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

Paula Hayes

The Fields 2014, USA

Paula Hayes has created "Gazing Globes", a glittering set of terrariums that have transformed Madison Square Park into a surreal dystopian dreamscape. To learn more, 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.

Stephanie Griffin

Music Omi 2014, Canada/USA

Stephanie Griffin will be playing viola with the Frikativ Quartet at Cornelia Street Cafe on Monday, March 9th at 8:30 PM. For more information on this performance, click here

Isidro Blasco

Art Omi 2001, USA/Spain

Isidro Blasco will be exhibiting _2B (space to be) at Moneo Brock Gallery in Madrid from February 25th through March 27th 2015. Blasco Says, "My work recreates the architectural space of the whole or a particular section of the build space according to a subjective perception of this environment". For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Mithu Sen

Art Omi 2004, India

Mithu Sen will be performing at the Queens Museum in conjunction with After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India, 1947/1997. Her performance, Tongue That Won't Stop Wounding, is related to her struggle of the unheard and unrepresented voices in society audible. This will take place at 6 PM at the Queens Museum on March 7th, 2015. For more information, click here

Gilbert Hsaio

Art Omi 2014, USA

Work by Gilbert Hsaio will be included in group exhibition Breaking Pattern in Brooklyn, NY from February 28th through April 18th, 2015. He will also be exhibiting in Territory of Abstraction  in Philadelphia, PA from February 21st through April 4th, 2015.

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

Kazumi Tanaka

Art Omi 2013, Japan/USA

Kazumi Tanaka has been featured in Upstate Diary, which features different creative people living and working in upstate New York. Tanaka talks about her 'inheritance', learning from a master of traditional indigo process, and the stories her mother told her. You can view Tanaka's page 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.

Marit Følstad

Art Omi 2013, Norway

Marit Følstad's video work Pretty Girls Can Kill will be included in an exhibition titled About Face at the Hood Museum from January 31st through August 30th 2015. For more information on this exhibit, please click here.

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.

Jane Dickson

Art Omi 2000, USA


Jane Dickson announces a new exhibition at the BronxArtSpace titled Turn Up The Volume with Joe Lewis, opening Friday February 20th from 6 PM - 9 PM. This exhibition will be open from February 20th through March 14th. There will be an artist dialogue/talk with Dickson and Lewis on Wednesday, March 11th at 6:30 PM. For more information, please click here.

Katrín Sigurdardóttir

Art Omi 2003, USA/Iceland


Katrín Sigurdardóttir presents an exhibition titled Drawing Apart will be shown at MIT List Visual Arts Center. This exhibition will be open from February 13th through April 12th 2015. There will be a reception and conversation with the artist on Thursday, February 12th from 5:30 PM to 8 PM. 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.

Cynthia Madansky

Art Omi 2014, USA


亲 DEAR, a film by Cynthia Madansky (with Anna Yu and Shu Xia Zhao), will be screened at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) as part of the Documentary Fortnight Festival 2015, from February 14th - 28th. For more information, click here and here.

Anibal Catalan

Art Omi 2010, Mexico

Anibal Catalan's show untitled unit until the lit let the litter opens on February 7th and runs through March 28th 2015 at Yautepec Contermporary Art Gallery in Mexico. For more information, please click here. 

Bodo Korsig

Art Omi 2005, Germany

Bodo Korsig presents NO REGRETS, at Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels in Vienna, Germany. The opening reception is on Thursday, January 29th 2015 at 7 PM. The exhibition runs from January 30th through March 7th 2015. For more information, please click here

Kakyoung Lee

Art Omi 2012, South Korea/USA

Omi is proud to announce that Kakyoung Lee has been awarded a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in Printmaking/Drawing/Artist Books for the year of 2014. For a full list of recipients and details of the award, click here

Juliana Irene Smith

Art Omi 2011, USA/Switzerland

Juliana Irene Smith is the founder of an artists run project space, ALMA MATER in Woodstock, Cape Town. This space will be open for a group of selected artists to collaborate and experiment starting February 11th and running through June 30th, 2015. The space will be open to the public every Wednesday from 5 - 10 PM, and the launch party for she's not your mother will begin on Wednesday, February 11th at 5 PM. There will also be a second semester of artists collaborating that will run from September through December. For more information, please click here

Mrugen Rathod

Art Omi 2012, India

Mrugen Rathod's project शोर (Shore): Creating conscious models for the arts in the state of Odisha was chosen by a jury of artists for the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art to receive the Public Art Grant for the year of 2015-2016. This project creates a public dialogue about topics such as environmental degradation, local knowledge systems, and the state of the arts, in Odisha. For more information, click here

Dread Scott

Art Omi 2011, USA


Dread Scott created this piece entitled Sign for the Times, which has been a window display at Revolutionary Books in Chelsea since 1999. Due to the recent nationwide demonstrations against police murders of unarmed youth of color, this artwork has been the subject and target of vandalism and theft. Revolutionary Books wholeheartedly supports the display of this artwork, and is calling for community support by asking that others display this work by Scott themselves (available on their site). For more information, please click here.

Xaviera Simmons

Art Omi 2008, USA

Xaviera Simmons has been awarded a $35,000 grant by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in the Visual Arts category. For the complete list of award winners, click here

Katrin Sigurdardottir

Art Omi 2003, Iceland/USA

Katrin Sigurdardottir's project Supra Terram has been awarded the Visual Arts prize by Creative Capital, which will provide funding for this project as well as professional resources and services. This proposed project is a large-scale installation in which a cave-like structure intersects a building on two levels, redefining the architecture of the building with its volume. For more information on Sigurdardottir's project, click here.