In the Air: Byrdcliffe Artists in Residence 2017

April 7, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts
36 Tinker Street

Exhibition Dates: April 6 – June 3, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Panel talks with participating artists: Saturday, April 7, 3:00 pm
Readings/performances by participating artists: Saturday April 7, 7:00 pm
Location: BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, 36 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY
Gallery Hours: April hours are Friday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; May/June hours are Thursday through Sunday, 12:00 – 6:00 pm; or by appointment on Tuesday and Wednesday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

On Saturday, April 7, the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts will celebrate the creative benefits of producing work at the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony with panel talks, an opening reception, and readings by resident writers as part of the exhibition In the AiR: Byrdcliffe Artists in Residence 2017, on view through June 3.

This year’s exhibition includes painting, ceramics, photography, video, installation, sound, and textile art. Byrdcliffe’s writing residents, including poets and playwrights, will also be represented in the show. The exhibition is curated by Oscar Buitrago, who notes that the exhibited work by Byrdcliffe’s residents is “a reflection on Woodstock as a town with traditions rooted equally in visual excellence and socio-political awareness.” The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalogue.

Byrdcliffe’s Artist-in-Residence Program welcomes over 80 artists annually for full-year, 5-month, or 4-week residencies: artists are given a private studio/creative space and have the option to either share general living quarters or live independently. During their stay the residents participate in work-shares, field trips, open studios, and have the opportunity for one-on-one-sessions with visiting artists. The annual exhibition, which is in its second year running, is one of many ways in which Byrdcliffe’s identity as a historic art colony founded in 1902 is joined with its function as a space in which contemporary artistic discourse thrives.

Participating artists in all media: James Adelman, Katherine Bickmore, Laura Brown, Lucille Colin, Viv Corringham, Amanda Lucia Côté, Eliza Evans, Gwen Fabricant, Susan Feldman, Jodie Goodnough, Elissa Gore, Janet Gorzegno, Emily Harris, Faith Shakti Heyliger, Madeleine Hines, Erika Kari, Anne Mailey, Henrietta Mantooth, Anne Arden McDonald, Virginia Melnyk, Rebecca Nison, Elizabeth Primamore, Betsey Regan, Justin Roykovich, Beth Shipley, Claire Stankus, Alex Valls, Daniel Wilkinson, Sarah-Anne Winchester, and Clare Wu.

Curator Oscar Buitrago is Global Director of Business Development for the Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Practice at White & Case LLP and also sits on the firm’s Art Committee. He was recently named to the M&A Advisor’s list of 40 under 40 Emerging Leaders in Business Development and Marketing for the Mergers & Acquisitions industry. He is on the Board of Directors of the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild, where he acts as the co-chair of their Development Committee in addition to sitting on both the Exhibition Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee. Oscar also serves on the Board of the Woodstock Artists’ Cemetery.

The opening reception for In the AiR will be preceded by an informal panel discussion with the artists and curator at 3:00 pm. Also on April 7, starting at 7:00 pm, writers and other Byrdcliffe residents in non-visual media will share their work. All events are free to the public.

Byrdcliffe’s Artist-in-Residence Program receives significant funding from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation.