By Ashley Thomaz

It is no secret that New York City is home to many different art exhibits. However, a little north of the metro area—Hudson Valley—one can find a vast range of art museums. 

Dia Beacon and Storm King Art Center are internationally known and located within a few miles of Mount Saint Mary College. Dia Beacon, located on 3 Beekman St, Beacon, NY, is one of the many other constellation sites originating from its main site in New York City. Each artist represented has an individual gallery which is meant specifically for their art work. Art enthusiast Sage Galati, who has been to Dia and Storm King, says Dia even has art by Andy Warhol. Dia includes various types of art like abstract expressionism, minimalism, conceptual and pop art. Aside from the galleries, Galati says, “there’s also a cafe and bookstore where you can get books about art and artists.” The museum is located along the Hudson River so after you enjoy the art inside, you can take a walk down to the riverside. 

Storm King Art Center is a 500-acre outdoor sculpture park located on 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, NY. The sculptures are interactive, allowing visitors to “walk” in, on or around the art. “It’s especially great for now [dealing with Covid],” says Galati. “You get to enjoy the nature surrounding the art center and see sculptures that you really can’t see anywhere else.” On weekends there is a guided tour that is included with admission. From April to November you can enjoy their cafe picnic area. 

Go by yourself or grab a few friends and enjoy the beauties of modern and contemporary art.