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

Translation Lab is now accepting proposals for 2016. Click here to apply.
Residency Dates: November 9 - 20, 2016
Application Deadline:
July 15, 2016

Writers Omi is now accepting applications for the 2017 season. Click here to apply.
Residency Dates: 
Spring: March 24 - June 2 | Fall: September 8 - November 3
Application Deadline: 
October 20, 2016


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

Frances Goodman

Art Omi 2014, South Africa

Frances Goodman will be showing Rapaciously Yours at Richard Taittinger Gallery, her first major solo exhibition of works in the United States. There will be an opening reception on February 26th, and the exhibition will be on view through April 26th, 2016. For more info click here.

Jeffrey Lependorf & Katie Down

Music Omi Director & Music Omi 2004, USA

The NewBorn Trio (Jeffrey Lependorf, Katie Down and Miguel Frasconi) will perform a live, original score to accompany a theater piece adapted from Haruki Murakami's short story Sleep (Nemuri) at the Japan Society. For more info and to buy tickets, click here.

Tirzo Martha

Art Omi 2015, Curaçao

Curaçao meets Rotterdam! Kunsthal Rotterdam celebrates the tenth anniversary of Instituto Buena Bista (IBB), a preliminary training institute and venue for contemporary art on Curaçao, with a summer exhibition and workshop for promising young artists. Tirzo Martha and David Bade will be leading summer workshops for teens and young adults who wish to persue a career in the arts. For more information, click here.

Mirna Bamieh

Art Omi 2015, Palestine/Lebanon

Mirna Bamieh is exhibiting Afterwardsness at the Palestinian Art Court - Al Hoash (Zahara Street 7. Jerusalem), with an opening reception on Thursday, January 28th at 6 PM. This exhibition is on view through February 22nd. For more information about this exhibition, click here.

Cui Fei

Art Omi 2011, China

Cui Fei's exhibition, The Journey of Transformation, will be on view at the West 10th Window exhibition space with Time Equities Inc. Art-in-Buildings program. Read an in-depth interview with the artist here, and learn more about her work here.

Gabrielle Revlock & Aleksandr Frolov

Dance Omi 2014, USA & Russia

Gabrielle Revlock and Aleksandr Frolov met during Dance Omi 2014, where they began collaborating on Show No Show. Now, they bring the performance to venues elsewhere, including FringeArts in Philadelphia from March 24 - 26. The duo will also return to Omi to perform, on Saturday April 2nd. Click here to learn more. 

Howardena Pindell

Art Omi 2014, USA

Howardena Pindell will be showing work in group exhibition Blue&Black: African Rainbow, which underscores the aesthetic and narrative agencies of the African diaspoa. This exhibition will be on view at the Mechanical Hall Gallery at the University of Delaware from Feb. 10 - May 15. For more information, click here.

Malik Sajad

Art Omi 2013, Kashmir

Malik Sajad's graphic novel, Munnu: A Boy From Kashmir is one of the final shortlist of titles for Verve Magazine's book award Verve Storyteller. To choose your favorite book of 2015, you can vote here. Click here to learn more and purchase Sajad's graphic novel.

Mel Kendrick

The Fields Sculpture Park 2012, USA

Mel Kendrick will be showing work in a three-person group exhibition titled Sculptural Drawings, at the Anders Wahlstedt Fine Art Gallery in NYC. This exhibition will be on view from January 28 - March 19, 2016. For more information, click here.

Janet Echelman

Art Omi 1998, USA

Janet Echelman will be exhibiting her work, 1.8 London at Lumiere London, the largest light festival in the capital. Strung between buildings at Oxford Circus, this enormous net sculpture is named after one of the astonishing impacts of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011. For four evenings in January (14th - 17th), a host of international artists will illuminate the city with large-scale and interactive works from 6:30PM - 10:30 PM each evening. For more information on this event, click here.

Dread Scott

Art Omi 2010, USA

Dread Scott has completed an artist's book of his research/archive into slavery titled Fragments of the Peculiar Institution. The archive was presented at Critical Practices Inc. this past summer, and they have published the images along with a narrative walk-through of the archive. Click here to learn more and order from the publisher, or attend the book signing at Rush Arts Gallery (526 W 26th St #311) on January 13th, 2016 to pick up a copy. 

Steed Taylor

Art Omi 2011, USA

Steed Taylor has curated a two-part group exhibition titled LGBTQ Survival Guide, which takes place both at the LGBT Center in NYC and online here. From researching the LGBT Community Center National History Archive, groups of strategies used by LGBT people to survive and prosper in this difficult world became apparent, and are the basis for this exhibition. This exhibition will open on January 27, with a reception at 6:30 PM, and will remain on view through April 30, 2016. To learn more, click here.

Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez

Art Omi 2010, USA

Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez is exhibiting Travelers and Settlers at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney, Nebraska. This exhibition will be on view from January 9 - April 3, with an artist talk and reception on January 9th at 1:30 PM. Works by Friedemann-Sánchez reflect her upbringing in Colombia, and eventual migration to the US as an adult. Her works are "visual expressions of that syncretism that has taken place since the conquest of the Americas, and that gets replicated in the migration experience". For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Dana Sherwood

Art Omi 2011, USA

Dana Sherwood will be exhibiting her first solo show in NYC titled Crossing the Wild Line, with an opening this Saturday January 10th, at 6PM at Denny Gallery. This exhibition will be on view from January 10th through February 21st, 2016. To RSVP to the opening reception, click here. For more info on the exhibition, click here.

Agathe de Bailliencourt

Art Omi 2012, France/Germany

Agathe de Bailliencourt is exhibiting a Private View of new works at Blain Southern in London. This exhibition will be on view from December 4 - January 23, 2016, with an opening on December 4th from 6 - 8 PM. For more information on this solo exhibition, click here.

Zohra Opoku

Art Omi 2012, Ghana/Germany

Zohra Opoku is exhibiting screen prints with group show BUT HE DOESN'T HAVE ANYTHING ON! in Cape Town running from November 26th 2015 until January 21st 2016. For more information on this work, click here.

William Corwin

Art Omi 2013, USA

William Corwin recently curated a group exhibition titled Cyborg at Zürcher Gallery in NYC (33 Bleeker Street, NY, NY). This exhibition opened on November 30th, and will be on view until December 30th. For more information on this show, click here.

Nisrine Boukhari

Art Omi 2010, Syria

Nisrine Boukhari is exhibiting Wanderism is a State of Mind at Bildmuseet in Sweden from November 22nd 2015 through February 14, 2016. Boukhari's work is inspired by theories about how geographical environments affect people's emotions and behavior. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Vanessa Blakeslee

Writers Omi 2013, USA

Vanessa Blakeslee's Train Shots: Stories was published by Burrow Press in 2014 and received the Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) Gold Medal in Short Fiction for 2014. Train Shots was optioned for a feature film by HBK Productions, New York, NY and is available as an audiobook. More recently, Blakeslee's debut novel, Juventud, was released in October, 2015 as a trade paperback original by Curbside Splendor Publishing, an independent publisher in Chicago. Click here to read a review of Juventud in Publisher's Weekly.


Nicole Awai

Art Omi 2004, USA/Trinidad

Nicole Awai has been appointed to the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. Awai joins the department as an Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing. Awai has also been listed as one of "10 Caribbean Artists You Should Know" for her multimedia work. Click here to read more.

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.

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.

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.

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