Claire A. Warden, Woodstock AIR 2016

Press Release:

The Center for Photography at Woodstock is pleased to announce the release of sixteen documentaries featuring artists of color working in photography. Every year CPW invites artists and writers to participate in the Woodstock AIR program. CPW AIRs represent some of the most important new voices in the photographic arts today. “Historically underrepresented in galleries and art programs, artists of color have much to contribute. The Woodstock AIR documentaries showcase why voices of diversity are relevant and just how much these artists have to offer,” says Hannah Frieser, CPW’s executive director.

The Woodstock AIR documentaries are around four minutes in length each and may be viewed online at CPW’s website. Featured in the video documentaries are 2016 AIRs: Nydia Blas (Ithaca, NY), Tenzing Dakpa (Providence, RI), Juan Giraldo (Chicago, IL), Ina Jang (Brooklyn, NY), Ke Peng (Los Angeles, CA), Sheida Soleimani (Cranston, RI), Jared Thorne (Columbus, OH), and Claire A. Warden (Phoenix, AZ). 2015 AIRs are Amanda Chestnut (Rochester, NY), Sonia Louise Davis (New York, NY), Antonia Kuo (Brooklyn, NY), Freddy Martinez (El Paso, TX), Kevin J. Miyazaki (Milwaukee, WI), Sasha Phyars-Burgess (Bethlehem, PA), Motohiro Takeda (Brooklyn, NY), Suné Woods (Los Angeles, CA).

The completion of the Woodstock AIR videos was made possible through support from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in 2016. Our thanks go to video editors Russell Richardson and Giacobazzi Yanez, and CPW staff members Jan Nagle and Sarah Anthony.

The Woodstock AIR program receives financial assistance from the Milton & Sally Avery Foundation, 
the Gunk Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts,  
the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

As part of Woodstock AIR, artists are selected by an independent panel of artists and curators. AIRs are invited to come to Woodstock for a month. They are given housing, travel and food stipends, an honoraria, critical and technical support, and 24/7 access to professional workspace, including our digital imaging lab and black-and-white darkroom.

Applications for Woodstock AIR 2017 are now being accepted via Deadline: January 16, 2017.
To learn more about WOODSTOCK AIR, click here.


WOODSTOCK AIR has repeatedly been listed amongst the top residency programs in the U.S. See the list of the 20 top residencies on BlouinArtInfo. Or visit Format Magazine for the top photo residencies internationally.