VARENKA (couple’s option)

Visual artists and craftspeople in all media, writers, musicians, composers, architects, filmmakers, actors, and artists in other disciplines are invited to apply. Varenka is generally more suitable for individuals, however equally welcomes any couple who feels confident the space meets their needs. Please note that Byrdcliffe is regretfully unable to accommodate children at this time and that all fires, candles, incense, and other flames are prohibited.

Artists spend the session living independently and working in Varenka, a simple wood Arts & Crafts style building built in 1903. Varenka has an on-site studio space allowing artists to work in solitude, but is located in close proximity to other residency buildings. Varenka artists participate in all programming of the 4-week communal living residencies housed in the Villetta Inn and Eastover.


  • Session 01: Thurs, May 28 – Mon, June 22
  • Session 02: Thurs, June 25 – Mon, July 20
  • Session 03: Thurs, Aug 6 – Mon, Aug 31
  • Session 04: Thurs, Sept 3 – Mon, Sept 29

Size: 716 square feet

Residency fee: $1,250 per session

Application deadline: 11:59 pm, February 15.

Financial aid: Byrdcliffe offers financial aid opportunities to participants based on a combination of need ranging from partial to full coverage of residency fees. To be considered for a fellowship, artists must submit the financial information requested in the application and attach a PDF of the first two pages of their most recent tax return in the File Upload section. Applicants will only be asked for financial information in order to qualify for funding.