For Immediate Release
Ghent, New York — 31 artists from 22 countries have arrived at Art Omi, the prestigious four-week residency program at Omi International Arts Center in Ghent, New York. Now in its second decade, the program has hosted artists from nearly 100 countries. This year’s residents were selected from among thousands of applicants. Artists are given their own workspace in a former dairy barn which has been converted into artist studios, living quarters on a hill overlooking the Hudson Valley, and communal meals in an atmosphere where exchange, experimentation, discourse and collaboration are encouraged. The community is invited to celebrate the culmination of the residency program with a weekend celebration on July 13-14, which includes Open Studios on Sunday, which is free and open to the public.
Art Omi Director Claudia Cannizzaro, in her sixth season leading the program, finds it is “wonderful and unique that every year such a varied group of people, hailing from all corners of the world and walks of life, bond so quickly and fully embrace the incredible experience that Art Omi is. Art Omi is like a year of life compressed into one month’s time. It is hard to explain in words what happens in these four weeks, and that is why we call it the Art Omi Magic.”
Each year, a distinguished critic or curator is invited to live on campus with the artists, leading discussions and making one-on-one studio visits. This year’s critic-in-residence is Charlotta Kotik, a native of Prague who is a writer, lecturer, and independent curator whose extensive resume includes positions as the Curator and Chair of the Contemporary Art Department at the Brooklyn Museum and the United States Commissioner for the Venice Biennale. Dominique Nahas, art critic, Art Omi board member and 1999 Critic in Residence is this year’s Critic Emeritus.
Art Omi’s Visitors Program enables residents to have conversations with many visiting art critics, gallery owners, and prominent artists. Because of Omi’s proximity to New York City, this direct engagement with the New York City art world is unmatched by similar residency programs.
Art Omi Weekend
The residency culminates with Art Omi Weekend, an annual event celebrating the artists which is attended by hundreds of art professionals, art lovers, neighbors and friends.
On Saturday night, Omi invites guests to Dinner and Dancing Under the Stars with delicious food, spectacular views of the Catskills, and the exuberant music of Brooklyn-based band, Cumbiagra, a mix of Latin American styles with Afro-Carribean influence. Rural Intelligence hailed last year’s dinner/dance as “one of the top 10 parties of 2012.”
On Sunday, a buffet Country Brunch takes place in the same outdoor, tented location overlooking The Fields Sculpture Park. The brunch is followed by a short walk down the road for the much anticipated Open Studios.
The full schedule for the weekend is below. Tickets may be purchased online.
New! Private Tour of Selected Artist Studios
6 PM – 7 PM @ Studio Barns. $10, free for members
Dinner & Dancing Under the Stars w/ music by Cumbiagra
7 PM – Midnight on the Lawn @ Ledig House. $75, members 10% off*
9 PM – Midnight on the Lawn @ Ledig House. $20.
Country Brunch with the Artists
11 AM – 1 PM on the Lawn @ Ledig House. $40, children 50% off, members 10% off*
1 PM – 5 PM @ Studio Barns. Free & open to the public.
*Special price for dinner & brunch – $100
Studio Barns – Corner of County Route 22 and Letter S Road, Ghent, NY
Ledig House – 59 Letter S Road, Ghent, NY
2013 Art Omi Residents
Sami Al Turki, Saudi Arabia
Salwa Aleryani, Yemen
Martha Atienza, Philippines, Ateneo Art Gallery Fellowship
Aideen Barry, Ireland
Kim Beck, United States
Bahar Behbahani, Iran/United States, The Pollock Krasner Foundation Grant
Lucile Bertrand, Belgium
Sung Rok Choi, South Korea, The Paradise Culture Foundation
William Corwin, United States
Tamara Dean, Australia, Australia Art Omi Committee
Josh Dorman, United States
Marit Følstad, Norway
Guy Goldstein, Israel
Rodrigo Imaz, Mexico
Remy Jungerman, Suriname/The Netherlands
Nandita Kumar, India, Prana Studio Award
Liane Lang, United Kingdom
Véronique La Perrière M., Canada, Antrev Habland Award
Jeong Bae Lee, South Korea, The Paradise Culture Foundation
Kristin McIver, Australia
Dylan Palmer, United States
William Perez, Cuba
Carol Prusa, United States
Sheena Rose, Barbados
Malik Sajad, India, Francis Greenburger Fellowship for an artist whose work deals with Mitigating Ethnic and Religious Conflict
Paul Anthony Smith, Jamaica/United States, Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship
Kama Sokolnicka, Poland, Adam Mickiewicz Institute Fellowship & the Polish Cultural Institute New York
Laura Stancanelli, Italy, Dena Foundation Fellowship in collaboration with MARCA – Museo delle Arti di Catanzaro, Provincia di Catanzaro
Kazumi Tanaka, Japan/United States, Cecily Brown Fellowship
Roberto Visani, Italy/United States
Cedric Yon, China, China Construction America Fellowship
About Omi International Arts Center Omi International Arts Center is a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for international visual artists, writers, translators, musicians and dancers. The 300 acre campus is also the site for The Fields Sculpture Park, a public exhibition space with nearly 80 contemporary sculptures; Architecture Omi, exploring the intersection of architecture, art and landscape; and Education Omi, an arts education programs for children. Omi seeks to foster an environment of creative exploration and exchange, professional opportunity and exposure, and a stylistically and culturally diverse community for creative artists from around the world. Through our programs and resulting public events-including a variety of Residency Programs, The Fields Sculpture Park, Architecture Omi, and Education Omi – Omi contributes to the vibrant culture of the Northeast region. For more information visit: www.omiartscenter.org