The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is pleased to announce it has received a $50,000 grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation for the renovation and winterization of one of its artists-in-residence buildings, Eastover, and a new studio in honor of artist Lee Krasner. The award will enable the organization to extend the season for five artists participating in its artists-in-residence program. It will also create a Lee Krasner Residency at Byrdcliffe, and provide more studio space for visual artists in a new Lee Krasner Studio at Byrdcliffe, and will provide year-round residencies for artists.

Eastover houses five artists at a time and is located in the heart of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Renovations will include installation of an HVAC system, the digging of a new well to allow for year-round water, as well as other general renovations and upgrades that will greatly enhance the experience for artists in the program. The new studio will be resurrected on the site of the Hermitage, a studio/residency building that was destroyed by fire in the 1960s.

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild anticipates breaking ground in early October of 2017, and completing all work by June 2018, in time for the new season.

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation has supported artists and arts organizations since its inception in 1985, recognizing significant artistic contributions by awarding more than 4,300 grants worldwide, totaling over $69 million. The Foundation has been a major supporter of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild since 2006.

Additional fellowship and future plans
This grant has also enabled the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild to secure a fellowship for female artists from Kate Pierson and Monica Coleman. Byrdcliffe has a long tradition of supporting women in the arts; this grant honoring Lee Krasner and the fellowship supporting women artists both continue that tradition. In addition, the grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation will serve as a cornerstone of broader renovation plans for the Byrdcliffe Art Colony to renovate and winterize other buildings at the colony that will allow the organization to serve even more artists throughout the year.

This support provided by the Pollock-Krasner Foundation is a testament to the work of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild and enables it to continue to serve the visual artists of today.

Artists-in-Residence at Byrdcliffe
The Byrdcliffe AiR program offers month-long residencies to visual artists, ceramicists, writers of fiction and non-fiction, playwrights, textile artists, and composers of music. One of the oldest residencies in the United States, Byrdcliffe has been a home for artists for 115 years. Artists are provided with private studio spaces and communal lodging on the historic Byrdcliffe campus, located on the wooded mountainside above Woodstock. In addition to communal dinners and field trips throughout the session, creativity and collaboration are cultivated through a well-attended open studio show at the end of each session. Byrdcliffe's residencies are particularly beneficial to those who find it restorative to live in a simple, communal environment in close proximity to natural beauty.

For further information please contact Jeremy Adams at 845.679.2079, or e-mail jeremy@woodstockguild.org.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
34 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
863 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10075