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.

Operating as usual

10/28/2020
Prioritize Professional Development for the Arts

Torpedo Factory Art Center and Alexandria's Office of the Arts have been working together to present a series of online professional development courses for artists and arts organizations.
We want to know what you want to learn next?

Please take the survey to help drive future programming.
#artsALX #torpedofactory #professionaldevelopment #dcarts #acreativedc

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We are happy to have welcomed our newest post grad resident this month, Fanni Somogyi! Fanni is our final resident for t...
10/18/2020

We are happy to have welcomed our newest post grad resident this month, Fanni Somogyi! Fanni is our final resident for the 2020 cohort and will be here through the end of December in studio #319. Stop by her studio and learn about her art process.

Fanni is a 2019 MICA grad with a BFA In Interdisciplinary Sculpture. Her work is focused on exploring networking systems and modes of connection and memory.

Stay tuned for more content with her!

We are currently accepting applications for the 2021 Post-Grad Residency, check out the link in our bio for the guidelines and to apply.

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10/17/2020

An Alexandria tradition for 25 years! Art Safari moves online this year for an afternoon of hands-on activities for kids and families. Artists lead exciting and creative projects in both live and recorded sessions via Facebook Live.

Please enjoy this Pre-Recorded Online Demonstration:

Tai Hwa Goh - Make a traditional "Takbon" Korean printmaking technique
@taihwagoh
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10/17/2020
25th Annual Art Safari: Create the 2020 Art Safari animal with Lisa Schumaier

An Alexandria tradition for 25 years! Art Safari moves online this year for an afternoon of hands-on activities for kids and families. Artists lead exciting and creative projects in both live and recorded sessions via Facebook Live.

3 pm – Create the 2020 Art Safari animal with Lisa Schumaier
@lisaschumaier
keenthings.com

10/17/2020
Make Black Walnut Ink

An Alexandria tradition for 25 years! Art Safari moves online this year for an afternoon of hands-on activities for kids and families. Artists lead exciting and creative projects in both live and recorded sessions via Facebook Live.

Please enjoy this Pre-Recorded Online Demonstration:

Pat Sargent – Make your own ink from black walnuts
@sargentthamm
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Patrick takes you out to the Manassas Battlefield to harvest some Black Walnuts for Ink-Making as part of the Torpedo Factory Art Center's Art Safari 2020.

10/17/2020
25th Annual Art Safari: Alexandria Archaeology Museum – Create your own commemorative historic-ware

An Alexandria tradition for 25 years! Art Safari moves online this year for an afternoon of hands-on activities for kids and families. Artists lead exciting and creative projects in both live and recorded sessions via Facebook Live.

Please enjoy this Pre-Recorded Online Demonstration:

Alexandria Archaeology Museum – Create your own commemorative historic-ware
@alexandriaarchaeology
alexandriaarchaeology.org

10/17/2020
25th Annual Art Safari: Scope Gallery – Animal Pinch Pot demonstration

An Alexandria tradition for 25 years! Art Safari moves online this year for an afternoon of hands-on activities for kids and families. Artists lead exciting and creative projects in both live and recorded sessions via Facebook Live.

Please enjoy this Pre-Recorded Online Demonstration:

Scope Gallery – Animal Pinch Pot demonstration
@scopegallery
scopegallery.com

10/17/2020
25th Annual Art Safari: Tracie Griffith Tso – Origami butterfly mobile demonstration

An Alexandria tradition for 25 years! Art Safari moves online this year for an afternoon of hands-on activities for kids and families. Artists lead exciting and creative projects in both live and recorded sessions via Facebook Live.

Please enjoy this Pre-Recorded Online Demonstration:

Tracie Griffith Tso – Origami butterfly mobile demonstration
@traciegriffithtso
inksart.com

10/17/2020
1 pm – Suminagashi paper marbling with Sto Len

An Alexandria tradition for 25 years! Art Safari moves online this year for an afternoon of hands-on activities for kids and families. Artists lead exciting and creative projects in both live and recorded sessions via Facebook Live.

1 pm – Suminagashi paper marbling with Sto Len
@stoishere
stoishere.com

10/17/2020
Art Safari 2020: 11 am – Family painting with Judy Heiser

An Alexandria tradition for 25 years! Art Safari moves online this year for an afternoon of hands-on activities for kids and families. Artists lead exciting and creative projects in both live and recorded sessions via Facebook Live.

