Art Omi: Artists

2021 Artists-In-Residence

Esvin Alarcón Lam, Guatemala, Francis Greenburger Fellowship for Mitigating Ethnic and Religious Conflict
Paolo Arao, The Philippines/USA
Simone Bailey, USA, Unlimit Art Fellowship
Adam Basanta, Canada, Explore Habland Award
Rhea Dillon, UK
Irena Frantal, Croatia, Fellowship for an Artist Living and Working in Croatia
Kunlin He, China/USA
Woomin Kim, South Korea/USA
Gisela McDaniel, USA, The Milton and Sally Avery Art Foundation Fellowship
Antonio Mena Joya, El Salvador
Tyrone Mitchell, USA
Jose Morban, Dominican Republic
Przemek Pyszczek, Poland, Art Omi & Kunsthalle Praha for Visegrad Region Fellowship
Stephanie Snider, USA
Jillian Youngbird, USA, Charlotte St Foundation Fellowship

Click here to learn more about the 2021 artists-in-residence [including those selected and deferred due to Covid-19], Critic-in-Residence, and Critic Emerita.


Art Omi: Artists invites artists from around the world, representing a wide diversity of artistic styles and practices, to gather in rural New York each summer to experiment, collaborate and share ideas. Concentrated time for creative work is balanced with the stimulation of cultural exchange and critical appraisal.

The Art Omi: Artists program nurtures deep creative and professional connections in a vibrant, social residency. Artists are provided with a private studio, shared living quarters, and meals at no cost, but are responsible for material expenses. Each session, a distinguished critic/curator is invited to participate as Critic Emeritus, who leads discussions and makes individual studio visits. In addition, Art Omi solicits applications from Critics, Curators, and Art Writers from any country in the world to apply each summer and be in residency along with the Artists and Critic Emeritus.

Art Omi: Artists welcomes artists from all over the world who have been professionally active for at least the past 3 years. Disciplines include visual arts, sound art, performance, and social practice. Having studied art is not a requirement: we accept applications from self-taught professional artists. Applications for the summer residency are accepted each year Aug 15-Oct 15.

The Visitors Program enables residents to have conversations with visiting art critics, curators, gallerists and prominent artists. Direct engagement with the New York City art world is unmatched by similar residency programs.

Art Omi's Monotype Project offers artists-in-residence an opportunity to work with master printers over the course of two weeks. Together they create beautifully printed monotypes of the highest quality through collaborative efforts between artist and printer.

Available Sponsorships

Our Sponsorships ensure that artists from specific regions and/or dealing with specific issues are allotted a travel grant, a stipend for material, in addition to participation in the residency. When submitting an application, you will be asked if you are eligible for any of our Sponsorships. You will be asked to submit evidence for each and any sponsorship you declare to be eligible for. (Note that you can still apply for an Art Omi Fellowship for our residency program even if you are not eligible for any of the following sponsorships:)

American Dream Sponsorship
Sponsorship for an artist from any country in the world who has never been to the United States.

Art Omi Sponsorship for a BIPOC Woman
This sponsorship guarantees an opportunity for a BIPOC woman to join the Art Omi: Artists international residency cohort.

Art Omi Sponsorship for a US based BIPOC artist
This sponsorship guarantees an opportunity for a BIPOC US-based artist to join the Art Omi: Artists international residency cohort.

Art Omi & Kunsthalle Praha Fellowship for the Visegrad Region
This sponsorship is for one artist living and working in either the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland or Slovakia. Proof of residency in any of these countries required.

Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship
Sponsorship for a Charlotte Street Foundation's artist living and working in Kansas City. Please contact the Charlotte Street Foundation for more information.

The Eremuak Fellowship at Art Omi
Sponsorship for an artist living and working in the Basque region of Spain. Proof of residency required.

Explore Habland Award
Sponsorship for an artist living and working in Montreal, Canada. Artists must provide a physical mailing address in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and be available for a studio visit upon reception of the fellowship.

Fellowship for an Artist Living and Working in Croatia
Sponsorship for a Croatia-based artist. Artists must provide a physical address in Croatia and be available for a studio visit upon reception of the fellowship. Proof of residency required.

Francis Greenburger Fellowship on Mitigating Religious and Ethnic Conflict
Sponsorship only for an artist whose work relates to managing and/or mitigating religious and ethnic conflict. Work made at Art Omi must be in direct relation to this area. If you intend to apply for this sponsorship please submit a one page statement explaining how your work fits in this category. Please email your statement to Claudia Cannizzaro, Director, Art Omi: Artists at

The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation Fellowship
Sponsorship for an artist living and working in the United States. All United States based artists will automatically be considered for this fellowship.

Unlimit Art Sponsorship
Sponsorship for an artist with disabilities. Eligible candidates must have a permanent disability as described on 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 sponsorship please notify Claudia Cannizzaro, Director, Art Omi: Artists at, letting her know details of your disability.

For further clarifications on our sponsorship and fellowship opportunities, please send an email to Claudia Cannizzaro, Director, Art Omi: Artists at

Accommodations & Facilities

Art Omi 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 Sculpture & Architecture Park.

A Federal Period farmhouse 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, and 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.

Work spaces include: indoor and protected outdoor studio spaces, a kiln, a printmaking shop, basic hand tools, and equipment. The entire center is WiFi equipped. In addition, we provide computers with internet access and black & white printers. Weekly trips to suppliers are provided. Professional color photography labs are located in nearby Albany. Bikes are available for residents to explore the surrounding area.

How to Apply

We accept applications from artists and critics/curators for next
year’s residency from Aug 15 to October 15.

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Click here to view our Residency FAQ page.

Past Residents

2020 Alumni Residency
2020 Deferred to 2021 due to Covid-19 pandemic.

Click here to view the Art Omi alumni searchable database, including the full list of Art Omi: Artists alumni.

Program 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:

Program Board

  • Elisabeth Akkerman*
  • Isabelle Autones
  • Koan-Jeff Baysa
  • Lawrence Benenson
  • Heather Bhandari
  • Holly Block*
  • Isabelle Bosquet-Morra
  • Victoire Bourgois
  • Denise Carvalho
  • Linda Cross
  • Tarik Currimbhoy
  • Kinga Czerska
  • Blaire Dessent
  • Dan Devine
  • Margaret Evangeline
  • Branko Franceschi
  • Terri Gumula
  • Francis J. Greenburger
  • Fred Holland*
  • Leslie Horvitz
  • Monica Herman
  • Ai Kato
  • Marc Kemeny
  • Charlotta Kotik
  • Jennie Lamensdorf
  • Elizabeth Masters
  • Dominique Nahas
  • Julianna Obeid
  • Odili Donald Odita
  • Larry Ossei-Mensah
  • Sara Reisman
  • Kushal Sacheti
  • Anders Schroeder
  • Anita Sibony de Adelsberg
  • Katrín Sigurdardóttir
  • Franklin Sirmans
  • Sandi Slone
  • Gregory Volk
  • Lilly Wei
  • Ross Willows

Advisory Board

  • 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

Program Sponsors

*Providing Fellowships

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