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Ceramics at Project Studios

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Project Studios is launching a new ceramics workspace at Neumann Leathers in Hoboken at 66 Willow Ave., right next to PROTO Gallery.



The new studio features a 1000 sq. ft. floor plan with areas for table-working and storage, as well as a small showroom space. Primarily, the studio is intended for artists of all experience levels to use on a monthly-membership basis. Classes in wheel throwing and hand-building will be added to the program soon. Fee-based firing for non-members is also available.




Skutt km1227pk Kiln
Olympic mas1823he Kiln
Skutt Model P Test Kiln
Custom-welded Amaco-Brent Extruder
Bluebird Pug Mill
Walker Pug Mill Mixer
60 Gallon Air Compressor
2 Brent B Potters Wheels
2 Brent cxc Potters Wheels
Randall Kick Wheel
Bailey Quick-trim Bat 23.5 in.
Banding Wheels
Various Plaster Bats
Large Assortment of Amaco Plastic Bats
Slab Roller (Arriving September)
Tools and Brushes

At this time, we are offering an introductory price of $150.00 per month with all firing fees waved for work created at the studio. Clay and glaze are byo or can be ordered via the studio. The studio has an array of unique custom and out-of-produciton glazes and custom clay bodies that members can purchase for use (or share) on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Project Studios via this site or on our Facebook page for more information.


Studios for Early 2016

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

February and March 2016:

5th Floor Private: “The Cooper” 365 sq. ft.,  $750.00 (Available March 1)

4th Floor Share: “New Master” 300 sq. ft., $550.00 (Available now)

4th Floor Private: “Old Kevin II” 350 sq. ft., $750.00 (Available March 1)


We have a few studios that are available now or becoming available March 1, 2016. Contact us for details.


Studio Availability for Summer 2015

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Project Studios has spaces for fine artists, designers, and photographers that are available July and August 2015.  For information on any of these studios please use our contact page or send us a message via Facebook.

“The Jackie” is a large, private, and very quiet studio immediately next to the passenger elevator with a freight elevator a few steps away. It has several south-facing windows that can be opened, Air-conditioner, LED track lights, and a fridge.

The “Strawberry Spot” is part of our 5th floor share room at 321 Newark Street. This studio has track lighting, ceiling fans, and two air-conditioners. During winter months, the heat is both from the central steam boiler and an electric unit on the ceiling. The studio is part of a 1100 sq. ft. suite shared by two other studios.

The “New Master” is a 500 sq. ft. part of our 2000 sq. ft. shared suite on the 4th floor of 300 Observer Highway. This studio has one of the doors that exits the suite, so other artists may pass through, however it is not the main entrance to the suite. The suite is air-conditioned and some natural light from nearby windows.

All spaces have wi-fi and all utilities included.


July and August 2015:

3rd Floor Private: “The Jackie” 450 sq. ft., $1250.00

5th Floor Share: “Strawberry Spot” 250 sq. ft.,  $500.00

4th Floor Share: “New Master” 500 sq. ft., $900.00 (Available now)

3rd Floor Private: “The Rose” $500.00 (Available September 1)


PROTO Intro: One

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

The third show in the Proto Preview Series, PROTO Intro One, opens September 21 at 5:00 PM and runs through Sunday, November 17.

Follow Proto on Facebook. Facebook is where most of the up-to-date activity is happening if you want to keep up with news.


PROTO Intro One: Ten Artists

J. Van Volkenburgh: "Tiger, Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua, Thailand"


Melanie Baker

Tim Daly

Nathaniel Galka

Jackie Mock

Nate Larson

Thomas Lendvai

Marni Shindelman

Tavmeet Kaur

Michael Stickrod

Jillian Van Volkenburgh



Saturday, September 21 to Sunday, November 17, 2013

The gallery is open to the public Wednesday to Sunday

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM or by appointment



Opening Reception

Saturday, September 21, 2013, 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Hoboken Gallery Walk

Sunday, October 20, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Closing Reception



PROTO Gallery


66 Willow Avenue

Hoboken, NJ 07030

New Art Studios for Rent in Hoboken

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

December 2016


We have a few spaces that will be available for December 2016. Contact us immediately for details.

