Torpedo Factory Art Center

Torpedo Factory Art Center Art in Person and in Progress. Located in Old Town Alexandria, Torpedo Factory Art Center is he nation’s largest community of open artists' studios under one roof.
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Our mission: to ignite the creative spirit. Part of City of Alexandria's Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.

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09/21/2020

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09/11/2020
Late Shift Online: Post Grads

Join us from the comfort of your own home for an online celebration of new exhibitions, artists, and ideas.

Travel through history with Melanie Kehoss’s Through the Kitchen Door, on view now in the New Project Studio, and experience a follow-up live conversation with the artist.

We host an in-depth panel discussion with the two summer 2020 Post Grad artists, Ashley Llanes and Luis A. Navas-Reyes.

We can't wait to bring you a great program for tonight's Late Shift Online! Hear post-grad residents Ashley Llanes, and ...
09/11/2020

We can't wait to bring you a great program for tonight's Late Shift Online! Hear post-grad residents Ashley Llanes, and Luis A. Navas-Reyes talk about their time at the Art Center after a live chat with Melanie Kehoss, the artist who created Through the Kitchen Door in the New Project Studio.

Please stay tuned as we get our technology to cooperate.

Line drawings by Luis A. Navas-Reyes, one of our current post-grad residents made in his studio. ▪️▪️▪️▪️Luis will be in...
09/06/2020

Line drawings by Luis A. Navas-Reyes, one of our current post-grad residents made in his studio.
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Luis will be in studio #344 through September, you may also follow him at @luisnv0 or check out his website: luisnrstudio.com
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Join us next Friday, September 11 on our page (facebook.com/torpedofactory) for a livestream with our two current post-grad resident artists, Ashley Llanes and Luis A. Navas-Reyes. At 7:30pm we will feature videos prepared by the two artists, discussing their artist practice followed by a live q&a with them to discuss their residency and current projects. Both artists explore their Latinx heritage by exploring concepts of identity, memory, and family history.
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#artsalx #artistsoninstagram #artiststudio #artiststudios #instaartist #dmvartist #acreativedc #mixedmedia #form #artistresidency #linedrawing #drawing

Check out some of these charcoal drawings our post-grad resident has been making in his studio. He calls these drawings ...
09/05/2020

Check out some of these charcoal drawings our post-grad resident has been making in his studio. He calls these drawings “cultural disfigurations”.
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Luis will be in studio #344 through September, you may also follow him at @luisnv0 or check out his website: luisnrstudio.com
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Join us next Friday, September 11 on our page (facebook.com/torpedofactory) for a livestream with our two current post-grad resident artists, Ashley Llanes and Luis A. Navas-Reyes. At 7:30pm we will feature videos prepared by the two artists, discussing their artist practice followed by a live q&a with them to discuss their residency and current projects. Both artists explore their Latinx heritage by exploring concepts of identity, memory, and family history.
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#artsalx #artistsoninstagram #artiststudio #artiststudios #instaartist #dmvartist #acreativedc #mixedmedia #form #artistresidency #drawing #charcoal #sketch

09/05/2020

Art in Progress is a public program series highlighting a different artist along with an interview and a demonstration or hands-on project.

Much of Ashley’s work over the course of her residency has focused on investigating and recontextualizing found objects to promote healing of lost histories and intergenerational trauma. Visit her in Studio 319 through September and online at @seldom_followed and ashllanes.com

Join us Friday, September 11 on our page (facebook.com/torpedofactory) for a livestream with our two current post-grad resident artists, Ashley Llanes and Luis A. Navas-Reyes. At 7:30pm we will feature videos prepared by the two artists, discussing their artist practice followed by a live q&a with them to discuss their residency and current projects. Both artists explore their Latinx heritage by exploring concepts of identity, memory, and family history.

#artsalx #artistsoninstagram #artiststudio #artiststudios #instaartist #dmvartist #acreativedc #mixedmedia #artistresidency #photography #foundobjects

Scroll through to watch the growth progress! Post-grad resident Luis A. Navas-Reyes has been exploring Meso-American for...
09/04/2020

Scroll through to watch the growth progress! Post-grad resident Luis A. Navas-Reyes has been exploring Meso-American forms and their relationship to change and transformation over time. Rooted in his ancestral past, Luis is interested in connecting to forms used hundreds of years ago to explore new contemporary ideas.

In this series of work using his paper vessels, he is interested in the idea of growth and entropy in nature reflecting the growth and loss of cultural identity. Luis uses red and black beans to illustrate this point, as a connection to cultural diet and stories. Luis is primarily working with the idea of change and work being ephemeral.

