The Arts Center at Governors Island

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The Arts Center at Governors Island is now closed to the public.

Thank you for attending our 2021 exhibitions. Our public season is closed, but The Arts Center is home to working artists all year long. For more information about our Artist Residency programs at The Arts Center and how to apply for a residency please click here.

Our 2021 exhibitions featured the works of internationally renowned artists Meg Webster and Onyedika Chuke, and a participatory sculpture installation by Muna Malik.

We also offered monthly public programs that connect artists and the public with the creative process. Our Take Care Series focused on art, community, and ecology through hands-on workshops, talks, film screenings, and Open Studios that took you behind the scenes with LMCC's artists-in-residence.

The Arts Center at Governors Island is located only a few minutes from Lower Manhattan by ferry. Programming and events at The Arts Center are always free.

The Café at The Arts Center is open on Monday–Sunday, from 10am–4pm.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Arts Center at Governors Island in 2022!

Exhibitions

The upcoming season at The Arts Center at Governors Island features exhibitions by Meg Webster and Onyedika Chuke, as well as a participatory installation by Muna Malik. 

Themes of ecology, sustainability and resilience are the center of exhibitions presented at The Arts Center at Governors Island.

 

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Public Programs

The Take Care Series offers audiences an opportunity to experience art, explore one’s own creative potential, and carry the work beyond the island. Through performance, workshops and talks, we explore different ways for caring for ourselves and the objects around us. This reframes curation as mindful, inclusive and open, linking the practice back to the word’s root meaning - to care - and highlighting that by caring for ourselves, we can positively affect those around us, and by extension, our planet.

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Residencies

Since 2010, The Arts Center at Governors Island has provided artists with residency and work space all year round.

Applications for LMCC's 2022 Arts Center Residency are now open! Apply by November 12, 2021 at 5pm EST.

Learn more about our residency programs!

Visit

The Arts Center at Governors Island is now closed to the public. We look forward to welcoming you to The Arts Center in 2022!

The Arts Center is accessible by ferry, and is a one minute walk from Soissons Landing when arriving from Manhattan.

Plan your visit!

The Arts Center at Governors Island is now closed to the public. We look forward to welcoming you in 2022. 

The Café at The Arts Center is open on Monday–Sunday, from 10am–4pm.

The Arts Center at Governors Island (map)
110 Andes Rd
New York, NY 10004

Appropriate COVID-19 public health protocols will be in place. Exhibitions and events at The Arts Center are free and open to the public, and all are welcome.

Ticketing

Tickets are required to visit The Arts Center at Governors Island. 

Transportation

The Arts Center is accessible by ferry, and is a one minute walk from Soissons Landing when arriving from Manhattan.

By ferry

The Arts Center is accessible by ferries to Governors Island departing to and from Lower Manhattan and Brooklyn. Our building is located to the right of Soissons Landing.

Ferries depart from Lower Manhattan at the Battery Maritime Building to Soissons Landing at Governors Island, and from Brooklyn at Brooklyn Bridge Park on a regular schedule throughout the public season. 

For complete ferry schedules and directions to ferry terminals, visit the Governors Island website. All ferries are wheelchair-accessible.

Directions to the Battery Maritime Building

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

By Subway

1 to South Ferry station
4, 5 to Bowling Green station
R to Whitehall St. station

By Bus

M9, M15, and M15-SBS

The Cafe at The Arts Center 

The Cafe at The Arts Center is open Thursday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm.

Facilities

Restrooms and water fountains are located on both floors of The Arts Center. All restrooms are accessible. Visitors may choose facilities consistent with their gender identity or expression. 

LMCC is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all of our staff, artists, and visitors.

In response to the increasing spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant and in accordance with the Key2NYC Executive Order, visitors seeking access to The Arts Center, including the Café, the gallery exhibitions, and public programs such as The Take Care Series and Open Studios, are required to comply with this order, and must show proof of a completed FDA or WHO vaccination. LMCC staff that interface with the public must also comply with this order, which requires they show proof of a completed FDA or WHO vaccination.

