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Architecture Opening
OnSite: Toshiko Mori

Saturday, October 7 from 1:30-4:30 PM
Located in the Kantor Lobby of the Benenson Visitors Center

On View: September 29 - October 17, 2017

Toshiko Mori will exhibit work as part of the Art Omi: Architecture indoor gallery series, OnSite. Light refreshments will be provided, free and open to the public.


Click here to learn more about this exhibition.

 


David Shrigley: Memorial

Saturday, October 7, 2017
Opening Reception: 1:30 - 4:30 PM


New work by David Shrigley will be on view in The Fields Sculpture Park this October. Join us to inaugurate this new site-specific work titled Memorial.

Click here to learn more about the artist.


Ultra Pro: Sculptures That Cook


October 7 at 4:00 PM
The Fields Sculpture Park


Join us for our second-annual Ultra Pro: Sculptures that Cook, a BBQ and live music event free and open to the public, with food and drink available for sale!

Local artists will design and build sculptures that can function as outdoor cooking devices. Come and witness these handmade sculptures bake, boil, pop, fry, grill, roast, steam, or smoke food. All materials and methods are non-toxic and environmentally sound. In addition, there will be live music by Black Lake and Brian Dewan. Concept and Curation by Michael Tong.

Free small samples from the cooking sculptures.
Beer, wine, and a Specialty Cocktail for sale.
Lil' Deb's Oasis will be on-site, offering a delectable variety of tropical comfort food for sale!

Click here to learn more about this event.

 




Sunday Music on the Patio: Jane Aquilina, Josh Conners + Otto Gardner

Sunday, October 1
Music from 12 PM - 2 PM
Café serves from 11 AM - 4 PM
Located at Café Omi (Benenson Visitors Center)

 

Jane Aquilina and Josh Conners, a local duo (guitar and vocals) bringing a versatility to classic standards, jazz and blues compositions. Josh is a seasoned multi-instrumentalist and composer. He can be seen and heard in local venues (Blue Plate, Half Moon) and various venues in the Hudson Valley. Jane is a recent transplant from New York City and very active in the cabaret community in Manhattan. She has been performing in various venues for the last 15 years including The Green Room 42, The Metropolitan Room and The Duplex. Josh and Jane are excited to make their debut at Art Omi.


Click here for the full schedule of Sunday Music on the Patio.
 

The Cafe Omi menu is lovingly prepared by Chef Rita Soares-Kern with organic and local ingredients from The Chatham Berry Farm and mimosas from Hillsdale Fine Wine & Spirits with fresh lavender from Ironwood Farm.


Art Omi: Writers Reading + BBQ

 

Saturday, September 23 at 5 PM
Benenson Visitors Center & Gallery

 

A distinguished group of international writers and translators currently in residence at Art Omi: Writers will read from their works. Following the event, Art Omi invites visitors to gather for a barbeque feast and reception with the writers, for which donations are appreciated.

 

The reading is free and open to the public. Click here to read more about Writers Omi.

 


Architecture Exhibition
OnSite: Galia Solomonoff

Located in the Kantor Lobby of the Benenson Visitors Center

On View: September 2 - 24, 2017

 

Galia Solomonoff will exhibit work as part of the Art Omi: Architecture indoor gallery series, OnSite.

Click here to learn more about the Architect and this work.

 


LIGHT INTO NIGHT

Saturday, September 16, 5-9 PM
Located at the Studio Barns (intersection of CR22 and Letter S Road in Ghent, NY)

Our annual upstate fundraiser, LIGHT INTO NIGHT brings together visual artists, writers, musicians and dancers for an unforgettable event. Experience a rare and exclusive evening of art happenings set against the striking back-drop of the Omi Studio Barns on the autumn equinox.

Click here to learn more!


Sunday Music on the Patio: soundBarn

Sunday, September 10
Music from 12 PM - 2 PM
Café serves from 11 AM - 4 PM
 

soundBarn has been mining the possibilities of extreme guitar for years . Drawing their name from the cavernous reverberating room where they record at a turn of the century Upstate New York orchard, the duo of Thomas Lail and Patrick Weklar ply prepared and altered guitars, overprocessed signals and piled loops of sound to orchestrate an arching instrumental tale. Founding members of Upstate New York's long-ago post-punk band, The Fauves, Weklar and Lail have been collaborating for almost thirty years. Lail and Weklar also perform as members of the occasional experimental group Location Ensemble. soundBarn's most recent CD "Late to the Orchard " has just been released on Tape Drift Records.

"...The clanging metallic scrapes of Russell/Morley and Moore/Ranaldo are the starting points, yet these two extend the path into infinity." Tape Drift Records

 

The Cafe Omi menu is lovingly prepared by Chef Rita Soares-Kern with organic and local ingredients from The Chatham Berry Farm and mimosas from Hillsdale Fine Wine & Spirits with fresh lavender from Ironwood Farm.


Reading with the Kristiania Writers' Collective

Saturday, September 2 at 3 PM
Benenson Visitors Center + Gallery

Members of Kristiania will offer public readings and performances at various locations throughout the Fields Sculpture Park. The readers this year are Lee Bob Black, Lonely Christopher, Ben Clague, Hanan Elstein, Josh Furst, and Uche Nduka.  The public is invited to join our community as we celebrate the role Omi has played in our artistic growth. A reception celebrating Kristiania's first publication, a limited edition, handmade anthology of work by its members on the theme of Wealth, will follow in the Benenson Visitors Center.

Free and open to the public.

 


Sunday Music on the Patio: TJ Santiago & John Bendy

Sunday, September 3
Music from 12 PM - 2 PM
Café serves from 11 AM - 4 PM
Located at Café Omi (Benenson Visitors Center)

TJ Santiago has been a part of the Hudson Valley music scene for over a decade. He co-fronts the power house blues outfit, "The Black Dirt Band", which calls Orange County, N.Y., its home. T.J. has also been performing as a solo act playing in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. T.J. covers a wide variety of well-known artists and is a fledgling songwriter of his own original compositions. An approachable, affable and emotive performer, he continues to garner attention and rave reviews in the Hudson Valley music scene.


Click here for the full schedule of Sunday Music on the Patio.

The Cafe Omi menu is lovingly prepared by Chef Rita Soares-Kern with organic and local ingredients from The Chatham Berry Farm and mimosas from Hillsdale Fine Wine & Spirits with fresh lavender from Ironwood Farm.


Music Concert in The Fields Sculpture Park

Saturday, August 26, 5 PM
Located at the Benenson Visitors Center

Omi invites you to experience a unique concert of new global music, presented in The Fields Sculpture Park. Enjoy an afternoon of unforgettable new music collaborations amidst over 80 works of contemporary sculpture set in Omi's stunning 120+ acre pastoral landscape.

Free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about the residency.


Music: Guerilla Basilica Improvisations 

Sunday, August 13, 2 PM
Basilica Hudson 
110 S Front St, Hudson

 

Join us for a mid-afternoon, world music avant-garde celebration as we welcome our newest cohort of Art Omi: Music international musician fellows. As part of their initial weekend together, the musicians will participate in a Cagean game of "guerrilla improvisations"—performing on the spot in spontaneously created ensembles picked from a hat by you, the audience!

 

Save the Date! Art Omi: Music — Concert in The Fields Sculpture Park is Saturday, August 26 at 5 PMClick here to learn more about the residency.

 


Arts Labs for Teens

Playwriter's Dreamshop


August 7-11 (M-F, 9AM-3PM)
Ages 10+
Cost: $350
Instructor: Emilia Teasdale and Tarcisio Ramos dos Santos

 

The sky is the limit in this outdoor collaborative playwriting workshop. Let your imagination run wild as we dream up, write, rehearse, and perform an original play. Together, we explore the elements of playwriting and write a script. We will also engage in aspects of theatrical production including acting, costume and set design, staging, and sound. Our efforts culminate in a final performance, set against the landscape of The Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi, for friends and family on the final day of the program.

 

Click here to learn more & register.

 


Dance: Showing

Saturday, August 5 at 2 PM
The Fields Sculpture Park

Omi's Dance Residents show works created in collaboration with each other during their stay at Omi. The residency emphasizes process over product, so the artists will present the fruits of their exchange in the form of unique pieces. Each year's iteration varies, but almost always involve site-specific performance events leading hundreds of visitors throughout Omi's beautiful campus.

Free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about the residency.


Arts Labs for Teens
STORY: Writer's Intensive

 

July 31 - August 4 (M-F, 10AM-3PM)
Ages 13+
$350

 

Whether you want to write a novel, compose a collection of poems, pen your college application essay, create a monologue for stage, ink a journalistic travelogue, or craft a nonfiction narrative based on an ancient civilization, this weeklong summer intensive takes your work to the deepest level. Each writer has the opportunity to focus on a single piece of writing—developing process, refining craft, and polishing work. Days are filled with individualized writing instruction, one-on-one editing, structured free writing time, and outdoor summer activities including daily pool time.