11 am – Family painting with Judy Heiser
@judyheisart
judyheiserart.com

We are a few minutes away from our first live session for Art Safari today, Family Painting with Judy Heiser. Stick arou...
10/17/2020

We are a few minutes away from our first live session for Art Safari today, Family Painting with Judy Heiser. Stick around to watch the live feed. Get your paint, brushes, and paper ready and paint along with us!

Tomorrow is the 25th Annual Art Safari! We're moving the creative activities online for familes to work on at home. Coll...
10/16/2020

Tomorrow is the 25th Annual Art Safari! We're moving the creative activities online for familes to work on at home. Collect your supplies and jump in tomorrow, starting at 11 am. Visit torpedofactory.org/artsafari to get started!

The 25th Annual Art Safari is TOMORROW! We're moving it online this year. We can't wait to welcome families from Alexand...
10/16/2020
KidFriendly DC

The 25th Annual Art Safari is TOMORROW! We're moving it online this year. We can't wait to welcome families from Alexandria and beyond! Thanks to KidFriendly DC for helping us spread the word.

Watch pre-recorded and live demos. Download the art supply list so you can make art along with us. Visit torpedofactory.org/artsafari tomorrow starting at 11 a.m. to join us.

Art Safari, the Torpedo Factory's annual event, is going virtual this year. Join them online this Saturday for all kinds of creative adventures!

Torpedo Factory Art Center and Alexandria's Office of the Arts have been working together to present a series of online ...
10/15/2020
Prioritize Professional Development for the Arts

Torpedo Factory Art Center and Alexandria's Office of the Arts have been working together to present a series of online professional development courses for artists and arts organizations.

We want to know what you want to learn next? Please take the survey to help drive future programming.

#artsALX #torpedofactory #professionaldevelopment #dcarts #acreativedc

Please click the link to complete this form.

Happening now! The Late Shift Online presents the Art & Allies talk on race and the arts with @mapsglover Maps Glover, @...
10/10/2020

Happening now! The Late Shift Online presents the Art & Allies talk on race and the arts with @mapsglover Maps Glover, @veromelen Veronica Melendez, @samerapaz Samera Paz, and @kimthediamond Kim Sandara. Moderated by @quotaarts Dawne Langford.

Tune in for the live conversation:

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#artsalx #acreativedc #artistsoninstagram #allies #artmatters #explorethedmv #torpedofactoryartcenter

10/09/2020
Late Shift: Art & Allies (10.09.20)

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

Take a walk-through of Target Gallery’s newest exhibition, Mythos.

Meet visiting artist Sto Len, artist-in-residence at Alex Renew as a public-art partnership with Alexandria’s Office of the Arts.

We continue the Arts & Allies conversation to explore the impact of race in the arts and how creative allies can work for change, featuring the artists Maps Glover, Veronica Melendez, Samera Paz, and Kim Sandara. Moderated by Dawne Langford.

This evening’s schedule:

7:00 pm: Introduction and Interview with visiting artist Sto Len

7:15 pm: Virtual walk-through of Target Gallery’s exhibition, Mythos.

7:45 pm: Arts & Allies conversation with Maps Glover, Veronica Melendez, Samera Paz, and Kim Sandara. Moderated by Dawne Langford.

8:30 pm: Closing Remarks

TONIGHT Friday 10/9 is the Late Shift Online! 7pm - 8:30pmAt 7:45 pm, the Art Center hosts an Art & Allies conversation ...
10/09/2020

TONIGHT Friday 10/9 is the Late Shift Online! 7pm - 8:30pm

At 7:45 pm, the Art Center hosts an Art & Allies conversation on race and the arts, with @mapsglover Maps Glover, @veromelen Veronica Melendez, @samerapaz Samera Paz, and @kimthediamond Kim Sandara. Moderated by @quotaarts Dawne Langford.

Dawne Langford @quotaarts is an independent documentary producer, artist, and curator. She founded Quota as a curatorial initiative dedicated to broadening cultural diversity in public discourse around artistic creation and representation. Exhibition venues and collaborations include Mel Chin Studios, George Mason University, Georgetown University, Transformer, SPRING/BREAK, Times Square Arts Alliance, Hamiltonian Artists, and The Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center.

