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

Every year the Byrdcliffe 4-week Artists-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 Arts 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  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, 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. 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 $800 per session in the communal buildings.  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.

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 space and enjoy being part of the larger residency program.  Villetta and Eastover are beautiful, spacious, and historic buildings where you will be living, working, creating, and inspiring yourself and others. Regretfully, Byrdcliffe is unable to accommodate children at this time.


  • Session 01: Saturday, May 27 – Wednesday, June 21, 2023
  • Session 02: Saturday, June 24 – Wednesday, July 19, 2023
  • Session 03: Saturday, August 5 – Wednesday, August 30, 2023
  • Session 04: Saturday, September 2 – Wednesday, September 27, 2023





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

  • Basic personal information, and if applicable the names of co-applicants for 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 200 words each about your background, why you’d like to be here, and what you speculate you may do during the time
  • For co-applicants seeking 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 $800 per artist 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.



For more information about Internships at Byrdcliffe, click here.