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

06/26/2021

“We, Too, Sing America” performance day 3.

06/25/2021
06/25/2021

At noon, we will be going live with Ọmọlará Williams McCallister for the 2nd durational performance in “We, Too, Sing America.” These will be happening daily at noon through July 18. Watch via Target Gallery.

O is recording performances and layering the previous recordings along with the new performance of that day. Today, there will be two voices and by July 18, there will be 24.

The 24 is representative of the 24 hours in a day and the unending physical, mental, and emotional labor black women and femmes endure, but is subject to erasure in our societal consciousness.

Join us tonight for 2021 Post-Grad Residents Lindsey Kircher's artist talk presented via facebook livestream at 7pm! ⚡️L...
06/25/2021

Join us tonight for 2021 Post-Grad Residents Lindsey Kircher's artist talk presented via facebook livestream at 7pm! ⚡️

Lindsey will be presenting a formal artist talk to talk about their artistic influences, artistic practice, and future goals. We will be hosting a Q&A after the talk for folks watching live to submit questions.

We'll see you there!

Images courtesy for the artist: @linz_kirch ⚡️

06/24/2021

Target Gallery’s 2021 solo exhibition recipient is artist Ọmọlará Williams McCallister (pronouns: O/love/beloved) who will be presenting a multisensory installation, We, Too, Sing America, which will include visual, sound, and interactive elements like today’s durational performance. Visit daily at noon through July 18 to watch live.

The installation is a continuation of the artist’s ongoing fiber-based series Domestic Work, which confronts the extraction of emotional labor, caretaking and other domestic work from Black women that is expected, depended upon, normalized and then erased in public and private spaces.

“We, Too, Sing America will be a memorial to the small everyday acts that we have undertaken to support ourselves and each other as we have collectively moved towards building a better future and weathered the storms of COVID, of white supremacist anti-Black terror, of all of the intersecting forms of oppression that we face/d over these past many months. In this work I will use accumulation and repetition of ritual acts, art objects, images, and sound to explore the relationship of the individual act, individual person, individual moment to the collective, and to collective world building.”

— Ọmọlará Williams McCallister

⚡️Join us for a virtual artist talk with Lindsey Kircher this coming Friday, June 25 at 7pm over at: facebook.com/torped...
06/20/2021

⚡️Join us for a virtual artist talk with Lindsey Kircher this coming Friday, June 25 at 7pm over at: facebook.com/torpedofactory

As her three-month post-grad residency comes to a close, Lindsey Kircher talks with moderator Leslie Mounaime, Curator of Exhibitions at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, about her experiences during her time at the Torpedo Factory . Hear her speak about how her residency inspired her work and process and hear more about her explorations of form, empowerment, and identity.

Join us for a live virtual conversation on facebook.com/torpedofactory

#artsALX #dmvcreatives #acreativedc #dcarts #bythings #visitALX #explorealx #dcartisttalks #emergingartist #artisttalk

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06/19/2021

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06/19/2021

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06/19/2021

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In the spirit of joy that is Juneteenth, we want to celebrate black creative excellence by acknowledging several black a...
06/19/2021

In the spirit of joy that is Juneteenth, we want to celebrate black creative excellence by acknowledging several black artists that collaborated with the Art Center this past year in spite of the difficulties of the pandemic. This is the first of 4 voices that we will honor today.

We want to thank Lyric Prince for her work in curating our first Art & Allies conversation for the Late Shift last July, a program focused on discussing the cultural intersections with BIPOC creatives and the need for allyship amongst all groups to further the social dialogue. You can view the full talk on our page.

Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Lyric Prince received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Saint Joseph’s University, and has completed a M.S. in Science, Technology, and Society from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Her practice is project-specific: it includes writing on science and art, crafting digital installations, creating paper sculpture, and completing large-scale drawings/paintings in live settings. She currently lives and works in Northern Virginia. #torpedofactory #artsALX #visitalx #alexandriava #exploredmv #dcarts #acreativedc #bythings #knowyrcity #eastcitydc #juneteenth

In the spirit of joy that is Juneteenth, we want to celebrate black creative excellence by acknowledging several black artists that collaborated with the Art Center this past year in spite of the difficulties of the pandemic. This is the first of 4 voices that we will honor today.

We want to thank Lyric Prince for her work in curating our first Art & Allies conversation for the Late Shift last July, a program focused on discussing the cultural intersections with BIPOC creatives and the need for allyship amongst all groups to further the social dialogue. You can view the full talk on our page.