Tune in for the virtual program:

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TONIGHT Friday 10/9 is the Late Shift Online! 7pm - 8:30pmAt 7:45 pm, the Art Center hosts an Art & Allies conversation ...
10/09/2020

TONIGHT Friday 10/9 is the Late Shift Online! 7pm - 8:30pm

At 7:45 pm, the Art Center hosts an Art & Allies conversation on race and the arts, with @mapsglover Maps Glover, @veromelen Veronica Melendez, @samerapaz Samera Paz, and @kimthediamond Kim Sandara. Moderated by @quotaarts Dawne Langford.

Maps Glover @mapsglover embodies the true definition of a millennial artist. His multi-disciplinary art practice has allowed him entry into many different spaces. His illustrative works are abstract and vibrant. Most can be found on the covers of newspapers such as The Washington Informer Bridge and in the pages of countless magazines including Artsy magazine, Hello Mr and Relapse Magazine just to name a few. He is also a renowned performance artist, performing on stages including The Kennedy Center, The National Portrait Gallery, AfroPunk, and the Torpedo Factory. His performance has also taken him beyond the stage — his 2018 collaboration with Conde Nast solidified him as one of DC’s premier artists and introduced him to the national art market.

Tune in for the virtual program:

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#artsalx #artistsoninstagram #artequity #acreativedc

Tomorrow Friday 10/9 is our final Late Shift of 2020! The virtual party starts at 7pm. Full schedule is available online...
10/08/2020

Tomorrow Friday 10/9 is our final Late Shift of 2020! The virtual party starts at 7pm. Full schedule is available online.

At 7:45 pm, the Art Center hosts an Art & Allies conversation on race and the arts, with @mapsglover Maps Glover, @veromelen Veronica Melendez, @samerapaz Samera Paz, and @kimthediamond Kim Sandara. Moderated by @quotaarts Dawne Langford.

Samera Paz @samerapaz is an artist, activist and community organizer born and raised in Washington D.C. She is the Founder of the young women’s organization Girl Power Meetups and member of NW4BlackJustice. As a multidisciplinary artist which includes performance art and photojournalism, she uses her voice and art to speak on social, gender, racial and mental health experiences. Through her activism she specializes in hosting community based meetings and educating and empowering her community to dismantle civil and societal injustices.

Tune in for the virtual program:

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Join us this Friday 10/9 for the Late Shift Online! 7pm - 8:30pmAt 7 pm, we kick off the evening with an interview with ...
10/08/2020

Join us this Friday 10/9 for the Late Shift Online! 7pm - 8:30pm

At 7 pm, we kick off the evening with an interview with artist Sto Len, who has developed a studio installation at the Art Center, on view starting this week and through the end of the year.

New York-based artist Sto Len @stoishere is a printmaker, sound, and performance artist. He builds upon traditional printing techniques like marbling, block printing and cyanotype by using pollution, bacteria, and waste as art materials, unpacking humanity’s impacts on the environment that often goes unseen and ignored.

Sto returned to his hometown, Alexandria, to become the first artist in residence at AlexRenew @callmemoxie, Alexandria’s wastewater treatment plant. The residency is in partnership with City of Alexandria’s Public Art program, administered by Alexandria’s Office of the Arts.

Tune in for the virtual program:

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#artsalx.#visitalx #alexandriava #exploredmv #publicart #dcarts #printmaking #environmentalart

Join us this Friday 10/9 for the Late Shift Online! 7pm - 8:30pmAt 7:45 pm, we present an Arts & Allies conversation on ...
10/07/2020

Join us this Friday 10/9 for the Late Shift Online! 7pm - 8:30pm

At 7:45 pm, we present an Arts & Allies conversation on race and the arts, with @mapsglover Maps Glover, @veromelen Veronica Melendez, @samerapaz Samera Paz, and @kimthediamond Kim Sandara. Moderated by @quotaarts Dawne Langford.

Kim Sandara @kimthediamond is a queer, Laotian/Vietnamese, artist from Northern Virginia and now based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2016, she graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art, with a BFA in General Fine Arts. She’s shown work at various DC community events. In 2019, the National Museum of Women in the Arts' gift shop collaborated with her to create an event "Being" showcasing her work and guiding visitors to draw music. She has been featured in Visart's Gen 5 exhibition, the Torpedo Factory's 2019 Emerging Artists exhibition and the Washington Project for the Arts’ 2019 Auction Gala. In her Torpedo Factory summer 2019 Post- Grad Residency, she created a stop motion animation about her parent's immigration story intersecting her coming out story. She used the studio space as a shop to fund raise for local and national LGBTQ+ non profits empowering queer youth. In her 2020 Bresler Residency at VisArts, she focused more on Lao identity work. She's currently working on her graphic novel "Origins of Kin and Kang" about her coming out story and collaborating with Legacies of War to help fund removing the bombs left over from the Secret and Vietnam Wars from Laos. She is eager to integrate into creative, queer and Asian communities in Brooklyn.

