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 options 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, and more.

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

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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 cottages clustered together in a close to nature forest setting. 

Thank you for applying for the Artist-in-Residence program at Byrdcliffe in Woodstock, New York. 

This application requires you UPLOAD a few things which you might want to have on hand before beginning the application:

  1. CV or creative resume 
  2. Work samples relative to your discipline 

You will also need to provide:

  1. Two references' contact information (plus, optional letter of recommendation)
  2. Brief bio and artist statements 

For questions or further information on the Byrdcliffe Artist-in-Residence program and application, consult or email

Byrdcliffe is committed to equity, and inclusion. Before completing this application, complete the General AiR Application (link.)

Fellowships and additional support
Byrdcliffe offers a number of funded fellowships each summer based on a combination of financial need and artistic merit, ranging from partial to full coverage of residency fees. 

More information about Byrdcliffe's artists-in-residence programs:
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Further questions about Byrdcliffe's AiR funded Fellowships?  Email

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