Think Tank


Artist Residency in the U.S.

The Omi International Artists Residency

Ghent, New York
Mission 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, Art Omi creates a sanctuary for the artistic community and the public to affirm the transformative quality of art.

Overview Art Omi is a not-for-profit arts center with a 120-acre sculpture and architecture park and gallery, residency programs for international artists, writers, translators, musicians, architects and dancers.

Application Requirements 
Art Omi: Architecture invites 10 early- to mid-career architects from around the world to develop their work during a 16 day residency on Art Omi's campus in February. Art Omi: Architecture aims to nurture experimentation at the intersection of architecture, art and landscape.
Application Requirements: Bio, CV, project proposal, portfolio (up to 10 PDF pages), architect’s statement. Residency applicants will be notified of their acceptance status in November.

Art Omi: Artists invites 30 artists from around the world, representing a wide diversity of artistic styles and practices, to gather for four weeks in June/July to experiment, collaborate and share ideas. Concentrated time for creative work is balanced with the stimulation of cultural exchange and critical appraisal.
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. Residency applicants will be notified of their acceptance status the following February.

Art Omi: Dance brings together ten accomplished dance artists from around the world for three weeks of creative exchange in late July. Residents experience each other’s creative process and the freedom to play in this collaborative residency program.
Application Requirements: Bio, headshot, brief statement, professional letter of recommendation, examples of recent choreographic works and presentations, examples of companies or projects worked in as a performer, training history, two-three video samples of work as a performer, improviser, and/or choreographer. Residency applicants will be notified of their acceptance status the following March.

Art Omi: Music invites approximately twelve musicians and composers from around the globe to come together for two and a half weeks in August for a uniquely collaborative music making residency.
Application Requirements: Work sample (audio) with description (text), brief application statement & bio. Residency applicants will be notified of their acceptance status the following April.

Art Omi: Writers, formerly known as Ledig House, hosts authors and translators for two weeks to one month 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.
Application Requirements: CV/work history, work statement, writing sample, letter of reference. Alumni of the program are eligible to reapply. Residency applicants will be notified of their acceptance status the following January.

Facilities and Grants 
Art Omi provides accommodations, meals, and campus-wide high-speed wi-fi throughout the duration of all residencies. In addition, residents share a fully-equipped kitchen, on-site laundry facilities, a library, and a basic computer (internet + printing access only, no software use) in the library. Art Omi also provides all blankets, towels, and bedding.
Housekeeping staff launders all linens using perfume-free detergent on a regular basis. Art Omi does not provide personal laptops or electronic devices, or art materials.

Application Deadlines
There is no fee to apply to or attend any of the residency programs at Art Omi. The open call for applications occurs at the same time each year per program. Art Omi: Architecture: September 20 - October 20 Art Omi: Artists: August 15 - October 15 Art Omi: Dance: November 2 - January 2 Art Omi: Music: November 2 - January 2 Art Omi: Writers: August 15 - November 15