Portal: Governors Island

15 years


We continue our “artists for artists” mission of supporting our community in 2022 by meeting the needs of as many artists as effectively as we can. With studio space and time remaining the most urgent needs as we navigate these challenging times, we are hosting Two Separate Artist Residency Sessions. We’re asking participants to think as creatively as possible over these two intensive residencies that will feature a mix of site-specific indoor and outdoor installations, with ongoing open studios, various evening events (late nights TBA), and each culminating with a public exhibition – the first happening Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, August 5 – 7th (hours TBA).

First Session Portal began in April, is a longer, more intimate residency with eight women artists working over five months (thru mid-August). We’ve chosen each of these artists for their unique and dynamic approaches to using the spaces. Come to our open studios on Saturday and Sunday, July 16th and 17th in Building 408A on Colonel’s Row to check out the residencies in person. Follow us instagram for more details and to see what resident artists are up to each week @4heads_nyc.


1st Session 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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