ABOUT OUR CENTER: CPW is a vital hub for dialogue and discovery in photography and related media, bringing together a diverse array of artists and a vibrant community with a strong artistic tradition. Through its programs, CPW fosters opportunities to create and explore photography, and celebrate its role in contemporary culture. 

A non-profit organization located in the heart of Woodstock, NY, CPW has provided direct support to artists for over 40 years. Programs include exhibitions, residencies, workshops, digital and darkroom workspace, and more.

For assistance on open calls: support@submittable.com

The Center for Photography at Woodstock: WOODSTOCK AIR 2020
CPW’s one-of-a-kind Artist-in-Residence Program, Woodstock AIR, was created to support photography-based artists of color, and to expand the dialogue around diversity, race, identity and social justice. CPW firmly believes that accessibility, representation and diversity are critical to contemporary discourse on photography. Pluralism and acceptance are needed in our society now more than ever. Since launching Woodstock AIR in 1999, one of the biggest steps in the fulfillment of this vision was the purchase of an historical house in the town of Woodstock in 2017, enabling CPW to provide ample living and work space for our AIRs, within walking distance of CPW.

WOODSTOCK AIR is open to all US-based artists and critics/ scholars/ curators of color working in any genre of photography and related media; however, special consideration will also be given to artists or writers of any ethnicity/race whose work critically engages issues of diversity, race, and identity. All applications are welcomed.

Individuals who are students at any time in 2020 may not apply - that includes anyone with an expected graduation date in 2020, regardless of whether you graduate before your residency begins [exception: current PhD students may apply].

Past participants in Woodstock AIR may not apply.

Residents may use their time at CPW in whatever way is most advantageous to their goals. Residents are required to contribute a finished work to CPW’s Permanent Print Collection, as selected by the artist and CPW's curatorial staff.

Residencies are 4-6 weeks in length and include a $2,000 honorarium, 24/7 access to CPW's digital lab, darkroom, and library and shared live/work space with a large shared studio, as well as critical and technical support. See details at https://www.cpw.org/create/artist-residencies/

Review of submissions begins Monday, February 24, 2020. Late entries will be accepted until the FINAL DEADLINE of Sunday, March 1 at midnight EST. Please submit the following via Submittable - applications are only accepted here, and are not accepted via email or delivery:

  • Individuals applying for the Artist Residency: Please submit 10-15 digital images at 2000px on longest side, along with title info for each image. Artist Residency Applicants may also provide screen shots and links for 1-2 videos [must be viewable online].
  • Individuals applying for the Critical Studies Residency: Please submit 2 writing samples of no more than 1,500 words per sample, with visuals, including featured artist work samples and installation views if applicable. Both writing samples must be combined into a single PDF.
  • Work Plan Proposal: Please provide a brief outline describing how you plan to utilize your time during your residency. We understand and expect that this may change during your residency, however an overview helps us to determine feasibility, and whether our facilities are a good fit for your practice. Clearly describing how you might utilize our facilities and workspaces can be helpful [ie, digital image editing, making digital prints, shooting with our large format cameras, developing black and white film, scanning large format negatives.] [max 300 words]
  • Bio: Please provide a brief prose description of your professional art career - please do not enter exhibition list here [max 250-300 words]. If offered a residency, this may be used on our website.
  • Artist statement: Please provide an artist statement describing your current projects and artistic process. If offered a residency, this may be used on our website. [max 300 words]
  • Resume/CV (past exhibitions, residency, and related experiences)
  • Contact information for two professional references: email and phone preferred


WOODSTOCK AIR participants are selected by a panel of professionals in the field of photography and have included past participants in CPW’s residency and exhibition program, curators, collectors and art critics. Our esteemed WOODSTOCK AIR 2020 panel includes: TBA

Photography Now is CPW’s annual call to discover the most compelling photography projects in the US and beyond. This call is juried by a different leading curator every year. The Director’s Purchase Prize is awarded to one individual, whose work is purchased by CPW for inclusion in CPW’s Permanent Print Collection.


CPW's annual Photography Now exhibition celebrates the plurality of photography. All photographic techniques and approaches are welcome, from analog to digital, fine art, directorial, narrative, documentary, political, social justice, identity, portrait, landscape, still life, mixed media incorporating photography, photographic installations, digital imaging, and collage! Submissions are accepted from all over the world. Professional, amateur, and student artists are all welcome to apply. Photography Now showcases current trends in photography. Submitted photographs should, therefore, have been created in the last five years or be part of an ongoing long-term project.


  • Director's Choice Purchase Award: One photograph will be selected by the Executive Director and purchased for CPW's Permanent Print Collection.
  • All artists selected for the exhibition receive a one-year CPW Advanced Membership, which includes a Portfolio Review with CPW's Curatorial Staff.


Andy Adams is a culture producer and digital director with a passion for visual media + creative communications. Since 2004, he has consulted arts organizations and cultural institutions that use the Internet to engage, inspire, and educate the public. 

Adams is a pioneer in the field of online art exhibition and has collaborated with the RISD Museum of Art, the Australian Centre for Photography, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and numerous other organizations. He is the Director of FlakPhoto Projects, a web-based digital/arts lab focused on promoting photography in all of its forms. 

In his spare time, he hosts the FlakPhoto Network, a 16,000-member online community focused on conversations about visual/media culture. Find him on Instagram @FlakPhoto


No submissions will be accepted outside of the online submission process. 

Photography Now showcases current trends in photography. Submitted photographs should, therefore, have been created in the last five years or be part of an ongoing long-term project.  

  • ENTRY FEE $40: Please submit 10-20  JPGs, 2000px on the longest side.
  • Bio (max: 200 words)
  • Artist Statement (max: 250 words)

Exhibition print sizes will not determine eligibility, however, they will be considered when selecting the number of framed pieces that will be included in the exhibition. Accepted works must be framed or prepared for professional gallery exhibition; artists are also responsible for packing the work properly for shipping, and ensuring that the work is shipped or delivered to CPW by October 1, 2020. The exhibition takes place November 2020 through January 2021.  CPW will cover up to $250 of return shipping costs for each artist. Please see shipping details in Terms of Use.

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