Acceptable proof of vaccination includes:

If you received the vaccine outside the U.S., you must have an official immunization record that includes:

  • First name and last name
  • Date of birth
  • Vaccine product name (only vaccines authorized by the WHO are acceptable)
  • Date(s) administered
  • Site where the vaccine was administered, or name of the person who administered it

Individuals under the age of 12 may enter Key2NYC establishments without displaying proof of vaccination so long as they are accompanied by a legal guardian and wear a face mask, except when eating and drinking, whenever they are unable to maintain six feet of social distance from other people.

To keep staff, artists, and visitors safe, we also ask that if your answer is yes to any of the following questions, that you please stay home and reschedule your visit:

  1. In the past 10 days, have you experienced any symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever of 100.0 degrees F or greater, a new cough, new loss of taste or smell or shortness of breath AND have not received a negative COVID test?
  2. In the past 10 days, have you tested positive for COVID-19?
  3. In the past 10 days, have you had close contact with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 AND are not vaccinated?

When visiting The Arts Center at Governors Island, please keep a distance of 6 feet (or 2 meters) between yourself and other visitors. Visitors are required to wear a mask inside The Arts Center at Governors Island at all times.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Arts Center at Governors Island!

We want to acknowledge that the work we are doing to support artists and communities is happening on the traditional lands of the Lenape people. We are situated on the Lenape Island of Manahatta, today known as New York, and more broadly in Lenapehoking. We offer our respect to the Lenape and other Indigenous caretakers of these lands and waters; and to their elders who have lived here, who live here now, and who will live here in the future.

Part of the ongoing transformation of New York's Governors Island into a vibrant cultural destination, this adaptive reuse of an 1870s munitions storage warehouse supports local artists while providing generous space for public exhibition and events.

To accommodate LMCC's programs, the design called for opening up the interior of the long and narrow two-story building and exposing and restoring the original truss structure, creating 40,000 square foot of flexible, loft-like space. The Arts Center includes a luminous main gallery on the upper level. Smaller rooms for performance, rehearsal, and exhibition as well as art studios arrayed on both levels enjoy abundant natural light. A new stair and elevator allow for integrated, accessible programming, and a cafe framed by an exposed-brick wall offers views of Lower Manhattan and the harbor. In addition to retaining much of the brick, wood, and steel from the existing building, the renovation incorporates energy-efficient systems throughout.

Lead Design Firm
Pei Cobb Free & Partners

Executing Architect
Adamson Associates 

Structural & MEP Engineer
Buro Happold Consulting Engineers PC

Recent Awards

AIANY Design Award - American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York, 2021

Winner, Cultural Projects, Global Design Awards - The Architecture Community

American Architecture Award - Society of American Registered Architects, New York Council 2020 

American Architecture Award - Chicago Athenaeum, 2020

Award of Merit, Cultural/Worship - Engineering News Record New York, 2020

Interested in hosting a private event at The Arts Center at Governors Island? Complete the form here.

For more information about available spaces, download the PDF.

For any additional questions about rentals, contact Alice Bennahmias, Partnerships Liaison at alice@lmcc.net.

The 2021 season of programming at The Arts Center at Governors Island is made possible, in part, by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Con Edison.

Onyedika Chuke: The Forever Museum Archive_Circa 6000BCE is presented in partnership with Pioneer Works.

Onyedika Chuke: The Forever Museum Archive_Circa 6000BCE is supported in part by the Art for Justice Fund, the ForGood Fund, Foster Pride, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and Young New Yorkers.

Meg Webster: Wave is underwritten by UGG®. Special thanks to Paula Cooper Gallery and GrowNYC.

Meg Webster's Pollinating Garden, presented by LMCC in partnership with GrowNYC’s Teaching Garden, is part of the exhibition Wave presented at The Arts Center at Governors Island. 

The Arts Center Residency program is supported, in part, by Cowles Charitable Trust, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Jacques and Natasha Gelman Trust, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., The Norman & Bettina Roberts Foundation, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Teiger Foundation, Tiger Baron Foundation, and YoungArts.

The Arts Center Residency is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

LMCC is also grateful to our many capital supporters. For a list of capital supporters, please visit lmcc.net.

LMCC additionally acknowledges our partnership with the Trust for Governors Island.