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

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

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

Mfoniso Udofia

Writers Omi 2014, USA

Mfoniso Udofia is a director and producer with NOW AFRICA: Playwrights Festival, which will be hosted on various NYU campus locations coming September 26-28, 2015. This project aims to reintroduce NYC to the masters of African dramatic literature by showcasing famous playwrights who remain unknown to many western theatergoers. They are reaching out for help to fund this endeavor, and are accepting donations at this link.

Liane Lang

Art Omi 2013, Germany/UK


Liane Lang will be showing works alongside others in a group show titled Invited, at Fair&Co Gallery in London. This exhibition is on view from July 22nd through September 19th, 2015. To see the piece that Lang is exhibiting, click here and here

Basim Magdy and Renata Poljak

Art Omi 2004 and 2010, Egypt and Croatia


Basim Magdy and Renata Poljak each have works exhibited at Project Biennial of Contemporary Art, D-0 ARK Underground in Konjic, Bosnia. These ongoing pieces are exhibited along with other works by many artists in this Soviet Union era atomic bunker. For more information on this space and other works on view, click here

Tania Bruguera

Art Omi 1995, Cuba

Tania Bruguera was invited by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to be an Artist-in-Residence. Bruguera will work with the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs to connect the IDNYC program with undocumented residents. For more information on this program, click here

Morgan O'Hara

Art Omi 2008, USA

Morgan O'Hara has been invited by Michael Foley to create an installation in the windows of his 59 Orchard Street Gallery. They will be up until July 26th, 2015. These window installations are intended to be viewed from all directions, and there will soon be a YouTube video walkthrough. For more information on this exhibition, click here

Deepti Navaratna

Music Omi 2012, India


Deepti Navaratna recently premiered her second concert in her Dialogues with the Divine event series on June 27th at the First Church in Cambridge, MA. Navaratna was the first south Indian classical vocalist to be chosen to participate in the Music Omi residency, and was awarded the Rajshekar Parikh Fellowship. To listen to some of Navaratna's work, click here

Koan-Jeff Baysa

Art Omi Board Member, Critic-in-Residence 2006/Critic Emeritus 2011

Koan-Jeff Baysa has co-curated a group exhibition entitled Phlogiston, to be shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Split, Croatia. This exhibition will be on view from July 2nd (with an opening reception at 9PM), and will run through August 30th. Click here to learn more about this exhibition.

John Cross

Art Omi Board Member


John Cross will be exhibiting Personalities at David Findlay Jr. Gallery in NYC. This exhibition will be on view through June 27th, 2015. For more information, click here

Sasha Sicurella

Education Omi Director

Sasha Sicurella (Education Omi Director & founding director of I AM: International Foundation) will be exhibiting XX: Rwanda/Bosnia After Twenty Years at Joyce Goldstein Gallery in Chatham, NY. This exhibition will be on view from June 27th through July 25th, with an opening reception on June 27th from 4 - 6 PM. 

This photography exhibition juxtaposes two sets of portraits from Rwanda and Bosnia, each captured in the twentieth commemorative year of their respective genocide events. It is intended that the images are recognized not only as documents of two significant moments in history, but that their pairing implies a deeper human connectedness rooted in the most primal and visceral understanding of life and death. Click here for more information.

Dorothy Amenuke

Art Omi 2009, Ghana


Dorothy Amenuke will be featured as a special guest artist in group exhibition the Gown must go to Town at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). This exhibition will be on view from Friday June 20th through July 17th. There will be an opening reception on Friday, June 19th from 5PM - 8:30PM. For more information, please click here

Malik Sajad

Art Omi 2013, Kashmir


A graphic novel titled Munnu: A Boy From Kashmir, created by Malik Sajad during his residency at Art Omi, will be released on June 18th in the U.K. This book will be available to purchase internationally on July 21st. To purchase this novel, click here.

Josephine Turalba

Art Omi 2011, Philippines


Josephine Turalba will be exhibiting in group exhibition entitled Fusionera at Thompson Giroux Gallery. This show will be on view from June 6th through July 19th, 2015. For more information, click here

Ryder Cooley

Music Omi 2012, USA


Music Omi alumna Ryder Cooley has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $10,000 towards recording expenses for the upcoming album by her electro-folk ensemble, Dust Bowl Faeries. The album will be recorded in September 2015 and will be produced by music journalist Seth Rogovoy, engineered by musical visionary, composer, and legendary drummer/percussionist Bobby Previte, and mixed by Rachel Alina, of Hudson. A video about the project can be streamed here

Bashar Alhroub

Art Omi 2014, Palestine


Bashar Alhroub will be presenting Purgatory, a video art exhibition at Um el-Fahem Art Gallery. The opening for this show is on Saturday, June 6th at 1PM and will be on view through September 30th, 2015. For more information on this exhibtion, click here

Kensaku Shinohara

Dance Omi 2014, Japan


Kensaku Shinohara will be touring Trio (2014) throughout the U.S. and Japan this summer/fall 2015. Click here for the tour schedule.

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!

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

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. 

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.

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

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

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