Art Omi

About Art Omi

Art Omi invites artists from every continent, representing a wide diversity of artistic styles and practices, 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 whose work is interdisciplinary should read the descriptions of each of our residency programs to decide which one fits their 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. 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.

The first week of the residency, artists have the opportunity to work with a master printmaker to produce an edition of monotypes. High quality material is provided.

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

2015 Art Omi Residents

2015 Art Omi Residents
To see full biographies click here.

Bernard Akoi-Jackson, Ghana

Olavo Amado, São Tomé & Príncipe
Nico Angiuli, Italy, Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art
Jamil Baloch, Pakistan
Mirna Bamieh, Palestine/Lebanon, ArteEast Fellowship
Ben and Sebastian, UK/Denmark/Germany
Sonam Dolma Brauen, Tibet/Switzerland, Francis Greenburger Fellowship for Mitigating Ethnic

and Religious Conflict

Yoav Brill, Israel

Claus Brunsmann, Germany
Krishnaraj Chonat, India
Justin Cooper, USA
Marlon Portales Cusett, Cuba
Charles Goldman, USA
Claire Harvey, United Kingdom/The Netherlands
Carlos Huffmann, Argentina
Cory Imig, USA, Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship
George Jenne, USA
Anna Kubelik, Switzerland/Germany
Gwenessa Lam, Canada

Sam Leach, Australia, Art Omi Australia Committee Fellowship
Tirzo Martha, Curacao
Jillian Mayer, USA, Cecily Brown Fellowship
Carmen Papalia, Canada, Unlimit Art Fellowship
Alexia Pedal, Peru/Germany
John Player, Canada, Antrev Habland Award
Peyman Shafieezadeh, Iran
Kamila Szejnoch, Poland, Fellowship for Artistic Excellence
Leila Tschopp, Argentina
Zhang Xinjun, China

The Critic-In-Residence for 2015 is Sylvie Fortin and the Critic Emeritus is Gregory Volk. Click here to read their bios.

Past Residents

View the 2012 catalog..
View the 2013 catalog.
View the 2014 catalog.

View the full list of Art Omi Alumni.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted online November 1 to 30 for the 2016 summer residency session.
Residency Dates are Thursday June 16 to Tuesday July 12, 2016

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 us these questions.

ELIGIBILITY: Application is open to artists from all over the world who have been professionally active for at least the past 3 years. Disciplines included: all practices that are labeled visual arts, sound art, performance, social practice. If you work in a category not listed here please contact us to see which of our residency programs is your best fit.

We don't accept applications from artists currently enrolled in either a BFA or MFA. We accept applications, however, from PhD students or from professional artists, with at least 3 years of professional 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, videos or sound files 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 and/or audio 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 2015:

- American Dream Fellowship
Fellowship for an artist from any country in the world who has never been to the United States. If you intend to apply for this fellowship, please notify 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.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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

- 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.

- 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


Antrev Management*
Art Omi Australia Committee
Charlotte Street Foundation, Kansas City*
Dena Foundation for Contemporary Art
Francis Greenburger Fellowship on Mitigating Religious and Ethnic Conflict*
Golden Rule Foundation*

The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation*
Time Equities Inc.
Unlimit Art*

* Providing Fellowships


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


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, 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. 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, a kiln, a printmaking shop, basic hand tools, preliminary welding equipment 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.

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.

Board of Directors


Elisabeth Akkerman*
Isabelle Autones
Koan-Jeff Baysa
Lawrence Benenson

Heather Bhandari
Holly Block
Isabelle Bosquet-Morra
Denise Carvalho
Linda Cross
Tarik Currimbhoy
Kinga Czerska
Blaire Dessent
Dan Devine
Margaret Evangeline
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
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

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:

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