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?
Read about the guidelines and submission process here
Note: The submission process for this professional exhibition space is highly-competitive. Next available exhibition slot is three years out. Staten Island Arts helps with fundraising for exhibit. Must follow guidelines, especially adhering to the place-based & interactive vision for the space. A programming committee reviews all submissions. Deadline is rolling.
Want to Sell Your Work?
If you are interested in selling your work in the Artist Market, the first step in the process is filling out our Vendor Application form below and emailing it to Nicole Warner at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please call with any questions 718-447-3329 x1007.
Vendor Application Form
Note: The Artist Market is a more immediate way to get your work into Culture Lounge. The Artist Market offers retail opportunities to artists whose work has a strong place-based focus in theme, utility, design, or concept (responding to the harbor, the ferry terminal, or Staten Island, for instance). Preference given to Staten Island-based artists. Work is sold on a 50/50 consignment basis.
Want to Use the Space for an Event or Party?
Culture Lounge Rental Submission Form
Note: The Culture Lounge will be open 7 days a week (M-F, 11-7pm; Tues, 11-10pm; Sa-Sun, 12-5pm) and is available for workshops, performances, lectures, and parties. As a service to the community, Staten Island Arts will hold 2 community events rent-free (for up to 2 hours) per month for use by Staten Island artists and arts organizations. To be eligible, events must be free and open to the public, must be non-fundraising events, and must take place during normal open hours and at the discretion of Staten Island Arts staff.
Want to Help Out?
Want to Advertise at Culture Lounge?
Read more about our Marquee screen at the Ferry Terminal in St. George!
Feature your digital advertisement/artwork on an 18″ full color LCD monitor on rotation for 24 hours a day! Annual and monthly rates available. Discounts for SI Arts Members.
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 Borough President James P. Molinaro.
The space is also made possible by Richmond County Savings Foundation, Hyde and Watson, and Northfield Foundation.