 

Click here to learn more & register.

 


Camp Omi + Artgarten

Six 1-week sessions from June 26 - August 4
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM
$350/week or $325/week for 2 or more weeks
Ages 4-13 

 

Join us this year for Columbia County's most popular day camp for young artists! Camp Omi is a unique, arts-based day program where kids explore contemporary art and ideas through a variety of media and experiences for ages 6-13 (must be 6 at time of camp). 

In addition, we are pleased to present a new summer experience for our youngest artists! Camp Omi: Artgarten serves our 4 and 5 year-olds (must be 4 at the start of camp) in a specially-crafted environment that allows for exploration, play, and making in a small group setting.

 

Click here to learn more about the day-to-day activities, details, and to register.

 


Dance: Salon

Saturday, July 22 at 5 PM

The Studio Barns (intersection of CR22 and Letter S Road in Ghent, NY)
Free and open to the public

 

The annual Dance Salon is a forum for the Art Omi: Dance residents to share their individual work with the public before exhibiting their collaborative projects on August 5 at the Final Showing.

 

The Salon offers an intimate evening of live performance by dancers from around the world, set in the studio spaces, and gives context to individual artist's work at the start of the residency program. The event is free and open to the public, with no RSVP required.


Click here for more info on Art Omi: Dance.

 


Sunday Music on the Patio: Cassandra Jenkins

Sunday, July 23
Music from 12 PM - 2 PM
Café serves from 11 AM - 4 PM
Located at Café Omi (Benenson Visitors Center)


New York City based Cassandra Jenkins, a songwriter who uses musical clarity and a smoldering sense of longing conveyed by her "smoky vocals" (as reviewed by NPR) to transcend her urban surroundings to connect to a deeper, quintessentially American vein of expression that showcases a sophisticated art heart and a mature point of view about the masks and complications of desire.

Click here for the full schedule of Sunday Music on the Patio.

The Cafe Omi menu is lovingly prepared by Chef Rita Soares-Kern with organic and local ingredients from The Chatham Berry Farm and mimosas from Hillsdale Fine Wine & Spirits with fresh lavender from Ironwood Farm.

 


Open Studio Weekend: Dancing Under the Stars

Saturday, July 8, 8PM - Midnight
Benenson Visitors Center + Gallery
Tickets: $25 each


Enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres and live, energetic music by Nkumu Katalay overlooking the firefly-lit sculpture park at Omi, in the company of our artists-in-residence and upstate arts community. Celebrate the culmination of this year's' artists residency and Open Studios the following day! 

Click here to purchase tickets and learn more about the residency.


Open Studio Weekend: Country Brunch

Sunday, July 9, 11 AM - 1 PM
Located at Ledig House at Omi (59 Letter S Road, Ghent, NY)
Tickets: $40 for members, $50 for not-yet-members

Omi honors our international artists-in-residence and celebrates with a country brunch on the lawn of Ledig House. Join us for mimosas, French toast, and fresh fruit to fuel up for a day of art-seeking before you head down to the Studio Barns!

Click here to purchase tickets and learn more about the residency.


Open Studio Weekend: Open Studios

Sunday, July 9, 1 - 5 PM
The Studio Barns (intersection of CR22 and Letter S Road, Ghent, NY)

Where else in Columbia County can you see the work of 30 international artists in one place? After our relaxing Country Brunch, take a short stroll down to the studio barns, and see what the artists have been working on for the past 4 weeks, along with additional events and installations to be announced!

Free and open to the public, no RSVP required. Click here to learn about the residency.


Cafe Omi: Music on the Patio


Sunday, July 2, noon - 2 PM
Cafe Omi 

 

Art Omi kicks off summer music on the patio this Sunday with The Walk-ins from noon-2!

The Walk-Ins, Matt Bowe and Michael Carr are a guitar and mandolin fret and string ensemble playing handpicked blues, jazz, and fiddle tunes.



The Cafe Omi menu is prepared by Chef Rita Soares-Kern with organic and local ingredients from Ten Barn Farm and The Chatham Berry Farm LLC, featuring fresh lavender from Ironwood Farm.


Café serves from 11am – 4pm
Music from 12pm – 2pm

 


NYC Benefit: Dinner & Theater

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017 at 5:15 PM
At the Edison Ballroom in NYC

Join us for a evening of fine dining, great theater and good company to benefit Art Omi as we honor Ruth Abram, Founder of the Tenement Museum of New York and Behold! New Lebanon, with the 2017 Omi Arts Leadership Award. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance will join the festivities to speak about internationalism and immigration. For more information, please call our Theater Benefit Hotline 212-206-5668 or email drandall@timeequities.com


Click here for more information on attending.


The Fields Sculpture Park: Summer Exhibition Opening

Saturday, May 27, 1 - 4:30 PM
Benenson Visitors Center + The Fields Sculpture Park

Join us as we inaugurate new works on view for the summer season!

In The Fields Sculpture Park, new sculptures will be on view by Tony Tasset, Tom Burr, Angela Bulloch and Matt Wedel. In the gallery will be a site-specific installation by Andre Kruysen, shown with drawings by Joan Banach. In addition, Gosia Wlodarczak will create a large scale site-specific drawing on the glass wall in the Benenson Visitors Center near the cafe.

Join us for refreshments, tractor rides throughout the park, and a special art project for children. Click here to learn more. Free and open to the public!

 


Liberate the Earth Dance

Wearable Art/Costume Workshop
Friday, May 26 at 4:30 PM
OFFSITE: Hudson Area Library, 51 North 5th Street, Hudson, NY


Movement Workshop

Saturday, May 27 at 11:30 AM
The Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi

Performance
Saturday, May 27 at 2:30 PM
The Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi


Operation Unite and Art Omi collaborate with NYS DanceForce to bring Artichoke Dance Company to Columbia County for free community art and movement workshops, culminating in a public dance performance at Art Omi's Summer Opening.


Click here to learn more details about these workshops and final performance! Free and open to the public. These workshops and the final performance are supported in part by Operation Unite NY, Dance Force, NYSCA, and Artichoke Dance Company.


Exhibition by Adults of CoArc: The Shape of You and Me

 

Friday, May 19, 12 - 2 PM
On View: May 19 - 20, 2017
Education Pavilions

 

Collaborations and artworks by adults of Coarc who participated in a series of creative workshops at Omi over the course of the past several months. The exhibition will include works by individuals who, in addition to drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture projects, engaged in movement, music, active viewing experiences, and team-building activities over the course of the program. Painting (left) by Theresa Fischer.

 

Special thanks to the Coarc Arts Endowment for making this annual partnership possible.
 

Coarc has been an advocate and resource in Columbia County for individuals who experience disabilities and their families since 1965. The organization provides comprehensive services to children and adults, both in the community and at more than twenty regional locations. Coarc's mission is to expand abilities, one person at a time, so individuals experiencing disabilities can achieve their individual goals.

 


Writers Omi: Reading + BBQ


Saturday, May 20 at 5 PM
Omi Visitors Center + Gallery


A distinguished group of international writers and translators currently in residence at Writers Omi will read from their works. Following the event, Omi invites visitors to gather for a barbeque feast and reception with the writers, for which donations are appreciated.

 

The reading is free and open to the public. Click here to read more about Writers Omi.

 


Lois Dodd: Windows

On View: March 18 - May 14, 2017
Benenson Visitors Center + Gallery

Omi is pleased to present a series of paintings by the highly renowned American painter Lois Dodd. The artist is best known for her contemplative depictions of landscapes and interiors found around her homes in New York, New Jersey, and Maine. She is also notable as a founder of the artist run, cooperative Tanager Gallery in New York City, 1952.
 
Free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about the exhibition.


 

Architecture Omi: ReActor
Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley

On View Now 
Architecture Omi Field 01

 

Three-day performance: Friday, May 5 at 5 PM, through Sunday, May 7 at 5 PM.

 

ReActor is the newest work in an experimental, performative series of "social relationship architecture" by internationally renowned architect-artist team Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley. Located in Architecture Omi's Field 01, ReActor is a habitable sculpture, where Schweder + Shelley will live in full view of their audience for a series of performances throughout the season. 


Free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about the work.

 


The Francis J. Greenburger Awards

**Located Offsite in NYC**
Award Ceremony: Tuesday, April 25, 6:30 PM
Location: New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, NY
Free and open to the public.

Dinner: Immediately following Award Ceremony
Location: Rebelle, 218 Bowery, New York NY
Dinner Tickets: $195

The Francis J. Greenburger Award is an unrestricted $12,500 prize that honors established artists whom the art world knows to be of extraordinary merit but who have not been fully recognized by the public. Join us at the award ceremony and dinner to follow.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by April 13 by e-mailing greenburgerawards@timeequities.com.

Click here to purchase tickets and learn more.