4th Floor Share: 10 ft. x 14ft. (suite: 24 ft. x 45 ft. 1080 sq. ft.) $350.00

3rd Floor Private: 500 sq. ft. $1200.00

3rd Floor Private: 350 sq. ft. $600.00


January 2016

With the closing of the Art Factory in Paterson, NJ, we once again see development squeezing the habitat of our artists and creatives. The R. Neumann and Co. leather factory in Hoboken, where Project Studios is located, is under new ownership, and this time the city of Hoboken City Council has voted on a development plan that includes explicit requirements to maintain the creative studios and shop space in the existing buildings on the property. Project Studios has been working closely with building ownership to provide a vision of what art, music, and gallery spaces can look like in a future renovation of Neumann Leathers.

Neumann Leathers will continue to be a core creative zone for the foreseeable future in Hoboken. Contact us with any questions about studio availability. We have many projects in the works that can accommodate artists and musicians displaced by the Art Factory closing.

Recently, with PROTO Gallery’s MEGALODON pop-up group exhibition, a new 6000 sq. ft. space has been added to the roster of active creative spaces in at R. Neumann. A series of exhibitions and events are currently being scheduled for 2016, beginning with a group show of Neumann Leathers tenants. Stay tuned to PROTO Gallery and Project Studios social media for details and announcements.




January 2015

We have new studio availability for the new year! We have cut down one of our large spaces to create three semi-private spaces on the 5th floor of R. Neumann and Co. on Newark Street. We also have one available space on the 4th floor of 300 Observer Highway, and we have opened up our mini printmaking shop as well.


4th Floor Share: 20 ft. x 14ft. (suite: 24 ft. x 45 ft. 1080 sq. ft.) $525.00

5th Floor Share: 20 ft. x 17 ft. (irregular) (suite: 25 ft. x 45 ft. 1125 sq. ft.) $600.00


5th Floor Share: 20 ft. x 30 ft. (irregular) (suite: 25 ft. x 45 ft. 600 sq. ft.) $900.00


July 2013

The Project Studios Spring Expansion is underway. We will be offering the following studios starting June 1, 2013. Contact us immediately if you are interested in any of the following options. All of these studios are either on the 3rd or 4th floors of Neumann Leathers in Hoboken. We give them silly code names to keep track of them.


4th Floor Share: 20 ft. x 14ft. (suite: 24 ft. x 45 ft. 1080 sq. ft.) 575.00

4th Floor Share: 10 ft. x 14ft. (suite: 24 ft. x 45 ft. 1080 sq. ft.) 300.00


The Dana: 20 ft. x 18 ft. 360 sq. ft. $700.00

The Danielle: 36 ft. x. 25 ft. 900 sq. ft. $1400.00

Proto South: 14.5 ft. x 12 ft. 175 sq. ft. $450.00

The Egg Shell: 36.5 ft. x 23.5 ft. 850 sq. ft. $1500.00

The Small Shop: 19 ft. x 45 ft. 855 sq. ft. $1600.00

The Master: 24 ft. x 45 ft. 1080 sq. ft. $1600.00

The Standard: 19.5 ft. x 18 ft. 350 sq. ft. $550.00

The Standard II: 19.5 ft. x 18 ft. 350 sq. ft. $550.00

The Old Nino: 350 sq. ft. $575.00

The Old Kevin: 15 ft. x 36 ft. 540 sq. ft. $950.00

The Sneak: 15.5 ft. x 17. 5 ft. 275 sq. ft. $500.00

The Little Beth: 10.5 ft. x 22.5 ft. 235 sq. ft. $425.00


The prices are based not only on square footage alone.  Windows, electrical power, type of door, or other factors influence the price. A freight elevator and passenger elevator are located in very close proximity to these studios. They are located on the 4th floor of Neumann Leathers in Hoboken, NJ. The location in the building is considered by us to be premium as it is right in the heart of the art and music section of the building, and has the convenience of the passenger elevator. All studios have locking steel doors and are private. All utilities are included. The spaces named shop have significant electrical service in place including 22o v for tools and equipment. The shop spaces are also appropriate for music.


