OMI International Art Center

The OMI International Art Center is an art and performance gallery, an artists and writers' colony and an outdoor sculpture field in Ghent.

The Campus

OMI International Art Center’s 200-acre campus is home to the works of a massive colony of artists. The center is located in Columbia County, in the town of Ghent, New York. The Fields at OMI are open year-round to the public during daylight hours. There are six areas of the park that showcase sculptures. The innovative and bold design will inspire art lovers and instill a new-found appreciation for art in novice art patrons. Visitors can walk, bike, snowshoe, or cross-country ski around the Fields depending on the weather.

The Charles B. Benenson Visitor Center and Gallery is a 4,200 square-foot and environmentally-green venue for art. After exploring all the grounds have to offer, visitors need not go anywhere for lunch. Cafe Omi offers seasonal specials through their partnership with Love Apple Farms.

Art Omi

Art Omi is the non-profit organization comprised of international artists, writers, translators, musicians, architects, and dancers that convene at the OMI International Art Center. A core belief of Art Omi is that tolerance, respect, and peace can be fostered through exposure to the creative works of diverse artists. The OMI International Art Center has housed over 2,000 artists from over 100 countries and has been a destination for countless more.

The OMI International Art Center has residency programs for applicants that wish to hone their skill and expand the scope of their work. 30 artists, 10 dancers, 10 writers and translators, 10 architects, and 12-15 musicians and composers are housed at the OMI campus during residency periods. Visitors to the center can watch performances, listen to readings, and attend exhibitions of the residents during their stay. Art Omi-Education engages students of all ages with contemporary art, ideas, and techniques. There are designated programs for pre-schoolers, school-age children, and post-school teens and adults.

Learn more about the OMI International Art Center through New York by Rail. To read about a day-trip to OMI and other great attractions in the Columbia County area, click here.