The Commons Galleries at Snug Harbor works with local artists and curators to strengthen community engagement.

The Galleries opened in Spring 2016 and are located within the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art.

Botany and Beauty:
Artists Celebrate the Plants of Snug Harbor

Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art
The Commons Galleries | Building G
$5 Gallery Admission ($4 Students/Seniors/Members. Free for children under 12.)
Exhibition lasts from April 26-June 25

Opening Reception: Sat, May 6, 2017, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM (Free Admission)

Support your favorite local artists in Botany and Beauty, a group show celebrating art inspired by Snug Harbor’s gardens, plants, and flowers.

Plants give us the air we breathe and the food we eat through the oxygen and sugars produced by photosynthesis. That same process nourished the very origins of life over 400 million years ago. Plants also sustain us on a spiritual level, giving us continuity, peace, and inspiring botanical gardens like Snug Harbor.

In Botany and Beauty, the artists express their gratitude to our local flora through sculpture, painting, printmaking, and mixed media.

Artists: Larry Anderson, Mary Bullock, Anthony Butera, Richard Capuozzo, Brendan Coyle, Steve Foust, Griselda Healy, Patti Kelly, Ann Marie McDonnell, Bill Murphy, John Naughton, Kurt Novak, Andrea Phillips, Vincent Verdi, Universal Temple of the Arts

Curator: Mary Bullock

The entrance to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art is located at the front of Building C.  Summer hours are Wed-Sun, 10AM-5PM.


Coming soon:

Almost Like We Know

Exhibition lasts from July 15 – September 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 15, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

In Almost Like We Know, David Loncle looks at the spaces inside and out of us that form and inform the structures of our living.  In an exploration of change and uncertainty, Loncle asks how meaning arises through recognition and the lack thereof.  His collection of paintings is about a feeling of distance and seeks to make visible—in some uncertain way—the conventions, questions, and boundaries that define.


Mexico/Staten Island: Photographs of a Community

Eduardo Reyes being dressed for his baptism by his parents. Photo by Irma Bohorquez-Geisler

Exhibition lasts from July 15 – September 17, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 15, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

The photographs of Mexico/Staten Island are part of Irma Bohórquez-Geisler’s ongoing social-documentary series, “Simple Moments of an Emerging Presence.” The 35 silver gelatin portraits of the fast-growing Mexican immigrant population of the Staten Island community was curated by Professor Edward J. Sullivan, the Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of the History of Art, New York University. The photographs show family traditions and simple moments of daily life at home, in stores, on the street, at work, and at church.


Points of View

Exhibition lasts from July 8 – September 17, 2017
Opening Reception: July 8, 2:00 – 4:00 PM

David Saul sets out with his camera to find all kinds of scenes in the streets of New York City. Points of View is a show inspired by the cityscapes of Manhattan, Staten Island, and South Florida, connecting them through their varied landscapes and interesting juxtapositions.