Luis will be in studio #344 through September, you may also follow him at @luisnv0 or check out his website: luisnrstudio.com
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Join us next Friday, September 11 on our page (facebook.com/torpedofactory) for a livestream with our two current post-grad resident artists, Ashley Llanes and Luis A. Navas-Reyes. At 7:30pm we will feature videos prepared by the two artists, discussing their artist practice followed by a live q&a with them to discuss their residency and current projects. Both artists explore their Latinx heritage by exploring concepts of identity, memory, and family history.
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#artsalx #artistsoninstagram #artiststudio #artiststudios #instaartist #dmvartist #acreativedc #mixedmedia #form #artistresidency #vessels #plantart

09/04/2020
Yoshiko Ratliff Art

Yoshiko Ratliff Art

“Torpedo Factory, Old Town, Alexandria”, #acrylic, #goldleaf, #silverleaf, #copperleaf on wood cradled panel. 24x30. I started this painting right before the lockdown for a commission and it took a long time to finish, but it lost a new home due to COVID. I forgot to share it, but now it’s on the wall at Studio 225 Torpedo Factory Art Center! It’s shiny so its difficult to take a good picture. Come see it👀
www.yoshikoratliff.com

#yoshikoratliff_art Torpedo Factory Artists' Association #metalleaf

This week we are featuring post-grad resident artist Luis A. Navas-Reyes, so you can get to know him and his practice. L...
09/03/2020

This week we are featuring post-grad resident artist Luis A. Navas-Reyes, so you can get to know him and his practice.

Luis A. Navas-Reyes is a visual artist whose work is a translation of abstract compositions that build upon his unique and personal visual vocabulary. His work is rooted in his identity, culture, environments, abstraction, power structures, familiar and historical histories. Utilizing media such as printmaking, drawings, ceramics, and bookmaking Luis explores themes, narratives, and forms.

Luis will be in studio #344 through September, you may also follow him at @luisnv0 or check out his website: luisnrstudio.com
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Join us next Friday, September 11 on our page (facebook.com/torpedofactory) for a livestream with our two current post-grad resident artists, Ashley Llanes and Luis A. Navas-Reyes. At 7:30pm we will feature videos prepared by the two artists, discussing their artist practice followed by a live q&a with them to discuss their residency and current projects. Both artists explore their Latinx heritage by exploring concepts of identity, memory, and family history.
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#artsalx #artistsoninstagram #artiststudio #artiststudios #instaartist #dmvartist #acreativedc #mixedmedia #form #artistresidency

“Days of Candy” “This series contemplates a lost childhood and the fabrication of a memory. The images are composed of a...
08/29/2020

“Days of Candy”

“This series contemplates a lost childhood and the fabrication of a memory. The images are composed of a growing collection of found objects from my childhood to present day.” - Ashley Llanes
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This week we are featuring post-grad resident artist Ashley Llanes so you can get to know her and her practice. Much of Ashley’s work over the course of her residency has focused on investigating and recontextualizing found objects to promote healing of lost histories and intergenerational trauma. Ashley will be in the residency studio #319 through September, you may also follow her at @seldom_followed or check out her website: ashllanes.com.

Join us Friday, September 11 on our page (facebook.com/torpedofactory) for a livestream with our two current post-grad resident artists, Ashley Llanes and Luis A. Navas-Reyes. At 7:30pm we will feature videos prepared by the two artists, discussing their artist practice followed by a live q&a with them to discuss their residency and current projects. Both artists explore their Latinx heritage by exploring concepts of identity, memory, and family history.
#artsalx #artistsoninstagram #artiststudio #artiststudios #instaartist #dmvartist #acreativedc #mixedmedia #artistresidency #photography #foundobjects @ Torpedo Factory Art Center

Studio views from our post-grad resident artist Ashley Llanes (@seldom_followed) from her studio #319! This week we are ...
08/28/2020

Studio views from our post-grad resident artist Ashley Llanes (@seldom_followed) from her studio #319! This week we are doing some featured posts on her so you can get to know her and her practice. Much of Ashley’s work over the course of her residency has focused on investigating and recontextualizing found objects to promote the healing of lost histories and intergenerational trauma. Stay tuned for more content about Ashley coming soon!
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Join us Friday, September 11 on our page (facebook.com/torpedofactory) for a livestream with our two current post-grad resident artists, Ashley Llanes and Luis A. Navas-Reyes. At 7:30pm we will feature videos prepared by the two artists, discussing their artist practice followed by a live q&a with them to discuss their residency and current projects. Both artists explore their Latinx heritage by exploring concepts of identity, memory, and family history.
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We are now accepting applications for Post-Graduation Residents for the 2021 (torpedofactory.org/artopps or link in bio). This competitive juried residency provides meaningful support to emerging artists who have recently completed formal academic training in the visual arts. It is an opportunity to address the critical post-graduation juncture in an emerging artist’s career. Residents have three months of exclusive access to a studio in the Art Center and join our network of artists.
#artsalx #artistsoninstagram #artiststudio #artiststudios #instaartist #dmvartist #acreativedc #mixedmedia #collage #artistresidency @ Torpedo Factory Art Center

