Exhibition Proposals

Selection of work for Byrdcliffe’s two exhibition venues is made by a curator who has had a proposal approved by the Exhibition Committee. The curator may be an Exhibition Committee member or an outside guest. We accept curatorial submissions, reviewed periodically by the committee, for complete shows. We do not review the work of individual artists.

Byrdcliffe’s Exhibition Committee as of November 2017 is:
Byron Bell, Tina Bromberg, Oscar Buitrago, Erika DeVries, 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).

Proposals in a broad range of media are encouraged and should present work that engages questions of theoretical and critical relevance to contemporary artistic practice. Byrdcliffe presents one exhibition of historical art per year.

Curators of proposed exhibitions must fill out the downloadable proposal form and submit it with a resume/cv, and 10-15 images related to the proposed exhibition, to the address at the top of the form.


The Kleinert/James Center for the Arts // 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock

The Kleinert/James Center for the Arts hosts an average of 8 exhibitions per year, including a member show and our annual 5 by 7 show. The K/J comprises approximately 130 linear feet, which includes a stage elevated 3 stairs above the main gallery area. Exhibitions in the K/J are subject to the following size restrictions:

1. Any free-standing sculpture or other three-dimensional artwork must weigh less than 30 pounds and have a diameter of no more than 4 feet at its widest point.
2. Any free-standing sculpture or other three-dimensional artwork must be able to be easily moved by one person of average strength with no risk to the artwork itself, to other artworks, or to walls, floors, furnishings, or other possessions of the K/J.
3. No single exhibition can include more than 6 free-standing sculptures or other three-dimensional artwork of dimensions extending beyond one foot from the wall
4. Item #3 above does not apply to artworks that extend no more than one foot from the wall, in which case the quantity is unlimited within the parameters of the gallery space.

Exceptions to the above will be considered by the Exhibition Committee.

Outdoor Exhibitions at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony // Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock


The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild (WBG) seeks curatorial proposals for an outdoor sculpture exhibition to be held in the summer of 2019. Proposals can cover a wide range of artistic styles and media, but should in some way relate to the legendary Woodstock Music Festival of 1969, which celebrates its 50-year anniversary in 2019. Proposals should be for a group show with a maximum of 15 artists. Curators who are also visual artists cannot include their own work in the proposed exhibition.

Please review guidelines below, fill out this downloadable proposal form, and submit with your resume/cv and a maximum of 20 images related to the exhibition to

Proposal deadline: March 15, 2018. Proposals will be reviewed by WBG’s Exhibition Committee.

Exhibition dates:
The projected dates for the show are June 15 to October 27, 2019. A public reception and possible musical performance will be scheduled for Saturday, August 17, 2019, to coincide with one of the 3 days of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. Ideas for an event to take place on August 17 are welcome as part of the curatorial proposal, but are not a requirement.

Location: White Pines Lawn and the surrounding landscape, 454 Upper Byrdcliffe Road, Woodstock

Curators will have approximately two acres to work with directly in the vicinity of White Pines, the 1903 Arts & Crafts style home of Byrdcliffe’s founders. WBG is open to ideas for additional utilization of space at the Byrdcliffe Art Colony provided it does not interfere with the work and privacy of artist residents.

A map of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony can be viewed here. The grounds are open year-round and prospective curators are encouraged to explore before submitting a proposal. Please be respectful of artists working in nearby cottages.

Budget and logistics:
WBG has a very limited budget. We are continually applying for funding for programs but it is unknown at this time if financial support will be available for artwork transport, artists’ materials, or travel costs for exhibitions in 2019. Artists will be given adequate time to construct work on site if desired. WBG has limited availability of tools. WBG will schedule its gallery installer to assist artists with fabrication if desired. With 2 months’ advance notice, Byrdcliffe may be able to find short-term overnight housing for some artists while they install their work.

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild has one of the best known contemporary art exhibition programs in the Hudson Valley, honoring both the cultural legacy established by the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in 1902 and its contemporary artistic endeavors. WBG has to date mounted five outdoor exhibitions on the lawn of White Pines and surrounding area.