October 2012 Update:

We have built two new beautiful studios on the Willow Avenue side of Neumann Leathers. These studios were made available for October 1, 2012, and are no longer available. Enjoy the studios!

Studio #1: 505 sq. ft., double door: $850

Studio #2: 350 sq. ft. Single door: $600


If you want a studio, call me maybe.


Update: All of our new studios in the far east wing are now leased to artists.

Congratulations to our new tenants as they begin to make use of their new spaces.


Willow Avenue Studios:

We are happy to announce the completion of five new art studio spaces at the Neumann Leathers factory building in Hoboken, New Jersey. The new spaces are for fine artists, designers, and other creative professionals. We have one space remaining, and another currently occupied space will become available October 1, 2011.


20′ x 16′ @ 300 sq. ft.  two windows. $450.00 per month.
12′ x 20′ 6″ @ 250 sq. ft. one window, with ability to install a second  $375.00.
20′ x 13′ @ 270 sq. ft.  one window, with ability to install a second  $425.00
20′ x 13′ @ 270 sq. ft. one window, with ability to install a second  $425.00
20′ x 18′ @ 370 sq. ft.  one window, with ability to install a second  $550.00

About the Studios:

The studios are located on the 3rd floor of the Newman Leather Building; a few blocks of the PATH train station in Hoboken and a few blocks from the Holland Tunnel by car.
The available space is a section of a larger space that is divided into individual studios on the 3rd Floor of the Neumann Building. The studio is secured with a large steel door. All walls are sheetrock with a brick wall and window. The ceiling height for all studio spaces is 10 ft. Floors are wood. An operational sprinkler system is in place, and the enclosing space in the warehouse has an exterior fire escape and internal stairwell nearby. A very large freight elevator and shared bathroom are in close proximity to the big room. The bathroom is regularly cleaned by a professional cleaning service. The building is open 24 hours, and a security guard is on duty from about 4 PM until 8 AM.

Art studios on the 3rd floor are monitored by automatic cameras for added security. Internet is available via a shared wifi connection. The neighborhood is very safe. There are plenty of good places to eat and hang out within a few minutes walk from the building. Parking for tenants is in a lot on the property, which is enclosed by a fence. There is no fee for tenant parking.
Spaces are intended for designers, painters, and sculptors. High voltage power is available, but additional fees for installation and heavy energy use will apply. All studios have florescent that can be turned on and off.

If a studio is rented by more than one individual, an additional fee will apply.

Heat, electrical, and trash service is included.

The Willow Ave. Spaces at Project Studios

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

Once again we have completed new studios on the Willow Avenue side of the Neumann Leathers factory complex in Hoboken. Take a look at the post on the News page for more info.

350 sq. ft. Art Studio: No Deposit, ALL Utilities Included

500 sq. ft. Art Studio: No Deposit, ALL Utilities Included

The studios are in the Neumann Leathers factory complex in Hoboken, less than 1 mile from the PATH station. The studios have the following features:

Window that can be opened. Florescent lighting with switch. 10 to 12 ft. ceiling. Numerous grounded electrical sockets. Fluorescent Tube light fixtures and incandescent. Good natural light with eastern exposure. Bathroom immediately outside the studio doors. 24 hour access. Very large freight elevator about 10 feet away. This studio is situated with a group of other art studios managed by our company. Free wifi and all utilities are included. Doors are steel fire-rated type.

At this time the studio shares will be leased on a month-to-month basis with a deposit equal to one-month’s rent.

