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 Fall 2016 residency. Due to construction that will take place on our campus, we are not accepting applications for the spring 2016 session.

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

LaToya Ruby Frazier

Art Omi 2009, USA

LaToya Ruby Frazier has been awarded the prestigious MacArthur Genius Grant. Frazier's photography and video work is set in Braddock, Pa., the small town outside Pittsburgh where she grew up. Built on steel, today Braddock is struggling to get by. To listen to an interview with NPR, click here. For more information on the MacArthur Genius Grant, click here.

Gilbert Hsiao

Art Omi 2014, USA

Gilbert Hsiao's work is being shown in group exhibitions Breaking Pattern at Schneider Museum of Art (on view from September 30 - December 5 2015, with opening reception on October 1) and Minimax at Bullet Space in NYC (October 16 - November 22 2015, with opening reception on October 16) to name a few. Hsiao will also be participating in Newark Open Door Studios, a 4-day wide event from October 15-18 at Gallery Aferro.

Shona Wilson

Art Omi 2010, Australia

Shona Wilson will bring her ephemeral art practice to Rosby Art Workshops on October 8 2015. This workshop provides the time, space and inspiration to create works using materials and elements found on the Rosby site. The final works will become a feature of the annual Sculptures in the Garden exhibition held on the following weekend. For more information, click here.

Taro Hattori

Art Omi 2014, Japan/USA

Taro Hattori is exhibiting his interactive video experiments and sculpture in Leitmotif at the Kimball Education Gallery. part of a residency at the de Young Museum. This exhibition is open from September 2nd through October 4th, Wednesdays - Sundays from 1 PM - 5 PM. Click here to watch a clip of the interactive Song Collecting Project as part of Leitmotif.

Ali Moini

Dance Omi 2012, Iran

Ali Moini is performing in NYC Sept 29 & 30 at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)'s annual fall arts festival, Crossing the Line. For more information, click here.

Jasmina Metwaly

Art Omi 2012, Egypt/Poland

Jasmina Metwaly will have their film screened at the MoMA, titled Out on the Street. This film will be screened on September 24th and September 27th at 4:00 PM. To read a synopsis of this film, click here.

Renee Iacone

Omi Trustee

On Saturday, September 19th the the work of Renee Iacone will be on view in the sculpture garden and Carriage House of John Davis Gallery in Hudson, NY. The work will be on display through October 11th with a reception for the artist on Saturday, September 19th from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. For more information, please click here.

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

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

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. 

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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