Torpedo Factory Art Center's cover photo
08/26/2020

Torpedo Factory Art Center's cover photo

CALL FOR ARTISTS 📣 Apply now for studio space. Please share and tag friends to help spread the word.Open to visual artis...
08/22/2020

CALL FOR ARTISTS 📣 Apply now for studio space. Please share and tag friends to help spread the word.

Open to visual artists over age 21. Individual artists and artist groups are encouraged to apply.

Leases will begin December 1, 2020 and end March 31, 2022, with the possibility of renewal. Rent is subsidized at $16.39/sq ft.

For more information on available studios and application instructions, visit torpedofactory.org/artopps.

#artsALX #alexandriava #dcarts #dmvart #dcartists #ourdistrictsart #acretivedc #knowyrcity #eastcitydc #callforart #callforentries #opencall #calltoartists #artopps #artopencalls #artcalls #artistopportunity

Today is the first day of the Alexandria Sidewalk Sale! Stop by the Union Street Entrance and the Waterfront entrance to...
08/15/2020

Today is the first day of the Alexandria Sidewalk Sale! Stop by the Union Street Entrance and the Waterfront entrance to check out discounts on various works of art! Then step through our doors and enjoy three floors of air conditioned studios and galleries to shop for that special someone in your life. We're open until 6pm! Thanks to the artists in Studios 15, 224, 225, and 226 for participating in the sidewalk tables @dejanstudiojewelry @rosemarycovey @leahlovesart @yoshikoratliff_art @marietje.art @rangeofemotionbags @danalehrerdanzepottery #galewallar #alxsidewalksale @ Torpedo Factory Art Center

Target Gallery
08/14/2020
Target Gallery

Target Gallery

Take a peek at the 2020 Emerging Artists exhibition, now on view in Target Gallery.

Join us tonight at 7:30 via the Torpedo Factory Art Center live feed for “Emerging Art in the DMV: Panel Discussion.”

Hear from artists MK Bailey, Mahsa R. Fard, Zia Palmer, and Latrelle Rostant, as well as participating exhibition jurors Rex Delafkaran and Amy Lokoff. We will be addressing vital needs for emerging artists—such as resources, funding, and harnessing a sense of community—in a time of crisis.

The discussion will be preceded by a virtual exhibition video tour, which will premiere at 7pm. Tune in live to post your questions or check it out on the Art Center's videos afterward.
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@mk.bailey
@mahsa.r.f
@_ziapalmer
@latrelle_
@rex_makes
@amy_loko
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#targetgallery #torpedofactory #artsalx #artsalxathome #alxathome #dmvartists #dmvartist #dcart #dcartisttalks #artisttalk #emergingartist #emergingart

Target Gallery
08/14/2020

Target Gallery

Join us tomorrow, August 14, over on the @torpedofactory page for a livestream virtual discussion for “2020 Emerging Artists”. ⚡️
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Our “Emerging Art in the DMV: Panel Discussion” will begin at 7:30pm, and will feature artists MK Bailey, Mahsa R. Fard, Zia Palmer, and Latrelle Rostant, as well as participating exhibition jurors Rex Delafkaran and Amy Lokoff. We will be addressing vital needs for emerging artists—such as resources, funding, and harnessing a sense of community—in a time of crisis.
The discussion will be preceded by a virtual exhibition video tour, which will premiere at 7pm.
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We are accepting questions for the panel on our Instagram Story. Head over there to send us some questions!
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@mk.bailey
@mahsa.r.f
@_ziapalmer
@latrelle_
@rex_makes
@amy_loko
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#targetgallery #torpedofactory #artsalx #artsalxathome #alxathome #dmvartists #dmvartist #dcart #dcartisttalks #artisttalk #emergingartist #emergingart @ Target Gallery

Join us next Friday, August 14 over on the @torpedofactory page, for a livestream virtual Late Shift reception ...
08/08/2020

