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Governors Island Art Fair – 11th Annual 
Organized by the Nonprofit 4heads, Inc.

On September 1, 4heads will open the 11th edition of the Governors Island Art Fair (GIAF), featuring work by 100 new and returning artists presented in the historic homes on Colonels Row.

When 4heads launched GIAF in 2008, the artist-run nonprofit was among the first cultural organizations to recognize the tremendous potential of Governors Island as a must-go cultural destination. Over the last eleven years, as interest in and the redevelopment of Governors Island has grown, 4heads has remained committed to activating the diversity of buildings and sites across the Island, providing at once a dynamic presentation platform for today’s working artists and bringing attention to the historic significance of the structures the fair occupies.

Today GIAF heralds the start of the fall visual arts season in New York, with a spirited atmosphere that encourages conversation between artists and visitors and challenges the established fair paradigm as one exclusively for art connoisseurs.


2017 Exhibiting Artists

For the 2017 edition, Governors Island Art Fair will feature a wide range of artists from across the U.S., including from Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, New York City, and locations in California, Georgia, Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia, among others, as well as international artists from Beijing, Helsinki, Seoul, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Warsaw, and locations in Ecuador, Ethiopia, Germany, and Lithuania.

The 100 featured artists were selected by 4heads co-founders Laemmle, Robinson, and Zito from more than 800 proposals submitted through the nonprofit’s open call. The selection includes artists new to the 4heads community, as well as those that have shown previously at either or both GIAF and Portal art fair. Returning artists make up an important aspect of the 4heads mission, which is focused on both providing presentation opportunities for artists and supporting artists through the ongoing development and evolution of their careers. GIAF continues to offer fair participation to artists free of charge, with 70% of sales also going directly to the artists.

Artwork shown below is a sampling of each exhibiting artist’s work.

HYSTM – Rich Zitterman & Keith Pine

Acrylic on panel
24” x 18”

Marek Jacisin

Visual Playground
Extruded polystyr

Chris Kienke

From the Hip
Acrylic, archival pigment on canvas
38” x 82”

Tara Kopp

After Work
Oil on panel
12” x 48”

Previous Exhibitors by Year › 2016 … 2015 … 2014 … 2013 … 2012 … 2011 … 2010 … 2009 … 2008 …







Event Sponsors



Hours & Admission

September 2 – October 1, 2017
Saturdays and Sundays, 11am – 6pm

Admission is Free
8-minute ferry ride to Governors Island:
•  Adult – $2 (free before 11:30 AM)
•  Seniors – $1 (free before 11:30 AM)
•  Children under 13 – Free
•  IDNYC Holders – Free

Catalogues:  $20

Location & Transportation

Governors Island, Colonels Row
Bldg. 404, 405, 407 and 408 – Mid-island, across from the Liggett Arch.

Just follow the signs marked Colonels Row to the buildings with the yellow and orange banners.

From Manhattan:
The Governors Island Ferry departs from the Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South Street, adjacent to the Staten Island Ferry in Lower Manhattan. The ferry terminal is accessible as follows:

By Subway – 1 to South Ferry station4, 5 to Bowling Green station or R to Whitehall St. station
By Bus – M6, M9, and M15
By Car – There is no public parking at the Governors Island ferry building. There is garage parking across the street from the Battery Maritime Building for a fee.

From Brooklyn:
The ferry from Brooklyn leaves from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, located at the end of Atlantic Avenue (corner of Columbia Street).

By Subway: 2,3,4,5 to Borough HallA,C,F to Jay St./Borough Hall; or R to Court Street
By Bus: B63 to the terminus of Atlantic Avenue (at Columbia Street)

East River Ferry Service
NY Waterway’s East River Ferry offers frequent service to Governors Island on Saturdays and Sundays over the summer. For more information please visit

About 4heads, Inc.

4heads is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization run by artists for artists. It was launched in New York in 2008, when Nicole Laemmle, Jack Robinson, and Antony Zito, who are working artists themselves, saw an opportunity to create a platform that would serve emerging artists and the local community through exhibitions, education programs, and artistic collaborations.

The organization’s DIY spirit helps catalyze the ongoing dialogue between artists and people from all walks of life. Its diverse slate of initiatives includes the Governors Island Art Fair, Portal art fair, arts-education initiatives for underserved communities, and a summer Artists in Residence program on Governors Island.

4heads is committed to shedding new light on hidden culture and bringing new life to unexpected and unique spaces across the city.

Give from the heart – for the future of art!

Dominika BLACKAPPL is the official sponsor of 4heads.

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