Byrdcliffe Artist Residencies offers uninterrupted time and space for creatives in all disciplines with fully and partially funded residencies in monthly, seasonal, and year round duration. Our serene mountain community is 2.5 hours north of NYC in the mountains of Woodstock NY with iterations open to individuals, teams, and couples at all levels. Byrdcliffe’s AiR program is particularly beneficial to those who find it restorative to live in a simple, communal environment in close proximity to natural beauty. Artists are invited to participate in optional activities such as open studio, work-share, artist studio visits, cultural field trips, and communal dinners, or are free to work in solitude during their entire stay.
In our Monthly Program, artists may choose between communal living with a private bedroom and private studio OR apply for one of two private live/work cottages in close proximity. Cottages may accommodate couples depending on their practices, it is the artist’s responsibility to determine suitability of the space for their party’s needs.
Session Dates Summer 2019:
Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2019
Session 01: Thursday, May 30 – Monday, June 24, 2019
Session 02: Thursday, June 27 – Monday, July 22, 2019
Session 03: Thursday, August 8 – Monday, September 2, 2019
Session 04: Thursday, September 5 – Monday, September 30, 2019
Fees and Fellowships: There is a subsidized fee of $700 for participation in the Monthly AiR program. Fellowships and subsidies are available to offset the residency fee. Different fees apply for private accommodations in Varenka and The Forge. Byrdcliffe extends tremendous gratitude to all of our supporters and granting partners and is offering the following fellowships for the 2019 AiR season through their generosity:
-Pollock-Krasner Foundation Support Fellowships for Visual Artists Affected by Natural Disaster
-The Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship for Visual Artists
-The annual Mantooth/Morabito Fellowship for an artist of color
-The annual Ford/Knauth Fellowships for LGBTQ artists
-The annual Bernard and Shirley Handel Fellowship for Playwrights
-Individual Merit Fellowships provided by private donors
-Need and Merit Based Financial Aid
In addition to basic information and preferences, you will be asked to supply the following materials:
-Work samples whose requirements vary by discipline
-3 statements, each under 200 words (about one paragraph): Bio, Goals, and Approach to Community
-A current resume or CV
-Names and contact information for two references
-If applying for financial aid, the first two pages of your most recent tax return
-If applying as a couple, the 2nd artist will be asked to submit similar materials during the application
Byrdcliffe annually welcomes over 80 visual artists, writers, weavers, composers, and creators of exceptional talent in groups of 15-20 per month. The main criterion for acceptance to Byrdcliffe’s AiR program is artistic excellence or demonstrated commitment to one’s field of endeavor. Emerging as well as established creatives are encouraged to apply.
Byrdcliffe is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. Women, people of color, LGBTQIA communities, and other historically underrepresented artists are encouraged to apply. Regretfully Byrdcliffe is unable to accommodate young children at this time. Byrdcliffe offers ADA compliant access to its main residency building and some studios.
Accommodations consist of simple historic arts & crafts style cabins and cottages clustered together in a close to nature forest setting. Mice, deer, hawks, ticks, chipmunks, bunnies, bears, owls, dust, leaf mold, and other elements of nature are present.