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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.

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.

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.

Art for Haiti NYC project

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

In light of the current situation in Haiti, we are organizing an auction to benefit Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres/MSF) to support their current work in Haiti. The auction will be held on Wednesday February 10 at 7:30 PM, with previews Tuesday and Wednesday.

601 West 26th Street (@ 11th Ave.)
8th floor
New York, NY 10001

The money will go directly to Doctors Without Borders via their web site as a direct donation.

We are currently looking for more artists and galleries to participate. If you think you can help in any way, please contact us at


Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

On a regular basis I find vandalized corporate material around NYC. I am not talking about graffiti, which has its own dynamic. I am only referring to straight up advertisement damage. I like what I see. It is pretty pure expression in a form that is very different from graffiti, which can sometimes be pretty boring because it is getting more and more absorbed into corporate identities and campaigns. Ad vandalism isolates the attack element of graffiti from the creative or drawing side. Some of these are hacked up with knives, others appear to be some kind of solvent smear. For me, because of what I am into, they recall image hacking from ancient Egypt. One of the best that I have seen was a poster promoting a condominium in Jersey City that was re-postered with an anti-condo image with text that described lower class displacement. I missed my opportunity to get a good shot of that one, unfortunately. These are all iPhone shots at this stage. I don’t have the conviction to seek them out with a real camera. This is strictly off the cuff. I think my second solvent attack image is a little blurry. 

The Resolution and the Mongoose

Monday, May 11th, 2009

I made a little New Year’s resolution for myself. Working so much in NYC exposes me to so many people asking for help, either homeless or worse, so I thought that I might agree to help instead of hurrying by. I came up with a simple rule, if somebody asked and I had change, I would give them my change. Because I need my cash for tolls or even for emergencies, like a few days ago when the Christopher Street Station refused my MetroCard in every single turnstile and I had to put cash into the machine to get a stupid paper card.

It is quite a challenge to uphold the rules of this program because I am conditioned to ignore everything around me like everybody else. Maybe that is what this is really about. Surely my stupid pocket change is not really helping anybody, but there are studies that show that being ignored has very negative psychological effects on people. Don’t make me cite the study here, I just remember that it was about people who worked in retail like somebody at Sam’s Club who offers you a sample of some Italian sausage from a little grill. It drives people nuts when you walk by instead of just saying, “No thanks.”

I am usually either trying to see a client or rushing home as fast as I can, so have to force myself to stop, but usually I can do it. I was at the Broadway-Lafayette Station last week and a guy came right up to me and asked for change. I waived him off almost automatically. I immediately realized that I just broke my rules because I had change in my pocket. I started to follow him down the platform, but he turned around first and came back my way. He came up to me again as if he already forgot he approached me and before he could ask, he had my quarter. There is another guy who works with this outfit called the United Homeless Organization or UHO as it it written on his money jug. I understand that this is a kind of organized panhandling outfit, but that doesn’t change my exercise. If I have change, I give it. If the argument is that handing money directly to the person asking is wrong because it will not help him, I propose that without the cash in my pocket last week, I would have been standing in the Christopher Street Station trying to figure out how to get home.

I have seen several blogs that trash the UHO because the person asking for the donation usually gets to keep whatever they can get, minus fifteen bucks that they have to turn over to their headquarters, wherever and whatever that is. So, if that is not really a problem for me, then I guess the other complaint is that the organization pays some CEO for travel and expenses. Perhaps that is a problem, but again, because I am a quarter down at the end of the day hardly means that I have made a huge negative impact on myself or somebody else. Perhaps the president of the outfit is more than a pimp, I can’t say. Yes, obviously, a donation to a legit organization would be money better spent, but don’t tell me that another non-profit won’t spend the money on something other then direct aid to people on the street. I a pretty sure that people sitting in cubicles at most non-profits have a larger paycheck than I do. Is Lincoln Center a non-profit? The budget for their renovation is a cool 1.2 billion dollars. I heard the lead architect on WNYC last week talking about how the street is where all the city’s energy is and that Alice Tully Hall will bring the center down to street level, whatever that means. Does it really have to do that? Does Lincoln Center use all of its money for support of the arts, or does it pay somebody to drive people around or make copies?  Most of the sites that I checked out for background on the UHO were pretty callous, and one was actually about hanging out in the Hamptons, but the author took time out to belittle homeless people just to change it up, I guess.

