Welcome to Omi

The Fields Sculpture Park, Architecture Omi, and Visitors Center
The park is open every day to the public during daylight hours.

 

Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center and Gallery
11 AM - 5 PM, April – October
11 AM - 4 PM, November – March, Thursday - Monday

Closed Tuesday & Wednesday, and Major Holidays


Cafe Omi
11 AM - 4 PM, Weekends with lunch menu
11 AM - 4 PM, Weekdays with drinks & snacks
 

Contact and General Inquiries
Telephone: (518) 392-4747
Email: info@artomi.org
Address: 1405 County Route 22, Ghent, NY

 

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. 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.

There is also a Café with a spacious outdoor terrace and free Wi-Fi service. The building and its parking areas are located in harmony with the gently rolling fields of the larger grounds.

In addition to its role as an arts venue,The Charles B. Benenson is an environmentally progressive, 4200 square foot LEED Certified building showcasing state of the art "green" systems. Omi has chosen to protect and restore at least 50% of the existing habitat with native and adapted vegetation. In addition, we have provided over 90% open space to the development footprint to promote biodiversity. Please click here to download our brochure to learn more about our eco-friendly building.

Visiting The Fields Sculpture Park & Architecture Omi


The Fields Sculpture Park and Architecture Omi are open year round to the public during daylight hours. A golf cart is available for handicapped use in the summer months and bicycles are also provided from the Visitors Center, which is open from 11 AM - 5 PM in the summer, and from 11 AM - 4 PM Thursday through Monday in the winter. In the winter, groomed cross country ski trails are free and open to the public. Visitors are encouraged to enjoy picnic facilities located throughout the park. Guided tours are available to groups of six or more with a reservation. The Fields offers educational workshops and tours for school groups and other organizations as well as free public programs throughout the year.

Download a map of the park by clicking here


Length of Visit:
Plan at least one hour to visit sculptures in all six areas of the park.The path system here is circular so one can go in either direction. There are many sculptures that are tucked away in the woods.

 

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 thefields@artomi.org

 

For more information about our events please visit our event calendar, call (518) 392-4747 or email info@artomi.org.

 

Tours & Special Exhibition Hours

For a guided tour of the Sculpture Park, contact Curator Nicole Hayes at nhayes@artomi.org

 

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.

The Campus

Omi International Arts Center is located two and a half hours north of New York City in the historic Hudson River Valley. The Omi campus is located in Ghent NY and in close proximity to Albany and Hudson. Both cities offer convenient train access throughout the Hudson Valley Region.

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. 

Links to useful websites in the area:

Columbia County Tourism
Discover the Berkshires
Greene County Tourism
Dutchess County Tourism
Rural Intelligence

Directions

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from New York City by car:

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 1-1/2 hours to the Hudson/Ancram Rt. 82 Exit (this exit is just north of signs for "Lake Taghkanic State Park. Note that there is an earlier exit for Ancram, but not Hudson). At the end of the ramp, take a right onto Route 82 North. Take 82 North to Route 9H. Take a right onto Route 9H. Go north on Route 9H for 10 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:
Take Route 66 North. Turn left onto 9H. 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 at Omi - Ledig House, 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.

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