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

Dance Omi is now accepting applications for the 2015 Residency

Residency Dates: August 11 - 31, 2015
Application Deadline: February 1, 2015
Results Announced: April 1, 2015

For more information and to begin your application, click HERE.

Music Omi is now accepting applications for the 2015 Residency

Residency Dates: Thursday, July 23 - Sunday, August 9, 2015
Application Deadline: February 1, 2015 (Midnight EST)
Results Announced: April 1, 2015.

For more information and to begin your application, click HERE.


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

Wilfrido Terrazas, Chuck Ver Straeten, Jeffrey Lependorf (Director of Music Omi), and Stephanie Griffin

Music Omi 2014, Mexico, USA, USA, Canada/USA

Wilfrido Terrazas (flute), Chuck Ver Straeten (voice), Jeffrey Lependorf (shakuhachi), Stephanie Griffin (viola), and Andrew Drury (percussion) will present a full program of collective compositions and improvisations on February 2nd. Terrazas, Straeten, Griffin and Music Omi Director Jeffrey Lependorf met and collaborated this past summer at our Music Omi residency. This concert will be held at Immersive Gallery (132 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY) at 8 PM, tickets are $10 at the door.

Bodo Korsig

Art Omi 2005, Germany

Bodo Korsig presents NO REGRETS, at Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels in Vienna, Germany. The opening reception is on Thursday, January 29th 2015 at 7 PM. The exhibition runs from January 30th through March 7th 2015. For more information, please click here

Kakyoung Lee

Art Omi 2012, South Korea/USA

Omi is proud to announce that Kakyoung Lee has been awarded a Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in Printmaking/Drawing/Artist Books for the year of 2014. For a full list of recipients and details of the award, click here

Juliana Irene Smith

Art Omi 2011, USA/Switzerland

Juliana Irene Smith is the founder of an artists run project space, ALMA MATER in Woodstock, Cape Town. This space will be open for a group of selected artists to collaborate and experiment starting February 11th and running through June 30th, 2015. The space will be open to the public every Wednesday from 5 - 10 PM, and the launch party for she's not your mother will begin on Wednesday, February 11th at 5 PM. There will also be a second semester of artists collaborating that will run from September through December. For more information, please click here

Tamara Dean

Art Omi 2013, Australia

Tamara Dean presents an invitation to Here and Now, taking place in an undisclosed location in Sydney, Australia. The opening is on February 4th from 6 - 8 PM, and will be open to the public on February 5th and 7th. For more information on this exhibition, please click here

Juan Ford

Art Omi 2011, Australia

Juan Ford will be exhibiting his painting The Messenger in a group show at Sullivan & Strumpf in Sydney, which will open January 31st and run through February 21st. For more information on this exhibition, click here.

Mrugen Rathod

Art Omi 2012, India

Mrugen Rathod's project शोर (Shore): Creating conscious models for the arts in the state of Odisha was chosen by a jury of artists for the Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art to receive the Public Art Grant for the year of 2015-2016. This project creates a public dialogue about topics such as environmental degradation, local knowledge systems, and the state of the arts, in Odisha. For more information, click here

Isidro Blasco & Dannielle Tegeder

Art Omi 2001 & 2002, USA/Spain & USA


Isidro Blasco and Dannielle Tegeder are participating in a group exhibition entitled Translated Cities, which will be open from Thursday, January 22 through Saturday, February 14 at Shirin Gallery NY. The opening reception is on Thursday January 22 from 6 PM to 8 PM. For more information please click here

Margaret Evangeline

Art Omi 1999, USA


Margaret Evangline has been showcased as an editor's pick in 1stDibs' Introspective monthly arts & culture section, in which the article delves into Evangeline's life and practice, revealing never-before-seen work as well as studio portraits. In addition, Evangline will be participating in group show Group Matrix at STUX + HALLER in NYC, which will end on February 14th. For more information, click here

Dread Scott

Art Omi 2011, USA


Dread Scott created this piece entitled Sign for the Times, which has been a window display at Revolutionary Books in Chelsea since 1999. Due to the recent nationwide demonstrations against police murders of unarmed youth of color, this artwork has been the subject and target of vandalism and theft. Revolutionary Books wholeheartedly supports the display of this artwork, and is calling for community support by asking that others display this work by Scott themselves (available on their site). For more information, please click here.

Kensaku Shinohara

Dance Omi 2014, Japan/USA

Kensaku Shinohara has been selected to participate in this year's Yokohama Dance Collection EX on February 7th, 2015 at Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse in Japan. Shinohara and fellow Dance Omi 2014 alum Gabrielle Revlock will present playtime, which is a structured improvisation where different choreographers take turns directing a cast of dancers, musicians and visual artists. They are currently raising money to help fund their travels & expenses. You can support their efforts here on their crowdfunding page.

Xaviera Simmons

Art Omi 2008, USA

Xaviera Simmons has been awarded a $35,000 grant by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts in the Visual Arts category. For the complete list of award winners, click here

Katrin Sigurdardottir

Art Omi 2003, Iceland/USA

Katrin Sigurdardottir's project Supra Terram has been awarded the Visual Arts prize by Creative Capital, which will provide funding for this project as well as professional resources and services. This proposed project is a large-scale installation in which a cave-like structure intersects a building on two levels, redefining the architecture of the building with its volume. For more information on Sigurdardottir's project, click here.

Jochen Höller

Art Omi 2014, Austria

Jochen Höller exhibits Geld at Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Gallery in Vienna, Austria. The exhibition is on view from January 15th through February 14th 2015. For more information, click here.

Shawne Major

Art Omi 2009, USA

Shawne Major presents solo exhibition Collective Memory: Works by Shawne Major shown at Callan Contemporary Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana. This exhibition is on view from January 1st through the 31st of 2015. Please click here for more information.

Azadeh Tajpour

Art Omi 2011, Iran/USA

Azadeh Tajpour has been awarded the 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship in Painting. She has also recently exhibited at a group show of the MCC Artist Fellows at the New Art Center (Newton, MA) in November. For more information, click here.

Nadia Davids

Writers Omi 2012, South Africa

Nadia Davids is one of three authors to be chosen for this year's shortlist by Etisalat Nigeria. Nadia wrote this book during her stay at  Ledig House with the Writers Omi residency in 2012. For more information, please click here.

Margaret Evangeline

Art Omi 1999, USA

The gold plated barbed wire sculpture Perimeter, 2014, now visible along the High Line Path at 20th Street, is the first in a series of guerilla installations the artist will be performing around New York City. Visit Evangeline's website here.

Blue Curry

Art Omi 2012, Bahamas/UK

Blue Curry's solo exhibition Souvenir at Vitrine Gallery in London closes on November 15th, 2014. The artist also presents his large scale public installation in the streets of Kingston, as part of the Jamaica Biennial. This exhibition opens December 6th and runs through through March 15th 2015. For more information about the Jamaica Biennial, click here.