About Art Omi

Art Omi, a not-for-profit arts center with a 120-acre sculpture and architecture park and gallery, offers residency programs for international artists, writers, translators, musicians, architects and dancers. Art Omi believes that exposure to internationally diverse creative voices fosters acceptance and respect, raises awareness, inspires innovation, and ignites change. By forming community with creative expression as its common denominator, Art Omi creates a sanctuary for the artistic community and the public to affirm the transformative quality of art.

Residencies

Art Omi has five distinct residency programs: Art Omi: Architecture, Art Omi: Artists, Art Omi: Dance, Art Omi: Music, and Art Omi: Writers. 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. Please read these Frequently Asked Questions before applying to one of our residency programs! 

Are you a teaching artist or arts educator who would like to be a part of our team? We are searching for energetic and passionate individuals from all creative disciplines to teach on-site workshops, camps, and classes. Whether you are interested in leading a special workshop or joining us for our six-week summer program, we invite you to submit a sampling of what you do!

Art Omi: Education engages people of all ages with contemporary art and ideas in a stimulating and dynamic community. Through creative exploration, hands-on learning and making experiences, collaboration, and critical thinking, Art Omi: Education instills understanding, appreciation, and lifelong curiosity in the arts.

This is an open and ongoing call for teaching artists and arts educators. Openings for specific positions are posted on our website. All submissions will be reviewed and we will reach out to applicants as needed for various programs and teaching opportunities throughout the year. 

Art Omi is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal opportunity employment 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.

EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE—December 15 (11:59 PM EST)
RESIDENCY DATES—June 23 - July 18, 2022
NOTIFICATION—February 2022

PLEASE USE THIS FORM ONLY IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING SPONSORSHIPS:

Eremuak Fellowship at Art Omi. Sponsorship for an artist living and working in the Basque Region of Spain

Fellowship for an artist living and working in Croatia

Art Omi: Artists invites artists 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 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 their travel and material expenses, unless they are eligible for travel grants as specified in our fellowships guidelines. Each session, two critics/curators are invited to participate as Critic Emeritus and Critic/Curator-in-Residence. They both lead discussions, help shape the Visitors program and make individual studio visits throughout the duration of the residency session. 


Critic Emerita for 2022 is Sylvie Fortin. Click here to read more.

Art Omi: Artists general eligibility guidelines:  

  • Artists currently enrolled in either a BFA or MFA are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be out of school at the time of the application. However, PhD students or professional artists with at least 3 years of professional experience, currently enrolled in a master degree other than in the arts are eligible. 
  • Art Omi accepts applications from self-taught professional artists. Having received a degree or certification, or having formally studied art are not requirements for Art Omi: Artists residency. 
  • Applications must be submitted in the English language. Please make sure all application materials including your resume/CV, and your biography are in English. 
  • If you work on a team, please fill one application ONLY. Only one person will be the contact person for the TEAM application. Please make sure to mark on the resume ALL of the names of the artists being part of the group. The entire application must reflect work done by the team, not individual works. One time collaborators must submit two independent applications. 
  • Art Omi Alumni are not eligible for a return residency. In order to give as many artists as possible the chance for a residency at Art Omi, we ask that alumni do not apply for a return residency. We appreciate your spreading the word to artists who have not been to Art Omi yet.

Please submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Short biography in narrative form
  • Artist Statement
  • Contact information for two professional references familiar with your work - letters of recommendations are NOT required
  • 8 images OR links to 3 video excerpts, or 5 images AND 1 video. Video excerpts must be no longer than 1 minute each
  • Brief description for each image or video submitted

Please note that due to the high volume of applications, we ask that you be certain that your application is complete and in adherence with all guidelines. Incomplete applications will not be processed, and unfortunately we are unable to notify applicants about the status of their application until after the selection has been made. Good luck with your application!


Art Omi continues to monitor the Covid-19 pandemic. We will make a determination regarding the inclusion of unvaccinated individuals in our residencies closer to the date of the programs.

APPLICATION DEADLINE—January 2, 2022 (11:59 PM EST)

RESIDENCY DATES—Thu Jul 21 - Mon Aug 8

NOTIFICATION—March 2022

The emphasis of the Art Omi: Dance residency is not a performance product; rather, a gently facilitated process of experimentation and collaboration. This exploration is enhanced by providing resources that dancers and choreographers often lack: space, time and other artists with whom to work. The result is a model of creative process and community building that envisions consequences for the participants beyond the sphere of art making. Informal public showings each summer invite the public to experience the creative process, collaboration and development of the residents.

Art Omi: Dance welcomes professional dancers and choreographers of all styles who have the desire to share ideas and process with dancers from around the world. Applicants should not have specific projects in mind, but should come open to working with others on jointly conceived projects. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE—January 2, 2022 (11:59 PM EST)

RESIDENCY DATES—Friday Aug 12 - Sun Aug 28, 2022

NOTIFICATION—April 2021

We look forward to becoming acquainted with your work. There is no fee to apply to Art Omi: Music, and no fee to attend (however, note that we do not provide travel to or from Art Omi: Music). Also note that because of the large number of applications we receive, we are unable to offer feedback on your application. It may be useful to know that many Music fellows have applied multiple times before being offered a residency.

Using this online application, you will be asked to upload a single mp3 audio work sample of no longer than 4 minutes total. Your work sample may include up to three excerpts. Only include work created in the last five years. It is recommended that you provide three excerpts if possible (you will be asked to indicate the year created and your role in each work—whether you are composer, performer, or both—what instruments/performers are featured, and whether the work is improvised, composed, a combination, or digitally produced). Do not indicate cue points on longer excerpts or direct the panel to other samples online. Prepare a single work sample of no more than 4 minutes in length. If you supply a longer work sample, or include a work sample containing more than three excerpts, your application will not be considered.

You will also be asked to provide a very brief bio (100 words or fewer) and a short narrative explaining why you would like to attend Art Music: Omi at this point in your career.

Additional fields will allow you to provide information about your country of origin (and country where you live if different), any instruments you might perform with while in residence, and your primary role as a music-maker.

A Note to Musicians with Disabilities: 

A fellowship is available for a disabled musician. Musicians with disabilities may apply for the Unlimit Art Fellowship, which provides a $500 stipend. Eligible candidates must have a permanent disability as described in the ADA website (www.ada.gov). Musicians with disabilities from all countries are encouraged to apply. 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.

Apply for an Unlimit Art fellowship by submitting through this website and also email the Art Omi Music Director at musicians@artomi.org so that your application can be considered for this fellowship opportunity.


A Note to Ensembles:
The Art Omi: Music program will only consider applications from individual applicants. Joint applications will not be considered. Individuals members of performing ensembles may apply simultaneously, but will be evaluated as individual musicians. It is highly unlikely that members of ensembles will be invited to attend during the same residency. A goal of the Art Omi: Music  program is to encourage and foster participation in new collaborative environments—ongoing collaborators are discouraged from applying for the same residency.

NB: To prepare your work sample, you may wish to use the free Audacity sound editing software: http://audacity.sourceforge.net/download/ 

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