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:
Laura Battle, Byron Bell, Tina Bromberg, Oscar Buitrago, Paula Lalala, Katharine McKenna, Douglas Milford, Portia Munson, Melinda Stickney-Gibson, Katharine Umsted, 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.

2019 CURRENT AND UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS

UNTITLED (MEMBERS’ SHOW), 2019
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild invites you to participate in its 2019 Annual Members’ Show, this year called Untitled (Members’ Show), 2019, which runs from February 2 to March 24, 2019. The show is open to all current members. A Curator’s Choice award in the amount of $100 will be presented to one artist chosen by the Exhibition Committee.

Click here to download the Untitled (Members’ Show), 2019 Guidelines
Click here to download the Untitled (Members’ Show), 2019 Loan Agreement
Click here to download the Untitled (Members’ Show), 2019 Artwork Submission Labels

Drop-off Date: Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Exhibition Dates: February 2 – March 24, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 2, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 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 Monday through Thursday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Untitled


THE HAIKU BOX PROJECT
Starting September 29, 2018, visitors to the Byrdcliffe Art Colony will be able to explore the grounds in search of artist-made haiku boxes installed along the wooded mountainside. The Japanese tradition of the haiku, short-form poems consisting of stanzas of 5, 7, and 5 syllables, is most famously exemplified by the seventeenth-century poet Bashō; haiku boxes, where passersby have the opportunity to write a haiku and drop it into the box, can be found at various historic sites around Japan. The installation at Byrdcliffe will include a very basic box locator map, but one of the objectives of the project is to allow visitors a sense of discovery: the luxury of taking the time to find the boxes and consider leaving an anonymous haiku, thought, prayer, or secret inside the box.

Each box design, commissioned from artists from across the country, incorporates a paper and pencil for visitors to write their haiku. The boxes will be in place from September 2018 through June 2019.

Participating artists: Colin Chase, Stuart Farmery & Robin McKay, Michael Houser, Linda King, Alyssa McClenaghan, Mad Monk, Don Porcaro, Debra Priestly, Christina Tenaglia, Marie Vickerilla, and Hanne Gravesen Vorkapich. The project is organized by Melinda Stickney-Gibson, a visual artist who serves on the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s Exhibition Committee.

The Haiku Box Project will be open starting at 1:00 pm on Saturday September 29, concurrent with Byrdcliffe’s fourth seasonal Artists-in-Residence Open Studio at the Villetta Inn and demonstrations in its ceramics and jewelry studios. The afternoon concludes with a performance at the Byrdcliffe Barn by classical pianist Simon Mulligan.

Exhibition Dates: September 29, 2018 through June 2019
Location: White Pines, 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY
Hours: Open during daylight hours

Haiku Box Project
Left: Hanne Gravesen Vorkapich, 2018, recycled materials (melted plastic, iron, empty wasps nest, bark). 16″ x 10″ x 9″; middle: Don Porcaro, 2018, stone, brass, and steel hook. 10.5″ x 9″ x 7.5″; right: Marie Vickerilla, 2018, wood, vellum, plexiglass, and rope. 14″ x 10″ x 2½”


BYRDCLIFFE RESIDENTS 2018

Exhibition Dates: April 5 – May 12, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: April hours are Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; May hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; or by appointment on Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


LABYRINTHS OF THE MIND
A group show of contemporary abstract and semi-abstract paintings examining visual intersections between neuropsychology and focus on the individual. Artworks by Andrew Carnie, David Sher, Danielle Tageder, Barbara Takenaga, and other well-known artists are simultaneously contemplative and science-based, examining the relationship between visual structure and the dynamics of the brain itself.

Curated by Sara Lynn Henry.

Exhibition Dates: May 17 – June 30, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 18, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
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 Monday through Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


PSYCH OUT
A group show of psychedelic outdoor sculpture on the grounds of White Pines, 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, commemorating the 50-year anniversary of the Woodstock Music Festival.

Curated by Alan Baer.

Exhibition Dates: June – September, 2019
Opening Reception: date TBD in conjunction with a special musical performance
Location: White Pines, 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Open during daylight hours


PETE MAUNEY: NOCTURNAL TRANSMISSIONS
Solo show of photographs of highly engineered patterns of light generated both by fireflies and swarms of airplanes, combined with starscapes in the night sky over still landscapes.

Curated by Tina Bromberg and Doug Milford.

Exhibition Dates: July 5 – August 18, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 6, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: August hours are Thursday through Monday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm (11:00 am – 6:00 pm on the weekends); September/October hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00pm; or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


WOODSTOCK COLLECTS
Multi-venue exhibition at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, Center for Photography at Woodstock, the Woodstock School of Art, and the Historical Society of Woodstock featuring Woodstock art sourced from regional private collections.

Exhibition Dates: August 23 – October 6, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Monday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm (11:00 am – 6:00 pm on the weekends); or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


CRAFTSWOMEN: ZULMA STEELE AND HER CIRCLE
A retrospective examining the career of one of Byrdcliffe’s earliest artist residents while also commemorating the 80-year anniversary of the Woodstock Guild of Craftsmen, founded in 1939 with Steele at the helm. The exhibition will include ceramics, furniture designs, paintings, and works on paper by Zulma Steele as well as a representative selection of textiles, ceramics, and other crafts by members of the original Guild.

Curated by Henry T. Ford, Derin Tanyol, and Bruce Weber.

Exhibition Dates: October 18 – December 1, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 19, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: October/November hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; December hours are Thursday through Monday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm (11:00 am – 6:00 pm on the weekends): or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


TWENTIETH ANNUAL “5 by 7” SHOW – HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild’s 20th Annual 5 by 7 Show launches Friday, December 6, 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 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 7, 2019 – January 5, 2020, with the Preview Party on Friday, December 6, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: Thursday through Monday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm (11:00 am – 6:00 pm on the weekends), or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm


     

All 2019 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.