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

Kristin McIver

Art Omi 2013, Australia


Kristin McIver will be exhibiting Data Portraits at royale projects: contemporary art, on view from March 27th through April 26th 2015. The opening reception will be held on March 27th from 5 PM - 8 PM. For more information please click here

Greg Lindquist

Art Omi 2009, USA


Greg Lindquist's work, Smoke + Water, a four color linocut print, will be included in a BOMB Magazine benefit auction on April 24th, 2015. He will also be a part of the discussion of A Panel On Painting: Presented by the Brooklyn Rail and Hunter College to discuss works with other esteemed artists. For more info on the auction, 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

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.

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.

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.

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