Art Omi: Artists
Open Call for Applications: August 15 - October 15, 2021
2022 Residency Dates: Thursday Jun 23 - Monday Jul 18, 2022
The application period for the 2023 Art Omi: Artists residency will be announced in summer 2022.
Art Omi: Artists invites artists, critics, and curators from around the world - representing a wide diversity of artistic styles and practices - to gather in rural New York to experiment, collaborate, and share ideas. Concentrated time for creative work is balanced with the stimulation of cultural exchange and critical appraisal. Art Omi: Artists Residency nurtures deep creative and professional connections in a vibrant social setting.
Each session, two dozen international artists are invited to the program, along with two critics/curators who participate as Critic Emeritus and Critic/Curator-In-Residence. These two individuals play a pivotal role in the residency as they facilitate discussions, help connect the artists with art world professionals through the Visitors Program, and conduct individual studio visits with the 23 artists in residence throughout the duration of the residency session.
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.
Art Omi sponsorships ensure that artists from specific identity and citizenship groups are represented in the residency cohort. All sponsorships include a $500 stipend, and some cover travel expenses as noted below. When submitting an application, you will be asked if you are eligible for any of our Sponsorships. Those applying for sponsorships may be asked to submit evidence of eligibility where applicable. Please note that the Art Omi Sponsorship opportunity is open to any applicants, regardless of identity or citizenship.
American Dream Sponsorship
Sponsorship for an artist from any country in the world who has never been to the United States. It includes a travel grant and a $500 stipend.
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. It includes a travel grant and a $500 stipend.
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. It includes a $500 stipend.
The Eremuak Fellowship at Art Omi
Sponsorship for an artist living and working in the Basque region of Spain. Proof of residency required. It includes a $500 stipend.
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. It includes a $500 stipend.
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. It includes a travel grant and a $500 stipend.
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. It includes a travel grant and a $500 stipend.
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. It includes a travel grant and a $500 stipend.
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.
It includes a $500 stipend. For further clarifications on our sponsorship and fellowship opportunities, please send an email to Claudia Cannizzaro, Director, Art Omi: Artists at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Critic/Curator-in-Residence opportunity is open to critics, curators and art writers, who have been professionally active for the past 5 years, as demonstrated in their resumes and through their website, blogs or published articles and reviews, and who enjoy being immersed in an artists community.
Both Critics/Curators-in-Residence help to host the artists and visitors, and are asked to contribute to an overall sense of community for the 3 ½ week program. Through the facilitation provided by the Critic/Curator-in-Residence, Artists-in-Residence gain valuable insight into their own work and the field at large. Critics/Curators-in-Residence have an unmatched opportunity to meet and interact with highly talented artists from around the world, and to network with other arts professionals through the Visitors Program. Critic-in-Residence for 2022 is Regine Basha; Critic-Emerita for 2022 is Sylvie Fortin. Click here to read more.
Art Omi offers the Critic/Curator-in-Residence a travel grant and a $1,500 honorarium. Critics/Curators are provided with meals and a large private bedroom with a comfortable work space in shared living quarters.
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 printing press, basic hand tools, and equipment. The entire center is WiFi equipped. In addition, we provide computers with internet access and black & white printers. Professional color photography labs are located in nearby Albany. Bikes are available for residents to explore the surrounding area.
How to Apply
All Art Omi: Artists residency applications must be submitted through Art Omi's Submittable portal. No other applications will be considered. Click here to apply.
Open Call for Applications for Artists and Curators / Critics: August 15 - October 15, 2021
2022 Residency Dates: Thursday, June 23 - Monday, July 18, 2022
Application Requirements: Bio, CV, brief artist statement, 8 images or 3 video excerpts, 2 references (no letters of recommendation required). Alumni of the program are not eligible for a second residency.
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: www.akrai.org.
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