Governors Island Art Fair – 10th Annual
Organized by the Nonprofit 4heads, Inc.
On September 2, 4heads will open the 10th edition of the Governors Island Art Fair (GIAF), featuring work by 100 new and returning artists presented in the historic homes on Colonels Row and for the first time in the ground floor spaces of Liggett Hall.
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 ten 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.
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.
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
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.
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 station, 4, 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.
The ferry from Brooklyn leaves from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, located at the end of Atlantic Avenue (corner of 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 eastriverferry.com.
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.
4heads is a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization.
Help us keep New York’s Largest Independent Exhibitions alive. We appreciate your support. Every dollar counts.
We have lots to do and could always use a hand – and a lot of it is educational and fun. Get involved with a diverse group of artists and volunteers working together to support local culture.
For questions about volunteering or interning, please email us.
4heads is on the look-out for partners interested in supporting an art fair unlike any other. The Governors Island Art Fair, Portal, and all other 4heads programs are managed entirely by artists with the mission of allowing other artists and galleries to present their work as they see fit. It is free to the public and receives thousands of visitors daily.
Dominika BLACKAPPL is the official sponsor of 4heads.