Art Omi: Artists
Our Call to Artists is open every year August 15 - October 15
All applicants are notified the following February
The Artists residency program only runs once a year, in June/July.
About Art Omi: Artists
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 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 sponsorships ensure that artists from specific 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.
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.
Francis Greenburger Fellowship on Mitigating Religious and Ethnic Conflict
Sponsorship 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.
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.
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. Each summer we run an Open Call for the Critic in Residence role. The 2023 call is now closed. Please sign up to our mailing list to be notified of the next application cycle.
Accommodations & Facilities
Art Omi is located in the countryside two and a half hours north of New York City in the historic Hudson River Valley. Named for a neighboring village, Art Omi is a fifteen minute drive to the small town of Ghent, and to Hudson, while the city of Albany is 40 minutes away. NYC is a 2 hour train ride from Hudson. Note there is no public transportation available from the residency campus.
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. Art Omi provides all meals.
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.
Work spaces include: indoor and protected outdoor studio spaces, a kiln, basic hand tools, and some equipment. The entire center is WiFi equipped. In addition, we provide a shared computer with internet access and a couple of black & white printers. Professional color photography labs are located in nearby Ghent. Bikes are available for residents to explore the surrounding area.
Claudia Cannizzaro is an arts administrator with over twenty years of experience working in not-for-profit organizations. She was born in Sicily during The Years of Lead—a critical political moment in the seventies which shaped her view of the world and the importance of social justice—with subsequent years in Rome. There she studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts and had her first few exhibitions. This was followed by a move to New York City, where she stayed for two decades pursuing a career as an artist while employed at well-respected arts nonprofits and starting a family. Cannizzaro has been leading the visual artists’ residency at Art Omi since 2008, proudly guiding the program through growth and changes fueled by a never ending passion for the mission, the place, and international artists invited to the annual summer residency. Co-founder and director of Akrai Residency in her native Sicily, she undertook this experiment—connecting a small isolated community in inland Sicily with a select group of international creative professionals—from 2013 to 2018. Currently living in the Sicilian countryside, Cannizzaro is curating a series of events in collaboration with her husband, Turi Scalora, a chef and performance artist, on the topic of Art and Food, and is always open to engaging in creative endeavors.
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