Born and raised in Richmond, VA, Lyric Prince received her B.A. in Fine Arts from Saint Joseph’s University, and has completed a M.S. in Science, Technology, and Society from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Her practice is project-specific: it includes writing on science and art, crafting digital installations, creating paper sculpture, and completing large-scale drawings/paintings in live settings. She currently lives and works in Northern Virginia. #torpedofactory #artsALX #visitalx #alexandriava #exploredmv #dcarts #acreativedc #bythings #knowyrcity #eastcitydc #juneteenth

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06/19/2021

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Juneteenth (June+19th) is a time to celebrate, reflect, and learn about the history of slavery in the United States and ...
06/19/2021

Juneteenth (June+19th) is a time to celebrate, reflect, and learn about the history of slavery in the United States and the joy that is freedom for all races and cultures. As you explore the studios and galleries, we invite you to visit the New Project Studio (Studio 9) to view the exhibition by the American Institute of Architects Virginia. Inspired by the Equal Justice Initiative’s Community Remembrance Project, college students across the state were challenged to design a pillar installation for the City of Alexandria’s Market Square focused on recognizing the history of racial violence and the ways in which we can move toward creating a welcoming community based on equity and inclusion. #torpedofactory #artsALX #visitalx #alexandriava #exploredmv #dcarts #acreativedc #bythings #knowyrcity #eastcitydc #juneteenth

Juneteenth (June+19th) is a time to celebrate, reflect, and learn about the history of slavery in the United States and the joy that is freedom for all races and cultures. As you explore the studios and galleries, we invite you to visit the New Project Studio (Studio 9) to view the exhibition by the American Institute of Architects Virginia. Inspired by the Equal Justice Initiative’s Community Remembrance Project, college students across the state were challenged to design a pillar installation for the City of Alexandria’s Market Square focused on recognizing the history of racial violence and the ways in which we can move toward creating a welcoming community based on equity and inclusion. #torpedofactory #artsALX #visitalx #alexandriava #exploredmv #dcarts #acreativedc #bythings #knowyrcity #eastcitydc #juneteenth

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06/19/2021

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06/12/2021

A quick tour of the UHAULED exhibition, a pop-up gallery on Union Street in front of the Art Center. Tonight until 10pm and tomorrow (Saturday 6/12) from 12-5pm. Featuring works by @maryclairephillips @claradorfi @mariahmirandaphoto @rex_delafkaran @catbakerart @korengrace @emmzpreston⁣ #torpedofactory #artsALX #visitalx #alexandriava #exploredmv #dcarts #acreativedc #bythings #knowyrcity #eastcitydc

Tonight is the Late Shift: ALX Pride! Developed in 2018, ALX Pride is a community-focused event to celebrate LGBTQ+-iden...
06/12/2021

Tonight is the Late Shift: ALX Pride! Developed in 2018, ALX Pride is a community-focused event to celebrate LGBTQ+-identifying creatives in the Alexandria area and beyond. We are a hybrid event tonight, with both online and in-person components.

Stop by the Union Street side of the Art Center to check out the UHAULED gallery. It will be up tonight until 10pm and also tomorrow (Saturday 6/12) from 12-5pm.

UHAULED is a Q***r gallery that highlights and centers the work and experience of Q***r and le***an artists. Created and curated by Cat Baker, and with two installations and counting, UHAULED is [typically] a pop up gallery which displays the art of several rotational artists in multiple U-Haul trucks. Featuring works by @maryclairephillips @claradorfi @mariahmirandaphoto @rex_delafkaran @catbakerart @korengrace @emmzpreston⁣
#torpedofactory #artsALX #visitalx #alexandriava #exploredmv #dcarts #acreativedc #bythings #knowyrcity #eastcitydc

Happening now! Late Shift: ALX Pride — @targetgallery Artist talk with @adornedbyo on Facebook Live. Tune in live and as...
06/12/2021

Happening now! Late Shift: ALX Pride — @targetgallery Artist talk with @adornedbyo on Facebook Live. Tune in live and ask questions, then stop by the Art Center’s Union Street entrance for the in-person part of our hybrid event until 9. #artsalx #torpedofactory #visitalx #acreativedc

Happening now! Late Shift: ALX Pride — @targetgallery Artist talk with @adornedbyo on Facebook Live. Tune in live and ask questions, then stop by the Art Center’s Union Street entrance for the in-person part of our hybrid event until 9. #artsalx #torpedofactory #visitalx #acreativedc

06/11/2021
The Late Shift Online: Artist Talk

Live Artist Talk with Ọmọlará Williams McCallister about "We, Too, Sing America," on view in Target Gallery through July 18, 2021.

