A residency program for US-based artists and critics/scholars/curators of color working in photography

The deadline for 2017 Woodstock AIR applications was JANUARY 22, 2017.

Please note: The application process for CPW WOODSTOCK AIR 2017 is now closed. Thank you to all the amazing artists who applied.

The following artists were awarded studio residencies for 2017: Jillian 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


CPW’s Artist-In-Residence Program provides opportunities for US-based artists and critics/scholars/curators of color working in photography with 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 residencies for artists of color and one residency for a critic/scholar/curator of color. Former residents may not reapply (as of 2017), so that the program may continue to impact as many new artists as possible. WOODSTOCK AI­R marks the first residency experience of over 65 percent of its participants.

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 at a residence 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.

For more information on the WOODSTOCK AIR program, please review How to Apply and other resources linked on the top left of this page.