 


Writers Omi: Reading at Third Floor Gallery


Saturday, April 8 at 5:30PM
*OFFSITE* Above Hudson Wine Merchants
341 1/2 Warren St, Hudson NY 12534


Hear Omi's Spring 2017 international writers and translators in residence read and share their work with an intimate, live audience. This is the first reading hosted by Writers Omi this year, which provides residencies to international literary voices across all types of literature.

 

Refreshments generously provided by Hudson Wine Merchants. Free and open to the public.

 


Architecture Omi: 5x5: Participatory Provocations

On View: January 14 - March 12, 2017
Benenson Visitors Center + Gallery


5x5: Participatory Provocations is an exhibition featuring models by 25 young American architects based on five prompts. The exhibition invites an architectural response to a series of significant issues we face today, from a growing income gap, immigration, and globalization, to technology's impact on our lives, surveillance, and power.

Click here to learn about this exhibition.


Architecture Omi Residency: Final Reviews

Saturday, March 11
Morning Session: 10 AM – 12:30 PM
Afternoon Session: 1:30 - 4 PM
Public Reception: 4 - 5 PM
Located at Reynolds Cottage


These final presentations led by architecture critic Alexandra Lange give the 10 participants of the Architecture Omi Residency an opportunity to pin-up and show their projects at the conclusion of the two-week residency.

The public is welcome to see the early stages of the thinking and design process of making architecture in a classic jury-style review. The reviews are arranged into two sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon with a lunch break in between (where the public can grab a bite at the Benenson Visitors Center Cafe!).

Following all the juried presentations, everyone is invited to enjoy a reception with conversation, snacks and refreshments, and get to know the 2017 Architecture Residents.

Free and open to the public. Please park at the Benenson Visitors Center. Click here to learn more about the residents.

 


Fat Bike Project

Saturday, March 4 from 1-3 PM
Benenson Visitors Center

Join us for a reception with artists Jason Middlebrook and Kianja Strobert featuring their custom-painted Fat Bikes, available for use in The Fields Sculpture Park. Art Omi is pleased to offer the use of our two new bicycles for visitors to explore the grounds during any season.

In collaboration with Zach Feuer and Velo Domestique Bicycle Shop in Chatham, local artists Jason Middlebrook and Kianja Strobert have collaborated to custom-paint these bicycle frames for Art Omi. Fat Bikes have larger tires and a sturdy frame making them uniquely able to ride through snow and rough, wet terrain.

Meet the artist, share some refreshments and learn more about Fat Bikes! Click here to learn more about this project.

 


Candlelight Concert: Kills to Kisses

Saturday, February 18 at 5 PM
Free for members | $10 for not-yet-members
Benenson Visitors Center

Join us as we combat the winter chill with an evening of energetic jazz by warm candlelight!  Kills to Kisses (Music Omi alumna Lisa Dowling) has been praised by The New York Times as "Björk-like" and "innovative". Enjoy a reception with drinks and hors d'oeuvres following the performance.

CD's are now available for purchase at the Visitors Center!

Click here to RSVP, purchase tickets, and learn more.

 


Winter Art Camp 2017


February 20, 21, 22 & 23

9 AM - 3 PM
$280 per child
Ages 5-12


Winter at Omi is the cure for cabin fever! This action-packed four-day program includes 2D and 3D art projects, music and movement, sledding in The Fields Sculpture Park, special workshops with a visiting artist, storytelling, and play.

Click here to learn more + register.


Nicole Cherubini: "there is a road"

On view through January 1, 2017
Benenson Visitors Center + Gallery

Omi International Arts Center is pleased to present there is a road, a new body of work by Nicole Cherubini, curated by Nicole Hayes. The exhibition frames Cherubini's exploration of sculptural properties and processes, while destabilizing expectations of structural intention.

Click here to learn about this exhibition.


Remy Jungerman: "awe"

On view through January 1, 2017
Benenson Visitors Center + Gallery

Omi International Arts Center is pleased to present awe, a body of work by Remy Jungerman, curated by Nicole Hayes. Remy Jungerman creates sculptural relief works which bring to mind modernist architecture, beams, window lintels, tracks and building blocks.

Click here to learn about this exhibition.

 


Book Release for Risk Game: Self Portrait of an Entrepreneur by Francis J. Greenburger

Saturday, November 19 from 4-6 PM
Benenson Visitors Center + Gallery

Art Omi Founder + Chairman Francis J. Greenburger has recently written and published a memoir, Risk Game: Self Portrait of an Entrepreneur with BenBella Books. Join us for a book release event at Omi!


Free and open to the public with light refreshments available. For more information, click here.


Reflections on Rosset: Barbara Epler, Sim Lipsyte, Jon Fine, and Michael Coffey in Conversation

Saturday, November 12 at 5 PM
Benenson Visitors Center + Gallery

 

Co-hosted by OR Books, Writers Omi is pleased to present an evening of conversation  on Barney Rosset's book, My Life in Publishing and How I Fought Censorship. This book features German publisher, Heinrich Maria Ledig-Rowohlt, for whom the Writers Omi program is named.


Free and open to the public with light refreshments available. For more information on this book, click here.


Conversation with Nicole Cherubini and Curator Nicole Hayes

 

Sunday, November 6 at 11 am
Benenson Visitors Center + Gallery

In conjunction with Nicole Cherubini's exhibition, there is a road, guests are invited to join us in attending a conversation and talk between the artist and The Fields Sculpture Park Curator Nicole Hayes.

 

Free and open to the public.



Trick or Treat in The Fields

Saturday, October 29, 1-3 PM
The Fields Sculpture Park


Join us at Omi for a free afternoon of Halloween fun! We'll provide art-making, hayrides, and a candy hunt amongst the sculptures. Come in your favorite costume, craft your own treat bag, and enjoy cider, popcorn and fresh apples from Love Apple Farm in the park.

 

Free and open to the public.


Writers Omi Reading

Sunday, October 30, 7 PM

KGB Bar in New York City
(85 E. 4th Street, New York, NY)

For a one-night-only event, writers and translators in residence at Writers Omi will read from their works at KGB, the Soviet-era themed bar at 85 E. 4th Street in New York City. Join us for an unforgettable evening of literary talent by the likes of authors whose cumulative credits span the globe.

Free and open to the public. 

 


Architecture Omi: ReActor

Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley

On View Now 
Architecture Omi Field 01

 

Five-day performance: Oct. 6-10

 

ReActor is the newest work in an experimental, performative series of "social relationship architecture" by internationally renowned architect-artist team Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley. Located in Architecture Omi's Field 01, ReActor is a habitable sculpture, where Schweder + Shelley will live in full view of their audience for a series of performances throughout the season. 


Free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about the work.

 


Architecture Omi: The Steam Canoe

A project by Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) Students + Mark Tholen.
Architecture Omi Field 01

Installation Preview: October 7-9
Architecture Omi Directors Talk, with Mark Tholen on The Steam Canoe: October 9, 4 PM

 

The Steam Canoe, designed and installed by OCAD University students in joint venture with Grip Metal™, was on display on the shores of Lake Ontario, Canada, in February and will be re-erected in Architecture Omi's Field 01 as part of the exhibition WOOD: From Structure to Enclosure

 
Free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about this project.



Fall Exhibitions Opening

Nicole Cherubini: there is a road
On View: October 8, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Remy Jungerman: awe
On View: October 8, 2016 - January 1, 2017

Kahn + Selesnick: Active Turn: The Devil's Wheel, a collaboration with Freya Powell


Saturday, October 8, 2 PM

Located at the Benenson Visitors Center


The Fields Sculpture Park is pleased to announce the opening of two new solo exhibitions in the gallery by Nicole Cherubini and Remy Jungerman, as well as new imagery in Freya Powell's zoetrope in The Fields by Kahn + Selesnick titled Active Turn: The Devils Wheel.


Free and open to the public! Click here to learn more about these new works.



OnSite: Nicolás Aracena Müller

On view through September 25


Nicolás Aracena Müller works within the scopes of performance art, architecture, contemporary design, sculpture and fabrication. The architect relies on the landscape, architecture and surrounding area to act as conceptual research material, which allows him to explore and react to his surroundings, a perspective on our environment. Join us in inaugurating three exhibitions for Architecture Omi with an opening, reception + curator's talk at the Benenson Visitors Center.

Free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about this work.



Writers Omi Fall Reading and BBQ


Saturday, September 24, 5 PM

Located at the Benenson Visitors Center


Join distinguished writers, translators, and poets in residence at Writers Omi this fall for a night of one-of-a-kind readings by international voices. Following the event, Omi invites visitors to join the writers for a barbecue feast and reception, for which donations are appreciated. The reading is free and open to the public.


For more information, click here.
 


