The Artist-Led, Nonprofit 4heads Announces Cancellation of The 13th Edition of Its Beloved Annual Fair, Portal: Governors Island, in Response to COVID-19

To continue to support its artist community in 2020, 4heads has expanded its artist residency program on Governors Island. While 4heads typically hosts six to ten artists on the Island in the summer and fall months, this year the organization will host 19 artists, predominantly from across New York City and state. The participating artists were chosen from among those that have previously participated in 4heads’ fairs following an open call within the 4heads network. All of the artists will move into their spaces on Colonels Row by the end of July and will have the option to remain until November 1, 2020. The residency locations, which are being provided for free, have been appropriately spaced to minimize the risk of virus transmission. To further engage audiences with its residents, 4heads will also be launching a series of digital initiatives, including the development of behind-the-scenes video content and the creation of an online talk series to further illuminate the visions and practices of the artists, to start in September.

The 2020 4heads Artists in Residence include:
Miggy Buck
Ethan Cornell
Rina AC Dweck
Gregg Emery
Tim Fite
Jean Foos
Eric Hagan
Kerry Lessard
Sizhu Li
Kyle Luntz
Shiri Mordechay
Motomichi Nakamura
Matthias Neumann
Lauren Petty and Shaun Irons
Scott Pfaffman
Jiwon Rhie
Sam Sundius
Erin Turner

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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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