Staten Island Museum’s 63rd Annual Fence Show
Saturday, September 21, 2013
11:00am – 5:00pm
* Rain date: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden (Front Lawn)
Price: Free for audience, Artist Fee: $35 – $75
Look below for a map detailing the location.
(Staten Island, NY – August 2013) This September marks the 63rd annual Staten Island Museum Fence Show. Artists and artisans of all types and skill levels are invited to take to the fence to display and/or sell their works to the meandering audiences of friends and neighbors on Saturday, September 21st, 11am – 5pm on the front lawn of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden.
In the modern world where we have gotten all too used to digital photographs, virtual galleries and insta-everything, the Staten Island Museum dares to keep their bucolic tradition alive. Thousands will gather to see the conventional and the abstract, the mundane and the extraordinary on the grounds of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens with the historic Greek revival buildings as a backdrop, the same as it was in 1951 when the show was founded.
“You really do see all sorts of things at this show…from your neighbor pulling old pieces out of their basements that they’ve never had the gumption to show to renowned artists who just aren’t into the formal gallery scene. And the audience is equally as fascinating – on one side of the spectrum we have people show up to collect certain artists’ works that they can only get this one day and on the other, we have family members paying off strangers to buy their loved ones pieces. It’s just a huge cross-section of people, which is why it’s so interesting,” said the Museum’s Director of Exhibitions and Programs, Diane Matyas.
Since its founding, the Staten Island Museum has always been focused on real things; real objects and real experiences. When the Fence Show began in 1951, co-sponsored at the time by the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce, their idea was to bring “art to the people” and they accomplished their goal tenfold. That year, the New York Times estimated that 15,000 people came to explore the creativity on display. The Museum continues this “ritual of real” through the Fence Show as well as through their planned exhibits in their new home in Building A (the first of the five in the Greek Revival row on the grounds of Snug Harbor) slated to open in the fall of next year.
“The Museum’s traditional fence show offers a unique opportunity to enter into or expand one’s exposure in the art world. It opens the doors to the many, instead of the few, which is an essential responsibility for a community grounded museum,” said Elizabeth Egbert, Staten Island Museum President & CEO.
Last year, with the addition of the Musical Chairs Chamber Ensemble’s Open-Air Music Festival, the 2,500 member audience was treated to the sweet sounds of original music wafting through the air as they perused. Also in attendance were several food trucks to satiate the masses. Both music and food will be returning this year.
Artist spaces range from $35-$75 and are still available for individuals 8 years old and up. Visit the Museum’s website for details and an application. Audience admission and parking is free. Snug Harbor Cultural Center is located at 1000 Richmond Terrace, a 5 minute bus ride from the Staten Island Ferry.
The rain date is scheduled for Sunday, September 22nd.
Special thanks to the general contractor of the Staten Island Museum’s Building A Capital Expansion, C&L Contracting Corporation who has generously sponsored the fencing for this year’s event.
About the Staten Island Museum
Founded in 1881 and celebrating its 130th year, the Staten Island Museum, New York City’s only general interest museum, engages visitors with interdisciplinary exhibitions and educational programs that explore the dynamic connections between natural science, art and history based on its diverse collections. The Museum welcomes about 80,000 adults and school children to a comprehensive array of programs every year. Located two blocks from the Ferry Terminal, visitors can embark on a voyage through time in the Staten Island Ferry exhibit; see rocks glow in the dark in the Hall of Natural Sciences; and experience the lives of Staten Island’s first inhabitants. In Building H on the Snug Harbor Campus, visitors can explore the latest exhibitions in the History Center Gallery, or make a research appointment for the History Archives & Library. Staten Island Museum is owned by the City of New York and benefits from public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. For current exhibitions, visit Statenislandmuseum.org