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Art Omi (previously Omi International Arts Center) is a nonprofit international arts organization located in Columbia County in Ghent, New York. It was founded in 1992 by Francis J. Greenburger, a New York real estate developer and literary agent, who serves as chairman of Art Omi, Inc., the residency's parent foundation; Sandi Slone, an artist; artist John Cross, an artist; and others. The organization takes its name from Omi, a hamlet in the Hudson River Valley two and a half hours from New York City.


Art Omi offers five distinct residency programs: the Art Omi: Artists Residency for visual artists for three weeks in July; the Art Omi: Writers Residency for writers of fiction and non-fiction, critics and translators for up to two months in spring and fall; Art Omi: Architecture, which invites mid-career architects to develop their work during a full two-week residency; Art Omi: Music Residency, which brings together musicians, composers and improvisers in early August; and Art Omi: Dance for dancers and choreographers in late summer. The programs encourage residents to collaborate and explore new avenues of expression and experiment with media and techniques not always available to them at home. Residents are provided with free room and board as well as a congenial place in which to work. Each year a limited number of fellowships are available to help artists with the costs of travel and art supplies. The residency welcomes talented applicants whether they are starting out, in mid-career or are already established. To date Art Omi has hosted over two-thousand residents from 110 different countries and the United States.

Art Omi invites gallerists, critics, agents, publishers, curators and collectors to give talks and presentations. Their visits also benefit residents by providing them with exposure and access to the New York cultural scene. Omi regularly holds exhibitions, readings, concerts and dance performances to which the public is invited. In addition to the four residency programs, Art Omi is also home to the Sculpture & Architecture Park, Art Omi: Architecture and Art Omi: Education.

The main compound is made up of three separate buildings with 18 guest rooms, three conference rooms, a library and communal spaces. Ledig House (named for the late German publisher H.M. Ledig-Rowohlt), a converted 1830 farmhouse, serves as Art Omi's home and central meeting place. The principal work space consists of a two-story converted barn and several satellite sheds. The latest addition to the Art Omi campus is the Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center & Gallery, which opened to the public in the summer of 2008. The 4,200-square-foot (390 m2) Center presents exhibitions of art and sculpture and includes a gift shop and café. The structure has been built using state-of-the-art 'green' technology. Omi's facilities are available for rental for corporate retreats from December through March, when residency programs are not in session.

Art Omi Sculpture & Architecture Park (previously the Fields Sculpture Park), which is open to the public throughout the year, features over 70 permanent and temporary exhibitions. The Sculpture & Architecture Park occupies approximately 120 acres of Art Omi's campus.

Art Omi raises money primarily from philanthropic and corporate foundations and individual donors. Its major fundraising event is a New York City benefit held each spring.

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