Frequently Asked Questions
What is the length and cohort size of each residency?
Each residency timeframe is fixed. All residents are required to commit to the full duration of the specified residency period.
Art Omi: Architecture: Two weeks, February - March, 10 residents
Art Omi: Artists: Approximately one month, June - July, 30 residents
Art Omi: Dance: Three weeks, July, 10 residents
Art Omi: Music: Two and a half weeks, August, 12 residents
Art Omi: Writers: Two weeks to one month (varies per person), spring session March - June & fall session September - November, approximately 10-13 residents at a time
Can you help me with the visa process?
We can help answer questions if you need to obtain a visa. It is highly recommended that you begin this process as soon as you can, as there are often delays. If you need a letter of participation for your visa application, please e-mail the Residency Manager.
What kind of experience can I expect?
In general, all of Art Omi's residency programs have a communal orientation. Sharing ideas, creative space, and meals comprises a major part of the Art Omi residency experience. Residents should expect to reside on campus throughout the duration of their residency, and to attend nightly dinners with the rest of their cohort. Some relevant, offsite field trips may be organized by staff; participation is encouraged, but optional. Each residency has at least one public event, which invites the public to observe the creative process at work, and work produced while in residency here. Click here to read about past events.
How can I plan my arrival to Art Omi? Can I bring my car?
For most international residents: fly to New York City (JFK or LaGuardia Airports), and then take an Amtrak train to Hudson, New York. We will pick you up at the train station in Hudson, New York.
Residents are welcome to park a car at Art Omi throughout the duration of their residency. Driving directions can be found here.
Each residency director will inform residents of specific arrival and departure dates well in advance of the residency period. Please note that Art Omi is located in a rural location, without access to public transportation.
What does Art Omi provide?
Art Omi provides accommodations, meals, and campus-wide high-speed wi-fi throughout the duration of all residencies. In addition, residents share a fully-equipped kitchen, on-site laundry facilities, a library, and a basic computer (internet access only, no software use) in the library.
Art Omi does not provide personal laptops or electronic devices, or art materials.
Are the studios and living space accessible for persons with disabilities?
Yes. Art Omi has several bedrooms, bathrooms, and studio spaces that are accessible. We aim to create accessibility for all, and welcome contact with applicants as early in the process as possible to ensure we are prepared to meet the needs of any prospective residents. Contact Residency Manager Cassandra Massa with any questions.
What should I bring?
Personal items: Any medication, toiletries, weather-appropriate clothing, and supplies needed during the residency. There are scheduled shopping trips to specialized stores that residents may join as needed. We have a phone for residents to make local calls; Skype and other VOIP are recommended for international calls, otherwise residents must purchase a phone card.
Materials and supplies: Art Omi does not provide art materials, or instruments for sole individual use, (though we do have some keyboards, pianos, and percussion instruments available to share for Art Omi: Music). Residents must bring or arrange to purchase while in residence all supplies required during their stay. It is recommended that residents bring a laptop if regular computer use is desired; however there is a shared computer and printer available on campus for occasional use located in the library.
Money: Residents traveling from another country should convert currency to US dollars before arriving at Art Omi, as it is very difficult to do so in the immediate area.
Equipment and tools: Art Omi has a limited number of tools. We have a chopsaw, table saw, grinders, sanders, a drill press, compressor, a generator and hand tools. We do not provide nails, screws or other consumable items.
Can I send mail to/from Art Omi?
Regular mail is delivered to Art Omi daily, except Sundays. Purchase of stamps and mailing of packages can be taken care of at the Ghent Post Office. Regular service to Art Omi by Federal Express, Airborne Express, UPS, etc., is available, including overnight service. If you intend to receive mail or packages, your mailing address while at the Art Omi is:
c/o Art Omi
59 Letter S Road
Ghent, New York 12075
What's the weather like?
In the fall and winter it does get very cold (20° - 40° F / 1° - 6° C) , and snow is common. Residency dates from November - March will require warm and durable clothing (winter jacket & boots). In the spring from April - June, residents should prepare for mild, wet weather (55° -77° F / 13° - 27° C). June - August are often hot (65° - 85° F / 25° - 20° C) , so light clothing is recommended. September and October can be both hot or cool, and so having both light and heavier layers is key!
May I smoke?
There is no smoking or vaping allowed inside any of the buildings at Art Omi. Residents are welcome to smoke outdoors. Please respect the property by using ashtrays to dispose of cigarette butts.
Can my spouse/family come with me to the residency? Can I invite guests to stay with me during the residency?
Residents are not permitted overnight visitors at Art Omi, including spouses and other family members. Personal visitors are welcome on a limited basis according to the guidelines of the particular program. We are happy to suggest hotels for your guests.
Can I bring my pet with me?
No, we love pets but please leave them at home. If you have a condition that requires the aid of a service animal, please contact Residency Manager Cassandra Massa.
Do I need to buy my own food?
No. Art Omi provides all meals. Residents do not need to buy your own food unless there is something unusual required. After a residents are selected, they are provided the the opportunity to inform Art Omi staff of any dietary restrictions so that accommodations will be arranged. All dinners are prepared by a talented local chef, and consumed as a group. Depending on the structure specific to the program, breakfast and lunch is either catered, or prepared independently from a stocked, fully-equipped shared kitchen.
How do I get around campus?
Art Omi has bicycles that residents can use from March - November. It's easy to get everywhere on campus on foot—most things are about a 10 minutes walk at most.
What is there to do in the surrounding areas?
Art Omi is located between Chatham, NY and Hudson, NY. Taxi service is available to and from Art Omi with varied fares. Both of these towns have several bars and breweries, restaurants, coffee shops, libraries, movie theaters, and shopping. In addition, Columbia County is a wealth of natural beauty; there are several land conservation areas with hiking and nature trails, accessible year-round.
What is your drug and alcohol policy?
It is the policy of the Art Omi, and the law, to be a drug-free environment. We also ask that residents consume alcohol responsibly.
Statement of non-discrimination:
Art Omi is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, physical ability or disability. Art Omi will not tolerate any behavior that has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Our aim is to create a vibrant and safe creative sanctuary, and strive to provide an environment that accommodates artists from a multiplicity of backgrounds and circumstances.
To read a web version of the Art Omi Residency Manual, click here. A printed copy is available for each resident upon arrival at Art Omi.
If you have questions not addressed above, please contact Residency Manager Cassandra Massa.