 4-week sessions in which artists gets their own private studio/creative space and share the general living quarters. During their stay the residents participate in work-shares, field trips, open studios, and have the opportunity for one-on-one-sessions with visiting artists. The annual exhibition is one of many ways in which Byrdcliffe’s identity as a historic art colony founded in 1902 is joined with its function as a space in which contemporary artistic discourse thrives. This year’s exhibition includes painting, ceramics, photography, video, installation, and textile art. Byrdcliffe’s writing residents will also be represented in the show.
Participating visual artists: Samira Abbassy, James Adelman, Dottie Branchreeves, Meghan Burke, James Byrne, Caitlin Cass, Gabe Chiarello, Alexis Elton, Silvia Forni, Stephanie Gamarra, Kayla Gibbons, Dan Gratz, Isabella Hackerman, Amber Hany, Jess Harvey, Robert Hickman, Paul Hunter, Robert Kolhouse, Christopher Law, David Leonard, Vanessa Madrid, Henrietta Mantooth, Ann Arden McDonald, Michele Mirisola, Meredith Nichols, Padma Rajendran, Jessica Sandford, Charles Shields, Lori Solondz, Grace Sachi Troxell, Tara Vaughan, and Ella Weber.
Participating writers: Dottie Branchreeves, David Greenwood, Regina Jamison, CT Marie, and Harriette Yahr.
The exhibition is curated by Katharine L. McKenna, a painter who serves on Byrdcliffe’s Board of Directors. McKenna is also a Byrdcliffe Exhibition Committee member and co-founder of the Arts Society of Kingston (A.S.K.)
The Fresh AiR reception (at 4:00 pm) will be preceded by an informal panel discussion with the artists at 3:00 pm. Also on April 15, starting at 6:00 pm, writers who participated in Byrdcliffe’s residency program will read from their work. All events are free to the public. The exhibition will be on view through May 14 at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock.
Byrdcliffe is also pleased to announce a new team member, Stefan Saffer, who recently joined as its Artists in Residence Program Manager. Saffer is a practicing artist living and working in the Hudson Valley. He is a founding member of the Berlin-based non-profit ArtPod and works with the newly opened upstate gallery De Chiara Projects. He invented a new verb “minking,” which means making and thinking at the same time. Saffer is excited to work for Bydrcliffe, saying that he “sees the AiR Program as a space where the global meets the local to create the new together.” Byrdcliffe’s summer residencies begin at the end of May; Byrdcliffe also has several year-round residents, including visual artists, musicians, and theater professionals.