Join us next Friday, August 14 over on the @torpedofactory page, for a livestream virtual Late Shift reception for “2020 Emerging Artists”. ⚡️
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We will first premiere the virtual video tour of the exhibition and then lead into our “Emerging Art in the DMV: Panel Discussion” with artists: MK Bailey, Mahsa R. Fard, Zia Palmer, and Latrelle Rostant also featuring participating exhibition jurors Rex Delafkaran and Amy Lokoff. We will be discussing the currant climate for emerging artists in the DMV region as well as the impacts of COVID-19.
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We are accepting questions for the panel in advance in our instastories, so head over there to send us questions!
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@mk.bailey
@mahsa.r.f
@_ziapalmer
@latrelle_
@rex_makes
@amy_loko
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#targetgallery #torpedofactory #artsalx #artsalxathome #alxathome #dmvartists #dmvartist #dcart #dcartisttalks #artisttalk #emergingartist #emergingart
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08/07/2020

Art in Progress is a weekly public program series highlighting a different artist along with an interview and a demonstration or hands-on project.

Luis A. Navas-Reyes is a visual artist whose work is a translation of abstract compositions that build upon his unique and personal visual vocabulary. His work is rooted in his identity, culture, environments, abstraction, power structures, familiar and historical histories. Utilizing media such as printmaking, drawings, ceramics, and bookmaking Luis explores themes, narratives, and forms. In 2018, Luis was awarded “Jurors Choice” at Artworks juried show. He was also selected to participate in the Dolph Project that contextualized contemporary art practice. Luis completed his BFA at James Madison University in 2018. In 2019, he was awarded a to research in Sevilla, Spain.

#torpedofactory #oldtownalexandria #artsALX #printmaking #art #artdemos #drawings #artprojects #drawings #acreativedc #exploredmv

07/31/2020

Art in Progress is a weekly public program series highlighting a different artist along with an interview and a demonstration or hands-on project.

Paulette Palacios earned her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She received her BFA as well as a MA in teaching Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. Palacios has shown her work in and around the D.C. region at locations like Pyramid Atlantic, Washington Print Makers Gallery, Carol Square, and Hillyer Art Space. She predominately works in printmaking and alternative processes.She was a Post Grad resident at Torpedo Factory Art Center in 2016. Share your own creations on #artsALXathome

#torpedofactory #oldtownalexandria #artsALX #printmaking #art #artdemos #collageprojects #artprojects #drawings #acreativedc #exploredmv

07/25/2020
Tai Hwa Goh in Target Gallery

This is your final weekend to see Tai Hwa Goh at Target Gallery. She is the 2020 Solo Exhibition recipient. Visit 10 am - 5 pm through Sunday. ⁣

Visit torpedofactory.org/target to learn more and see an artist-led tour of the exhibition.

07/24/2020
Art in Progress: Andiland

Art in Progress is a weekly public program series highlighting a different artist along with an interview and a demonstration or hands-on project.

Working in several media, Andi uses a variety of campy materials to create a whimsical plastic wonderland of immersive installations. Her alter ego, Bunni, invites viewers into a dreamworld otherwise known as Andiland. Here, vulnerable female nudes are surrounded by playful objects and bright colors drawn from a tumultuous adolescence. Beyond the sweet surface lies a critical attempt to confront the taboos surrounding female sexuality and celebrate its dangerous archetypal allure.

Andi was the first 2019 artist resident in the Mason Art Project Space, a yearlong collaboration in the New Project Studio with George Mason University's School of Art MFA program. Share your own creations on #artsALXathome

#torpedofactory #oldtownalexandria #artsALX #performance #costumes #digitalart #sculpture #art #handsonproject #installation #artprojects #paintings #acreativedc #exploredmv

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105 N. Union St
Alexandria, VA
22314

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is easily accessible by: - Metrorail King Street Station on the Yellow and Blue lines - VRE Alexandria Station - Free King Street Trolley - DASH Bus - Metrobus

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

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Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest number of publicly accessible working-artist studios under one roof. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria. It is the creative engine that drives Northern Virginia’s cultural scene.

Opened in 1919 as the U.S. Naval Torpedo Station in Alexandria, the City of Alexandria repurposed the building in 1974 as one of the country’s first examples of creative placemaking.

Now with more than 165 resident artists in 82 studios on three floors, there is always something new to see and experience. Observe artists at work, ask about their creative processes, learn what inspires them, and discover what inspires you! Shop and bring home original art for your collection.

Find artists working in: Ceramics, Collage & Mixed Media, Fiber, Glass & Enamel, Jewelry, Painting & Drawing, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture

Torpedo Factory Art Center is managed by the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts, a division in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities. Learn more at alexandriava.gov/arts. Follow @alexartsoffice on Instagram and Twitter.

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