Communal Residencies

The primary criterion for acceptance to Byrdcliffe’s AiR program is artistic excellence or demonstrated commitment to one’s field of endeavor. Artists in multiple disciplines are welcome to apply including writing, visual arts, weaving, ceramics, composers, darkroom photo, digital photo, film makers, playwrights, and more.

Artist Accommodations

Villetta and Eastover are beautiful, spacious, and historic buildings where you will be living, working, creating, and inspiring yourself and others.

Communal Residency Dates
Session 1 May 27 – June 21, 2023
Session 2 June 24 – July 19, 2023
Session 3 August 5 – August 30, 2023
Session 4 September 2 – 27, 2023


Byrdcliffe’s Residency fee for our communal buildings is $800 per artist per monthly session. A deposit of 50% is due upon acceptance to the program with the remaining balance due one month prior to arrival. The residency deposit is non-refundable. In the case of a cancellation, we will only consider a refund of the residency fee if the space can be filled with another resident.

Built in 1903 as a dormitory for students who studied art at Byrdcliffe, the Villetta included a great room and a dining room. In 1920, its function was changed to an inn. After 1925, it housed the Phoenix Players who performed at the Theater. In 1941, it operated as a French Camp for Children during the war. 


  • A larger communal residence, housing between 10- 12 artists per session
  • Size: 5384 square feet
  • 8 stand-alone artists studios situated behind the Villetta building
  • Residency fee: $800 monthly

Built in 1904 as an elaborate building that typifies the architectural style utilized for the original Byrdcliffe buildings. Originally housed faculty for the Byrdcliffe School of Art and called "Mullers Ruh". Has been home/studio to Chevy Chase.

  • Houses between 3-4 artists per session, and tends to be a quieter space
  • Size: 3107 square feet
  • Residency fee: $800 monthly