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.


The Byrdcliffe Art Colony 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 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, hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas, and other natural disasters. Please note that destruction of a home or studio by extremes of weather (e.g. pipes bursting due to freezing) is not covered by this grant.

The Pollock-Krasner grant will offer up to 20 selected visual artists in painting, photography and sculpture (including weaving, ceramics and other 3-D media) a full fellowship to attend the four-week residency. The grant will also provide a stipend to assist with the cost of travel to and from the residency, and supplies to help compensate for lost and damaged materials.

Artists eligible for this grant-funded residency may choose to be considered for the communal living residency, the private live/work space at Varenka, or the couples residency at The Forge when applying. More information about Byrdcliffe's artists-in-residence programs can be seen here:  http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residency-programs/

In the File Upload section, you will be asked to upload the following supporting materials for the AIR application: a professional resume/CV, two reference contacts (one personal/one professional), and 10 images/files of your work. In addition to the supplemental materials required to complete the residency application, artists seeking funding through the Pollock-Krasner grant are asked to submit a statement of need (300-500 words), which should describe the importance of the grant to your current situation as an artist affected by natural disaster. Please also include a brief description of the event itself and any damage, if applicable, to personal property including your artwork.

Questions about Byrdcliffe’s AIR program or required materials? 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.