 

Architecture Omi: ReActor
Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley

On View Now 
Architecture Omi Field 01

 

Special appearance: Sept. 24-25 

Five-day performance: Oct. 6-10

 

ReActor is the newest work in an experimental, performative series of "social relationship architecture" by internationally renowned architect-artist team Alex Schweder + Ward Shelley. Located in Architecture Omi's Field 01, ReActor is a habitable sculpture, where Schweder + Shelley will live in full view of their audience for a series of performances throughout the season. 


Free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about the work.

 


Unpacking the Cube: Leong Leong, LevenBetts, Steven Holl Architects

On View through September 25


Three architecture firms -- Leong Leong, LevenBetts and Steven Holl Architects -- express the core philosophies of their practice through an exploration of the cubic form. Join us in inaugurating three exhibitions for Architecture Omi with an opening, reception + curator's talk at the Benenson Visitors Center.

Free and open to the public.


Light Into Night

to Benefit Omi International Arts Center
Saturday, September 17, 5-9 PM
Located at the Studio Barns

 

Our upstate fundraiser, LIGHT INTO NIGHT brings together visual artists, writers, musicians and dancers for an unforgettable event. Experience a rare and exclusive evening of installations and performances against the striking backdrop of the Omi Studio Barns.

This event helps the world-renowned Omi International Arts Center continue our important work of producing international arts programming of the highest caliber right here in the Hudson Valley.

For photos of last year, click here. 


Writers' Collective of Kristiania: Wealth, Space, Community

 

Saturday, September 3 at 3 PM
Benenson Visitors Center + Gallery

 

Members of Kristiania will offer public readings and performances at various locations throughout the Fields Sculpture Park. The public is invited to join our community as we celebrate the role Omi has played in our artistic growth. A reception celebrating Kristiania's first publication, a limited edition, handmade anthology of work by its members on the theme of Wealth, will follow in the Benenson Visitors Center.

 

Free and open to the public.

 


Music Omi Concert in The Fields


Saturday, August 27, 5 PM

Located at the Benenson Visitors Center

Omi invites you to experience a unique concert of new global music, presented in The Fields Sculpture Park. Enjoy an afternoon of unforgettable new music collaborations amidst over 80 works of contemporary sculpture set in Omi's stunning 120+ acre pastoral landscape.


Free and open to the public. For more information about Music Omi, click here.


Architecture Omi: Director's Tour

 

Saturday, August 20 from 12 - 1 PM
Architecture Omi

 

Join us as Architecture Omi Director Warren James leads an engaging public tour of WOOD: From Structure to Enclosure in Field 01 on the grounds of Architecture Omi. 

 

Free and open to the public. RSVP: events@artomi.org.

Meet at the Benenson Visitors Center.

 


Playwriter's Dreamshop

August 8-12 (M-F, 9AM - 3PM)
Ages 10-13
Cost: $345
Instructor: Jenny Wai-Lan Strodl

The sky is the limit in this outdoor collaborative playwriting workshop. Let your imagination run wild as we dream up, write, rehearse, and perform an original play.

For more information & to register, click here.


The Fields Sculpture Park: Curator's Tour

 

Saturday, August 13 at 12PM
The Fields Sculpture Park + Gallery

 

Join us as curator Nicole Hayes leads an informational tour through The Fields Sculpture Park. Learn about the details behind new works in the 2016 Summer Exhibition, the parks' ecosystem + landscape, and the history behind your old favorites!

 

Free and open to the public. Meet at the Benenson Visitors Center.

 



Music Omi Improvises in the Café


Sunday, August 14, 3 PM

Located at the Benenson Visitors Center + Café


Join us and hear the newly arrived residents of Music Omi Improvise at the Café in an afternoon impromptu showcase of their varied talents. Omi is excited to host musicians and composers from all over the globe.


Free and open to the public. For more information, click here.


Bird Walk with Richard Guthrie

 

Sunday, August 7 at 11 AM
The Fields Sculpture Park

 

Join birding enthusiast Richard Guthrie in a Bird Walk through the Fields Sculpture Park. 

Free and open to the public.

 



Dance Omi Showing in The Fields

Saturday, August 6, 2 - 4 PM
The Fields Sculpture Park

Omi's Dance Residents show works created in collaboration with each other during their stay at Omi. The residency emphasizes process over product, so the artists will present the fruits of their exchange in the form of unique pieces. Each year's iteration varies, but almost always involve site-specific performance events leading hundreds of visitors throughout Omi's beautiful sculpture park.

 

Free and open to the public.

For more information, click here.

WRITE/MAKE!

August 1-5 (M-F, 9AM-3PM)
Ages 13+
Cost: $345
Instructors: Jenny Wai-Lan Strodl + (2nd Teaching Artist TBA)

Join the Maker Movement! This five day camp led by two experienced teaching artists combines creative writing and art making in innovative ways. Let your writing inform an artistic vision or let an artwork inspire a new story.

For more information & to register, click here.


Drop-in Drawing for Adults

Six drop-in classes (Tuesdays):
June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26, and August 2
Free for members! ("Pay what you can" for not-yet-members)
6:00 - 8:30 PM at the Visitors Center
Ages 15+

Come draw with Omi Director Ruth Adams in a relaxing and fun workshop for all levels - from the novice who wants to find an enjoyable intro into drawing, to the more advanced draftsperson looking for a community drawing experience. Drawing boards, paper, pencils, erasers and charcoal provided (Bring your own specialty materials if preferred). Light snacks provided.

All levels welcome! Cash + Card accepted at the door.

  


Public Art Symposium

Friday, July 15 at 6:30 PM
Benenson Visitors Center

Please join us Friday, July 15th at 6:30 PM along with Anita Glesta, Kate Gilbert, Paula Hayes and Melissa McGill as we gather for a conversation on the topic of women's unique voice in the creation public art.

Each of these woman has created or administered the creation of ambitious public art works. In places ranging from public parks in Sydney, Australia, New York City and Boston, an island in the middle of the Hudson River to a federal building in Washington, DC. The four artists will each share a few of their completed public art projects as well as their experiences creating, caring for them after installed, and being the voice behind an artwork which becomes part of the public sphere. 


Free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about this discussion.


Lenore Malen: Scenes from Paradise

 

July 16 at 4 PM
The Fields Sculpture Park
Rain Date: July 17, 4 PM

 

Lenore Malen will direct a live performance excerpted from Scenes From Paradise, her upcoming movie featuring featuring two characters and six sheep. Adam and Eve, like time travelers, find themselves on a sheep farm and learn to be human. Naked and unashamed, with a life span of an hour, they interact with the sheep and the audience. Featuring actress Jessica Weinstein, mime Blake Haberman, and the herd from Dan Devine's Sheep Farm (a permanent installation in the Fields). The event will end with a reception in the Benenson Visitors Center.

 

Free and open to the public

 


Stephanie Griffin and Wilifrido Terrazas
Music on the Patio

Sunday, July 17, 3 PM
Benenson Visitors Center


Music Omi alumni Stephanie Griffin and Wilifrido Terrazas will share a special musical offering of improvisational compositions for flute and violin. Wilifrido Terrazas is a Mexican flutist, improviser and composer whose work focuses on finding points of convergence between notated and improvised music. Please join us for a casual afternoon of music on the Omi Cafe Patio.

Image credit: Scott Friedlander, 2015

 



Art Omi Weekend: Country Brunch


Sunday, July 10, 11 AM - 1 PM

Ledig House at Omi


Omi honors our international artists-in-residence and celebrates with a country brunch on the lawn of Ledig House. Join us for mimosas, French toast, and fresh fruit to fuel up for a day of art-seeking before you head down to the Studio Barns!


For more information, click here.


Art Omi Weekend: Open Studios

 

Sunday, July 10, 1 - 5 PM
The Studio Barns

Where else in Columbia County can you see the work of 30 international artists in one place? After our relaxing Country Brunch, take a short stroll down to the studio barns, and see what the artists have been working on for the past 4 weeks, along with additional events and installations to be announced!


Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.


For more information, click here.


Art Omi Weekend: Dancing Under the Stars

Saturday, July 9, 8:30 PM - Midnight
Ledig House at Omi


Enjoy drinks, hors d'ouerves and live music overlooking the firefly-lit sculpture park at Omi, in the company of our artists-in-residence and upstate arts community. Celebrate the culmination of this years' artists residency and Open Studios the following day! 

SAMBALAND brings their roster of drummers, dancers, and singers to perform a variety of Brazilian music, including hot samba rhythms and cool bossa nova jazz. Hear SAMBALAND's sound by clicking here and join us for one of the best parties of the year!


Click here for more information.


Ultra-Pro: Sculptures That Cook

 

June 25 at 5:30 PM
The Fields Sculpture Park

 

Organized by Art Omi 2002 Artist Residency alum Michael Tong. Michael has invited 15-20 artists to create working grills, smokers and ovens for an afternoon barbecue event. Local farms are contributing delicious grillable foods and locally produced condiments. Select local chefs are invited to collaborate with artists on recipes and participate in judging.

