Pollock-Krasner Natural Disaster Relief Fellowships Deadline: Mar 1, 11:59 PM

Monthly Residency Application Closed Feb 15 at 11:59 PM

Applications in progress have a 24 hour grace period to complete and submit by midnight Sunday 2/16. The grace period accommodates technical difficulties and unexpected twists and whims of the universe. It spares many a panicked email and hopefully reduces global anxiety. It conclusively lowers administrative costs, so our programs may be offered at a minimum.

(5-Month applications closed Friday, Dec 20)


Byrdcliffe offers an inspiring combination of residency, educational, exhibition, and performance programs that encourage creative collaboration among artists, students, arts professionals, and the public in the tranquil mountains of Woodstock, NY. 

Founded in 1902, Byrdcliffe is one of the earliest utopian art communities in America. Located approximately 2 hours north of New York City in the unique community of Woodstock, NY, Byrdcliffe has welcomed artists like Eva Hesse, Bob Dylan, Philip Guston, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and hundreds more to and live and work surrounded by the serene beauty of the Catskill Mountains on a 240-acre property.

Residency options range from communal one month residencies, to independent 5-month residencies, to year round housing with various live/work scenarios available in each. 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, healing artists, and more.

More information about Byrdcliffe's artists-in-residence programs can be found on our website:

http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residencies/

Or visit our FAQ page:

http://www.woodstockguild.org/air-program/air-faqs/

Still have questions about Byrdcliffe’s AIR program or required materials?

AiR@woodstockguild.org

Byrdcliffe is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. Emerging and established artists of all ages 18+ and backgrounds including women, LGBTQIA+, people of color, and other historically underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

Byrdcliffe offers ADA compliant access to its main residency building and some studios. Regretfully Byrdcliffe is unable to accommodate young children at this time. Only registered service animals can be accommodated in the main communal buildings.

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. Artist's are responsible for determining the suitability of spaces for their group's unique needs before applying to or attending Byrdcliffe.

The Byrdcliffe Art Community has received a generous grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation for visual artists living/working in North America (including Mexico and Puerto Rico) who have been displaced or otherwise affected by a natural disaster. This grant includes artists affected by the earthquakes in Mexico, wildfires in California, hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. Please note that destruction of a home or studio by extremes of weather (e.g. pipes bursting due to freezing, etc) are not covered by this grant.

The Pollock-Krasner grant will offer a full fellowship and stipends to attend the four-week residency in Woodstock, NY for up to 4 selected visual artists. The grant will cover all fees plus provide a stipend up to $500 to assist with travel to and from the residency and an additional materials reimbursement up to $500 to help compensate for lost and damaged materials. Eligible disciplines include painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, weaving, ceramics, and other visual media.

Artists awarded this grant-funded residency are provided a private studio and private bedroom within one of two communal buildings with shared baths, kitchens, and common areas. Each session hosts 16-21 artists and lasts just under four weeks. All activities are optional. There is a weekly grocery/supply trip and artists are invited to participate in optional  programming such as a welcome dinner, work-share, weekly Barn Cafes, outings, and more, or residents can choose to work in solitude during their entire stay. Sessions conclude with an Open Studio event at the Villetta Inn, a quintessential Summer Woodstock happening that combines visual arts, readings, music, and community. This event is free to the public with refreshments served. Residents will have an opportunity to participate in an exhibition at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts following their residency.

You will be asked to provide the following materials for the The Pollock-Krasner Natural Disaster Relief program application

  • Basic personal info 
  • Building and scheduling preferences
  • CV or Professional resume
  • Names and contact of two references (not all are contacted).
  • Up to 10 images or work samples varying by discipline with information list (titles, dates, etc)
  • Brief statements about your work, background, and why you'd like to be here or how you might use the time
  •  Income amounts and the first two pages of your most recent tax return or other financial documentation
  • A 300-500 word statement describing the importance of the grant to your situation as an artist affected by natural disaster. Include a brief description of the event itself and any damage, if applicable, to personal property including artwork and supplies.

2020 Dates

Session 1: Thurs, May 28 – Mon, June 22

Session 2: Thurs, June 25 – Mon, July 20

Session 3: Thurs, Aug 6 – Mon, Aug 31

Session 4: Thurs, Sept 3 – Mon, Sept 29

Fees:
Eligible accepted artists pay no fees but are responsible for their own food.

Awards:

Up to $500 travel reimbursement and up to an additional $500 materials reimbursement.

Byrdcliffe graciously thanks all of our supporters for making our awards possible! Including major contributions from The Pollock Krasner Foundation as well as the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Bernard and Shirley Handel, the National Endowment for the Arts, numerous individual donors and local businesses, and artists like you!

Please note
Byrdcliffe is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. Emerging and established artists of all ages and backgrounds including women, LGBTQIA+, people of color, immigrants, and other historically underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.
Byrdcliffe offers ADA compliant access to its main residency building and some studios. Regretfully Byrdcliffe is unable to accommodate young children at this time. Registered service animals only can be accommodated in the main communal buildings.
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.


More information about Byrdcliffe's artists-in-residence programs:
http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residency-programs/
FAQ page: http://www.woodstockguild.org/air-program/air-faqs/
Further questions about Byrdcliffe?  Email air@woodstockguild.org

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild