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January 29, 2018
Funds Will Provide Support for Artists Displaced by Natural Disasters

Woodstock, NY: The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild is pleased to announce it has received a $45,000 grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation for the support of artists displaced by 2017 natural disasters in areas such as Texas, Florida, California, Puerto Rico, and Mexico. The award will enable Byrdcliffe to provide meaningful support and full fellowships for exceptional visual artists who have been displaced or otherwise adversely affected by natural disasters.

“Besides funding the 20 full fellowships, this grant will provide travel expenses, material fees, and ongoing support from other visual artists who have experienced similar traumas in the past, such as the artists affected by Superstorm Sandy who received fellowship residencies in 2012. The deserving artists will have access to the full range of opportunities Byrdcliffe offers, including visits from renowned artists to provide one-on-one feedback to each artist. Our goal is to provide the selected artists with a sense of community and an opportunity to return their practice to some state of normalcy, while also acknowledging the reality of climate change as something with which artists will continually need to deal. We are extremely grateful for the continued support and dedication of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation to the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild.”  Jeremy Adams, Executive Director, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild

The successful Byrdcliffe Artists-in-Residence (AiR) Program has been expanded for 2018. The program includes 4 one-month long sessions running from the beginning of June to the end of September, serving 60 artists (18 artists per session), and now includes residencies for artist couples, a longer 5-month residency for up to 8 artists at a time, and year-round residencies. Accepted disciplines are all visual arts including photography, writing (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry), drama (playwriting), and musical composition. The fellowships will be selected from visual artist applicants affected by 2017 natural disasters: Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Jose and also the earthquake in Mexico, along with the wild fires and, most recently, mudslides in California. According to recent statistics, the 2017 disasters killed over 6,000 people and affected 75 million. 

Artists-in-Residence at Byrdcliffe
The Byrdcliffe AiR program offers month-long, seasonal, and year-round residencies to visual artists, ceramicists, writers of fiction and non-fiction, playwrights, textile artists, and composers of music. One of the oldest residencies in the United States, Byrdcliffe has been a home for artists for 115 years. Artists are provided with private studio spaces and communal lodging on the historic Byrdcliffe campus, located on the wooded mountainside above Woodstock. In addition to communal dinners and field trips, creativity and collaboration are cultivated through a well-attended open studio show at the end of each session. 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.

Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild Mission Statement
The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild provides a vibrant center for excellence in the arts and crafts in the beautiful and unique rural community of Woodstock, New York, while preserving the historic and natural environment of one of the earliest utopian art colonies in America. It offers an inspiring combination of residency, educational, exhibition, and performance programs that encourage creative collaboration among artists, students, arts professionals, and the public. For more information, go to www.woodstockguild.org
The Pollock-Krasner Foundation
Based in New York but operating internationally, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation to date has made more than 4,100 grants to individual artists in 77 countries, for a total of more than $65 million. Through these grants, the Foundation has enabled artists to create new work, purchase needed materials and pay for studio rent, as well as meet their personal and medical expenses. Recipients of Pollock-Krasner grants have acknowledged their critical impact in allowing concentrated time to work in the studio and prepare for exhibitions and other professional opportunities such as residencies. To provide additional support, the Foundation maintains an up-to-date and comprehensive Grantee Image Collection representing the work of artists who have received grants since inception. Other initiatives of The Pollock-Krasner Foundation have included taking a leadership role (along with the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts) in supporting the groundbreaking report by the Aspen Institute’s Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation, The Artist as Philanthropist: Strengthening the Next Generation of Artist-Endowed Foundations. For more information, including guidelines for grant applications, the public may visit the Foundation’s website at www.pkf.org. 

Jeremy Adams, Executive Director