 

Artists include: Matt Bua, DeWitt Godfrey, Tim Davis, Dan Devine, Tim Freccia, Emily Hassell, Wennie Huang, Abel Ramirez, Andrew Robinson, William Stone, Michael Tong, Mark Wasserbach, Jason Wycoff and more!

 

Free and open to the public.



Reception + Q&A: Charley Friedman

Saturday, June 18th 2016 at 4 PM
On View from May 21 - July 24, 2016
Located in the Newmark Gallery


Charley Friedman's solo exhibition, Looking at the Sun, is now on view in our Visitors Center Gallery. Join us for a reception and Q&A with the artist, with light refreshments served.

Free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about Friedman's exhibition.


NYC Benefit: Dinner + Theater

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016
At the Edison Ballroom in NYC

We are pleased to invite you to join us in celebrating our 25th Anniversary at Omi's NYC Benefit: Dinner + Theater on Wednesday June 8, where we will be honoring Timur Galen, Executive Vice President, Related Companies with the Omi Arts Leadership Award. Select tickets from a range of options including Hamilton, The Color Purple, Blackbird and more!


Click here for more information on attending.


Summer Exhibition Opening

Saturday May 28, 1 - 4 PM
The Fields Sculpture Park

Kick off the summer season by attending our annual exhibition opening, featuring new works in The Fields Sculpture Park and Visitors Center gallery by Rob Fischer, Folkert de Jong, Freya Powell, Andreas Savva and Charley Friedman. Children's crafts, tractor rides and refreshments from popcorn to lemonade and more will be available.

Free and open to the public. Click here to learn about the artists!


Above Our Heads, It's Just Noise

HVCC Exhibition On View: May 21 - 22
Opening Reception: May 21, 2 - 4 PM
Education Pavilions


This exhibition features recent graduates of Hudson Valley Community College's Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting. Student participants in this year's advanced exhibition, entitled Above Our Heads, It's Just Noise, include: Kylie Farrell, Becca Fortune, Cassaundra Fraley, Hannah Hutchinson, Megan Kluball, Trevor Kuhl, Jessica Mastrobuono, Vic Moore, Dylan Soares-Kern, Jean Ellen Sotansky, Corina Waters, and Zach Whitford.

Led by Thomas Lail, Professor of Fine Arts and renown multi-media artist, Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting is a two-semester long course of guided study for students who have completed foundation arts courses and wish to pursue their own body of work.


Free and open to the public.
Image Credit: Deal With It Sloth by Dylan Soares-Kern


Coarc Exhibition: hand + hand

May 13 - 15, 2016
Opening Reception: May 13, 12 - 2 PM
Education Pavilions


Collaborations and artworks by adults of Coarc who participated in a series of creative workshops at Omi over the course of the past eight months. The exhibition will include works by 40 individuals who, in addition to drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture projects, engaged in movement, music, active viewing experiences, and team-building activities over the course of the program.


This event is free and open to the public. Special thanks to the Coarc Arts Endowment for making this annual partnership possible. 


Writers Omi Spring Reading and BBQ

Saturday, May 14, 5 PM
At the Benenson Visitors Center

Join distinguished writers, translators, and poets in residence at Writers Omi this spring for a night of one-of-a-kind readings by international voices. Following the event, Omi invites visitors to join the writers for a barbecue feast and reception, for which donations are appreciated. The reading is free and open to the public.

For more information, click here.


Artful Playgroup

Dates: March 30, April 6, 13, & 20
9AM - 10:30AM. 
Ages 2-4
Cost for four sessions: $50


A new offering for our youngest artists! Join us for four mornings of play, exploration, and art making as we learn about ourselves and the world around us.

To learn more and to register, click here.

 


The Ukuladies, Music Omi Alumna Performance

Saturday, April 16 at 5:30 PM
Free for members, $10 for not-yet-members
Located at the Benenson Visitors Center

The Ukuladies are a perpetually-touring, twin-sister, aunt, and one tap-dancing-cousin act from Regina, Canada with a lust for life and its idle curiosities. Music Omi alumna Katie Down (US) and her three band-mates have been invited to perform at Omi.

To learn more, RSVP and purchase tickets, please click here.

 


Writers Omi Reading

Saturday, April 9 at 5:00 PM
3rd Floor Gallery, 341 ½ Warren St, Hudson NY (above Hudson Wine Merchants)
Free and open to the public.


Hear Omi's Spring 2016 international writers and translators in residence read and share their work with an intimate, live audience. This is the first reading hosted by Writers Omi this year, which provides residencies to international literary voices across all types of literature. Refreshments generously provided by Hudson Wine Merchants.

For more information on the Spring 2016 residents, click here.

 


Opening Reception + Artist Talk: Iran do Espírito Santo

Saturday April 9, 2016 at 2 PM
Located in the Newmark Gallery

Playground by Iran do Espírito Santo is an interactive monumental sculpture that was originally installed in Central Park. This work has been moved to Ghent to be installed in The Fields Sculpture Park, with an opening reception on April 9th. 

Free and open to the public. Click here to learn more about Playground.


Show No Show, Dance Omi Alumni Performance

Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 5 PM
Tickets: $10 for members, $15 for not-yet-members
Studio Barn: Intersection of Letter S Road and County Route 22, Ghent, NY

Gabrielle Revlock (USA) and Aleksandr Frolov (RU) met and began developing Show No Show during their three-week residency with Dance Omi in August 2014. These alumni have been invited to return and perform this work in the Studio Barn.

To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.


Opening Reception + Artist Talk: Susanne Kühn

Saturday, March 19 at 2 PM
Located in the Newmark Gallery

Join us for an exhibition opening of 4 large scale paintings in the gallery and an artist talk with Susanne Kühn.

Free and open to the public. Click here to read more about this exhibition.


Anne Lindberg: fold and unfold

On View: Jan. 16 - Mar. 13, 2016
Located in the Newmark Gallery

Anne Lindberg's sculptures and drawings tap a non-verbal physiological landscape of body and space, which often provoke emotional, visceral and perceptual responses. 


Free and open to the public. To learn more about this exhibition, click here.

 


Denman Maroney, Music Omi Alumnus Performance

Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 7 PM
Located in the Newmark Gallery

To conclude Anne Lindberg's exhibition fold and unfold, "hyperpianist" and Music Omi alumnus Denman Maroney will be performing in the gallery among the installation. This event is free and open to the public. Photo Credit: Peter Gannushkin.

This event is free and open to the public. To learn more, click here.

 


Cross County Skiing and Sledding
Weather permitting.

Just because it's snowing doesn't mean you can't explore the park! Take advantage of over 120+ acres of groomed ski trails and view sculptures dusted with snow. Sledding, snowshoeing + dogwalking is also permitted.

Free and open to the public.

 


Artist Talk: Anne Lindberg

Saturday, February 27 at 2 PM
Omi's Visitors Center

Anne Lindberg's sculptures and drawings tap a non-verbal physiological landscape of body and space, which often provoke emotional, visceral and perceptual responses. Join us in the gallery for an artist talk with Anne Lindberg, in conjunction with her exhibition fold and unfold which will be view through March 13th, 2016.


This talk is free and open to the public. To learn more about this exhibition, click here.

 


Winter Art Camp

February 16, 17 & 18, 9 AM - 3 PM
$190 per child or $350 for two children.
Ages 4 1/2-12
Drop off/Pick up at Omi's Visitors Center


Winter at Omi is the cure for cabin fever! This action-packed three day camp includes 2D and 3D art projects, music and movement, sledding in The Fields Sculpture Park, special workshops with a visiting artist, storytelling, and play. Children bring a snack and lunch.

For more information & to register, click here


Candlelight Concert: Nadje Noordhuis and James Shipp

Saturday, February 13, 6:30 PM
At Omi's Visitors Center

Experience the ethereal and energetic jazz of Music Omi alumna Nadje Noordhuis and percussionist James Shipp by candlelight in the stunning glass setting of Omi's Visitors Center for our fourth annual Candlelight Concert. Photo Credit: Mimi Stefanova.

Click here to learn more, purchase tickets, and RSVP.



Translation Lab: Authors and Translators Discuss Their Collaborations

Thursday, November 12, 6:30 PM
The Center for the Humanities at CUNY Graduate Center
(Room C204, 365 5th Ave, New York, NY)

Four pairs of authors and translators from the Fall 2015 Ledig House Translation Lab—working in languages ranging from Spanish and Syrian to Bulgarian and Basque—come together to discuss their latest work together, providing insight into the complex operations involved in translating literature. A co-presentation of the Center for the Humanities, Writers Omi at Ledig House, and Words without Borders.


This event is free and open to the public. Seats are limited and an RSVP is required. For more information on our Translation Lab 2015 Residents, click here.



