Founded 
1992
Duration 
3 weeks; writers residencies from 2 weeks to 2 months.
Paid by host 

Accommodation, board, studio space.

Paid by artist 

Individual travel expenses, personal needs, working material.

Application guidelines 

Please visit the Omi website to read all the guidelines and criteria per discipline. Applications must be submitted electronically.

Omi International Arts Center

Omi International Arts Center

International Artists' Colony

Description 

Omi International Arts Center, a not-for-profit organization, provides residency programs for visual artists, writers, musicians and dancers, and offers The Fields Sculpture Park, a year-round public outdoor exhibition space for contemporary and modern sculpture.

Omi International Arts Center has four 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 International Artists Residency invites thirty artists from around the world every July for a  four week residency. 
  • Writers Omi at Ledig House sponsors forty writers and translators from around the world for up to two months each year. 
  • Music Omi brings together twelve to fifteen musician-composers from around the world in August for three weeks.
  • Dance Omi International Dance Collective brings together ten dancers from around the world for three weeks in late August.

To learn more about Omi's residency Programs or to apply to a residency please visit their website.

Accommodation Information 

A Federal Period farm house serves as a gathering center, providing a full kitchen, television room and library; while the front porch overlooks rolling hills and the majestic outline of the Catskill Range. A swimming pool, bicycles, WiFi access and several state of the art computers are available on the premises.

Technical Information 

The facilities–set on three hundred acres of rural farmland–comprise a large two-story barn with ample space for indoor studios, as well as several large, covered sheds suitable for sculpture. Two-person-room housing is made available on the grounds in three different houses five minutes walking from the studio area.
Work spaces include: indoor and protected outdoor studio spaces, basic hand tools, preliminary welding equipment and two light-tight studios for projection work. The entire center is WiFi equipped. There are three computers with internet access and black & white printers. Studio technicians are available for assistance. Daily trips to suppliers are also provided. Professional color photography labs are located in nearby Albany. Bikes are available for residents to explore the surrounding area.

Location 

Omi International Arts Center 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 (Omi is two hours north of New York City by train).

Address: 
59 Letter S Road
Ghent, NY 12075
United States
Telephone 
+1 212 206 6060
Fax 
+1 212 206 6114

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