The 2012 Artist in Residence Program application has now closed! This year’s application deadline was March 15, 2012. All applicants have been notified about their application status.


Byrdcliffe accepts applications from artists working in the following disciplines: visual arts; fiction, nonfiction and/or poetry; playwrighting and screenwriting; and music composition. The main criterion for acceptance is artistic excellence. Byrdcliffe encourages applications from artists representing the widest possible range of perspectives and demographics, and welcomes artists engaging in the broadest spectrum of artistic practice. To that end, emerging as well as established artists are invited to apply.

Byrdcliffe is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and disability. Byrdcliffe offers ADA compliant access to its main residency building and some studios.


For all visual arts, music composers, playwrights, and writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry:

Each four week session is limited to 10-14 individuals. Candidates may apply for additional weeks in the event a space becomes available. Each session concludes with an Open Studio where residents share their work with each other and the regional artistic community.

  • Session I: June 5 – July 1, 2012
  • Session II: July 3 – July 29, 2012
  • Session III: August 7 – September 2, 2012
  • Session IV: September 4 – September 30, 2012

Residents are chosen by a selection committee of professionals in the arts. The major criterion for acceptance is proof of serious commitment to one’s field of endeavor. Professional recognition is helpful for admission, but is not essential.

Panelists in the past have included: Gregory AmenoffJake BerthotJoan SnyderPortia MunsonMelissa Meyer and Donald Elder and literary panelists included Gail GodwinMatthew SpirengMartha Frankel (fiction), Olga Broumas (poetry), Gus SchulenburgEvangeline MorphosRob Handel and Nancy Golladay (BMI Faculty).

SUPPORT MATERIALS (All materials should be of recent work)

  • Copy of your professional resume (PDF)
  • Work samples (please see below for specific requirements for each discipline)
  • Two references (one professional reference (completed by an authority in the applicant’s field who is familiar with his/her work) and one personal reference)
  • Optional (if you want to apply for a fellowship): your most recent tax return (only the first two pages need to be attached).

– FOR VISUAL ARTISTS: 10 images (5 MB max. each: JPG, PNG, GIF) of your work along with the title, date, dimensions, and medium.

– FOR MUSIC COMPOSITION: 5 music samples (10 MB max. each: mp3) – altogether no more than 15 minutes along with the title and date. Please also include the scores of the uploaded work samples (PDF).

– FOR PLAYWRIGHTING / SCREENWRITING: One or two work samples (10 MB max. each: PDF) – up to 40 pages in total for a play script or treatment.

-Fiction and Nonfiction: 2 work samples (10 MB max. each: PDF) – no more than 20 pages total
-Poetry: at least 4 work samples (10 MB max. each: PDF) – no more than 12 pages total


A nonrefundable processing fee of $50 (US) is required with each application. Applicants pay the processing fee by debit or credit card through a secure site when submitting the completed online application.

Byrdcliffe’s residency fee is $600 per artist per session. Artists are accepted for residence solely according to merit. Fellowships are available to offset all or part of the $600 fee based on financial need. No one should be discouraged from applying on financial grounds. The Fellowship form (optional form within the Artist in Residence Application) is due simultaneously with the application for residence.


Applicants will be notified of admission status (acceptance, waitlist or rejection) approximately one month after the application deadline of March 15, 2012.

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