Work only. This is not a live/work space. The building is I-2 zoned.

Mercury Mission Capsule

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Here is a quick post to share a document I downloaded long ago. It is a pattern to create a paper Mercury capsule.

Plaster Neumann: Cursed Object

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

This is the sculpture formerly known as Plaster Neumann now retitled as Plaster Neumann: Cursed Object. I have been interested in making a cursed or haunted object for quite some time, but I could never figure it out. I thought I had a chair that would right itself late at night each time I violently kicked it over, but it failed to reset more often than not, so there must have been some normal explanation, unfortunately.

Ater the chair was debunked, and the proposal for an exhibition of haunted objects stalled, I added the concept to that very long list in my head where I keep this kind of stuff. Maybe now it is time to revisit this idea, who knows.

The Plaster Neumann has a pretty strange history, so here goes. The first detail is that the core of the object is an artifact from the Neumann Leather factory in Hoboken. The object was then fixed to a jigger machine/mold to create the cylinder that encases it. The casing is mostly hydrocal with a float layer of plaster on the face. It is pretty tough and can be rolled around. The sculpture was present for the unfortunate event that you can read about in Epic Fail when somebody killed himself about 10 feet away from the Plaster Neumann. After that, the Neumann was packed up and moved to storage on the ground floor in another studio that I was renting for about a year. Almost as soon as it was moved down there, the space flooded from a cracked water main. After that the object got moved back up to my 3rd floor space and sat quietly until last month. I needed better documentation of Plaster Neumann, so I got it back into the shop to seal it and patch up the cracks and manage the water damage. I left town for the holidays, and upon my return, water again, this time a few hundred gallons poured directly on the sculpture the Wednesday before New Years Day. Nobody was in the building and the water destroyed artwork and antiques on 4 floors of the building. Once again, the Plaster Neumann looks like hell, which at this point I have decided must be the default state. Yesterday, once I had it set up for new photos, water started leaking from above right onto my camera bag.

The solution I am attempting is to use a sort of counter curse to quell the uneasy sculpture. I figure that if I can name the sculpture’s curse, I can contain the curse. If the object is dry or draws water to it, I can provide water with the hieroglyph for water and hopefully reduce the damage to the studio.

We Like Rock

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Project Studios would like to welcome Tucker Rule and the band Thursday to our studios in the Neumann Building in Hoboken. The nighttime life of the studio is Rock and Roll, so I am pleased to have such an outstanding group of artists take up residence.

I want to take this moment to just write about Rock and Roll. I can’t play guitar. I stink at it. I can’t even learn it properly. Dave Hickey writes in Air Guitar about how Rock and Roll is just getting together to, “just play this fuckin’ song, man,” or something like that. I am paraphrasing. The point is, Rock and Roll is where I want to be in all of my work. I want to be the kid in Andre Rublev who casts the bell. I just want to pull it off.

I have neighbors in my building who are not Rock and Roll. They told me Rock and Roll disturbs them when they are applying gold leaf to antiques. I can’t imagine something worse. To hell with antiques. Gold leaf is only good for R/C Cars. I will take you to task, antique dealers. I remember when I lived in Columbus and Rollins was a guest DJ on the local Alt-pop station for two hours. People called in asking for “nice music.” He said, “I am playing Rock and Roll.” I will never forget it. They couldn’t even handle Rock and Roll for two hours! Just get together and play the fuckin’ song.

White Strike (Levering and Garrigues)

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Here is the print I have donated to the Art for Haiti NYC charity auction for Doctors Without Borders.

Nick De Pirro

White Strike (Levering and Garrigues)
24″ x 36″
Monotype on Eary 19th-Century Blueprint

This was one of the prints that was made during the Bantam Mechanics session a few months back. The substrate is an early 20th Century blueprint for the Hoboken dockyards. It is part of the series (and really the only current work to speak of) dealing with redaction and destruction of documents.