Funds Will Provide Support for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild's Artists-in-Residence Program

The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is pleased to announce it has received a $15,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts' principal grantmaking program, Art Works. The award will enable Byrdcliffe to provide meaningful support and program enrichment for exceptional visual artists during the 2019 Artists-in-Residence program season.

"At Byrdcliffe I experienced a sense of freedom and well-being I may never have felt before and under those conditions productivity came with ease. To my surprise I produced more work at Byrdcliffe in one month than I did the rest of the year." James Adelman, Artist-in-Residence Program Manager and past Artist-in-Residence Fellow, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

"The goal at the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild's Artist-in-Residence program is to be able to select artist residents from all walks of life on the basis of exceptional talent, and offer them an outstanding creative experience and environment where they can work. The Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts allows us to continue to enrich the program through visits from renowned artists, notable field trips, and other opportunities only Byrdcliffe can offer." Jeremy Adams, Executive Director, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

The Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence program provides visual artists, ceramicists, weavers, writers, and composers of exceptional talent with uninterrupted time and creative space to research and create new work. Lasting 4 weeks (or 8 weeks for ceramic artists), residencies provide artists with private studio space within a community of peers and the serene natural setting of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony in the heart of the Catskill Mountains. Artists are invited to participate in open studios, work-shares, communal dinners and field trips, or may spend their residency working in the creative solitude of a private studio. Byrdcliffe's residencies are particularly beneficial to those who find it restorative to live in a simple, communal environment in close proximity to natural beauty. The Byrdcliffe Art Colony is home to more than 80 artists each year, over 70 of whom participate in the Program.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Mission Statement
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild provides a vibrant center for excellence in the arts and crafts in the beautiful and unique rural community of Woodstock, New York, while preserving the historic and natural environment of one of the earliest utopian art colonies in America. It offers an inspiring combination of residency, educational, exhibition, and performance programs that encourage creative collaboration among artists, students, arts professionals, and the public.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America's rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

Art Works
Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts' principal grantmaking program. In late 2018, the Arts Endowment convened panels to review 1,605 eligible applications for funding, and the agency awarded 972 grants ranging from $10,000-$100,000, totaling more than $25 million in early 2019.

Contact: Jeremy Adams
Executive Director, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild
34 Tinker Street, Woodstock, NY 12498
845.679.2079 / jeremy@woodstockguild.org.

National Endowment for the Arts
400 7th Street, SW Washington, DC 20506