Staten Island Arts’ Culture Lounge at the St. George Ferry Terminal is a meeting place and project space.
Culture Lounge exhibits both international and local artists, including visual artists, poets, musicians, writers, and performers. The focus is on artistic projects that are place-based–examining local communities, helping people consider their environs in new ways, exploring how neighborhoods might be more livable and sustainable, and/or creating ways visitors can become more socially engaged.
As presenters, Staten Island Arts is interested in building a bridge between the viewing audience and artists–creating a cultural experience for the nearly 75,000 Staten Island Ferry passengers who go through the ferry terminal each day (over 21 million people a year). The goal is to turn passengers into participants — engaging them with art, and inspiring them to venture past the terminal and into the cultural hotspots found all over the island.
Want to Pitch a Show?
Staten Island Arts’ Culture Lounge Gallery seeks proposals for exhibits/projects (installed for 10 weeks) and 2-4 related public programming/workshops (45 minutes to full day) that investigate and explore issues relevant to the environment of the ferry terminal, the waterfront, and/or Staten Island. Especially encouraged are place-based projects that work with ideas of cultures and communities in an integrated and accessible way and that help communities become more livable, sustainable, and/or socially engaged. Programs could focus on topics that nurture and heal communities; educate and inform us about ourselves, our history, and our world; build and improve community capacity or infrastructure; or inspire and mobilize individuals or groups. Read Full Exhibit Proposal Guidelines>
All media are considered, but please note that because of the public nature of the site, all programs must be appropriate for viewing by all ages. Projects are typically installed for a duration of seven to ten weeks. Workshops can take place Monday-Saturday and can range from 45 minutes to a full day. Submissions are reviewed based on quality, creativity, concept, applicability to our mission, as well as gallery availability.
Exhibit Proposal Components:
• Inquiry Form
• Portfolio/Work Sample
• Gallery Template Mockup
Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly by the Staten Island Arts programming team. Incomplete proposals might not be reviewed. Quarterly deadlines are: March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 30. Accepted proposals will be notified via email within 2-3 weeks of deadlines to set up a time to discuss their exhibition details. Questions/Concerns and all proposal materials should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Read about the guidelines here
Note: The submission process for this professional exhibition space is highly-competitive. Staten Island Arts hosts 5 exhibits a year in the Culture Lounge Gallery and helps to fundraise for each exhibit. Artists cannot pay to show their work; the exhibits must follow the guidelines, especially adhering to the place-based & interactive vision for the space.
Want to Sell Your Work?
We will be holding regular pop-up markets that will take place on Thursdays and Fridays, coinciding with exhibits & special holidays, beginning Summer 2015. Market dates are:
July 9 & 10, 2015 (Summer Market)
Oct. 8 & 9, 2015 (Fall Holiday Market)
Dec .10 & 11, 2015 (Holiday Market)
Feb. 11 & 12, 2016 (Winter Market)
Apr. 21 & 22, 2016 (Spring Market)
Artists and vendors interested in showcasing their work at these events can sign up here>
Want to Use the Space for an Event or Party?
Culture Lounge Rental Submission Form
Note: The Culture Lounge will be open 6 days a week (M-F, 11-7pm; Sat, 12-5pm) and is available for workshops, performances, lectures, and parties. As a service to the community, Staten Island Arts offers 2 Promotional Packages rent-free (for up to 2 hours) per month for use by Staten Island artists and arts organizations. To be eligible, must be a Staten Island resident, must book the package during Culture Lounge open hours, and adhere to the discretion of Staten Island Arts staff.
Want to Help Out?
About the Designer
Vincent Appel is an urbanist, designer, and artist. His New York-based creative practice, Of Possible Architectures, focuses on alternative design and development strategies which give people the agency to inhabit the built environment in ways that would otherwise not be possible. Current work is focused on innovative cultural infrastructure including galleries, libraries, and museums. Of Possible Architectures has completed a variety of residential and public art projects.
In addition to the work of Of Possible Architectures, Vincent is currently the program coordinator and an instructor of architectural design for the Syracuse University School of Architecture’s New York City program. He has been an invited design critic at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Colgate and Mass. Art. Vincent’s current research is engaged with historical and contemporary design and urban theory.
Check out Of Possible Architectures’ Culture Lounge slideshow presentation.
The space is made possible through a lead gift from Former Borough President James P. Molinaro.
The space is also made possible by Richmond County Savings Foundation, Hyde and Watson, and Northfield Foundation.