Omi Residency Programs

About Our Residency Programs

Omi International Arts Center has four distinct residency programs. Through a competitive jury process, residents are chosen, invited to attend at no cost to themselves, except travel. Abundant, catered meals and comfortable, beautiful lodgings are provided in a scenic location in Columbia County, New York. Omi is two hours north of New York City by train.

Art Omi International Artists Residency invites thirty artists from around the world every July for a  four week residency. 

Writers Omi at Ledig House sponsors forty writers and translators from around the world for up to two months each year. 

Music Omi brings together twelve to fifteen musician-composers from around the world in August for three weeks.

Dance Omi International Dance Collective brings together ten dancers from around the world for three weeks in late August.

To learn more about Omi's residency Programs or to apply to a residency please visit:

Art Omi International Artists Residency
Writers Omi International Writers Residency
Music Omi International Musicians Residency
Dance Omi International Dance Collective

Omi's residency programs are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts

Current Open Applications

Writers Omi is now accepting applications for the Fall 2016 residency. Due to construction that will take place on our campus, we are not accepting applications for the spring 2016 session.

Fall Writers Omi Residency Dates: September 9 - November 4, 2016
Deadline: October 20, 2015

For more information and to begin your application, visit the corresponding menu item on our Writers Omi webpage.


Alumni Achievements

We are proud to present the accomplishments of our past alumni! If you are an alumni and would like your news featured here, please email us at

Nikolai Ishchuk

Art Omi 2014, Russia/UK

Nikolai Ishchuk will be exhibiting a solo show titled Penumbra at Denny Gallery in NYC. There will be a preview on Thursday, November 19th, and will be on view until December 23rd. In addition, a draft book dummy of the series Non Sequitur, is available for download here. Non Sequitur is an edited archive extracted from a found mobile device. For more information on Ishchuk's exhibition at Denny Gallery, click here.

Nisrine Boukhari

Art Omi 2010, Syria

Nisrine Boukhari is exhibiting Wanderism is a State of Mind at Bildmuseet in Sweden from November 22nd 2015 through February 14, 2016. Boukhari's work is inspired by theories about how geographical environments affect people's emotions and behavior. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Krishnaraj Chonat

Art Omi 2014, India

Krishnaraj Chonat is exhibiting Lotus Eaters at GALLERYSKE in Bangalore from November 9th through December 11th 2015 with an opening reception on November 7th at 7PM. For more information, click here.

Vanessa Blakeslee

Writers Omi 2013, USA

Vanessa Blakeslee's Train Shots: Stories was published by Burrow Press in 2014 and received the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) Gold Medal in Short Fiction for 2014. Train Shots was optioned for a feature film by HBK Productions, New York, NY and is available as an audiobook. More recently, Blakeslee's debut novel, Juventud, was released in October, 2015 as a trade paperback original by Curbside Splendor Publishing, an independent publisher in Chicago. Click here to read a review of Juventud in Publisher's Weekly.


Rosemarie Fiore

Art Omi 2012, USA

Von Lintel Gallery in Los Angeles presents Eclipse, an exhibition of new work by Rosemarie Fiore. Fiore's unconventional paintings and drawings are made by exploding and containing live fireworks. She alters and builds devices to harness the chromatic and mark-making effects of smoke bombs to create vividly-colored, multi-dimensional works. This exhibition is on view from November 7 - December 31, 2015. For more information, click here.

Wojciech Gilewicz

Art Omi 2014, Poland/USA

Wojciech Gilewicz is exhibiting Cuboids at Cuchifritos Gallery (curated by Bartek Remisko) from October 23 - November 29, 2015. This exhibition is composed of three spatial, painted objects and a video. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Margaret Evangeline

Art Omi 1999 + Art Omi Board, USA

Green Horizon by Margaret Evangeline will be featured in Art Index TV's Online Auction. This auction presents dynamic artworks for sale by esteemed artists to support the production of their third season. For more information on this event, click here.

Caroline Rothwell

Art Omi 2014, UK/Australia

In early October, Caroline Rothwell collected emissions gathered from a Temple University smokestack to transform into a stabilized paint. She used this substance to subsequently create a temporary drawing of endangered Pennsylvania plants. Click here to read more.

Nicole Awai

Art Omi 2004, USA/Trinidad

Nicole Awai has been appointed to the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. Awai joins the department as an Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing. Awai has also been listed as one of "10 Caribbean Artists You Should Know" for her multimedia work. Click here to read more.

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Art Omi 2009, USA

LaToya Ruby Frazier has been awarded the prestigious MacArthur Genius Grant. Frazier's photography and video work is set in Braddock, Pa., the small town outside Pittsburgh where she grew up. Built on steel, today Braddock is struggling to get by. To listen to an interview with NPR, click here. For more information on the MacArthur Genius Grant, click here.

Gilbert Hsiao

Art Omi 2014, USA

Gilbert Hsiao's work is being shown in group exhibitions Breaking Pattern at Schneider Museum of Art (on view from September 30 - December 5 2015, with opening reception on October 1) and Minimax at Bullet Space in NYC (October 16 - November 22 2015, with opening reception on October 16) to name a few. Hsiao will also be participating in Newark Open Door Studios, a 4-day wide event from October 15-18 at Gallery Aferro.

Zia Haider Rahman

Writers Omi 2010, India/UK

Zia Haider Rahman's critically acclaimed debut, In the Light of What We Know, recently received the James Tait Black fiction prize. Two prizes are awarded annually by the University of Edinburgh. For more information on this award, click here.

Anne Lindberg

Art Omi 2009, USA

An installation by Anne Lindberg will be included in group show, Factory Installed, at the Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA. The opening will take place on Friday, May 15th from 6 PM - 8 PM, and will be on view from May 15th 2015 - March 27, 2016. Visit the Mattress Factory's website for more information.

Jenny Offill

Writers Omi, USA

Jenny Offill applied the final touches to her novel, Dept. of Speculation, while in residence at Writers Omi. This novel is a finalist for the Folio Prize, LA Times best novel, and the Pen Faulkner. For more information, click here.

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