Beginning in July 2020, The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild began a series of free virtual talks held once a month, on the third Thursday at 6:00 pm on Zoom. In 2022, the Byrdcliffe Forum will begin a hybrid model, offering talks on Zoom and at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts gallery at 36 Tinker Street in Woodstock, NY; recording of talks to follow.




Thursday, May 19 | 6 pm on Zoom

The New Photographic Landscape

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A panel of local experts considers how COVID and its aftermath are impacting photographic practices, photo education, exhibition and the digital future of the discipline. Organized and moderated by critic and author A. D. Coleman with panelists including Zachary Bowman, Manager of Education and Visitor Experience, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, Hannah Frieser, former executive director of the Center for Photography at Woodstock (relocating to Kingston), and Douglas I. Sheer, artist, writer and archivist.  


About the Panelists:

Zachary Bowman is currently the Manager of Education and Visitor Experience at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. He previously held administrative and education positions at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum and MoMA PS1 in New York City. He has presented at the Museum Association of New York’s annual conference, New York State Art Teacher’s Association’s annual conference and SUNY’s Faculty Development Center annual conference, among others, on a range of topics related to using art and museums to foster community, provide opportunities for youth to expand their knowledge and on strategies for classroom educators to incorporate museums into their curriculum. A 2022 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Faculty Fellow at SUNY New Paltz, he is devoted to ensuring equity of access and representation at museums.


Hannah Frieser is a curator, writer and arts administrator. Hannah has developed numerous curatorial projects with contemporary photographers such as Pipo Nguyen-duy, Kanako Sasaki, Don Gregorio Antón, Ben Gest, Alexander Gronsky, Shen Wei, and Adam Magyar. She also organized extended exhibition projects with Suzanne Opton and Barry Anderson, which included multiple venues, billboards, and outdoor video projections. Her essays have been featured in publications and monographs, such as Contact Sheet, Exposure, and Nueva Luz. Frieser has initiated major programs and events on a regional and national level, including symposia, national conferences, and arts initiatives. Most recently, she spearheaded a three-day social justice symposium, titled Race, Activism and Photography, featuring Carrie Mae Weems as keynote speaker.

Frieser is the co-founder of Converging Perspectives, an online initiative devoted to the presentation of contemporary photography in a culturally aware context that fosters an international understanding in direct support of the artists. Converging Perspectives’ projects include in-depth essays, online programming, and long-term mentoring. Hannah was the executive director for the Center for Photography at Woodstock for over six years, and the director of Light Work for over nine years.


Douglas I. Sheer is an artist and writer living in Woodstock. He has been an abstract painter since the 1950s. His artist parents took part in the WPA, Artists Union and Hans Hofmann classes. In 1974 he co-founded Artists Talk on Art, the art world’s longest running panel series, which has presented over 8,500 artists in more than 1,000 panels and dialogues. He became Chairman Emeritus in 2019. He was archivist of the Artists Talk on Art archive which resides at Archives of American Art of the Smithsonian Institution. He currently serves as board president and chairs the programming committee for 2022 panels.

He serves on the education and public engagement committee of the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. He is a board member of The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild where he serves on the exhibition and programming committees and leads the Byrdcliffe Forum virtual talk series.


About the Moderator:

A.D. Coleman has published 8 books and more than 2500 essays on photography and related subjects. Formerly a columnist for the Village Voice, the New York Times, and the New York Observer, Coleman has contributed to ARTnews, Art On Paper, Technology Review, Juliet Art Magazine (Italy), European Photography (Germany), La Fotografia (Spain), and Art Today (China). His work has been translated into 21 languages and published in 31 countries. In 2002 he received the Culture Prize of the German Photographic Society, the first critic of photography ever so honored. In 2010 he received the J Dudley Johnston Award from the Royal Photographic Society (U.K.) for “sustained excellence in writing about photography.” In 2014 he received the Society for Photographic Education’s Insight Award for lifetime contribution to the field, and in 2015 the Society of Professional Journalists SDX Award for Research About Journalism.

Coleman’s widely read blog “Photocritic International” appears at Since 2005, exhibitions that he has curated have opened at museums, galleries, and festivals in Canada, China, Finland, Hong Kong, Italy, Rumania, Slovakia, Spain, Taiwan, and the U.S.

In addition to moderating and otherwise participating in ATOA panels over the decades, Coleman provided informal consultancy to the organization on various issues and published ATOA’s first website in the middle 1990s.




Saturday, June 18 | 3 pm at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts

Tessa Hughes-Freeland: Passed & Present

Prior to the opening of the exhibition, join us in the gallery for a discussion with solo show artist Tessa Hughes-Freeland.

Tessa Hughes-Freeland has been working with film for many years and is considered a member of The Cinema of Transgression movement.  Her films have screened internationally in museums, galleries and seedy bars, including MOMA, MOCA, The Whitney, The New Museum, and KW Institute for Contemporary Art.  She has recently presented gallery installations in New York and Scandinavia. She has curated extensively, been a juror for numerous festivals, , and was President of the Board of directors for the New York Film-makers Co-operative for  several years.


Thursday, July 21 | 6 pm on Zoom

Woodstock Architecture Since 1900

A panel exploring trends and influences in home design and building from a historic and contemporary perspective. Organized and moderated by developer, Ken Wenger and featuring panelists that include a local historian as well as several architects.



Saturday, August 20th | 4 pm at the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts

A Sense of Place: Artists from the ‘Woodstock Masters’ Series Panel Discussion 

An exhibition of works by the eminent regional artists who have participated in the virtual Byrdcliffe Forum “Woodstock Masters” series, presented on Zoom. Curated by the Byrdcliffe Forum Chair, the acclaimed co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of Artists Talk on Art, Douglas I. Sheer, join us in the gallery for a panel discussion with exhibiting artists Mary Frank, Yale Epstein, Donald Elder, Portia Munson, Joan Snyder, Nancy Azara, Hongnian Zhang, Heather Hutchison, Judy Pfaff and Jenne Currie (panelists TBC.)  


No Forum Event

Thursday, October 20 | 6 pm on Zoom

Arriving at Byrdcliffe

A dialogue between exhibition co-curators Bruce Weber and Henry T. Ford on the great history, nature, and legacy of the Byrdcliffe arts and craft colony. Arriving at Byrdcliffe will highlight the presence, activities and fascinating lives of many of the key residents, visitors, students, and builders of Byrdcliffe over the course of more than a hundred years. Join us to hear these stories first hand.


November 17 | 6 pm on Zoom

Home Movies

This event looks at the lives of local artists past and present through the lens of their own home movies or snapshots. Potentially local artists to include: Avery, Guston, Bellows, Kuniyoshi, Bromberg, Magafan, Glaser, Archipenko among others.



No Forum Event