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

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

Jane Dickson

Art Omi 2000, USA


Jane Dickson's City Maze (1980) has undergone a resurfacing, and has transformed into The Return of City Maze. The original installation, which consisted of an elaborate cardboard maze adorned with graffiti, was a collaboration between Dickson and the graffiti artists Crash (John Matos) and Noc 167 (Melvin Samuels). 35 years later, the artists have returned to create a new iteration of the iconic installation. This collaboration will be on view now through September 12th, at Wallworks NYC. For more information, click here

Josh Dorman

Art Omi 2013, USA


This new installation by Josh Dorman for the windows at One New York Plaza weaves together early 1900's soil sample maps, antique collage elements, and paint. Be sure to visit this work, which will be on view until September 25th 2015. For more information, click here.

Grimanesa Amorós

Art Omi 1993, Peru/USA


Golden Waters, a temporary light installation by artist Grimanesa Amorós that will extend from the famous Soleri Bridge, will be on view June 18 - September 30, 2015. To watch a preview video of this work, please click here.

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

Dr. Sheriden Booker

Director of Development


Dr. Sheriden Booker has recently completed the first session of the Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship with the Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI). This fellowship for mid-career arts and culture professionals ages 25 - 40 started June 6th and ends September 19th, 2015. The ICA Fellowship Program seeks to increase the number of culturally diverse advocates as emerging leaders in the fields of arts fiscal equity, public policy and arts advocacy. For more information on this program, click here

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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