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The Byrdcliffe Art Community 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. This grant includes artists affected by the earthquakes in Mexico, wildfires in California, hurricanes in Puerto Rico, Florida, and Texas, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. Please note that destruction of a home or studio by extremes of weather (e.g. pipes bursting due to freezing, etc) are not covered by this grant.

The Pollock-Krasner grant will offer a full fellowship and stipends to attend the four-week residency in Woodstock, NY for up to 4 selected visual artists. The grant will cover all fees plus provide a stipend up to $500 to assist with travel to and from the residency and an additional materials reimbursement up to $500 to help compensate for lost and damaged materials. Eligible disciplines include painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, weaving, ceramics, and other visual media.

Artists awarded this grant-funded residency are provided a private studio and private bedroom within one of two communal buildings with shared baths, kitchens, and common areas. Each session hosts 16-21 artists and lasts just under four weeks. All activities are optional. There is a weekly grocery/supply trip and artists are invited to participate in optional  programming such as a welcome dinner, work-share, weekly Barn Cafes, outings, and more, or residents can choose to work in solitude during their entire stay. Sessions conclude with an Open Studio event at the Villetta Inn, a quintessential Summer Woodstock happening that combines visual arts, readings, music, and community. This event is free to the public with refreshments served. Residents will have an opportunity to participate in an exhibition at Byrdcliffe’s Kleinert/James Center for the Arts following their residency.

You will be asked to provide the following materials for the The Pollock-Krasner Natural Disaster Relief program application

  • Basic personal info 
  • Building and scheduling preferences
  • CV or Professional resume
  • Names and contact of two references (not all are contacted).
  • Up to 10 images or work samples varying by discipline with information list (titles, dates, etc)
  • Brief statements about your work, background, and why you'd like to be here or how you might use the time
  •  Income amounts and the first two pages of your most recent tax return or other financial documentation
  • A 300-500 word statement describing the importance of the grant to your situation as an artist affected by natural disaster. Include a brief description of the event itself and any damage, if applicable, to personal property including artwork and supplies.

2020 Dates

Session 1: Thurs, May 28 – Mon, June 22

Session 2: Thurs, June 25 – Mon, July 20

Session 3: Thurs, Aug 6 – Mon, Aug 31

Session 4: Thurs, Sept 3 – Mon, Sept 29

Eligible accepted artists pay no fees but are responsible for their own food.


Up to $500 travel reimbursement and up to an additional $500 materials reimbursement.

Byrdcliffe graciously thanks all of our supporters for making our awards possible! Including major contributions from The Pollock Krasner Foundation as well as the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Bernard and Shirley Handel, the National Endowment for the Arts, numerous individual donors and local businesses, and artists like you!

Please note
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, immigrants, 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. Registered service animals only can be accommodated in the main communal buildings.
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.

More information about Byrdcliffe's artists-in-residence programs:
FAQ page: http://www.woodstockguild.org/air-program/air-faqs/
Further questions about Byrdcliffe?  Email air@woodstockguild.org

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