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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.


Art Studios for Rent: Winter 2016

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Art Studios for Rent: Winter 2016

Project Studios

We have a few spaces that will be available for December 2016 and January 2017. Contact us immediately for details before they are gone.


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



Saturday, October 29th, 2016



Curated by MEN


Bruce Halpin

Catherine Haggarty

Jen Hitchings

Anna Kiljunen

Amanda Mathis

Katerina Marcelja

Erik Mavko

Steven Paige

Matthew Shelley

Jessica Simorte

Michael Stickrod

Florencia Walfisch

Catherine Welshman

Aaron Williams

Ian White Williams


PROTO Gallery300 Observer Highway2nd Floor, Building HHoboken, NJ 07030
Announcing a new exhibition taking place in the PROTO Gallery 2nd Floor Exhibition Hall at the historic R. Neumann and Co. leather factory in Hoboken, New Jersey:

WE LOST OUR TAILS, curated by Molly Krom, Enrico Gomez, and Nick De Pirro in their first public joint endeavor as partners in the new contemporary gallery MEN, opening January 2016 at 13 Monroe Street in Manhattan.
The exhibition will open with a celebratory event hosted by PROTO Gallery, Saturday November 5, from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, announcing the launch of MEN and to kick off this year’s Hoboken Studio Tour taking place Sunday, November 6. Subsequently. the exhibition will be available by appointment, or during regular gallery hours until December 15, 2016.


They tell us that

We lost our tails

Evolving up

From little snails

I say it’s all

Just wind in sails

Are we not MEN?



Jocko Homo



Saturday, August 20th, 2016



Curated by Zach Seeger

Ronald Gonzalez
Yan Cynthia Chen
Nicholas Cueva
Judy Glantzman
Angela Dufresne
Dennis Congdon
Dasha Shishkin
Nicola Tyson
Zach Seeger


Opening Reception:

Friday, September 9, 2016 to Sunday, October 8, 2016

The gallery is open to the public Sunday Monday and Tuesday
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM or by appointment

Please note that this is a Friday evening opening reception due to the weekend suspension of PATH service from Midtown.


Curators Statement:

ON THE STUMP represents a collection of artists’ works that I admire and feel a kinship with. For me, this work speaks to the humor, superstitions, and unfamiliarity humans have with their own bodies, their own world. This exhibition demonstrates the hilariously awkward, vulnerable, full-frontal, vulgar, and desperate forms and conditions of the body, through and of a range of materials. It is a physical reminder of the tactile and visceral forms that make up a messy world: an art not easily canned, scripted, or contained.



Saturday, February 13th, 2016



Curated by Molly Merson

February 20 – March 20, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, February 27, 6-8 pm

Memory is a battleground between imagination and facts. As historians of our own lives we appear inattentive and can barely distinguish between things that actually took place and those we’d like to believe were happening. And what about our memory of the events that we have not witnessed or lived through? Beautiful Liars delegates the job of recollecting the historical and mythological past to the artists: six women who, to paraphrase Robert Hughes, make us remember things they have not seen. The artworks in the exhibition employ a wide range of artistic forms and mediums to engage the viewer in their imaginary narratives. The stories told by the artists may not be entirely truthful, but they have a more important claim – the psychological and emotional veracity, the kind of truth that goes beyond the mere accuracy of facts, names and numbers.

Suzanne Goldenberg is a New York based artist, whose artworks engage with the aesthetics of mini- malism using found objects and materials. Her sculpture titled Cities We Want to Blow Up invokes the now failed revolutions of past and present, which ruminate in dreams and breathe too quietly in what are now retired objects. A rusted belt of old nails slumped over a wooden dowel, possibly the remnant of a disassembled loom, found on the rotting wood floor of an old barn in rural PA, becomes a bando- lier across Zapata’s heroic chest when leaned against the wall of Goldenberg’s studio.

Tatiana Istomina is Russian-born multimedia artist living in New York. Her series of watercolors titled Female elements is based on the archival photographs of four peasant women, who had been accused of working as “female executioners” for the Red Army during the Russian Civil War; all four women were executed by the White army in 1919. Istomina’s History paintings are based on the pho- tographs of the Soviet leaders made in the 1920-30s. The figures in the paintings are overlaid and

disrupted by geometric shapes derived from Suprematist compositions of Russian avant-garde artist, Kazimir Malevich, suggesting the common intellectual and psychological impulse behind the utopian visions of Russian revolutionaries and artistic avant-garde. Istomina’s silent video Historical Inquiry consists of excerpts from archival footage created in Russia between 1917 and 1939. Some of the clips come form the recordings of major historical events, while others show day-to-day life; the foot- age is manipulated by slow motion, inner looping and digital animation, which alludes to the visual language of the Russian avant-garde art.