Writers Omi Reading

Sunday, November 1, 7 PM

KGB Bar in New York City
(85 E. 4th Street, New York, NY)


For a one-night-only event, writers and translators in residence at Writers Omi will read from their works at KGB, the Soviet-era themed bar at 85 E. 4th Street in New York City. Join us for an unforgettable evening of literary talent by the likes of authors whose cumulative credits span the globe.

Free and open to the public. For more information on this event, click here.



Trick or Treat in The Fields

Saturday, October 24, 1-3 PM
The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi

Join us at Omi for a free afternoon of Halloween fun! We'll provide art-making, hayrides, and a candy hunt amongst the sculptures. Come in your favorite costume, craft your own treat bag, and enjoy cider and popcorn in the park. Free and open to the public.



"Journeys to Sculpture"

Wednesday, October 21. 6:30 PM
*OFFSITE* New York Studio School
8 W. 8th Street, New York, NY

"Journeys to Sculpture", a dialogue between Alain Kirili and James Siena, moderated by David Cohen of Artcritical, will take place at the New York Studio School. This talk takes place in conjunction with Omi's exhibition Linear Elements, featuring Kirili and Siena on view until January 3rd.

For more information on this event, click here.


Linear Elements by Alain Kirili and James Siena

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 11, 1:30-4 PM

On View: October 11, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Omi Visitors Center

The work of both Kirili and Siena use linear elements that, once assembled, take the shape of abstract forms and fields. These abstractions invite us to follow the artist's line like a path, to take a journey connecting us to ancient places, old friends, books, songs, or moments the artist has lived.

This exhibition opens in conjunction with Reframing Nature, featuring Allan Wexler.


Free and open to the public. For more information on this exhibition, click here.



Reframing Nature by Allan Wexler

Opening Reception: Sunday, October 11, 1:30-4 PM

On View: October 11, 2015 - January 3, 2016
Omi Visitors Center

Instead of designing physical buildings, internationally exhibited artist Allan Wexler has made work focusing on what was called anti-architecture or paper architecture. The pieces on view at Omi embrace the question, "what is architecture?" that is central to his practice.

This exhibition opens in conjunction with Linear Elements, a two person show featuring Alain Kirili and James Siena.


Free and open to the public. For more information, click here.



"The Crayon Miscellany", 2015 Summer Group Exhibition curated by Julie Ryan

On view through September 27, 2015

The Crayon Miscellany includes artists Donald Baechler, Mary Heilmann, Michael Zahn, Pamela Fraser, Robert Montgomery, Tamuna Sirbiladze, Andreas Reiter Raabe, Ron Amstutz, Julie Ryan, Jason Stopa, John Monti, Andrew Huston, and Clare Grill. The exhibition will be on view through September 27, 2015 and will open alongside Diann Bauer's work Icarus Meets Apollo which has previously been exhibited at the Socrates Sculpture Park and will be installed at Omi's Education Pavilions. Access to Omi is free and open to the public.


Free and open to the public. For more information, click here.



Writers Omi Fall Reading and BBQ

Saturday, September 26, 5 PM

Omi Visitors Center

Join distinguished writers, translators, and poets in residence at Writers Omi this fall for a night of one-of-a-kind readings by international voices. Following the event, Omi invites visitors to join the writers for a barbecue feast and reception, for which donations are appreciated. The reading is free and open to the public.

For more information, click here



Light Into Night

to Benefit Omi International Arts Center
in honor of Henry Schools (in memoriam) + Frances Schools, Old Ghent Realty
Saturday, September 19, 5-9 PM

Our upstate fundraiser, LIGHT INTO NIGHT brings together visual artists, writers, musicians and dancers for an unforgettable event. Experience a rare and exclusive evening of installations and performances against the striking backdrop of the Omi Studio Barns on the autumn equinox.

Enjoy an open bar, sumptuous locally sourced farm-to-table dinner by Black Forest Flammkuchen Co., live + silent auction, dance party, and exciting art happenings. We also host "Little Stars" a separate children's event hosted by Education Omi.

This event helps the world-renowned Omi International Arts Center continue our important work of producing international arts programming of the highest caliber right here in the Hudson Valley.


For more information, click here.  



Dance Omi Showing in The Fields

Saturday, August 29, 2-4 PM
The Fields Sculpture Park

Omi's Dance Residents show works created in collaboration with each other during their stay at Omi. The residency emphasizes process over product, so the artists will present the fruits of their exchange in the form of unique pieces. Each year's iteration varies, but almost always involve site-specific performance events leading hundreds of visitors throughout Omi's beautiful sculpture park.

Free and open to the public. Made possible in part with support from Columbia County Tourism Board.


For more information, click here.



So You Think You Don't Understand (Modern) Dance?

An audience participation process with Dance Omi Alumni
Saturday, August 22, 2-4 PM

Off-premises location: PS21, 2980 NY Route 66, Chatham NY

Dance Omi Director Christopher K. Morgan will facilitate a showing of works-in-progress by alumni of the Dance Omi residency program, including Shandoah Goldman (2009), Vincent Thomas (2006), and Nicole Wolcott (2009). The dialogue is intended to deepen the audience's understanding of the choreography, while providing valuable feedback to the choreographers as they develop their work. Reception to follow.

Free and open to the public. For more information, click here.



Lindenwald Mulberry Exhibition Continuing Lecture

Presented by The Witness Tree Project, an initiative of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and the National Park Service

Saturday, August 22, 4 PM at Omi

Dale Broholm, Senior Design Critic from RISD will discuss the intersection of design and history embodied by the Witness Tree Project. Witness trees are ancient trees that have "witnessed" key events and people in history. RISD students enrolled in a joint history seminar and furniture design studio have interpreted the history selected trees have witnessed to create relevant objects from the tree's wood. This year the project used wood from President Martin Van Buren's mulberry tree, which stood from Van Buren's time until 2011 just to the south of his home, Lindenwald, in Kinderhook, NY.

Free and open to the public. For more information, click here.



Music Omi Concert in The Fields

Saturday, August 8, 5 PM
Omi's Visitors Center

Omi invites you to experience a unique concert of new global music, presented in The Fields Sculpture Park. Enjoy an afternoon of unforgettable new music collaborations amidst over 80 works of contemporary sculpture set in Omi's stunning 120+ acre pastoral landscape.

Free and open to the public. For more information, click here.



Dance Omi Choreographer's Talks

Friday, August 14, 7-8:30 PM
The Studio Barns: intersection of County Route 22 + Letter S Road, Ghent, NY


The Choreographer's Talks are an opportunity for some of the incoming residents of Dance Omi to speak and share video excerpts of their individual work with an intimate, public audience. In conjunction with the Salon held on the following day, these talks are an essential part of the process-oriented residency, which gives context to each dancer's work before their collaborations begin at Omi. Guests are invited to return for the subsequent Dance Omi showing at the conclusion of the residency to see the fruits of the resident's collaborations.

The event is free and open to the public, with no RSVP required.


For more information, click here.



Dance Omi Salon

Saturday, August 15, 5-6:30 PM
The Studio Barns: intersection of County Route 22 + Letter S Road, Ghent, NY

With a diverse group of dancers from all over the world, the Dance Omi Salon is a forum for some of the residents to share their individual work with the public before exhibiting their collaborative projects later in the month. It is an intimate evening of live performance set in the studio spaces, and gives context to individual artist's work at the start of the residency program.

The event is free and open to the public, with no RSVP required.


For more information, click here.



Summer Writers' Intensive

August 3-7, Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 3 PM
Ages 13+
Instructor: Jennifer Wai-Lan Strodl
Tuition: $325
** Registration Closed **

Whether you want to write a novel, compose a collection of poems, pen your college application essay, create a monologue for stage, ink a journalistic travelogue, or craft a nonfiction narrative based on an ancient civilization, this week-long summer intensive takes your work to the deepest level. Each writer has the opportunity to focus on a single piece of writing—developing process, refining craft, and polishing work. Days are filled with individualized writing instruction, one-on-one editing, structured free writing time, and outdoor summer activities including daily pool time.

For more information & to register, click here.



Summer Camp Omi 2015

6 week-long sessions, June 29 - August 7

Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM


Join us this year for Columbia County's most popular day camp for young artists! Draw, Paint, Sculpt, Dance, Play, Perform, Collaborate, Explore, Encounter, and CREATE! Camp Omi is a unique, arts-based day program where kids explore contemporary art and ideas through a variety of media and experiences.

Registration is now full.
For more information, click here.



Arts Labs: Creating Character

July 27-31, Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM
Ages 13+
Instructors: Jennifer Wai-Lan Strodl & Ibraheem Jara
Tuition: $325
** Registration Closed **

Character is at the heart of every great story. This one-week writing and visual arts workshop focuses on character creation and development. Through the processes of writing and drawing, we will explore the creation of character—dreaming up characters (wild and tame) with depth, imagination, distinguishing physical traits, distinctive dialogue, opinions, beliefs, and lives of their own. Each new "persona" will be represented through a series of written narratives and visual images.

