Calendar of Events


Upcoming + Ongoing Events

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.

Saturday Children's Workshops

Saturdays through Dec. 27, 10 AM - 12 PM

$12 per child or $20 for two.

These workshops offer studio experiences for children ages 4 1/2 -12. Themes and activities are connected with the artists, artworks and ideas featured in the current exhibition in The Fields Sculpture Park. Workshops begin with an adventure in The Fields focusing on artworks pertinent to a weekly theme.

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.

Café Omi
Weekends with full lunch menu & weekdays with drinks and snacks, 11 AM - 4 PM

Café Omi, located in the Visitors Center at The Fields Sculpture Park, serves seasonal lunch specials, soups, salads and sweets. Our menu rotates weekly and is carefully craſted by our talented local chefs. Café Omi is proud to offer the freshest seasonal ingredients and produce sourced from local farms and purveyors in Columbia County.

To view the menu, click here.


2014 Calendar At A Glance

Save the date for these special events in 2014!

Saturdays through June 7 & from September 13 - December 27, 10 AM - 12 PM
| Saturday Children's Workshops

Saturday, January 3 - February 8, 10 AM - 12 PM | "STORY: Teen Writing Workshop"


Saturday, February 15, 5 PM | Kid to Kid: Film Screening & Pen Pal Event
Tuesday - Thursday, February 18-20 | Winter Art Camp

Saturday, March 1 - 22, 10 AM - 12 PM | STORY: Teen Writing Workshop
Saturday, March 29 - May 3, 10 AM - 12 PM | Art History/Life Workshop


Saturday April 5 | Reception for Jim Torok: Drawings
Saturday April 12, 11 AM-1 PM | Slow Art Day
Saturday April 12, 5:30 PM | Writers Reading at Marianne Courville Galery
Tuesday - Thursday, April 15-17 | Spring Art Camp


Saturday, May 10, 5 PM | Writers Spring Reading & BBQ
Saturdays, May 17 - June 14, 10 AM - 12 PM | "You Can Do A Graphic Novel" with Barbara Slate
Friday, May 23, 12 - 2 PM | Opening Reception for More Than Able by the Men & Women of COARC

Wednesday, June 4, 5 - 10 PM | Omi Theater Benefit in
New York City
Friday, June 13, 6:30-8:30 PM | Season Opening Cocktail Party & Preview

Saturday, June 14, 1 - 5 PM | Opening of Summer Exhibitions at The Fields & Architecture Omi
Monday, June 23 - Friday, July 3, 9 AM - 3 PM | Teen Arts Lab: Playwriting in The Fields
Monday, June 23 - Friday, August 1, 9 AM - 3 PM
 | Camp Omi (6 week-long sessions)

Monday, July 7 - Friday, July 18, 9 AM - 3 PM | Teen Arts Lab: Exploring Artistic Practice

Saturday, July 12, 6 - 7 PM | Art Omi Weekend: Studio Tour
Saturday, July 12, 7 - 9 PM | Art Omi Weekend: Dinner & Dancing
Saturday, July 12, 9 PM - Midnight | Art Omi Weekend: After Party
Sunday, July 13, 11 AM - 1 PM | Art Omi Weekend: Country Brunch with the Artists
Sunday, July 13, 1 - 5 PM | Art Omi Weekend: Open Studios
Friday, July 19, 6 PM | POV: On Being Cuban Architects In and Out of Cuba, a conversation with Yoandy Rizo Fiallo and Osmany Abel García Fuentes
Sunday, July 20, 7 PM | Omi Improvisors Orchestra ft. Karl Berger and Ingrid Sertso at Helsinki Hudson
Tuesday, July 22, 6 PMAn Evening Talk with Alison Saar
Monday, July 28 - Friday, August 1, 9 AM - 3 PM | Teen Arts Lab: Summer Writers' Intensive


Saturday, August 2, 5 PM | Music Omi Performance 
Monday, August 4 - Friday, August 15, 9 AM - 3 PM
 | Teen Arts Lab: Sculpture Workshop

Saturday, August 9, 5 - 7 PM | Dance Omi Open Salon (members priority!)
Sunday, August 17, 2 PM | Dance Omi Alumni Share Works-in-Progress at PS21
Saturday, August 23, 2 - 4 PM
| Dance Omi Showing in The Fields

Saturdays, September 6 - November 22, 10 AM - 12 PM | STORY: Creative Writing Program for Writers ages 12-16
Saturdays, September 13 - December 27, 10 AM - 12 PM |
Saturday Children's Workshops
Saturday, September 20, 5 PM
| LIGHT INTO NIGHT: 1st Annual Showcase, Auction, Art, Dinner + Barn Dance

Saturday, October 4, 5 PM |
Artist Talk by Afruz Amighi
Saturday, October 11, 11 AM - 5 PM | Artswalk  
Sunday, October 12, 1:30 PM - 4 PM
| Fall Exhibition Opening
Saturday, October 18, 5 PM |
Writers Omi Fall Reading & Barbeque
Saturday, October 25, 1 - 3 PM
 | Trick or Treat in The Fields

Sunday, November 2, 7 PM
 | Writers Omi Reading at KGB Bar in New York City

Thursday, November 6, 6:30 PM | Volunteer Meet + Greet at the Visitors Center
Wednesday, November 12, 4 - 5:30 PM | Omi Translators Lab Reading at Chatham Bookstore

Saturday, December 13, 3 - 5 PM | EASTON + COMBS, MIRAGE GARDEN Opening Reception 


Past Events


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.

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

Saturdays through Nov. 22, 10 AM - 12 PM

Drop in or enroll in 4 week sessions. $20 per Saturday class.

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.

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

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.

Guided Tours of Exhibition Highlights
for Artswalk

Saturday, October 11, 11 AM + 1 PM

Join us for two guided tours of exhibition highlights through the Fields and Architecture Omi in advance of the fall season opening.

Free and open to the public

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.

Species Niches 2 by Harrison Atelier, site-specific installation and performance
Sunday, October 12, 2 PM

On October 12, at 2 PM, Harrison Atelier will present Species Niches 2, a site specific performance at the pavilion, choreographed by James McGinn and composed by Loren Dempster in conjunction with the Fall Exhibition Opening.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, click here.

Artist Talk: Afruz Amighi

Saturday, October 4, 5 PM

Iranian-American artist Afruz Amighi will present a slide presentation on her body of work and her inspiration. Her piece “Far From God” is installed on the lawn in front of the Visitors Center, and references Early Christian Architecture and spirituality.

Free and open to the public.

For more information, click here.