Katerina Marcelja is a Brooklyn based artist. The histories she unravels are found, inherited and imagined; they come together from meandering in a landscape of emotional recollections. The materi- als she selects have had a previous life contributing to that landscape. Marcelja is interested in the layering of histories from the primordial to the most current and raw. Some of her objects are re-enact- ments of imagined ancestral drama. They are collections, recollections and assemblages of repeated histories, real and imagined.

Paz Perlman is an Israeli artist currently living in New York. Perlman’s fractured past, shaped by war, loss and migration, has created an urge, through art, to heal the space where time and events leave their hidden traces and scars; a fragile and unfolding process of discovery. Her works are like ruins in space, woven together from discarded materials such as broken branches and twigs, highlighting the continuous process of destruction and rebirth. The objects she creates are not necessarily beau- tiful in a traditional sense, but they convey the strength within vulnerability and the melancholic tran- sient nature of our existence.

Lynn Umlauf is an artist born in Austin, TX, who now lives and works in New York. Her paintings Marsyas and Apollo are part of a group of artworks she began in February 1993, after seeing Titian’s painting The Flaying of Marsyas. According to the Greek myth, Marsyas dared Apollo to a contest of music: he who played most beautifully would command the loser. Umlauf has abstracted the story into painterly compositions, which use color, form, and movement to express the ambition and failure of Marsyas. Like Titian, she sympathizes with Marsyas; he is a satyr with human pride and ambition, and the paintings shows his strength and vulnerability in contrast to the divine, violin-playing Apollo.

Florencia Walfisch is an Argentinian artist living and working in Buenos Aires. Her triptych Class of 1970 was born from encountering her old and forgotten school notebook that described the experi- ment she was asked to conduct in class as a child. The condensed violence of induced asphyxiation of an ant performed by a teacher as an exercise with a group of 9- and 10-year-olds seemed to bring into the classroom much of the violence of the outside world. From that memory came the selection of the words avión (airplane) and capucha (hood) in her work, with their relationship to the world of childhood and the sinister meaning they gained during the last military dictatorship in Argentina.



Saturday, February 13th, 2016



Saturday, January 16, 2016 to Sunday, February 14, 2016

PROTO Gallery presents an exhibition of new Paintings by Ellen Siebers and Ian White Williams.

READING A WAVE presents work by two painters similarly engaged in a pragmatic process of recording quotidian studio circumstances through their painting. The resulting work remains as a relic, tied to the specific moments of its making. The work, in parallel to this concept, is a product of the act of rehearsing a memory. The memories of both Siebers and Williams are then reduced to a potent form; a testament to the power of the mind’s eye. These moments of receptivity, both with the environment and with painting material and process, are meditative but do not imply peacefulness. Both artists are interested in being totally available (not vacant) to the cacophony of interior and exterior stimuli. The results are paintings ‘from’ something real, remembered, imagined, seen, heard or felt; all are possible and none predetermined. The paintings are a record of the process of the translation of vulnerable, fallible, memory into movement and immediate form.


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.



Sunday, December 20th, 2015


Confused Travolta at MEGALODON

MEGALODON is a large-scale pop-up and companion exhibition to TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS at PROTO Gallery in the historic R. Neumann and Co. factory in Hoboken, NJ where PROTO Gallery is located. The exhibition’s title is an oblique reference to Damien Hirst’s 1988 warehouse exhibition. Curated by PROTO’s Nick De Pirro, this wide survey exhibition features work by numerous contemporary artists working in various media including: photography, performance, sculpture, installation, painting, and works on paper by the following artists:

Ian White Williams
Rob Ventura
Thomas Lendvai
Catherine Haggarty
Adam Brazil
Raymond Saá
Katherine Mojzsis
Diane Tenerelli-June
Patricia Brace
Katie Hector
Joianne Bittle
Bonny Leibowitz
Enrico Gomez
Liz Atz
Joe Kupillas
Nick De Pirro
Elise Church
Yifat Gat
Krista Svalbonas
David T Miller
Jason Rohlf
Alexandra Rubinstein
Pamela Fraser
Glenn Garver
Marta Buda
Sofia Szamosi
Mike Low
Tim Schwartz

The exhibition will open with an all-day event November 8th, 2015 during the city-wide Hoboken studio tour, with a late-afternoon performance by Patricia M. Brace, and remain on-view by appointment and TBD gallery hours for one month.

This exhibition is made possible by a generous donation by Observer Enterprises and UNLMTD Real Estate Group and presented by PROTO Gallery.

