Byrdcliffe: An American Arts and Crafts Colony "" Online Exhibition
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Jessie Tarbox Beals
Loom Room, 1908
Silver print
7 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches
Collection of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony of the Woodstock Guild
Gift of Howard Greenberg

H. Stuart Michie
Byrdcliffe photograph, 1905
Silver print
4 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches
Collection of Thomas Michie


Byrdcliffe: An American Arts and Crafts Colony is the first major traveling exhibition and publication about Byrdcliffe, an artist colony founded in 1902-03 in Woodstock, New York. Byrdcliffe, which still functions today, was an important force in the Arts and Crafts movement in America and has a rich artistic and social legacy. The colony produced beautiful objects in a variety of art forms, from painted furniture to glazed ceramics and oil paintings. Of equal importance were the utopian ideals of its founders, combined with the creativity of its talented but under-appreciated artists, and other colorful personalities. Set against the background of a rapidly changing America and other Arts and Crafts colonies in this country and Europe, these facets of Byrdcliffe's history form a compelling exhibit and publication project, which has a high degree of relevance and appeal for 21st-century audiences who yearn for simpler, more centered lives.

Celebrating over a hundred years as a functioning art colony, Byrdcliffe features 191 fine and decorative arts objects, historical materials, architecture, folk music, and literature produced during the colony's first 26 years, from its establishment to the death of its founder. The exhibition and catalogue examine the artistic, historical, and social significance of the colony.





Exhibition Catalogue

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