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, historic buildings where you will be living, working, creating, and inspiring yourself and others. Barzin is the more intimate of our three communal spaces with close access to the ceramics studio and loom room.

2024 Communal Residency Dates

Session 1: May 24 – June 18, 2024

Session 2: June 28 – July 23, 2024

Session 3: August 2 – 27, 2024

Session 4: September 6 – October 1, 2024


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

An original 1902 artist residence and studio, inhabited in the 1930s by conductor Léon Barzin, one of the founders of the New York City Ballet. Barzin is located near the ceramics studio at the Byrdcliffe Barn and the Loom Room at White Pines.

  • Houses 2 – 3 artists per session 
  • Size: 1,952 square feet
  • Residency fee: $800 monthly