Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

Monthly AiR Program Applications:

To accommodate some technical challenges, applications in progress at the time of the deadline will have until midnight the 17th to submit their completed application. 

If you are having trouble accessing your application, don’t fret, please contact air@woodstockguild.org for a direct link. Please be sure to note which application you are working on (Visual Art, The Forge, Playwright, etc).


  • Session 01: May 30 – June 24, 2019
  • Session 02: June 27 – July 22, 2019
  • Session 03: August 8 – September 2, 2019
  • Session 04: September 5 – September 30, 2019

Pollock Krasner Foundation Fellowships for Visual Artists Affected by Natural Disasters Available now through midnight March 15!

5 Month Seasonal Residency Applications  Expired Midnight Dec 10th

Year Round Housing Applications  Available on a rolling basis as vacancies arise

Founded in 1902, Byrdcliffe is one of the earliest utopian art communities in America. Located under 2.5 hours north of New York City in the unique community of Woodstock, NY, Byrdcliffe has welcomed artists like Bob Dylan, Philip Guston, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Eva Hesse, and hundreds more, to and live and work surrounded by the serene beauty of the Catskill Mountainson a 250-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. Artists in multiple disciplines are welcome to apply including writing, visual arts, weaving, ceramics, composers, darkroom photo, digital photo, film makers, playwrights, and more. View a full list of opportunities here: http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residencies/

The main criterion for acceptance to Byrdcliffe’s AiR program is artistic excellence or demonstrated commitment to one’s field of endeavor. Fellowships are available for artists based on need and merit ranging from $50 to full fellowships. To be eligible, simply check the appropriate boxes in the Fellowship section of the application and provide the requested financial documents in the upload section. Applicants will only be asked for financial information in order to qualify for funding.

Pollock Krasner Foundation Fellowships for visual artists living/working in North America displaced or otherwise affected by natural disasters. Significant funding including full waivers and stipends are available for artists affected by (but not limited to) earthquakes in Mexico, wildfires in California, and hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas.

To be considered please complete the appropriate application below. You will be asked to upload a statement of need (300-500 words) describing the importance of the grant to your current situation as an artist affected by natural disaster including a brief description of the event itself and any damage, if applicable, to personal property including your artwork.

Additional Fellowships: Byrdcliffe extends tremendous gratitude to all of our supporters including individual donors, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Milton and Sally Avery Fund for Visual Art.  Through their generosity the following fellowships are availble for the 2019 AiR season:

  • Pollock-Krasner Foundation Support Fellowships for Visual Artists Affected by Natural Disaster
  • 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
  • The Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship for Visual Artists
  • Individual Merit Fellowships sponsored by private donors
  • Need and Merit Based Financial Aid Awards

More information about Byrdcliffe's artists-in-residence programs can be seen here:  http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residency-programs/ Or visit our FAQ page: http://www.woodstockguild.org/air-program/air-faqs/ More questions about Byrdcliffe’s AIR program or required materials? Email AiR@woodstockguild.org

Byrdcliffe is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. Women, people of color, LGBTQIA persons, 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.

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 possible irritants are present.  Artist's are responsible for determining the suitability of spaces for their group's unique needs before applying to or attending Byrdcliffe. Please carefully review the cabin listings, including photos and a floorpan, by visiting: http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residencies/5-month-residencies/  

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild