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

Caroline Rothwell
Art Omi 2014, UK/Australia
Caroline Rothwell is showing work in a group exhibition titled Antipodes Cut Apart shown at The Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge. Exhibition opens June 21, on view through September 25, 2016.

Jillian Mayer
Art Omi 2015, USA
Jillian Mayer is exhibiting in several solo and group shows, ongoing and upcoming throughout North America. These include DAY OFF at David Castillo Gallery in Miami (opens with a reception on April 14th at 7PM, on view through May 31), Strangers in Paradise (With Carolyn Janssen) at ArtSpace in Raleigh, NC (on view through May 7), Self Proliferation at The Girls Club Collection in Ft. Lauderdale, FL (on view through September), Heterotopias at Centro de Cultura Digital in Mexico City (opens June 1- Aug 2, 2016), and more. Click here to read more about Mayer's VR-Inspired Guided Pool Meditation she held in Miami.

Margaret Evangeline
Art Omi 1999, USA
Margaret Evangeline has recently been profiled in an article by author Jacqueline Bishop for the Huffington Post. Click here to read the piece an learn more about the artist.

Sandi Slone
Art Omi 1992 & Founding Board Member, USA
Sandi Slone will be participating in a group exhibition titled Drishti: A Concentrated Gaze, located at 1285 Avenue of the Americas Gallery and NUTUREart. This exhibition is on view from April 11 - July 1st, and gallery hours are M-F 8PM - 6PM. Click here to learn more.

Shahar Marcus
Art Omi 2010, Israel
Shahar Marcus has several exhibitions currently on view, Artificial Island at Galeria Labirynt in Lublin, Poland (through May 15, pictured left), The Fathers Have Eaten Sour Grapes at Torrence Museum of Art in LA, USA (through May 28th), and Berlin Case at the APT Art Gallery in Yekaterinburg, Russia (through June 26th).

Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez
Art Omi 2010, Colombia/USA
Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez will be showing a solo exhibition Travelers and Settlers at Black & White Gallery/Project Space. The installation consists of paintings, sculptures, objects and mixed media that together and in different voices weave a synchronicity of dialogues, passages, punctuations, silences about hybridity and cultural ownership. This exhibition is on view from April 15th - May 27th, with an opening reception on April 15th from 6-9PM. For more information, click here.

Morgan O'Hara
Art Omi 2008, USA
Morgan O'Hara will be showing a solo exhibition titled Time/Space/Movement at the Tenri Institute in Manhattan, curated by Mitchell Algus. This exhibition will be on view from April 21st through May 3rd, with an opening reception on April 21st from 6-8PM. For more information about the Tenri Institute, click here.

Bahar Behbahani
Art Omi 2013, Iran/USA
Bahar Behbahani is exhibiting in MARKING 2: Drawings by Contemporary Artists from Asia taking place on Thursday, March 10, 6 - 8pm, at Art Projects International, located at 434 Greenwich Street, New York, NY. On view through April 30, 2016, the exhibition includes 3 drawings from Behbahani's recent Persian Gardens series. For more info, click here.

Nandita Kumar
Art Omi 2010, India
Nandita Kumar will be exhibiting The Quintessential Machine at Galerie Felix Frachon, 5, Rue St Georges / St-Joristraat, 1050 Brussels, Belgium. This exhibition will be on view through April 30th, 2016. For more info, click here.

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.

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.

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.

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. Click here to learn more and purchase Sajad's graphic novel.

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.

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.

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