1.2 billion is an amazing amount of cash, but I guess it is about the cost of a single B-2 Spirit, so maybe it’s not that great. I think 1.2 billion would be a nice number for some seed money to start a street-level arts micro loan program and still have enough money for your CEO’s expenses at the end of the year. Bloomberg was speaking at an event celebrating the 50th anniversary of Lincoln Center today and he said that there were twenty-thousand ballerinas in NYC looking to fill the one-hundred ballerina positions at the center. Really, twenty-thousand, or is that just cute billionaire talk. If there are that many ballet dancers out there, how many painters are there that could use a micro-loan to get their practice up. It is unfortunate that we live in Sparta and not Greece. The stimulus bill has next to nothing for the arts, a mere fraction of the budget for the Lincoln Center facelift at 50 million dollars, and I’m sure most if it will go to Shakespeare theaters that do a great national service promoting English plays with American money. Perhaps there is a way to do a micro-loan program for artists and really take it down to the street level, after all, that is where all the energy is. If there was a sanctioned program, there would likely be a way to get art onto the streets for real. We could get those ballerinas out for a few open-air performances. Can you imagine a serious sculpture or suite of paintings right out in the street? They closed streets this summer so that people could walk and bike them, and in some instances there was spontaneous dancing, so why not fund the dancing and throw in some heavy duty visual art too. It sounds weird but it could work, and every artist I know has a shovel ready project. I have one that I could start tomorrow.

Speaking of that kind of thing, I recently saw a lost/stolen BMX bike up in Clifton, NJ on the side of Route 46. I turned around and grabbed it and tossed it in the truck. No seat, no brakes, it is a typical abused and abandoned bike. It was probably stolen, but it doesn’t look like it was garage kept, if you know what I mean. I guess I snaked it because I saw the Mongoose decal on the down tube, and that sealed it. I have wanted a Mongoose since I saw a Trend video with Dennis McCoy riding his Hooligan. The plan is to fix it up and ride it around the West Village and the Bowery as a sort of performance. I have no idea what direction it will take, but maybe it is a warm up for Bantam Mechanics; a sort of build project with a performance to get my feet wet before we start the big one. Besides, I really want to ride in NYC and a found bike could wind up staying in NYC when the performance is finished. No real loss, given that the parts I need will hardly amount to a substantial sum. Maybe I can find a reputable non-profit to accept the bike, or perhaps I can just give it to somebody who asks.

The Boss: POLAROID #4

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009


De Pirro the Boss

The sequel to Get Serious, The Boss was also created as an identification photo at the Sherman Studio Art Center. Ian saved this one as well. Speaking of Sherman studios, I came this close to tossing a roadkill skunk into one of the glass furnaces over there one night. This photo features a Delille Oxygen welding cap, in effect!

Neumann Victory Italicized

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009


The Neumann Leathers Tenants Association (NLTA) has won their battle for the future of the Neumann studio building complex. I should say, the NLTA is happy with the results of the Hoboken Zoning Board’s unanimous decision to deny approval to the Trammel Crowe Company’s proposal to develop a colossal condominium project on the Neumann site.  I should say, portions of the NLTA that are most represented by the group of small businesses that occupy leased space in the Neumann Leathers Company buildings are satisfied that they will continue to be able to have inexpensive space in a prime location without any kind of oversight or inspections of their premises that would normally be expected in a leased commercial space in such a competitive and densely populated market. I should add, many of the artists that are primary lease holders or sublease holders are also pleased that they can continue to provide, and in the latter case, work in, squalid studio spaces without fire code compliant walls or doors. They can continue to incorrectly and even illegally dispose of volatile organic compounds. I must assume that the building’s owners must be disappointed to not be rid of their toxic and poorly maintained structures, their absolutely decrepit parking lot, and their thousands of gallons of underground fuel oil.

The most recent mass email message from the NLTA proposes a new development project. Should I say another development project? The model and drawings have not been revealed, but one can assume that it will be more focused on supporting the existing Neumann community. I should say, one can assume that it will be more focused on providing space for the companies that can afford renovated loft space in a prime property in Hoboken. Perhaps, one should assume, that music rehearsal space and perhaps even sculpture studios may be considered too noisy for such a development. I am quite certain that commercial space will be available to those who can afford it, but how loud can I be?

Originally, the artists were the face of the NLTA, but it was plain to see then, and it is certainly the case now, that the small business contingent is the dominant voice. I should say, business contingent, if I am to include some of the multi-million dollar operations that are housed in some of the buildings on the property, for they are certainly not small. 

I suppose that now is a time to begin thinking about the future of the buildings on the property. I am willing to participate in a remodel of the property, but I fear that my small company won’t be able to absorb the additional costs associated with such a massive project even if it is a co-op, which has not been specified at this time. Given that the mission of Project Studios is to provide the most inexpensive studio spaces possible, the company is not posting record profits that could capitalize a major renovation.

I am happy to keep the Project Studios spaces on the third floor of Neumann Building H, and I will keep those studios available as long as possible. I estimate that it could be as short as one year, or as long as five, barring any arson or other maneuver of last resort from a would-be developer. I am currently seeking additional studio space for myself and for the greater Project Studios LLC company space for music and visual arts in another building or buildings in the immediate area.


Auto Industry Bailout

Saturday, January 31st, 2009


This is a Ford Backhoe from our sandbox, and I am talking about the 1980\'s sandbox!