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

Since its founding, Art Omi has been guided by the principle that artistic expression transcends economic, political, and cultural boundaries. To date, Omi has hosted more than 2,000 artists from over 100 countries. By inviting a unique and varied mix of artists, writers, musicians and dancers from all over the world to create a diverse, positive working community, Omi transforms this guiding vision into an exciting reality.

Art Omi has five distinct residency programs. 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. Art Omi is two hours north of New York City by train.

Art Omi: Artists

Art Omi: Artists invites 30 artists from around the world, representing a wide diversity of artistic styles and practices, to gather in rural New York for four weeks each summer to experiment, collaborate and share ideas. Concentrated time for creative work is balanced with the stimulation of cultural exchange and critical appraisal.

Art Omi: Architecture

Art Omi: Architecture is the first residency program of its kind in the nation, inviting 10 early- to mid-career architects from around the world to develop their work during a full two-week residency on Art Omi's campus. Art Omi: Architecture aims to nurture experimentation at the intersection of architecture, art and landscape.

Art Omi: Dance

Art Omi: Dance brings together ten accomplished dance artists from around the world for three weeks of creative exchange each summer. Residents experience each other’s creative process and the freedom to play in this collaborative residency program.

Art Omi: Music

Art Omi: Music invites approximately a dozen musicians and composers from around the globe to come together for two and a half weeks each summer for a uniquely collaborative music making residency.

Art Omi: Writers

Art Omi: Writers, formerly known as Ledig House, hosts authors and translators from around the world for residencies throughout the spring and fall. The program’s strong international emphasis provides exposure for global literary voices and reflects the spirit of cultural exchange that is essential to Art Omi’s mission.

Please read these Frequently Asked Questions before applying! 

APPLICATION DEADLINE—January 20 (11:59 PM EST)

RESIDENCY DATES—June 13 - July 9, 2019

NOTIFICATION—February 2019

The Art Omi: Artists Local Fellowship guarantees an opportunity for an artist based within the vicinity of Art Omi to join the 2019 Art Omi: Artists international residency cohort. This fellowship is open exclusively to professionally active artists living and working for at least the last three years in New York’s Columbia, Greene, Ulster, Dutchess, Albany, and Rensselaer counties, and Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Eligible disciplines include visual arts, sound art, performance, and social practice. If you work in a category not listed here please contact us to see which of our residency programs is your best fit. Local Fellows are welcome to, but not required, to sleep on campus during their residency.

Art Omi: Artists invites 30 artists from around the world, representing a wide diversity of artistic styles and practices, to gather in rural New York for four weeks 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 their travel and material expenses. Each session, a distinguished critic/curator is invited to participate as Critic-in-Residence, who leads discussions and makes individual studio visits. The Critic-in-Residence is on campus for the entire duration of the program. In addition, a former Critic in Residence is invited to be Critic Emeritus for the first week of residency.

General Art Omi: Artists eligibility guidelines: 

  • Artists currently enrolled in either a BFA or MFA are not eligble to apply. However, PhD students or from 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 happily 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 in residence. 
  • Applications must be submitted in the English language. Please make sure all application materials including your resume and CV are in English. 
  • If you work on a team, please fill only one application. 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. 
  • Art Omi Alumni are note eligble 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 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!

APPLICATION DEADLINE—January 27 (11:59 PM EST)
RESIDENCY DATES—June 13 - July 9, 2019
NOTIFICATION—February 2019
The Art Omi: Artists Croatian Fellowship guarantees an opportunity for an artist from Croatia a place in the 2019 Art Omi: Artists international residency cohort.
Art Omi: Artists invites 30 artists from around the world, representing a wide diversity of artistic styles and practices, to gather in rural New York for four weeks 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 their travel and material expenses. Each session, a distinguished critic/curator is invited to participate as Critic-in-Residence, who leads discussions and makes individual studio visits. The Critic-in-Residence is on campus for the entire duration of the program. In addition, a former Critic in Residence is invited to be Critic Emeritus for the first week of residency.
General Art Omi: Artists eligibility guidelines:
 

  • Artists currently enrolled in either a BFA or MFA are not eligble to apply. However, PhD students or from 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 happily 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 in residence. 
  • Applications must be submitted in the English language. Please make sure all application materials including your resume and CV are in English. 
  • If you work on a team, please fill only one application. 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. 
  • Art Omi Alumni are note eligble 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.
  • You will be required to provide proof of Croatian residency to be eligible for this fellowship.

 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!

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