4 Art Museums and Galleries Near Orangeburg, New York

New York City is known for its variety of art museums and galleries. Just an hour north, however, you can leave the busy city behind and still enjoy works of art created by masters, local artists, and students. Drive or take a commuter train to the suburb of Orangeburg in Rockland County, New York. Orangeburg is a small hamlet of Orangetown, New York, that’s home to about 5,000 people.

Azarian McCullough Art Gallery

In Orangeburg, hop on the Palisades Interstate Parkway South to Saint Thomas Aquinas College and its Azarian McCullough Art Gallery. Visit in early March to see the Juried Student Exhibition. Students display works in a variety of mixed media including art, poetry, and video.

If you’re an artist yourself, you have a chance to show your work at this gallery too. In June, the museum invites artists to send their best works of art to the gallery. The museum chooses which pieces to display at the Mail Art: Objectified show. Call ahead to check museum hours during each semester.

Union Arts Center

For a modern experience, take a short ride from the college south on State Route 340 to the Union Arts Center. The Center showcases artists, performers, and healing arts practitioners. Enjoy art exhibitions along with live performances. Relax to the sounds of chamber music and classical piano recitals. Stroll through two floors of gallery space to admire works of art from photographers, illustrators, and painters. You can also try a yoga or tai chi workshop.

It’s easy to make Orangeburg your home base for exploring art venues in nearby cities as well. Reserve your accommodations in town for easy access to highways that will take you to art havens in Nyack and Northern New Jersey.

Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center

Edward Hopper House is the birthplace of Nyack native and illustrator Edward Hopper. Local residents saved the home from demolition in 1971 and turned it into a non-profit art museum. Exhibitions include Hopper’s work along with shows by modern local artists featuring paintings, sculptures, and photographs.

When you visit Edward Hopper House today you can view abstract paintings, landscape oils, and photographs. Head north on State Route 303 from Orangeburg, and you’ll reach Edward Hopper House in under 15 minutes.

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Belskie Museum of Art and Science 

If you travel south on State Route 303 from Orangeburg you can also reach Closter, New Jersey, in about 15 minutes. Stop in the Belskie Museum of Art and Science while you’re in the Garden State. The museum’s namesake, Abram Belksie, was a sculptor who lent his skills to local physicians who needed medical models. Visitors can see Belskie’s works on display here along with modern paintings, sculptures, and photographs. Browse the gift shop to find original note cards, jewelry, and books.

Your journey to Orangeburg, New York, can be filled with visits to art galleries and museums each day. Stroll through the many galleries to appreciate classic and modern works of art by both established and up-and-coming artists.

 

 

 

 

 

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