About the artists:

Raymond Saá creates installations and collages that break down and reassemble abstract patterns found in nature. Saá is a professor of art at Drew University and has shown extensively in the greater NYC area and internationally. He recently completed a residency and large-scale installation work at William Patterson University in NJ, and will be exhibiting work at SCOPE, Miami in a curated exhibition of Miami diaspora artists.

Ian White Williams not only produces simple and elegant paintings and drawings, but sculpture and performance as well. He has exhibited extensively on his home turf in Philadelphia as well as around the United States, including a recent group show at Edward Thorp Gallery in Chelsea, NYC. An accomplished teacher and curator, he has recently assembled group exhibitions for the Bushwick Open Studios and PROTO Gallery.

Catherine Haggarty received her MFA from Mason Gross School of Art, Rutgers University in 2011. She has shown at Life on Mars Gallery, Momenta Art, White Box, Opera Gallery, The Bowery Gallery & A.I.R Gallery in New York City as well as Bridget Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia. Her curatorial debut, WE ARE WHAT THE SEAS HAVE MADE US, was earlier this year at PROTO Gallery.

Thomas Lendvai’s large-scale sculptural installations occupy, react, and influence the spaces that surround and contain them. Lendvai received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2002 and has recently shown at Odetta Gallery, Garis & Hahn, PROTO Gallery and the Hungarian Cultural Center in NYC.

Rob Ventura constructs paintings that explore the influence of digital media and the internet on current visual culture with abstract compositions that elevate posterized web graphics and video game-like visuals to epic scale. Rob is the curator of TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS, the current exhibition at PROTO Gallery. He holds a MFA in Painting and Drawing from Boston University.

Nick De Pirro is a sculptor who fabricates tightly-controlled work in industrial materials and slightly modified found objects. He is the owner and director of PROTO Gallery in Hoboken, NJ. He received a BFA from Indiana University, Bloomington and a MFA from The Ohio State University.

Adam Brazil is a multi-media interdisciplinary artist primarily concerned with three dimensional objects. His research interests include the transcultural history of azulejos, the sociological effects of capitalism in a globalizing world and the iconography of religions.

Katherine Mojzsis paints layered abstract compositions influenced by architectural forms and other structures. Her work has ben exhibited nationally and internationally and is in numerous museum and private collections. She holds a MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College and a BFA in Painting, School of Visual Arts.

Diane Tenerelli-June uses found fabrics combined with painting and drawing to make simple and powerful works-on-paper that discuss domesticity and craft, and relate to the regional history of embroidery in New Jersey. Her work was featured in the group exhibition Proto Intro Two last year.

Patricia Brace is an interdisciplinary artist whose work includes performance art, video, drawing, installation, and textiles. She received a MFA from Mason Gross School of Art at Rutgers University in 2012. She is a widely-published artistic collaborator, writer, and curator with a background in art history, dance, and studio art. She is the recipient of the Giza Daniels Endesha Award, the Ray Stark Film Prize, and the Leon Golub Scholarship.

Katie Hector is a multimedia artist and curator whose work addresses themes such as objectivity, functionality and gesture. She received her BFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and currently works and resides in New York City. Hector’s recent work, a collaborative installation and performance was featured in a solo exhibition entitled ‘Trick Endings’ at the NO HOLDS BARRED Project Series in September 2015.

Jason Rohlf studied at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and moved to Brooklyn in 1999. He has exhibited his work across the country, created a public installation for the MTA, lectured for the Pratt Institute, Bowling Green University and Lawrence University among others. He was recently awarded Sam and Adelle Golden Foundation for the Arts Artist in Residency. His highly-textured paintings on various materials suggest patterns and structures both man-made and natural.

Alexandra Rubinstein is a Brooklyn-based artist who came to United States from Russia in 1997, received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and has spent the last five years in New York, participating in shows around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey. Rubinstein’s paintings confront patriarchal structures and sexual norms with a dry wit and aggressive attitude.

Sofia Szamosi is an artist working in video and photography, often using herself as a subject in vignettes exploring relationships, social structures, obsessions, and anxieties. Her work is simultaneously self-portrature and selfie, where, in all likelihood Instagram outweighs the traditional gallery space.

Mike Low replicates the properties of the human environment such as signage, advertising iconography, or the very static and noise generated by our electronic devices in sculptural paintings created using computer-assited fabrication combined with traditional processes. His matter-of-fact treatment of themes, while humorous, speaks to the human desire to capture, collect, or memorialize the things we see and assign value to.

