On Saturday, April 6, the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts will celebrate the love and labor of 2018 Artists-in-Residence with visual art, music, panel talks, an opening reception, and readings by resident writers as part of the exhibition Relief: Byrdcliffe Artists-in-Residence 2018, on view through May 12. The exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue.
Relief features painting, ceramics, photography, video, installation, sound, and fabric art; poetry, playwriting and fiction; and music composition. Co-Curators James Adelman and Oscar Buitrago reflect on the enchanting energy of the mountain landscape, highlighting the eclectic talent of the creatives who found themselves enveloped by the rustic, tree-filled realm of Byrdcliffe, where nighttime visions of street lights are replaced with moon glow and fireflies.
Byrdcliffe’s Artist-in-Residence Program welcomes over 80 artists annually for full-year, 5-month, or 4-week residencies to live and work in Byrdcliffe’s historic 250-acre mountain landscape. Artists are given the freedom to practice within a creative community and participate in optional programming such as studio visits, work-shares, field trips, and open studios.
Participating artists in all media: Tina Barry, Andrés Cano, Jeanne Ciravolo, Elizabeth Clark, Lucille Colin, Anne Margaret Daniel, Madeline Donahue, William Eaton, Jomarie Figueroa, Joby Fox, Auguste Garufi, Elissa Gore, Kevin Kao, Christopher Law, Erika McCarthy, Alyssa McClenaghan, Anne Arden McDonald, Emily Marie Miller, Peter Makela and Taraneh Mosadegh, Elizabeth Primamore, Naimar Ramirez, Sa’dia Rehman, Joan Reutershan, Oviany Rojas, Maya Strauss, Gavin Tougher, Allison Wade, Hanna Washburn, and b.h. Yael.
James Adelman is a visual artist and Manager of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Artist-in-Residence (AiR) Program. James’s work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in the United States and abroad in venues such as The Museum of Ice Cream, Sotheby’s, The Lodge Gallery, Mark Miller Gallery, Lyons Wier Gallery, Denise Bibro Gallery, Shanghai University, and The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum. He has served as the sole assistant to Gagosian artist and mentor Mark Tansey, maintained a freelance art-handling business in New York City working with galleries, museums, and collectors, and assisted artists Inka Essenhigh and Bernardo Siciliano with graduate teaching. Prior to coming on staff at Byrdcliffe, James served as Lead Preparator for Flowers Gallery and Field Services Specialist for Crozier Fine Arts.
Oscar Buitrago is the Director of Business Development for the global Mergers & Acquisitions group at White & Case LLP and also sits on the firm’s Art Committee. In 2016, he was named to the M&A Advisor’s list of 40 Under 40 Emerging Leaders in Business Development and Marketing for the Mergers & Acquisitions industry. Oscar received his B.A. in Art History and B.A in Classics from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and was awarded the Donat Fellowship for the advanced study of archaeology and the Phi Kappa Fellowship for advanced international studies.
Oscar first came to Woodstock in 1997. He serves on the Board of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, and is a member of Byrdcliffe’s Exhibition, Development, and Nominating and Governance Committees. Oscar also serves on the Board of the Woodstock Artists Cemetery. In April 2018, Oscar curated the exhibition In The AiR: Byrdcliffe Artists-in-Residence 2017, at WBG’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts. In August 2017, he co-curated the exhibition Drawing Sound at the Kleinert/James.
The opening reception for Relief: Byrdcliffe Artists-in-Residence 2018 will be preceded by an informal panel discussion with the artists and curators at 3:00 pm. The discussion will be followed by a reception, musical performance, and readings by Byrdcliffe’s residents from 4:00 – 6:30 pm. All events are free to the public.
Byrdcliffe’s Artist-in-Residence Program receives significant funding from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.