Art Omi

About Art Omi

Art Omi invites visual artists from every continent, representing a wide diversity of artistic styles, to gather in rural New York State to experiment, collaborate and share ideas. During four weeks each June-July, concentrated time for creative work is balanced with the stimulation of cultural exchange and critical appraisal. 

Artists are provided with a private studio, shared living quarters, and meals at no cost, but are responsible for their travel and material expenses. The first week of the residency, artists have the opportunity to work with a master printmaker to produce an edition of monotypes. Tamarind Institute master printmakers, Melissa and Ted Braggins, are owners and printers at Pondside Press, located in nearby Rhinebeck. high quality material is provided: each participating artist is required to donate one print to the printer and one to the Art Omi Collection.

Each session, a distinguished critic/curator is invited to participate as Critic-in-Residence, who leads discussions and makes individual studio visits. 

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

The program culminates with Open Studio Day, during which hundreds of professionals, art lovers, neighbors and friends view work, ask questions and engage with the artists.

How to Apply


Applications have ended for the 2015 residency.

Please check back in November for the 2016 application guidelines.

Here below are our general guidelines:

Our application process has been standardized to allow each artist to receive equal consideration and time by our review committee. We receive many applications and variances will delay or may eliminate your application from being considered in the year submitted. If you have any questions about the application process, please feel free to email these questions to

ELIGIBILITY: Application is open to visual artists from all over the world who have been professionally active for at least the past 3 years. We don't accept applications from artists currently enrolled in either a BFA or MFA. We accept applications from PhD students or from professional artists, with at least 3 years of experience, currently enrolled in a master degree other than in the Arts. Please note: having studied art is NOT a requirement: we accept applications from self-taught professional artists.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Please upload online the following 10 documents, not zipped, but individually uploaded, no more nor less than 10 items, so divided:

Item no. 1. Your Resume/Curriculum Vitae. Either PDF or Word Document. Please title this document with your lastname, firstname, resume, with no dots, commas or spacing. Example: jonesmaryresume.pdf or jonesmaryresume.doc.

Item no. 2. A Word document or PDF file of ONE PAGE ONLY with a description of the images or video you submitted. If you send more than one page only the first page will be reviewed. Please DO NOT use font size smaller than 11. Please title document: lastname, firstname, description, with no commas, dots, or spacing: Example: jonesmarydescription.doc or jonesmarydescriptions.pdf. Please prepare this document as a numbered list of the images with title, year, size and medium of work. If needed, a brief (2-3 sentences) description can be included. Please format captions as follows: Title, Media/Materials, Size in American Inches, or Feet, Year.


Item no. 3-10.
Eight (8) JPEG images, at 72 DPI resolution, file size 1 MB for each image. Images must be titled with your lastname, firstname, number, with no commas, dots, or spacing: Example: jonesmary1.jpg, jonesmary2.jpg. etcetera. Important: we can only accept jpegs. Please do not submit: Powerpoint presentations, PDF, TIFF, Gif or PSD files. If you do so your application will not be considered.



Item no. 3-5 Three (3) video or audio excerpts. The jury is only required to review one minute for each excerpt therefore it is your responsibility to indicate which minute you would like the jury to review. It is at the jury's discretion to whether review more than said minute. Formats accepted are: M4A, MP3, MOV. We review video documentation ONLY for artists whose work is time-based, interactive, web-based, kinetic, film, video, sound, and performance. If you work with installation, site-specific, painting, sculpture and/or drawing, please submit images.


a) ARTIST STATEMENT: When filing your online application form, you will be asked for a 100-word maximum statement about your work. This is a fundamental document for our jury to fully understand your practice. If you send a text longer than 100 words, only the first 100 words will be read to our jury.

b) Please provide the names, mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of two references and indicate your professional relationship to them.


IF YOU WORK IN A TEAM: please fill only one application. Only one person will be the contact person.

FELLOWSHIPS: Our fellowships ensure that artists from specific regions and/or dealing with specific issues are allotted a residency. If you are eligible for one of our fellowships your chances to be selected are greater. Please check our website in the Fellowship section for additional information.

Art Omi Alumni: In order to give as many artists as possible the chance for a residency at Art Omi, we ask that alumni do not apply for a return residency. We appreciate your spreading the word to artists who have not been to Art Omi yet.

