Byrdcliffe Residencies for Visual Artists, Writers and Composers

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The Byrdcliffe AiR program provides visual artists, writers and composers of exceptional talent with uninterrupted time and creative space within the serene natural setting of the historic Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Lasting between three and six weeks, Byrdcliffe’s residencies provide artists with uninterrupted private studio time within a community of peers. Artists are invited to participate in open studios, work-shares, communal dinners and field trips, or may spend their residency working in the creative solitude of their studio. Byrdcliffe’s residencies are particularly beneficial to those who find it restorative to live in a simple, communal environment in close proximity to natural beauty.

Cost: $450/3-weeks, $600/4-weeks, $900/6-weeks

Aid: Roughly 60% of participants receive partial or full fellowships to attend the residency program. To be considered for a fellowship, artists must fill out and submit the required financial information in the application. Some partial fellowships available through Byrdcliffe may require 3-5 volunteer hours per week.

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More About Byrdcliffe:
Surrounded by the Catskill Mountains and just west of the Hudson River, The Byrdcliffe Colony is home to over 80 artists each year, sixty of whom are AiR program participants. Beyond the AiR program, the Colony is comprised of more than a dozen artist cottages, the Byrdcliffe Theater, the Byrdcliffe Barn, a tennis court and the Mt. Guardian hiking trail, as well as the Kleinert/James Center for the Arts which located in the center of downtown Woodstock. Byrdcliffe hosts a regular schedule of artist talks, exhibitions, concerts, theater productions and guided hikes, most of which are year-round. Public events allow artists the opportunity to connect with the community at large. At Byrdcliffe creative time is sacrosanct, and artists are given free rein to decide what activities will contribute to their residency experience. Byrdcliffe offers a unique experience in simplicity of living amid the natural beauty of a 250 acre campus of protected fields and woodland. At the same time, Byrdcliffe offers the opportunity to live in a community of creative people of all ages and backgrounds who are dedicated to honoring the creative spirit.