Art Omi: Artists


Art Omi: Artists invites 30 artists from around the world, representing a wide diversity of artistic styles and practices, to gather in rural New York for four weeks each summer to experiment, collaborate and share ideas. Concentrated time for creative work is balanced with the stimulation of cultural exchange and critical appraisal.

The Art Omi: Artists program nurtures deep creative and professional connections in a vibrant, social residency. Artists are provided with a private studio, shared living quarters, and meals at no cost, but are responsible for their travel and material expenses. Each session, a distinguished critic/curator is invited to participate as Critic-in-Residence, who leads discussions and makes individual studio visits. The Critic-in-Residence is on campus for the entire duration of the program. In addition, a former Critic in Residence is invited to be Critic Emeritus for the first week of residency.

Art Omi: Artists welcomes artists from all over the world who have been professionally active for at least the past 3 years. Disciplines include visual arts, sound art, performance, and social practice. Having studied art is not a requirement: we accept applications from self-taught professional artists. Applications for the summer residency are accepted each fall.

The Visitors Program enables residents to have conversations with visiting art critics, curators, gallerists and prominent artists. Direct engagement with the New York City art world is unmatched by similar residency programs.

Art Omi's Monotype Project offers artists-in-residence an opportunity to work with master printers Lothar Osterburg (oil-based prints) and Anthony Kirk (water-based prints) over the course of two weeks. They create beautifully printed monotypes of the highest quality through collaborative efforts between artist and printer.

For more than four decades Anthony Kirk has been involved in fine art printmaking as an artist, teacher and exhibition curator but it is his work as a master printer that has been his main focus and for which he is best known.

German-born Lothar Osterburg has been a printmaker, sculptor and photographer since 1983 and a master printer since 1989 when he worked at Crown Point Press in San Francisco. Since 1993 he has operated his own printshop specializing in photogravure and intaglio which he relocated to New York City in 1994. He recently moved his studio to the Hudson Valley.

Available Fellowships

Our fellowships ensure that artists from specific regions and/or dealing with specific issues are allotted a residency. When submitting an application, you will be asked if you are eligible for any of our fellowships. You will be asked to submit evidence for each and any fellowship you declare to be eligible for. The following fellowships are available for 2019:

Art Omi Local Fellowship
The Art Omi Local Fellowship guarantees an opportunity for an artist based within the vicinity of Art Omi to join the Art Omi: Artists international residency cohort. This fellowship is open exclusively to professionally active artists living and working for at least the last three years in New York’s Columbia, Greene, Ulster, Dutchess, Albany, and Rensselaer counties, and Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Eligible disciplines include visual arts, sound art, performance, and social practice. Artists are provided with a private studio, shared living quarters, and meals at no cost, but are responsible for their travel and material expenses. Local Fellows are welcome to, but not required, to sleep on campus during their residency.

American Dream Fellowship
Fellowship for an artist from any country in the world who has never been to the United States. It includes a travel grant.

Explore Habland Award
Fellowship for an artist living and working in Montreal, Canada. Artists must provide a physical mailing address in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and be available for a studio visit upon reception of the fellowship.

Cecily Brown Fellowship
Fellowship for a woman artist with no geographic or media restriction. All female candidates will automatically be considered for this fellowship.

Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship
Fellowship for an artist living and working in Kansas City.

The Eremuak Fellowship
Fellowship for a Basque artist. For more information please visit Eremuak. It includes a travel grant.

Fellowship for an artist living and working in Croatia
Fellowship for a Croatia-based artist. Artists must provide a physical mailing address in Croatia and be available for a studio visit upon reception of the fellowship. The fellowship includes a travel grant and a $500 stipend.

Francis Greenburger Fellowship on Mitigating Religious and Ethnic Conflict
Fellowship only for an artist whose work relates to managing and/or mitigating religious and ethnic conflict. Work made at Art Omi must be in direct relation to this area. If you intend to apply for this fellowship please submit a one page statement explaining how your work fits in this category. Please email your statement to director Claudia Cannizzaro at

The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
Fellowship for an artist living and working in the United States. All United States based artists will automatically be considered for this fellowship.

Unlimit Art
Fellowship for an artist with disabilities. Eligible candidates must have a permanent disability as described in the ADA website. You have a disability if you have at least one of the following:

  • a physical or mental impairment that ""substantially limits"" one or more ""major life activities"";
  • a record of such an impairment; or
  • you are regarded as having such an impairment.
    The Unlimit Art fellowship includes a $500.00 stipend for material. If you intend to apply for this fellowship please notify director Claudia Cannizzaro at letting her know details of your disability.

Visegrad Fellowship
Art Omi & Kunsthalle Praha for Visegrad Region Fellowship for one artist living and working in either The Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland or Slovakia. It includes travel and a $500 stipend in cash for art material.

For further clarifications on our fellowships opportunities, please send an email to director Claudia Cannizzaro at

Accomodations & Facilities

Art Omi is located two and a half hours north of New York City in the historic Hudson River Valley. Named for a neighboring village, Omi is close to the small town of Ghent, New York, as well as Albany and Hudson, which offer train connections only thirty minutes away.

The facilities, situated on three hundred acres of open land, include a large two-story barn with indoor studios; contemporary residence buildings designed with a vernacular reference to local barns, surrounded by abundant perennial beds, expansive lawns dotted with fruit trees, adjacent to The Sculpture & Architecture Park.

A Federal Period farmhouse serves as a gathering center, providing a full kitchen, communal areas and library; while the front porch overlooks rolling hills and the majestic outline of the Catskill Range. A swimming pool, bicycles, WiFi access are available on the premises.

Columbia County, and the nearby Berkshire Mountains, are popular destinations because of their historical, natural and cultural riches. From bird sanctuaries to modern dance, presidential mansions to farmer's markets, the environs offer a singular blend of rural quiet and cultural stimulation. Staff and friends in the neighborhood are often available for excursions of interest to residents.

Work spaces include: indoor and protected outdoor studio spaces, a kiln, a printmaking shop, basic hand tools, and five private light-tight studios for projection work. The entire center is WiFi equipped. In addition, we provide computers with internet access and black & white printers. Studio technicians are available for assistance. Daily trips to suppliers are also provided. Professional color photography labs are located in nearby Albany. Bikes are available for residents to explore the surrounding area.

How to Apply

General call for applications is closed. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all 2020 residencies have been deferred. We are still determining the impact this will have on the 2021 application cycle, and beyond. Please check back in for more details, or click here to receive notice by joining our mailing list.

General Application Requirements: Bio, CV, brief artist statement, 8 images or 3 video excerpts, 2 references (no letters of recommendation required). Application process is free. Alumni of the program are not eligible for a second residency. 2020 residency applicants will be notified in February 2020.

Click here to view our Residency FAQ page.

Past Residents

2020 Alumni Residency
2020 Deferred to 2021 due to Covid-19 pandemic.

View the full list of Art Omi: Artists alumni.
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Program Director

Claudia Cannizzaro has been involved in the non-profit world since she arrived in New York City in 1997. Prior to her post at Art Omi, she worked in various capacities at Independent Curators International, Artists Space, Civitella Ranieri Foundation, apexart and the American Academy in Rome.

Claudia is also a visual artist. She recently showed at Shalini Ganendra Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012), Five Myles and Pierogi, Brooklyn (2011), Under Minerva, Brooklyn (2009) Galleria Spazio A, Pistoia, Italy (2007), Centro Cultural São Paolo, Brazil (2006), Torreão, Porto Alegre, Brazil (2006); HDC Gallery, New York (2004), Philomatean Society of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2001), and the Korean Cultural Center, New York (2000).

In 2013 she co-founded Akrai Residency, a multidisciplinary residency program in her native Sicily:

Program Board

  • Elisabeth Akkerman*
  • Isabelle Autones
  • Koan-Jeff Baysa
  • Lawrence Benenson
  • Heather Bhandari
  • Holly Block*
  • Isabelle Bosquet-Morra
  • Victoire Bourgois
  • Denise Carvalho
  • Linda Cross
  • Tarik Currimbhoy
  • Kinga Czerska
  • Blaire Dessent
  • Dan Devine
  • Margaret Evangeline
  • Branko Franceschi
  • Terri Gumula
  • Francis J. Greenburger
  • Fred Holland*
  • Leslie Horvitz
  • Monica Herman
  • Ai Kato
  • Marc Kemeny
  • Charlotta Kotik
  • Jennie Lamensdorf
  • Elizabeth Masters
  • Dominique Nahas
  • Julianna Obeid
  • Odili Donald Odita
  • Larry Ossei-Mensah
  • Sara Reisman
  • Kushal Sacheti
  • Anders Schroeder
  • Anita Sibony de Adelsberg
  • Katrín Sigurdardóttir
  • Franklin Sirmans
  • Sandi Slone
  • Gregory Volk
  • Lilly Wei
  • Ross Willows

Advisory Board

  • Bill Botzow
  • Dan Cameron
  • John Cross*
  • Matt Felton
  • Rosemary Foot
  • Alain Kirili
  • Tadaaki Kuwayama
  • David Lebenstein
  • Robert C. Morgan
  • Mimi Poser
  • Frances Richard
  • Raphael Rubinstein
  • Jens Henrik Sandberg
  • Frances Schools
  • Sen. Charles E. Schumer
  • Christian Viveros-Faune

*in memoriam

Program Sponsors

*Providing Fellowships

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