Due to the very high volume of applications, we ask that you be certain that your application is complete. Incomplete applications cannot be processed, and unfortunately we are unable to notify applicants about the status of their application until after the selection has been made.

Good luck with your application!




Our fellowships ensure that artists from specific regions and/or dealing with specific issues are allotted a residency. Aside from the Greenburger and Art Unlimited fellowships (see below) you do not have to send any additional material to be considered for our fellowships. Applicants who fall into any of the categories below will be automatically considered for the fellowships.

For further clarifications send an email to

The following fellowships are available for 2014:

- 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 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 this document to Claudia Cannizzaro at

- 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.

If you intend to apply for this fellowship please notify Program Director Claudia Cannizzaro at

- The Antrev Habland Award

Fellowship for an artist living and working in Montreal, Canada. All candidates living in Montreal will automatically be considered for this fellowship.

- Adam Mickiewicz Institute

Fellowship for an artist living and working in Poland. All candidates living in Poland will automatically be considered for this fellowship.

- Prana Studios Award

Fellowship for an artist living and working in India. All candidates living in India will automatically be considered for this fellowship.

- The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation

Fellowship for a painter living and working in the United States. All painters living in the United State will automatically be considered for this 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 for an artist living and working in Kansas City. All applicants living in Kansas City will be automatically considered for this fellowship.

- ArteEast

Fellowship for an artist from the Middle East and the North African region. All candidates living in the Middle East or in the North African region will automatically be considered for this fellowship.



The International Artists Residency is a four-week residency program for visual artists in upstate New York. We provide artists with a studio, living quarters and meals at no cost.


The Residency takes place for four weeks in June July. We do not offer residency for visual artists at any other time of the year. Each year, a different critic-in-residence lives on campus with the artists; they lead discussions and make one-on-one studio visits.

In the evenings, after dinner, the group gathers for lectures, slide presentations and panel discussions.


Omi International Arts Center 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 Fields Sculpture Park.

A Federal Period farm house serves as a gathering center, providing a full kitchen, television room and library; while the front porch overlooks rolling hills and the majestic outline of the Catskill Range. A swimming pool, bicycles, WiFi access and several state of the art computers 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. The local library has a modest collection, but is a member of the Mid-Hudson group, calling on the resources of libraries within much of eastern New York.

Work spaces include: indoor and protected outdoor studio spaces, basic hand tools, preliminary welding equipment and three light-tight studios for projection work. The entire center is WiFi equipped. In addition, we provide two 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.

The Omi International Arts Center is a non-profit foundation supported entirely by private donations. We provide this experience at no cost to our residents. Funding comes from numerous sources, including interested individuals and institutions throughout the world who wish to contribute generally or sponsor the participation of an artist from their own nation.

Past Residents

View the 2012 catalog by clicking HERE.
View the 2013 catalog by clicking HERE.
View the 2014 catalog by clicking HERE.

View the full list of Art Omi Alumni HERE.


Adam Mickiewicz Institute*
Antrev Management*
Art Omi Australia Committee
Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City*
Francis Greenburger Fellowship on Mitigating Religious and Ethnic Conflict*
The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation*
Paradise Culture Foundation
Prana Studios*
Time Equities Inc.
Unlimit Art*

* Providing Fellowships


Omi's residency programs are made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts

Board of Directors


Elisabeth Akkerman*
Isabelle Autones
Koan-Jeff Baysa
Lawrence Benenson

Heather Bhandari
Holly Block
Isabelle Bosquet-Morra
Denise Carvalho
John Cross
Linda Cross
Tarik Currimbhoy
Kinga Czerska
Blaire Dessent
Dan Devine
Margaret Evangeline
Matt Felton
Phillip Gesue
Terri Gumula

Francis J. Greenburger
Fred Holland

Leslie Horvitz
Marc Kemeny
Jennie Lamensdorf
Elizabeth Masters
Dominique Nahas
Julianna Obeid
Odili Donald Odita
Sara Reisman

Kushal Sacheti
Anders Schroeder
Anita Sibony de Adelsberg
Katrín Sigurdardóttir
Franklin Sirmans
Sandi Slone
Gregory Volk
Lilly Wei
Ross Willows


Bill Botzow
Dan Cameron
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

Claudia Cannizzaro, 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: