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Here’s our new opportunity: Portal: Rockaway

DEADLINE: August 12, 2024

4heads’ goal is to continually create diverse venues and forums to present, advocate and provide services for artists. The desire to structure valuable opportunities for creative individuals comes in part as an empathetic reflection of the 4heads’ own struggle as working artists surviving in NYC. The collective is primarily focused on encouraging organically occurring culture by nurturing the evolving community of artists – who they see as the true voice of contemporary culture.

Through Rockaway Artists Alliance, 4heads have been granted an amazing space to exhibit. This show will focus on 2-D art on the walls and installation, sculpture and performance in the vast middle of the space.

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There is no overall theme for the show, but the spot is at the beach. It’s not hard, not far to reach, you can show at Rockaway Beach. In the footsteps of Yayoi Kusama and Patti Smith we have an opportunity to do something amazing in this sliver of NYC.

There is a $45 application fee. The fee can be waived upon an email request to

DEADLINE: August 12, 2024

Here’s some updated practical dates and info:

Application Deadline: August 12
Artist Notification: August 27
Site Visit: September 1
Installation: September 15-25
Show: Every Weekend September 27-October 13

Studio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, Far Rockaway, NY 11695

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January 27 – February 10, 2024
340 E 64th Street, NYC
Hours: Thursday – Sunday 12 – 6pm
Opening Reception: Saturday January 27th, 6 – 9pm
Live Music / Drinks / Snacks

Portal: Shifting Landscapes is an event created by organizers and artists working together to share art in a space donated by ChaShaMa. This collaboration brings artists and community members together in ways that build relationships and unlock creativity.

Megan Suttles

Jonathan Ellis

Samuelle Green

Eric Lawrence

Margot Spindelman

Ed Grant

Etty Yaniv

Portal’s pop-up exhibition Shifting Landscapes can be interpreted in a variety of ways: literal, ecological, personal, political, sociological. To this last category, as 4heads looks to new horizons after having headquartered on Governors Island as an exhibition home for 15 years, the idea of a pop-up itself signifies a state of transition and a shifting space.


Exhibitors were selected through an invitational call to alumni artists who have presented work across the many editions of Portal and GIAF. The request for proposals focused on exploring and engaging with shifting visions of place – both physically and metaphorically – and in relation to 4heads’ foundation as a space for nurturing and continued support for art practices.   


As 4heads navigates this nomadic and transitional time (shifting/changing/relocating) we invite you to join us for this immersive showcase featuring transportive art. Currently an at-large moveable feast of creativity that can popup anywhere, 4heads mission of “artists for artists” moves with us like a caravan. This first off-island pop-up highlights the symbiotic relationship between organizers and artists that we’ve nurtured for over a decade with a sampling of alumni work. The exhibition features artists who have shown and grown with us across the years (some who have been with us from the beginning, as well as more recent exhibitors). 


Participating Artists:








 For a sneak peek follow us on Instagram @4heads_nyc

2022 Portal House Artists:

2022 Portal House Artists:

Participating Portal House Artists:

Indoor Artists:

Henry Chung @henryxchung 

& Robert Walden

Shiri Mordecay @shiri_mordechay 

& Robert Soffian @robertsoffianart 

Ethan Minsker @ethanminsker 

& Helixx Armageddon @helixxwashere

Susan Camp @susancampart

& Traci Molloy @tracimolloy

Greg Emery @greggvemery

& Jackie Braje @poetrysocietyny

Kyle Luntz @kyle.luntz

& Helena Chung @gizzardshad_

Tim Fite @timfite

& Ricky Sallay Zoker @rickysallay

Andrea Kastner

& Frank Chang @frnkchng 

Pablo Lopez @caravaca1

& Tansy Xiao

Lauren Petty & Shaun Irons @automaticreleasenyc / shaunironseye

& Brian Rogers @brianjamesrogers

Amy Sinclair @asaintclair

& Simona Prives

Education Incubator:

Shelter In Place cohort @shelteringovernors 

Outdoor Artists: 

Margaret Roleke @margaretroleke

& Martha Lewis @marthawillettelewis

Miggy Buck @miggybuck

& Kate Lawless @katharinelawless

Jean Foos @foosnyc

& Stephen Talasnik @stephentalasnik

Abraham McNally @abeMcNally

& Gregory McNally 

Matthew Callinan

& Collaborator

Vallerie Haller @multiplemedia_artist

& (Technical Advisor) Katherine Bennett @ladykstudios 

More Outdoor Artists announced soon…

Check out our:

Our 15th Anniversary Montage

2021 Artist interviews›

Recap video – Portal: GI 2019›


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.


Give from the heart – for the future of art!

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