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 Spring & Fall 2016 Residency and the Fall 2015 Translation Lab

Spring Writers Omi Residency Dates: March 18 - June 3, 2016
Fall Writers Omi Residency Dates: September 9 - November 4, 2016
Deadline for both Spring and Fall Sessions of Writers Omi: October 20, 2015

Translation Lab Residency Dates: November 10-21, 2015
Deadline for Translation Lab: July 15, 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

Luisa Rabbia

Art Omi 2002, Italy/USA


Luisa Rabbia will participate in group exhibition titled In Conversation at Shirley Fiterman Art Center. This exhibition will have an opening reception on May 20th from 6 - 9 PM, and will be on view through August 1st 2015. For more information on this exhibition click here!

Dana Levy

Art Omi 2011, Israel/USA 


Dana Levy will participate in group show ENCHANTED SPACE curated by Barbara London at Fridman Gallery in NYC at 6 PM. This exhibition will be on view through June 6th with an artist and curator talk on May 20th at 6:30 PM. For more information, please click here

Dread Scott

Art Omi 2010, USA

Work by Dread Scott will be included in the inaugural opening of the Whitney Museum's new location from May 1 through September 27, 2015. Scott is currently exhibiting Fragments of the Peculiar Institution at Critical Practice/21st.Projects by appointment only through May 21, 2015. Scott is also the recipient of the 2015 ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art, which offers funds towards work that is focused on social engagement. For more information on the Whitney Museum exhibition, click here

Janet Echelman

Architecture Omi 2013, USA


Janet Echelman has been commissioned by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy to create a monumental sculptural installation in Boston. This must-see art experience will be on view from May through early October 2015. For more information, click here

Kakyoung Lee

Art Omi 2012, South Korea/USA


Kakyoung Lee is exhibiting in several shows this spring, including Fresh Prints: The Nineties to Now at Cleveland Museum of Art (on view from March 22 - July 26), Life & Limn at KCC Gallery in NJ (on view from April 4 - May 2), and Weaving Time: The Archive of Korean Artists in America Part 3, 2001-2003 at Gallery Korea/Korean Cultural Service (on view from April 22 - May 28; opening reception with artist on April 22 from 6-8 PM). Kakyoung Lee has also been awarded the New York Foundation for the Arts 2014 Fellowship in Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts. For more information, click here.

Ahmed El Shaer

Art Omi 2012, Egypt


Ahmed El Shaer will present his project Green at the Venice Biennale as part of group show, In the Eye of the Thunderstorm curated by Martina Corgnati. This work will be on view from May 9th through November 22nd. For more information, please click here

Josephine Turalba

Art Omi 2011, The Philippines


In the context of la Biennale di Venezia 2015, Josephine Turalba presents her work, Scandals III: Walk With Me, at the Palazzo Mora as part of the European Cultural Centre's exhibition, Personal Structures – Crossing Borders. This will be on view from May 9th - November 22nd 2015 at Palazzo Mora in Venice, Italy. For more information on this event, 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. 

Noa Charuvi and Meital Katz-Minerbo

Art Omi 2012 and 2008, Israel/USA and Israel


Omi congratulates alumni Noa Charuvi and Meital Katz-Minerbo on their participation in Stein Rose Fine Art's upcoming Akhshav exhibition, a survey of contemporary Israeli painting. Akhshav runs April 23 through May 3 at Rogue Gallery (a pop up location) in Chelsea, located at 508 West 26th Street 9th floor.

The daughter of an architect, and granddaughter of legendary Israeli painter Shmuel Charuvi, Noa Charuvi's paintings were produced in the context of Omi's most recent and innovative artist residency, 50 West, which hosts artists making work in situ on a construction site.

Please contact Julianne Steindler at Stein Rose Fine Art or call 347-705-9820 for more information.

Margaret Evangeline

Art Omi 1999, USA


Margaret Evangline is featured in a 220-page art book Guns in the Hands of Artists, in which decommissioned guns (taken off the streets via a goods-for-guns swap) were given to over 60 artists to use as raw materials in their art. This publication features essays and art on the subject of gun violence in America in book-form to reach as wide an audience as possible. To pre-order a copy, click here.

Els Beerten

Writers Omi 2013, USA


Els Beerten's book Allemaal willen we de hemel (We All Want Heaven) has been included in Found in Translation's March 2015 anthology. Els Beerten has also been awarded the National Readers Award for best book Young Adults, The Book Lion for a book she wrote while at Ledig House in 2013. For more information on We All Want Heaven, click here.

Seth Chwast

Art Omi 2008, USA


Seth Chwast has been featured in a presentation and book project by marine biologist Greg Foster, titled A Portal Into The Mind of Seth Chwast: Mining the Hidden Treasures of an Autistic Artist. To view this presentation, please click here.

Hank Willis Thomas

Art Omi 2006, USA


Hank Willis Thomas will show his fifth solo exhibition at Jack Shainman Gallery titled Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015 from April 10th - May 23rd. The gallery is located at 513 West 20th Street and 524 West 24th Street in NYC. For more information, click here

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

Tania Bruguera

Art Omi 1995, Cuba


Tania Bruguera is featured in an Art Net News article involving her being arrested and detained in Cuba for her recent restaging of her 2009 performance of Tatlin's Whisper #6. In light of the recent actions to normalize US-Cuba relations, she was released back in January. To read the article, click here

Renata Poljak

Art Omi 2010, Croatia


Work by Renata Poljak will be included in group exhibition Prophetia at Fundació Joan Miró in Barcelona. The opening will take place on March 12th and the exhibition will be on view through June 7th. To learn more about this exhibition, click here

Joan Michelson

Writers Omi 2014, USA


Joan Michelson recently was awarded first place for the Bristol Poetry Prize for her poem Stories. To read her poem, click here

Teju Cole

Writers Omi 2011, Nigeria/USA


Teju Cole was one of nine writers granted a $150,000 Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize at Yale University (described as the MacArthur Genius Grants for writers!). To learn more and see a list of the other recipients, click here.

Jessica Segall

Art Omi 2014, USA

Jessica Segall participates in an Art-In-Buildings exhibit titled Flutteries, or A Feeling of Impending Doom, located at 125 Maiden Lane in New York, NY, opening February 18th through summer 2015. For more information on this show, click here

Steed Taylor

Art Omi 2011, USA

Steed Taylor presents two public works of his "road tattoos" which are commemorative, site-specific, community-based, tattoo-inspired public artworks on roads. Patriot is located in Manhattan and Comity   is located in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Shahar Marcus

Art Omi 2010, Israel

Shahar Marcus is co-exhibiting in Fossils, at Petach Tikva Museum of Art from February 19th through June 13th 2015. For more information, click here.

Paul Anthony Smith

Art Omi 2013, Jamaica/USA


Paul Anthony Smith has been featued in a Complex article for "15 Young Black Creatives Making Waves in the Art World". His works "take ordinary images of people from his birthplace, Jamaica, and renders them in such a way that their forms exude an almost otherworldly dignity". He received a Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship to participate in the Art Omi residency. Smith will also be exhibiting in Chelsea at Zieher Smith & Horton Gallery from April 30th - May 28th 2015. To read the full article, click here.