For more information & to register, click here.



Music Omi Improvises in the Café

Sunday, July 26, 3 PM
Omi Visitors Center + Café

Join us and hear the newly arrived residents of Music Omi Improvise at the Cafe in an afternoon impromptu showcase of their varied talents along with special guests jazz legends Karl berger and Ingrid Sertso of the Creative Music Studio. Omi is excited to host musicians and composers from all over the globe.

Free and open to the public. For more information, click here.


Omi is pleased to present a special pop-up event. Secrets and Seawalls is a collaboration between choreographer Melissa Riker and architect Lee Skolnick to take place at Omi on Friday, July 17 at 6 PM.

Secrets and Seawalls is an evening of dance in two distinct acts. Inspired by storms and disruption, choreographer Melissa Riker in collaboration with architect Lee H. Skolnick, FAIA, uses methods of dance and architecture to explore vulnerability, power, and how each are revealed. The performance will take place outdoors at Omi (weather permitting, or in the Studio Barn) following a four day workshop during which Mr. Skolnick, Ms. Riker, and the dancers will have workshopped the piece on site - call 518-392-4747 to verify location. Afterwards an intimate panel will take place.

The event is free but an RSVP is required as space is limited. Please email events@artomi.org to RSVP.



Artist Talk: Pamela Fraser

Saturday, July 18, 4 PM

Pamela Fraser has used The Fields as her canvas in her piece for The Crayon Miscellany, Omi's Summer Show. Best known for her playful, brightly colored abstract paintings, Fraser created over 200 vibrant glazed ceramic arrangements letting the landscape and existing sculptures be her guide. The result is Steps (Omi) a linear work outlining a hedgerow and a rustic staircase creating an endless sculptural line, and a second element which shadows Omi's iconic sculpture by Robert Grosvenor. In July, Pamela will return to Omi and play again, allowing the sculpture to roam to a new location/arrangement.

Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.



Art Omi Weekend: Sneak Preview Tours of Selected Artist's Studios

Saturday, July 11, 6-7 PM
The Studio Barns

Dinner ticket holders are invited for Sneak Preview Tours of selected artists' studios in advance of the Open Studios on Sunday. Visitors have the opportunity to experience the work firsthand in an intimate setting and hear the artists speak about their processes in their own unique workspaces.

For more information, click here.



Art Omi Weekend: Dinner & Dancing Under the Stars

Saturday, July 11, 7- Midnight
Ledig House at Omi

Enjoy dinner, drinks, and live music overlooking the firefly-lit sculpture park at Omi in the company of our artists-in-residence and upstate arts community. Then, kick off your shoes and grab a glass of wine from the open bar to celebrate the culmination of this years' artists residency! SAMBALAND brings their roster of drummers, dancers, and singers to perform a variety of Brazilian music, including hot samba rhythms and cool bossa nova jazz. Hear SAMBALAND's sound by clicking here and join us for one of the best parties of the year!

For more information, click here.



Art Omi Weekend: Country Brunch

Sunday, July 12, 11 AM - 1 PM
Ledig House at Omi

Omi honors our international artists-in-residence and celebrates with a country brunch on the lawn of Ledig House. Join us for mimosas, French toast, and fresh fruit to fuel up for a day of art-seeking before you head down to the Studio Barns!

For more information, click here.




Art Omi Weekend: Open Studios

Sunday, July 12, 1 - 5 PM
The Studio Barns

Where else in Columbia County can you see the work of 30 artists from 24 countries in one place? After our relaxing Country Brunch, take a short stroll down to the studio barns, and see what the artists have been working on for the past 4 weeks, along with additional events and installations to be announced!

Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

For more information, click here.



The Fields Sculpture Studio

August 17-21, Monday - Friday, 9 AM - 3 PM
Ages 13+
Instructors: Max Spitzer & CJ Hill
Tuition: $350
** Registration Closed **

This five-day camp will explore the age-old relationship between sculpture and our natural environment. Students will explore the landscape of The Fields Sculpture Park, collect objects, and make drawings related to their findings. Back in the studio, students will use a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials to create individual and collaborative artworks. Discussions will center around the relationships between current works on display and the landscape, creating public sculpture, and individual process. The week will culminate with an installation and artist presentation in the Education Pavilions open to friends and family.

 
For more information & to register, click here.



Artist Talk: Donald Baechler

Saturday, June 27, 4 PM

"[Donald Baechler's] seemingly ingenious depictions of everyday objects and simple figures succeed in large part by tapping into our nostalgia for childhood" - Steven Vincent, Art in America

Four monumental sculptures, along with a mural and drawings in the gallery by Donald Baechler, anchor Omi's 2015 Summer Show The Crayon Miscellany. Referencing the dialogue between the interior and exterior exhibition spaces of The Fields Sulcpture Park, Donald Baechler will discuss the sources for his vast collection of imagery and his large-scale sculptural works and public art projects.

Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.



Exhibition Preview + Cocktail Party

Friday, June 12, 6:30 - 8:30 PM
Omi Visitors Center and Charles B. Benenson Gallery

Join us for our season opening cocktail party and exhibition preview for the 2015 group summer exhibition "The Crayon Miscellany". Curator Julie Ryan will give a brief talk, and audiences will have the opportunity to meet and greet artists in attendance. Passed hors d'oeuvre will be provided by a local chef, along with wine and cheese generously donated by our neighbors. Free to members and $25 to nonmembers. RSVP by e-mailing events@artomi.org.




Annual Theater Benefit in New York City to Benefit Omi International Arts Center

Wednesday, June 3rd, 5:15 PM
Edison Ballroom, 240 West 47th Street, New York NY 10036 (between Broadway and 8th Avenue)

Join us at the Annual Theater Benefit in New York City, where we start the evening with cocktails and dinner at the historic Edison Ballroom. Curtain time is at 8 PM, and Omi has secured a block of seats to three outstanding Broadway plays: Fish in the Dark, starring Larry David; Something Rotten, from the co-director of The Book of Mormon, and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, from Tony Award winning director Marianne Elliott. A dessert and champagne reception will follow at the home of Isabelle Autones and Francis Greenburger.

For tickets and more information, please click here.


Film Screening: Everybody Knows...Elizabeth Murray by Kristi Zea (a work-in-progress)

Saturday, May 23, 4 PM
Omi Visitors Center


Since 2005, two-time Academy Award Nominee, Kristi Zea, has been capturing the life and work of contemporary artist Elizabeth Murray on film. Omi will screen the one-hour long documentary created by Zea, which features Murray in the studio, and interviews with the artist, her family and friends. The film explores the history of the New York art scene from the 1970s to today, and reveals Murray as a pioneer on the frontiers of color and form. Click here to view a 10 minute short preview to the longer work-in-progress.


For more information, click here.



Spring Flower Walk at Omi

Saturday, May 23rd, 10 AM - 12 PM
Meet in the Omi Parking Lot: 1405 County Route 22, Ghent NY 12075

Join ecologists Claudia and Conrad Vispo from the Hawthorne Valley Farmscape Ecology Program on a leisurely walk through the sculpture park at The Fields Sculpture Park at Omi International Arts Center. You will get to see a variety of spring wildflowers and their insect visitors, and learn their names and lore. If you get lucky, you will also see flowering Nodding Trillium, a rare native plant which occurs here and there in the forests at Omi.

The walk is free and suitable for people of all ages (including children), but attendance is limited, so please register early with claudia@hawthornevalleyfarm.org or 518-672-7994 to reserve your space. Omi members will have priority for registration until May 1st.


"Parts of the Whole", an exhibition of work by the men and women of Coarc

Opening Reception: May 15, 12-2 PM
On view: May 15 - May 17
Education Pavilions

Over the course of the past nine months, artists from Coarc's Evergreen and Mellenville Centers engaged in creative workshops that included, drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, mixed media, photography, music, movement, and group discussions. The artworks on display represent the individual and collaborative artworks of more than 25 participants designed to encourage emotional connectedness, individual decision-making, and critical thinking among the participants. It is hoped that the exhibit highlights the abilities of these remarkable men and women of our community.

This year's program was a three-way collaboration between Omi International Arts Center, Coarc, and the Community Expressive Arts Program (CEAP), a student-led group from Bard College.



"The Edge Becomes The Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the 21st Century" Reading by Author DW Gibson


Friday, May 15, 5-7 PM
Off-site location: Chatham Bookstore, 27 Main St, Chatham, NY 12037

DW Gibson, Director of Writers Omi and author, will be reading from his recently published book "The Edge Becomes The Center: An Oral History of Gentrification in the 21st Century" in a reading hosted by the Chatham Bookstore. A conversation between the author and Tom Chulak will follow. The event is free and open to the public.


For more information, click here.



