5 Month Seasonal Residency Applications Now Available for Summer 2020!

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. Established and emerging artists of all ages 18+ as well as 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.

PLEASE NOTE: 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/  

You will be asked to provide the following materials for the Five Month Seasonal Residency application:  

  • Basic personal info and names of co-applicants if any
  • Building preferences and needs
  • CV or Professional resume
  • Names and contact information of two references
  • Up to 10 images or work samples (varies by discipline)
  • Brief statements about your background, why you'd like to be here, or what you speculate you may do during the time
  • For groups of two or more: Upon completed submission, you will be emailed a link for other members of your group to submit the same materials listed above

Cottages may accommodate anywhere from 1-3 bedrooms. Individuals, couples, peers, teams (both collaborative and non-collaborative), and other variations may apply. Each individual must be a creative or directly connected to one (eg. painter & accountant couple). Short term visitors are allowed in the artist's presence, while subletting is not permitted. Residents may come and go however building occupants are expected to remain consistent throughout the season. 

Emerging and established creatives and craftspeople in all media including weavers, writers, musicians, composers, healing artists (new!), architects, filmmakers, playwrights, performers, visual artists, and other disciplines are invited to apply. Registered service animals are accommodated with others considered on a case by case basis.

Seasonal residencies are primarily autonomous with limited programming.  Artists spend 5 months living independently and working in simple Arts & Crafts style live/work cottages constructed between 1902 and 1903. Buildings were part of the original Byrdcliffe Art Colony and are located in a close to nature setting within close proximity of the monthly AiR buildings.

Five month residencies are primarily autonomous with some optional programming available. This includes four Welcome Dinners with monthly residents, participation in up to two open studio events, our weekly Byrdcliffe Barn Cafe, and more on a space available basis.


Cost of a Five Month Residency varies by building size found online. Buildings are unique in size and layout. Please carefully review cabin listings including photos and floorplans before applying. Applicants are responsible for determining the suitability of spaces for their group's unique needs in advance.

For details about the 5 month seasonal buildings visit: http://www.woodstockguild.org/artist-residencies/5-month-residencies/ Further questions about Byrdcliffe?  Email air@woodstockguild.org


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, and other historically underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply. 

 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. 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