WOODSTOCK AIR Program

WOODSTOCK A-I-R

Supporting a dialogue around diversity, race and identity

Applications for the 2018 AIR season will be available in November and due January  12

CPW’s photography-based Artist-In-Residence Program was created to expand the dialogue around diversity, race and identity, and to provide concrete opportunities for US-based artists, scholars and curators of color, who have often been under-represented in general programs. Artists-in-Residence (AIRs) are given access to facilities and financial, critical, and technical support. The drive for this program is to free the artist from the busy routines and demands of everyday life – and to provide a sanctuary for creativity. WOODSTOCK AIR encourages participants to pursue creative risk-taking in an environment rich in cultural resources. Working without distraction or interruption, participants focus intensely on their own work, continue works in progress, set goals for the future, and break new ground. Each year CPW offers seven studio residencies and one residency for a critic/scholar/curator. WOODSTOCK AI­R marks the first residency experience of over 65 percent of its participants.

The following artists were awarded studio residencies for 2017Jillian Browning (Ocala, FL), Brittney Cathey-Adams (Santa Cruz, CA), Jeremy Dennis (State College, PA), John Edmonds (Brooklyn, NY), Daesha Harris (Saratoga Springs, NY), Tomiko Jones (San Francisco, CA), and Leonard Suryajaya (Chicago, IL). Art historian, writer and curator John Edwin Mason (Charlottesville, VA) was awarded a critical studies residency. Read more

The guidelines for the 2018 Woodstock AIR program will be announced in November.  


WOODSTOCK AIR was listed among the top 20 residency programs in the U.S. by Artinfo and one of the top residencies for photographers in the world by Format Magazine.

Residencies include:

  • accommodations with large studio at the Artist House located within walking distance from CPW and the center of Woodstock’s business district
  • 24/7 access to CPW’s workspace facilities, including darkroom, digital lab (large format printers, flatbed and dedicated film scanners), and library
  • critical and technical support
  • stipend for food and travel and honorarium
  • exhibition and related opportunities

Established in 1999, WOODSTOCK AIR has been made possible in part with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts, Phillip & Edith Leonian Foundation, the Milton & Sally Avery Foundation, the Gunk Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), a state agency, with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and individuals. Special thanks are given to NYSCA and Arts Mid-Hudson for grants to update the digital lab and darkroom in 2017/2018.

Former residents may not reapply, so that the program may continue to impact as many new artists as possible. All proposals that fit the intention of the program will be considered. For more information on the WOODSTOCK AIR program, please review How to Apply and other resources linked on the top left of this page.