5 Month Seasonal Residency Applications Available Now!

Monthly Residency Applications Become Available Dec. 15

Since its founding in 1902, the Byrdcliffe Art Colony, located in the historic, unique community of Woodstock, NY, is one of the earliest utopian art colonies in America, located only 2.5 hours north of New York City. Byrdcliffe has welcomed artists like Bob Dylan, Philip Guston, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Eva Hesse, and hundreds more, to and live and work on a 250-acre property surrounded by the serene beauty of the Catskill Mountains. 

The AiR Program offers several residency options ranging from four weeks to five months in duration, with various live/work spaces available for each session. Artists in multiple disciplines are welcome to apply including, but not limited to, writing, visual arts, weaving, ceramics, composers and playwrights. View a full list of the residency opportunities here: http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residencies/

Fellowships are available for artists based on need and merit. The Byrdcliffe Art Colony has received a generous grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation for artists living/working in North America who have been displaced or otherwise affected by a natural disaster and are seeking a residency for the 2018 season. This grant includes significant funding for artists affected by the recent earthquakes in Mexico, wildfires in California, and hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas. To be considered for this grant, just be sure to check the appropriate box(es) in the residency applications below, and to fill out the separate application in Submittable, called 2018 Residency & Support Fellowships for Visual Artists Affected by Natural Disaster.

Byrdcliffe is also offering the following fellowships with the support of our granting partners for the 2018 AiR season:

  • The annual Mantooth/Morabito Fellowship for an artist of color.
  • The annual Monica Coleman/Kate Pierson Fellowship for a woman artist.

To be eligible for these fellowships, simply check the appropriate boxes in the Fellowship section of the application. 

Please note that the Byrdcliffe Art Colony is located deep in the woods, with its housing and studios in historic buildings. Mice, ticks, leaf mold, and other possible irritants are present.

Seasonal Residency artists spend five months in a private cabin, built in 1902-03 as part of the original Woodstock Artist Guild, offering private live/work space, on Byrdcliffe’s 250 acre mountain campus. Visual artists working in all mediums, as well as writers, musicians, composers, architects, filmmakers, and actors are invited to apply.

Each cottage varies in its size and structure and is able to accommodate 1-2 people. Individuals, couples (minimun one working artist), and collaborative/non-collaborative artist duos are encouraged to apply. Please note that Byrdcliffe unfortunately is unable to accomodate children at this time. Please see complete cabin listings, including photos and a floorpan, to determine individual suitability for you or your groups unique needs by visiting the following link: http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residencies/5-month-residencies/ 

Seasonal residents share a picturesque mountain campus with Byrdcliffe’s 4-week residency program. Though seasonal residencies are primarily autonomous, participating artists are invited to take part in a number of activities offered in the AiR program including up to two Open Studio events held over the course of the summer. Seasonal artists do not automatically participate in the Visiting Artist series or workshares organized by the 4-week AiR Program, but if possible this can be accommodated. Additionally, there is  limited availability for weaving, ceramics, and darkroom facilities in this program. 

The cost for the Five Month Residency varies based on size, capacity and amenities of each available property and can be found on the online listings of each cabin. 

In the File Upload section, you will be asked to upload the following supporting materials for the Five Month Seasonal Residency application: a professional resume/ CV, names and contact information of two references references (one personal/one professional), and 10 images/files of your work.

For more information about Byrdcliffe's residency programs visit:


For more details about the 5 month seasonal buildings visit:


Questions about Byrdcliffe? 

Email info@woodstockguild.org

Byrdcliffe is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons. Self-identified women, people of color, LGBTQIA and other underrepresented artists are encouraged to apply. Byrdcliffe also offers ADA compliant access to its main residency building and some studios.


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