exhibitions

EXHIBITIONS

The Kleinert James Center for the Arts (Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild) mounts exhibitions and organizes events that honor both the cultural legacy established by the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony in 1902 and its contemporary artistic endeavors. Beyond spotlighting Byrdcliffe’s utopian crafts tradition, the K/J’s program features regional, national, and international artists; fine art and functional crafts; historical traditions and cutting-edge experiments; and two, three, and four dimensional artworks.

All exhibitions, opening receptions, and gallery talks are free and open to the public.

Byrdcliffe’s Exhibition Committee as of March 2016 is:
Byron Bell, Tina Bromberg, Oscar Buitrago, Paula Lalala, Ken Landauer, Katharine McKenna, Douglas Milford, Portia Munson, Melinda Stickney-Gibson, Katharine Umsted, Oliver Wasow, Linda Weintraub, and Sylvia Leonard Wolf (chair). Matthew T. Leaycraft (member Emeritus).

Exhibition programming at Byrdcliffe is dependent on private and corporate sponsors. Contributions at all levels are encouraged, with the following incentives:
$250 and above: You or your company will be named as a sponsor on all printed materials associated with the exhibition to which you have contributed, as well as on our website
$100-$249: You or your company will be named as a sponsor on our website
$20-$99: You or your company will receive an acknowledgement on the exhibition checklist.

2017 CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

SELECTIONS: WOODSTOCK CERAMIC ARTS TODAY
Selections: Woodstock Ceramic Arts Today features work by contemporary ceramicists from the region: Rich Conti, Eric Ehrnschwender, Sophie Fenton, Mary Frank, Robert Hessler, Alan Hoffman, Jolyon Hofsted, Brad Lail, Young Mi Kim, Joyce Robins, Arlene Shechet, Grace Wapner, and Elena Zang.

Selections: Woodstock Ceramic Arts Today highlights a major feature of Byrdcliffe’s interdisciplinary mission. The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, whose programming includes exhibitions, classes, musical performance, and an artists’ residency program, is renowned for its ceramics program, which dates from the early days of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Selections complements the exhibition currently on view at the Samuel Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz, Carl Walters and Woodstock Ceramic Arts, which runs from February 4 – May 21, 2017. The Dorsky exhibition focuses on Walters’s ceramic sculpture, as well as his functional ceramics—plates, bowls and vessels. Ceramics made by artists who worked at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, including Zulma Steele, contextualize his work. The exhibition at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts moves this history forward, demonstrating the breadth of production in the ceramic arts since the early days of the Woodstock Art Colony.

The exhibition will be cohosted by the Historical Society of Woodstock, 20 Comeau Drive. The Historical Society will be open on Saturdays and Sundays during the run of the exhibition, February 24 – April 9 2017. For hours and more information, visit www.historicalsocietyofwoodstock.org.

Curated by Tom Wolf, Professor of Art History at Bard College, and the students in his class “History of Art in Woodstock.” Read more

Exhibition Dates: February 24 – April 9, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 25, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Closing talks with participating artists: Saturday, April 8, 2017, 3:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Left: Young Mi Kim, Orenda 1. Porcelain, reduction fired. 18.5 x 12 inches // right: Grace Bakst Wapner, And Hugged the Narrow Ledge. Ceramic, 15 x 10 x 13 inches.



STUART FARMERY: SCULPTURES IN THE LANDSCAPE
Opening July 9, 2016, the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild hosts Stuart Farmery: Sculptures in the Landscape, an outdoor exhibition of sculpture by Stuart Farmery. Farmery is a British-American artist based in nearby Ghent, NY. His work will be displayed on the grounds of White Pines, the 1902 home of Byrdcliffe’s founders, Ralph and Jane Whitehead, where it will remain until September of 2017. Installation of the work commences in June, with the public opening and reception on July 9. Curated by Katharine Umsted. Read more

Exhibition Dates: reopened on September 17, 2016; on view through September 4, 2017
Artist’s Talk: Saturday, July 9, 2016, 3:00 pm. Free walk-through of installation on the White Pines grounds. Comfortable walking shoes recommended
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Re-opening Party: Saturday, September 17, 2016, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: White Pines, 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY
Exhibition Hours: Open during daylight hours

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Left: Director’s Chair, 2015. Stained white pine, 98″ x 28″ x 30″ // middle: Big Pink, 2016. Stained wood, 132″ x 17″ x 17″ // right: Blue Cloud, 2016. Stained wood, 12″ x 39″ x 12″.


FRESH AiR: 2016 ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE AT BYRDCLIFFE
An exhibition featuring the work of artists in various media who participated in Byrdcliffe’s 4-week residencies during the 2016 season. Work in the show was either created at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony or inspired by the residency.

Curated by Katharine L. McKenna.

Participating visual artists: Samira Abbassy, James Adelman, Ann Arden McDonald, Dottie Branchreeves, Meghan Burke, James Byrne, Caitlin Cass, Gabe Chiarello, Alexis Elton, Silvia Forni, Stephanie Gammara, Kayla Gibbons, Dan Gratz, Isabella Hackerman, Amber Hany, Jess Harvey, Robert Hickman, Paul Hunter, Robert Kolhouse, Christopher Law, David Leonard, Vanessa Madrid, Henrietta Mantooth, Michele Mirisola, Meredith Nichols, Padma Rajendran, Jessica Sandford, Charles Shields, Lori Solondz, Grace Sachi Troxell, Tara Vaughan, and Ella Weber.

Exhibition Dates: April 14 – May 14, 2017
Gallery talks with participating artists: Saturday, April 15, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Readings by 2016 AiR writing residents: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 6:00 pm. Free event
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

fresh air
Left: Robert Kolhouse, Woodstock.exe. White earthenware and glaze, 20 x 15 x 10 inches // right top: Jessica Harvey, Ghost Vessels, White Pines. Archival inkjet print, 11 x 14 inches // right bottom: Vanessa Madrid, White Oval — I Have an Inner Rainbow. Oil on burlap, 26 x 23 inches.



THE RITUAL OF CONSTRUCTION
The Ritual of Construction is a group exhibition of artists working in a variety of media, using units of geometric origin to make their work. The conceptual underpinning of the show is in part based on what Roberto Calasso, a theorist who studies ritual and myth, has described as meticulously enacted activities of construction and deconstruction whose meaning, in the end, remains unintelligible to all but the practitioner. “How,” writes Calasso, “can we know something that doesn’t want to let itself be known? In only one way: by becoming to some extent, the thing itself.” Read more

The artists in the show are: Laura Battle, Emily Berger, Benigna Chilla, Susan Spencer Crowe, Ann Feitelson, Ann Francey, Lisa Hoke, Mona Mark, Altoon Sultan, and Stephen Westfall.

Curated by Jeanette Fintz.

Exhibition Dates: May 19 – July 2, 2017
Gallery talks with particating artists: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 20, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

ritual of construction
Left: Benigna Chilla, Vertical Weave, 2010. Intaglio monoprint, 30 x 22 inches // right: Susan Spencer Crowe, Chatham, 2016. Encaustic and cardboard, 20 x 10.25 x 4.5 inches.



COMPOSITION: THE ABSTRACT LANDSCAPE
Composition: The Abstract Landscape examines abstractions sourced in visual similes of the natural world, whether by virtue of a distinct horizon line, the use of a coulisse or other framing devices, or other techniques linking contemporary abstraction to traditional landscape painting. The exhibition will include contemporary artists working in this idiom as well as representative examples by historic painters of abstract landscape who lived in the region: Milton Avery, Jake Berthot, and Philip Guston.

Curated by Derin Tanyol.

Exhibition Dates: July 7 – August 20, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 8, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm



GRADATIONS OF LIGHT
Multi-media exhibition by pianist/composer Marilyn Crispell and graphic/animation artist Jo Ganter. Graphic scores will hang on the walls; there will be projected video (animations based on musical scores) and sound pieces as well.

Coordinated by Oscar Buitrago and Melinda Stickney-Gibson.

Exhibition Dates: August 25 – October 8, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 26, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm



ANNUAL “5 by 7” SHOW – HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s 18th Annual 5 by 7 Show launches Friday, December 1, with a catered champagne reception and preview party at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, one of the most exciting art events happening in Woodstock each holiday season. All work submitted is restricted to 5 inches by 7 inches in size and is exhibited anonymously, a playful way to give an equal voice to all and showcase the talent of our members side by side with that of the international art world community in our midst. This is a major fundraising event for Byrdcliffe, and by contributing and/or purchasing a small work you will help support our arts programming, including exhibitions and performances.

Exhibition Dates: December 2, 2017 – January 7, 2018, with the Preview Party on Friday, December 1, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

5by7 show



2017 PAST EXHIBITIONS

2017 ANNUAL MEMBERS’ SHOW “BYRD & IMAGE”
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild invites all Byrdcliffe members to participate in its 2017 Annual Members’ Show, this year called “BYRD & IMAGE“. The show is open to all current members. A Curator’s Choice award in the amount of $100 will be presented for one work chosen by the Exhibition Committee. In addition to being an opportunity to see exciting new work, the opening reception and Open Mic Night tradition, now in its third year, are lively community events that accompany the show. Read more

Click here to download the 2017 Members’ Show BYRD & IMAGE Guidelines
Click here to download the 2017 Members’ Show BYRD & IMAGE Loan Agreement
Click here to download the 2017 Members’ Show BYRD & IMAGE Artwork Submission Labels

Drop-off Date: Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: January 6 – February 19, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 7, 2017, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Open Mic Night: Saturday, January 28, 2017, 8:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm, or by appointment on Tuesday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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All 2017 Byrdcliffe arts programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Our exhibitions program is made possible in part through support from the County of Ulster’s Ulster County Cultural Services & Promotion Fund administered by ARTS MID-HUDSON.