Writers Omi Spring Reading & BBQ

Saturday, May 16, 5 PM
Omi's Visitors Center


A distinguished group of international writers, translators, and poets in residence currently in residence at Writers Omi will read from their works. This groups many literary accomplishments span the genres of fiction, nonfiction, translation, theater, and more. Following the event, Omi invites visitors to gather for a barbeque feast and reception with the writers, for which donations are appreciated. The reading is free and open to the public.


For more information, click here.


"While You Were Sleeping", an exhibition of work from HVCC Advanced Study Students


Opening Reception: Saturday, May 9, 2 PM
On view: May 9 - 10
Education Pavilions


Advanced Study students enrolled in Hudson Valley Community College will exhibit their work at the Education Pavilions located at Omi International Arts Center. Students participating in the exhibition are Sara Alonge, S. Marissa Barnes, Anna Campbell, Quentin Carey, Nick Coonrad, Brittany Fedorchak, Anthony Guagliardo, Ibraheem Jara, Haley Macherone, Arnela Mahmutovic, Cody Montanye, Kevin Mosca and Garrett White.

Advanced Study in Drawing and Painting is a year-long academic course of guided study. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Omi by Associate Professor of Fine Arts Thomas Lail.



Writers Omi Reading

 

April 18, 5:30 PM
3rd Floor Gallery, 341 ½ Warren St, Hudson NY (above Hudson Wine Merchants)

 

Hear Omi's Spring 2015 international writers and translators in residence read and share their work with an intimate, live audience. This is the first reading hosted by Writers Omi this year, which provides residencies to international literary voices across all types of literature. Refreshments generously provided by Hudson Wine Merchants. Free and open to the public.


For more information, click here.



Spring Art Camp

 

April 7, 8 & 9, 9 AM - 3 PM
Omi Visitor's Center

 

Spring Art Camp is an imaginative and active way to bring in the new season! This program features a variety of creative adventures for kids. Daily activities include a 2D and 3D art project, nature studies, exploration of The Fields Sculpture Park, storytelling, and play.


For more information, click here.



Elizabeth Murray

On View: March 27 - May 31
Reception + Curator's Talk: Saturday, April 4, 4-6 PM

 

Join us for the reception of Omi's newest gallery exhibition "Elizabeth Murray" on Saturday April 4, from 4 PM - 6 PM featuring several paintings and drawings by the late artist. Curator Nicole Hayes will give a short talk on Elizabeth Murray, whose paintings burst with lively excitement, at the same time maintaining a sense of stability and order. 


For more information, click here.



STORY: A Creative Writing Program with Jennifer Wai-Lan Strodl

Offered in 4 week sessions:
Jan. 10 - 31, Feb. 7 - 28, and March 7-28. 
Saturdays, 10 AM - 12 PM


Everyone has a story to tell. No matter who you are, your unique expression is important. Writing gives you the power to find your voice and put your vision into words. Fiction – where dreams and reality merge – has no limits. Together we will discuss what makes a great story, hone your writing skills, explore your characters, wander with your wildest ideas, dream up whole worlds, bring real characters to life, and most importantly – unleash your imagination.


For more information, click here.



Cross County Skiing and Sledding
Weather permitting.


Just because it's winter, doesn't mean you can't explore the park! Take advantage of over 120+ acres of groomed ski trails and view sculptures dusted with snow. Sledding + dogwalking is also available.

Free and open to the public.




Candlelight Concert Features Sha'ar
Saturday, February 28, 6:30 PM
at Omi Visitors Center


Omi presents a candlelight concert with Sha'ar, a band fusing Jazz sensibilities with global Jewish musical traditions. A quartet featuring acclaimed musician (and 2007 Music Omi alumni) drummer/percussionist David Freeman, along with guitarist Oren Neiman, Iván Barenboim on clarinet and bass clarinet, and bassist Doug Drewes will perform in the stunning glass setting of Omi's Visitors Center. Reception will follow with delicious savory snacks and cocktails prepared by a local chef.


For more information, click here.



Winter Art Camp


February 17, 18, and 19 from 9 AM - 3 PM
Ages 4 1/2 - 12.
Tuition: $180 or $320 for two.
Drop off/Pick up at the Visitors Center.


Join us for three art-filled days at Omi this winter! Shake off that cabin fever with 2D and 3D art projects, music and movement workshops, sledding in The Fields, storytelling, and play. A limited number of scholarships are available.


For more information, click here.


INTERVENTIONS II

 

An independent project organized by Isidro Blasco
Reception: Sat Jan. 31 at 1 PM
On view: Fri., Jan. 30 - Sun., Feb. 1, 11 AM - 7 PM
Location: 257 State St. Hudson NY 12534
Free and open to the public.

 

INTERVENTIONS II is an independently organized project by Isidro Blasco, involving 7 other Art Omi alumni that is happening in Hudson. Blasco has invited artists to apply their ideas to his home in Hudson, prior to a renovation that will allow himself and his wife to reside there full-time. As such, the architectural elements of a house might turn out differently from what is generally accepted as normal. 

For more information on this project, click here.


Artist Talk: Joan Linder


January 24, 2015 at 1PM in Charles B. Benenson Gallery

Joan Linder will speak about her work in the exhibition Drawn Home on view at Omi (recently reviewed in the Times Union). The exhibition features large wall drawings and oversized accordion style books depicting domestic interiors of three generations of the artist's family. Also on view, Documents consists of 100 pieces of Linder's mail and press clippings meticulously recreated in pen and ink. Linder will also speak about her newest series of work which focuses on landscape drawings of Superfund sites around Buffalo, New York and drawn documents that pertain to those sites.


For more information about Joan Linder, click here.


EASTON + COMBS, MIRAGE GARDEN


Opening Reception: Saturday, December 13, 3-5 PM at the Charles B. Benenson Visitors Center and Gallery

The architectural firm EASTON + COMBS presents a gallery exhibition of studies and 3D models entitled MIRAGE GARDEN opening with a free reception on Saturday, December 13, 3-5 PM. The exhibition is a precursor to an architectural project formed as a reflective ribbon wall coursing through the landscape, created from vacuum-formed black polycarbonate using 3D printing technologies.


For more information, click here.


Volunteer's Meet + Greet
Thursday, November 6, 6:30 PM

Are you interested in volunteering at Omi? This winter we will be starting a volunteer docent program - to be expanded in the spring of 2015 - and we need you! We will be having our first meeting, a meet and greet with wine and cheese, in the Visitors Center at Omi on Thursday, November 6 at 6:30 PM.

We hope you can join us! Please let us know if you are interested, and whether you can attend on the 6th. RSVP to Jane Herman at volunteers@artomi.org.


Omi Translators Lab Reading
*Offsite* Chatham Bookstore
Wed. November 12, 4 - 5:30 PM
27 Main St., Chatham NY

Join 4 writer-translator pairs from the 2014 Translation Lab at Writers Omi in a one-of-a-kind collaborative reading. This is the only opportunity to hear works by the Omi working translator and writer pairs in a live setting! Poetry and literature from the Italian, Spanish, German, and Chinese into English will be read in this unique event.

Free admission with refreshments to follow.
To learn more about our incoming residents, click here.



Writers Omi Reading
Sunday, November 2, 7 PM
KGB Bar in New York City (85 E. 4th Street)


For a one-night-only event, writers and translators in residence at Writers Omi will read from their works at KGB, the Soviet-era themed bar at 85 E. 4th Street in New York City. Join us for an unforgettable evening of literary talent by the likes of authors whose cumulative credits include work published in the Paris Review, The New York Times, and McSweeney's Quarterly, and a literary translator who has translated works by John Updike and William Faulkner, among others.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, click here.



Trick or Treat in The Fields
Saturday, October 25, 1-3 PM


Join us at Omi for a free afternoon of Halloween fun! We’ll provide art-making, hayrides, and a candy hunt amongst the sculptures. Come in your favorite costume, craft your own treat bag, and enjoy cider and popcorn in the park.

Free and open to the public.

More information coming soon!



Writers Omi Fall Reading and BBQ
Saturday, October 18, 5 PM


Join ten distinguished writers, translators, and poets in residence at Writers Omi this fall for a night of one-of-a-kind readings by international voices. This year Omi is excited to host writers from all over the globe, including a Swiss poet and literary critic; a literary translator who converts Italian, Spanish, and Catalan into Bulgarian, working with texts by Italo Calvino among others; and a recipient of the 2012 Barbara Jefferis Award and the 2012 Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction. Following the event, Omi invites visitors to join the writers for a barbecue feast and reception, for which donations are appreciated.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, click here.



Fall Exhibition Opening of New Works
in The Fields and Architecture Omi

Sunday, October 12, 1:30-4 PM


Featuring work by Alexandre Arrechea, Jackie Ferrara, Guy Goldstein, Harrison Atelier, Paula Hayes, Catherine Lee, and Joan Linder.


Free and open to the public.


For more information on works in The Fields, click here. For works in Architecture Omi, click here.


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