Tune in for the virtual program:

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This Friday 10/9 is the Late Shift Online! It’s an online celebration of new exhibitions, artists, and ideas from 7pm - ...
10/06/2020

This Friday 10/9 is the Late Shift Online! It’s an online celebration of new exhibitions, artists, and ideas from 7pm - 8:30pm

*At 7:45 pm, the Art Center hosts an Arts & Allies conversation on race and the arts, with @mapsglover Maps Glover, @veromelen Veronica Melendez, @samerapaz Samera Paz, and @kimthediamond Kim Sandara. Moderated by @quotaarts Dawne Langford.

Veronica Melendez @veromelon is a visual artist based out of Washington D.C. From illustrations of iconic household products to photographs documenting the diaspora of Central Americans within the D.C. metro area, her work is greatly influenced by her Latinx upbringing. Having been raised in D.C within one of the largest Central American communities in the United States her work gives a platform to a voice that is often marginalized and serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of culture and representation in art. Veronica is also a founder of @lahorchatazine La Horchata Zine - a seasonal arts publication highlighting creatives with Central American ancestry.

Tune in for the virtual program:

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Join us from the comfort of your own home this Friday 10/9 for the Late Shift Online! It’s an online celebration of new ...
10/05/2020

Join us from the comfort of your own home this Friday 10/9 for the Late Shift Online! It’s an online celebration of new exhibitions, artists, and ideas.

Friday evening's schedule:
* 7:00 pm: Introduction and Interview with visiting artist Sto Len
* 7:15 pm: Virtual walk-through of @targetgallery Target Gallery's exhibition, Mythos.
* 7:45 pm: Arts & Allies conversation with @mapsglover Maps Glover, @veromelen Veronica Melendez, @samerapaz Samera Paz, and @kimthediamond Kim Sandara. Moderated by @quotaarts Dawne Langford.
* 8:30 pm: Closing Remarks

Tune in for the virtual program:

www.facebook.com/torpedofactory

This coming Friday, October 9, join us for the final Late Shift Online of 2020! We have a line up of talks through the e...
10/04/2020

This coming Friday, October 9, join us for the final Late Shift Online of 2020!

We have a line up of talks through the event that you don't want to miss. We will premiere the video tour of @targetgallery 's newest exhibition “Mythos”. Narrated by exhibition juror Dr. Michele Greet, this in depth tour delves into how the work in this exhibition takes the influence of ancient mythologies and folklore and reinterprets them with contemporary perspectives.

The livestream event starts at 7pm with the “Mythos” video tour beginning around 7:15 pm.

09/27/2020
Apply for Studio Space

CALL FOR ARTISTS 📣 Deadline is September 30!

Don't delay, time is running out. ⏰ The quick application process should take less than 20 minutes. Visit http://www.torpedofactory.org/artopps to apply.

⁣⁣⁣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. ⁣⁣⁣⁣

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

Torpedo Factory Art Center is the nation's largest community of publicly accessible working artists' studios under one roof.⁣⁣

Please share widely to help spread the word.⁣

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09/26/2020
Ash Llanes Artist Talk

2020 Post-Grad Resident artist Ashley Llanes talks about her residency and her art process in her culminating artist talk. Over the course of her residency, Ash was focused on breaking down intergenerational trauma within her work and exploring methods of collective healing through art. Ash's residency finishes up next week but her work will be on view with the rest of her cohort in Target Galley for the '2020 Post Grad Residents' exhibition from December 19 - January 17.

To learn more about Ash, check out her instagram @seldom_followed or her website: ashllanes.com

We are now accepting applications for the 2021 Post-Grad Residency studio, for details about this opportunity, check out link: torpedofactory.org/artopps

Ashley Llanes is a queer identifying artist who makes personally political work about her Cuban American identity, her affinity for Miami’s culture , and her...

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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

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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