Bonny Leibowitz combines painting techniques with found objects, modifying and combining antiques from a variety of cultures to create new and unrecognizable compositions. Bonny Leibowitz lives and works in Dallas, TX.

Enrico Gomez is an artist and curator creating purely abstract works driven by the fundamentals of color, form, and line. He is one of the founders of Parallel Art Space in Brooklyn, and his Dorado Project promotes and exhibits emerging artists in exhibitions and fairs nationally and internationally, most recently at the Sluice_ Art Fair in London. His work has been shown extensively in the NYC area and beyond.

Liz Atzberger, aka Liz Atz, was born in Columbus, OH and holds a BFA from The Ohio State University and a MFA from Tyler School of Art. Liz taught Foundations and Painting at Florida Atlantic University, and has been a Co-director and Co-curator at AIRPLANE gallery in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Her paintings and installations mix traditional media with found objects and commercial products that crash together and splinter into the gallery space.

Joe Kupillas received a BFA in Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in 2003. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in the NYC area and is represented by Gallery Molly Krom in NYC. Kupillas believes that a work’s meaning or purpose breaks away from the intent of the artist and becomes available to the viewer, so that the viewer’s interpretations are as important as artist’s intentions, and he insists that art is an open-ended conversation. His process consists of working simultaneously on multiple canvases and stacks of paper, using paints and assemblage elements, sorting through images while employing titles as part of the image formation.

Elise Church was born in Boston, MA, and presently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She attended Lacoste School of Arts and Parsons School of Design in Paris. Her work has been shown in many exhibitions across the country and abroad, more recently at Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY, Bermuda Society of Arts, and Castello 925, Venice, Italy. Her collages and sculptures are taped, glued, drawn, scratched, fit and cut elements forming a whole. An assemblage of parts, the periphery and the negative space become as important as the interior composition.

Yifat Gat, born in Tel-Aviv and now lives in France where she is artistic director at Look&Listen. Her work arises from a focus on the mechanisms that accompany human existence such as grids, number systems, weight, and movement. Her ongoing curatorial endeavor, “B&W Project” was recently part of the Sluice_ Art Fair, London.

Krista Svalbonas is a mixed-media artist based in Chicago, IL. She has a BFA in Photography and Design from Syracuse University and an interdisciplinary MFA degree in Photography, Sculpture and Design from SUNY New Paltz. She is heavily influenced by her urban environment and her work focuses on spatial relationships and architecture. Krista was recently awarded a Bemis Fellowship for 2015.

David T Miller lives in works in Ambler, PA creating dynamic and peculiar paintings with synthetic paints on a variety of materials. His paintings have recently been included in “Family Ties: Brooklyn/Dallas” at 500X Gallery, Occasional Gallery, Burlington, WA, “South of No North, East of No West,” Huntsville, AL curated by Brian Edmonds.

Glenn Garver graduated with a BFA from the School of Visual arts in 1984. His large-scale paintings on canvas and other materials seem to incorporate every possible technique and method of painterly mark making. His work has been included in recent exhibitions at Ground Floor Gallery in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Victory Hall Drawing Rooms in Jersey City, and Kuf-Mold in Rotterdam, Holland.

Joianne Bittle works in numerous media producing sensitively crafted work relating to the natural world and it’s relationship to science and humanity’s conquests. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in NYC at Churner and Churner, Radiator Gallery, Firework Gallery, and The Arsenal, in Central Park. She received a BFA from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1998.

Pamela Fraser works experimentally in a variety of materials and formats, primarily engaged with painting. She has exhibited her work extensively both nationally and internationally, and is a professor at The University of Vermont. In addition to her studio practice, she writes about art and organizes exhibitions. Her book How Color Works: Color Theory in the 21st Century will be published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

Marta Buda received her BFA from Rutgers University in 2014, and now creates dimensional work that are sculptural but relate strongly to painting. Her work is featured in TWILIGHT OF THE IDOLS at PROTO Gallery, and has appeared in several NYC area exhibitions.

Tim Schwartz is a painter living and working in Philadelphia, PA. He holds a BFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and a MFA from California College of the Arts. His work has appeared in group exhibitions at Fjord in Philadelphia, PROTO Gallery in Hoboken.


PROTO Gallery


66 Willow Avenue

Hoboken, NJ 07030


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)



Wednesday, February 18th, 2015



Ginny Casey
Lauren Collings
Clare Grill
Gili Levy


Saturday, January 31, 2015 to Sunday, March 8, 2015

The gallery is open to the public Sunday to Wednesday

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



Opening Reception

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM


Hoboken Gallery Walks

Monthly, every third Sunday, 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM


PROTO Gallery


66 Willow Avenue

Hoboken, NJ 07030