Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor

1000 Richmond Terrace, Buildings C & G, Staten Island, NY 10301 - United States





Smithsonian Affiliate Museum

The Newhouse Center has been an incubator for bold and innovative artists developing new work since the 1970’s, promoting inquiry and advancing scholarship. The largest and oldest contemporary art gallery on Staten Island, the Newhouse Center hosts multiple exhibitions per year in 15,000 feet of exhibition space, in addition to public art installations spread out across our 83 acre campus. Artist talks, lectures, screenings, workshops and tours activate our community. We present a wide range of voices and artistic practices, and are committed to equity and inclusion. The Newhouse Center has grown from a pioneering alternative space to a venue for major solo and group exhibitions that include a mix of local and international work.

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden is the result of more than four decades of restoration and development to convert a 19th-century charitable rest home for sailors to a regional arts center, botanical gardens, and public park. It is a place where history, architecture, gardens, agriculture, visual and performing arts, and education come together to provide a dynamic experience for all ages. One of the largest ongoing adaptive reuse projects in the United States, Snug Harbor consists of 26 buildings, distinctive botanical gardens, a two-acre urban farm, wetlands and park land on a unique, historic campus.

Six of Snug Harbor’s original structures were the first designated landmarks for New York City’s Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1965, including the majestic Main Hall (built in 1833) and Music Hall (built in 1892), one of the oldest concert halls in New York City. Fourteen distinctive gardens spread across the campus and include the celebrated New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden and the Richmond County Savings Foundation Tuscan Garden. Snug Harbor offers programs and attractions to benefit the residents of Staten Island and of New York. It is home to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island Museum, Staten Island Children’s Museum, Noble Maritime Collection, Art Lab, Children’s Harbor Montessori School, and Staten Island Conservatory of Music. Snug Harbor is proud to be a distinguished Smithsonian affiliate.


The Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor currently has two exhibitions open to the public.

Roots/Anchors (in the Main Hall Gallery) features the work of Katie Holten, Shervone Neckles, Xaviera Simmons, and Will Corwin. Anchoring, the process by which we affix ourselves somewhere opens up a host of questions and problems. Pulling the term “anchor” from Snug Harbor is a literal and metaphorical process. “Dropping anchor” calls to mind the first step of a nascent colonialism—it hearkens of arrival, and then the setting down of roots in a process that transforms a visitor or settler in to an inhabitant over a number of generations. The artists in this exhibition parse out the spaces of the Newhouse Center to create site-specific regions with which to engage, interpret and respond to the act and cultural symbolism of “dropping anchor” or adhering to a place.

Don't Shut Up 2021 (in Gallery G) is guest-curated by Susan Grabel and Stefany Benson (of Ceres Gallery). Through interruptions, censure, violence and threatening behavior — both in person and online — women are silenced every day. Don’t Shut Up 2021 presents the work of 46 women artists from across the US and Canada who are working to challenge and disrupt the status quo through their ongoing artistic practice. The mission of this exhibition is to provide a platform for those voices, to create awareness and to ensure that women’s voices are heard and valued.

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