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This open-air museum should be at the top of every arts and culture lover’s must-see list. Located in New Windsor, NY, the 50-year-old sculpture park boasts 500 acres of landscaped fields and rolling hills filled with more than 100 artworks from artists like Alexander Calder, Richard Serra, Roy Lichtenstein, Maya Lin and Sol Lewitt.
OMI International Arts Center
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Omi International Arts Center is a not-for-profit arts organization with residency programs for visual artists, writers, musicians and dancers. Located in Ghent, NY, the 300-acre property includes the Fields Sculpture Park, home to over 80 contemporary sculptures. Bonus: It’s open year-round. Like Storm King, it's an open air museum.
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This is yet another one of those places that you’d escape to just for the experience of being amongst an awe-inspiring garden and sculpture collection. It just so happens that LongHouse also has a beautiful selection of ethnographic and handcrafts on view. Nature and art collide in the most tranquil way here.
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The Dia: Beacon, part of a constellation of art sites under the umbrella of the Dia Art Foundation, sits inside a former Nabisco box printing factory on the banks of the Hudson River. The whopping 300,000-square-foot haven specializes in single-artist presentations, and figures like Dan Flavin and Andy Warhol have graced its property in Beacon, NY.
The Castellani Art Museum
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The Castellani Art Museum is a center for both contemporary and folk art. On view now are exhibitions like “Extraordinary Ordinary People: American Masters of Traditional Arts,” a solo show for sculptor Bethany Krull and “Four Decades of Abstraction.”
8. Dan Flavin Art Institute
Another Dia Art Foundation treasure, the Dan Flavin Art Institute stands as a firehouse-turned-church-turned-gallery that houses a permanent collection of artist Dan Flavin’s fluorescent fixtures and tubes. Burning with the electric light, buzzing color and formless beauty Flavin became famous for, this art spot is perfect for a quick trip out to Bridgehampton, NY.
The I. M. Pei-designed Everson Museum of Art is a spectacular art haven in the middle of New York state that houses an 11,000-piece permanent collection and an array of temporary and traveling exhibitions.
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The Greater Ithaca Art Trail. It’s a chance to see the insides of 47 artist studios and meet the creatives who call them home. Best time to go: the first Saturday of every month.
11. Edward Hopper House Art Center
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This is the birthplace and childhood home of Edward Hopper, the great American painter responsible for works like “Nighthawks” and “Office in a Small City.” This house museum located in Nyack, NY, offers both Hopper-specific artworks and 20th century works by other artists.
12. Yaddo Artist Community
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Yaddo is an artists’ community in Saratoga Springs that’s taken over 400 acres in order to provide painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians and writers with an opportunity to work without interruption in a breathtaking environment. It can only be visited on special occasions by those not already in residence at the facility, but the Yaddo Gardens are open to the public seven days a week.
13. Albright-Knox Art Gallery
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The AK, as its known, is part of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, which dates back to 1862 and is considered one of the country’s oldest public art institutions. The museum places emphasis on “collection, presentation, and interpretation of the artistic expressions of our times,” and in the past even hosted an entire exhibition of Albrecht Dϋrer works.