For Visual Artists (includes Ceramicists and Weavers), Writers (in all categories: fiction and non-fiction, playwriting, screenwriting, poetry, and more), Architects, Designers, Filmmakers, Healers, Composers, and more

Every year the Byrdcliffe 4-week Artist-in-Residence program provides over 60 visual artists, writers, architects, and composers of exceptional talent uninterrupted creative time within the serene natural setting of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Byrdcliffe’s AiR program is particularly beneficial to those who find it restorative to live in a simple, communal environment in close proximity to natural beauty. The major criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence or proof of serious commitment to one’s field of endeavor.

Residencies offer artists stand-alone studios and accommodation within a community of peers. Each session hosts between 16-21 artists and lasts just under four weeks. Sessions conclude with an Open Studio event at the Villetta Inn, a quintessential Summer Woodstock happening that combines visual arts, readings, music, and community. This event is free to the public with refreshments served. 5-month Seasonal Residents share their work in up to two open studios. There is a weekly grocery/supply trip and artists are invited to participate in work-shares, studio visits, cultural field trips, and communal dinners, or can choose to work in solitude during their entire stay. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in an exhibition at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts the year following their residency.

The subsidized fee is $750 per session in the communal buildings. Different fees apply for stand-alone accommodations in Varenka and The Forge. Fellowships, support, and subsidies are available to offset the residency fee and availability varies based on donations. Click here for details on fees and fellowships.

Stand-alone and communal accommodations are available, Ceramicists may apply for 1, 2, or 4 sessions, and Weaving residencies are now offered.

One Weaver in each session works in the historic White Pines’ Loom Room with a Cranbrook countermarch loom.

Have a stand-alone space and enjoy being part of the larger residency program. Byrdcliffe offers two stand-alone live/work spaces as part of its Monthly AiR Program: The Forge and Varenka. The Forge is larger and reserved exclusively for couples. Varenka is smaller and generally more suitable for individuals, however equally welcomes any couple who feels confident the space meets their needs. Varenka is fully ADA compliant.  Regretfully Byrdcliffe is unable to accommodate children at this time.


  • Session 01: Saturday, May 29 – Wednesday, June 23, 2021
  • Session 02: Saturday, June 26 – Wednesday, July 21, 2021
  • Session 03: Saturday, August 7 – Wednesday, September 1, 2021
  • Session 04: Saturday, September 4 – Wednesday, September 29, 2021





You will be asked to provide the following materials for the Monthly Artist-in-Residence Program application:

  • Basic personal info, and if applicable the names of co-applicants for stand-alone lodging applications
  • Building preferences and needs
  • C.V. or professional resume
  • Names and contact information of two references (not all references will be contacted)
  • Two brief statements limited to 250 words each about your background, why you’d like to be here, and what you speculate you may do during the time
  • For couples seeking stand-alone housing: Upon completed submission, you will be emailed a link for another member of your group to submit the same application at no charge
  • WORK SAMPLES which vary by discipline:

– VISUAL ARTISTS: 10 images/samples with corresponding list detailing title, date, dimensions, medium, etc. (2 MB max. each JPG, PNG, GIF, MP3, M4A, WAV, MP4, MOV, AVI, etc.)

– CERAMIC ARTISTS: In addition to the visual arts support materials, ceramic artists will be asked to indicate their experience in glaze mixing and kiln firing.

– MUSIC COMPOSITION: 5 music samples totaling no more than 15 minutes along with title and date plus a PDF with the scores of the uploaded work samples. (10 MB max. each MP3, M4A, WAV, etc.)

– WRITERS: Two work samples — for fiction and nonfiction, up to 20 pages total. For play scripts, screenplays, or treatments, up to 40 pages total. Poets are required to provide four work samples. (10 MB max. each PDF)

– FILMMAKERS: Two clips of completed work or work-in-progress totaling no more than 20 minutes. (MP4, MOV, AVI)



Residency Fees: Communal buildings are $750 per artist per session; Varenka is $1250 per session; and The Forge is $1450 per session. A deposit is asked upon acceptance with the remaining balance due prior to arrival. The residency fee is non-refundable. In the case of a cancellation, refunding a deposit is only considered if the session can be filled with another applicant.

Financial Aid: Byrdcliffe offers a range of fellowships each summer based on a combination of financial need and artistic merit, ranging from partial to full coverage of residency fees. To be eligible for fellowships and funding, applicants simply check the appropriate boxes in the application, complete the Fellowship section, and upload the first two pages of their most recent tax return when prompted. Applicants will only be asked for financial information in order to qualify for funding.

Click here for more information about fees and fellowships.


Byrdcliffe is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability. Byrdcliffe offers ADA compliant access to its main residency building and some studios. The major criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence or proof of serious commitment to one’s field of endeavor.

Residents are chosen by a committee of professionals in the arts that changes annually to prevent taste discrimination.

Panelists for visual artists in the past have included:
Julie Heffernan
Gregory Amenoff
Polly Apfelbaum
– Josephine Bloodgood
– Zach Feuer
– Jake Berthot
Joan Snyder
Portia Munson
Melissa Meyer
Donald Elder
Literary panelists have included:
Gail Godwin
– Matthew Spireng
Martha Frankel (fiction)
Olga Broumas (poetry)
– Gus Schulenburg
Evangeline Morphos
– Rob Handel
– Nancy Golladay (BMI Faculty)Music Composition panelists have included:
John Medeski
David Van Tieghem




In addition to other programming, Byrdcliffe’s AiR Program offers:

Welcome Dinner

Work Share

Public Open Studios Event

Weekly Barn Cafe

Bikes Share: You can use these bikes to travel into town or to get to your studio. The bikes can be borrowed from the Villetta Inn.

Byrdcliffe Discount Card: Residents receive a Byrdcliffe Discount Card upon arrival which offers them a 10% discount at some of the best shops and eateries in the town of Woodstock.

Exhibition Opportunity: Inclusion in an exhibition at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts in the year following your residency and Byrdcliffe’s Annual 5 by 7 Show.

Visiting Artists Series: Studio critiques with visiting artists and/or Byrdcliffe’s AiR Program Manager




For more information about Internships at Byrdcliffe, click here.