4heads Presents

PORTAL HOUSE: GOVERNORS ISLAND
Exhibition Featuring Site-Specific Installations on Historic Colonels Row


4heads, best known for its annual Governors Island and Portal Art Fairs, invites you to join us for a new season of creativity in our 15th Anniversary year.

Experience immersive environments created by 4heads’ summer artists-in-residence.

Building 408A on Colonels Row

Friday 08/05   12pm-9pm

Saturday 08/06   12pm-9pm

Sunday 08/07   12pm-5pm

This summer-intensive challenges eight resident emerging and mid-career women artists (some who are not normally installation focused) to create site-specific environments in our historic spaces. The exhibition reflects a spectrum of artistic genre and media, from painting and drawing to sculpture and sound – each artist having transformed their individual rooms, connective spaces, and some exterior outdoor spots, presented in Building 408A on Colonels Row and on the adjacent outdoor lawns.

Follow us on Instagram for a sneak peek @4heads_nyc.


Portal House Artists:

Christina Massey

Jody MacDonald

Valérie Hallier

Anne Muntges

Gigi Chen

Jean Foos

Amy Butowicz 

Santina Amato


Check out our:

2021 Artist interviews›

Recap video – Portal: GI 2019›


Stay Tuned…

We’ll be dropping more details as we get closer to Second Session Portal dates:  starting mid-August, the second session will be designed as a shorter residency, accommodating four times as many artists in partner collaborations. This second session will be a four month residency with the theme of “At Rest & In Motion” and center around creative approaches to the collaborations and theme.

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Created by artists, for artists

4heads is the New York City non-profit organization created by artists for artists that has produced Portal: Governors Island (formerly known as Governors Island Art Fair) since 2008. Touted as New York’s largest independent exhibition, Portal: GI welcomes over 40,000 visitors annually in New York Harbor.

Our mission as an artist-created organization, is to cultivate a supportive community by hosting free large-scale art fairs and studio residency programs for under-represented artists, and by tailoring arts education programs for underserved youth. With a strong focus on artistic excellence and inclusion, we revitalize historic spaces with contemporary art, as we continue to enrich and expand our creative community: a socially, economically, and culturally diverse reflection of New York City itself.

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Give from the heart – for the future of art!


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