The Fields Sculpture Park and Architecture Omi
Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center and Gallery
Contact and General Inquiries
Visiting the Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center and Gallery
The Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center and Gallery is an important public venue for information regarding The Fields Sculpture Park, while accommodating concerts, lectures, readings and dance recitals developed during the Omi residency programs. Designed by Kathleen Triem and Peter Franck of FT Architecture, it includes a spacious 1500 square foot gallery for paintings, sculpture and video exhibitions, and is home to the adult and children's art education programs.
Visiting The Fields Sculpture Park and Architecture Omi
Picnic Area and Bicycles: You may choose to view the park on one of our bicycles or on foot. Picnic tables and seating areas are located throughout the park for your enjoyment.
Tours and Public Programs: Free guided tours are available with reservation for groups of six or more as well as through our Docent Program. In addition, summer concerts, public readings, exhibitions and other special events are held throughout the year.
For information about handicapped accessibility in The Fields, please call (518) 392-4747 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Omi Campus
The facilities, situated on 300 acres of open land, include a large two-story barn with indoor studios; contemporary residence buildings designed with a vernacular reference to local barns, surrounded by abundant perennial beds, expansive lawns dotted with fruit trees, adjacent to The Fields Sculpture Park and Architecture Omi.
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. Omi's facilities are reserved for retreats, private rentals and our artists in residence. If you are interested in facility rentals please visit our Events and Vacation Rentals page by clicking here.
Columbia County, and the nearby Berkshire Mountains, are popular destinations because of their historical, natural and cultural riches. From bird sanctuaries to modern dance, presidential mansions to farmer’s markets, the environs offer a singular blend of rural quiet and cultural stimulation. Staff and friends in the neighborhood are often available for excursions of interest to residents. The local library has a modest collection, but is a member of the Mid-Hudson group, calling on the resources of libraries within much of eastern New York.
Tours & Special Exhibition Hours
Open hours for special exhibitions at The Fields Sculpture Park & Architecture Omi: "Alice Aycock: A Simple Network of Underground Wells & Tunnels" and "Augmented Reality: Peeling Layers of Space Out of Thin Air" are staffed Saturdays & Sundays, 12 - 4 PM in the spring and summer months.
**ATTENTION** Due to road construction, several routes have been blocked and alternate routes are listed below. These alternate routes will be in effect from January - November, 2016.
from New York City by car:
**this is an alternate route due to road construction on State Route 9H **
Take the Henry Hudson Parkway until it becomes the Saw Mill River Parkway and continue on to the Taconic State Parkway North. Take the Taconic State Parkway North to the NY-23 exit toward Claverack/Hillsdale. Make a left onto NY-23 W and drive for 5.7 miles. Take a right onto Route 9H. Go north on Route 9H for 7 miles to County Route 22, which is the first intersection after the "Love Apple Farm," 3.5 miles north of the juncture of 9H and Rt. 66. Take a right and go 2 miles until you reach The Charels B. Benenson Visitor Center & Gallery (1405 County Route 22) and parking on your left.
From Boston by car:
I-90 W/Massachusetts Turnpike/Mass Pike
Take exit B3 for RT-22 toward New Lebanon/Austerlitz
Turn left at RT-22
Turn right at RT-203
Turn left at CR-9
Turn left at CR-9/RT-66
Turn right at Garage Pl Rd
Continue straight onto CR-21
Slight left at CR-22
Visitors Center is on your right.
1405 County Route 22
From NH and PA by car:
Take NYS Thruway to Hudson, Rt. 23B, then left onto 9H. Follow above instructions from Route 9H to ART/OMI.
From NYC by train (2 hours):
Take the Amtrak train from Penn Station, in Manhattan at 7th Ave. and 32nd Street, to Hudson, New York. For train schedules and reservations, phone: 1-800-872-7245.
From Hudson by car:
** this is an alternate route due to road construction on State Route 66 **
Take Route 9 North. Turn right onto County Route 20/Atlantic Avenue. Take this road for 2 miles until you reach the stop sign at 9H. Make a left onto 9H going north for 2.4 miles. Turn right onto County Route 22. Go to 1405 County Route 22 on left.
From Chatham by car:
Follow Route 66 South. In Ghent, turn right onto Garage Place. Turn left onto County Route 22. go to 1405 County Route 22.
From Albany by car:
Take I-90 East toward Boston. Take the Hudson Exit/US-9 Exit 12 toward Hudson. Take a right onto US-9. Stay straight through the traffic circle and continue onto NY 9H. Turn left onto County Route 22. Go to 1405 County Route 22 and turn left into Omi International Arts Center.
If you are continuing to Ledig House and the residency program buildings, make the next left at Letter S Road and drive 1/4 mile to the following left at the driveway to Ledig House.
If you are an invited guest of one of our residency programs, please let us know in advance when you plan to arrive in Hudson. We will be happy to meet you at the train station to drive you to Omi. Call Ledig House at 518-392-4568 x 100.