O will delve into the goals and inspirations behind the exhibition. The jury panel for this exhibition, Antonius-Tin Bui, Michele Carlson, and Deirdre Darden, will also share.

This talk is part of The Late Shift: ALX Pride.

ALX Pride was developed in 2018 as a community-focused event to celebrate LGBTQ+-identifying creatives in the Alexandria area and beyond.

This is the first hybrid Late Shift, which also features in-person events from 7 - 9 p.m. on the Union Street side of the Art Center.

We welcome groups such as the UHAULED gallery, SafeSpace NoVA, and Printmakers Inc.,

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06/11/2021

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Enjoy the waterfront nightlife this Friday night 6/11 for the Late Shift: ALX Pride 7-9pm, our first hybrid (virtual and...
06/10/2021

Enjoy the waterfront nightlife this Friday night 6/11 for the Late Shift: ALX Pride 7-9pm, our first hybrid (virtual and in-person) event. Stop by the Waterfront side of the Art Center and learn more about supporting LGBTQ+ friends and family. Please note the Art Center will only provide in-person programming outside on the Waterfront and Union St sides of the Art Center.

Safe Space NOVA is dedicated to providing a safe, accepting, and supportive environment to combat social stigmas, bullying, and other challenges faced by LGBTQ+ youth. #torpedofactory #artsALX #visitalx #ALXpride #alexandriava #exploredmv #dcarts #acreativedc #bythings #knowyrcity #eastcitydc

Enjoy the waterfront nightlife this Friday night 6/11 for the Late Shift: ALX Pride 7-9pm, our first hybrid (virtual and in-person) event. Stop by the Waterfront side of the Art Center and learn more about supporting LGBTQ+ friends and family. Please note the Art Center will only provide in-person programming outside on the Waterfront and Union St sides of the Art Center.

Safe Space NOVA is dedicated to providing a safe, accepting, and supportive environment to combat social stigmas, bullying, and other challenges faced by LGBTQ+ youth. #torpedofactory #artsALX #visitalx #ALXpride #alexandriava #exploredmv #dcarts #acreativedc #bythings #knowyrcity #eastcitydc

THIS FRIDAY 6/11 is our Late Shift: ALX Pride (7-9pm) our first hybrid (virtual and in-person) event. Join artist Patric...
06/10/2021

THIS FRIDAY 6/11 is our Late Shift: ALX Pride (7-9pm) our first hybrid (virtual and in-person) event. Join artist Patrick Sargent from Printmakers Inc, Studio 325, as he demonstrates the printmaking process. Take part in the activity or just watch and enjoy as the Pride-colored artworks comes to life! Then take an artwork home with you to share with your loved ones. Please note the Art Center will only provide in-person programming outside on the Waterfront and Union St sides of the Art Center. #torpedofactory #artsALX #visitalx #alexandriava #exploredmv #dcarts #acreativedc #bythings #knowyrcity #eastcitydc #alxpride

THIS FRIDAY 6/11 is our Late Shift: ALX Pride (7-9pm) our first hybrid (virtual and in-person) event. Join artist Patrick Sargent from Printmakers Inc, Studio 325, as he demonstrates the printmaking process. Take part in the activity or just watch and enjoy as the Pride-colored artworks comes to life! Then take an artwork home with you to share with your loved ones. Please note the Art Center will only provide in-person programming outside on the Waterfront and Union St sides of the Art Center. #torpedofactory #artsALX #visitalx #alexandriava #exploredmv #dcarts #acreativedc #bythings #knowyrcity #eastcitydc #alxpride

Today for Work in Progress Wednesday (#wipwednesday), we spotlight Estelle Vernon in Studio 201. Flip through to see the...
06/09/2021

Today for Work in Progress Wednesday (#wipwednesday), we spotlight Estelle Vernon in Studio 201. Flip through to see the finished work, too.

#repost @estellevernondesigns

Do you ever find your work energy waxing and waning? I do?

This past year has been tough on my creativity. I just wanted to keep my family safe and healthy.

This past week or so something changed. My friend, Sarah, said it was the new moon energy changes. All I know is that I finished two major commissions and started work on new OOAK pieces for the studio.

Pictured is a pendant with a Roman Coin being bezel set. I cover the metal with plastiform and create a holder that can be placed in my setting vise so I can set the coin. I can’t show the necklace until after it’s been delivered.

Has your creativity/ motivation improved these last two weeks? 👍or 👎

#yourjewelryfairygodmother #finecraft #artjewelry #empoweredwomenempowerwomen #empoweredwoman #professionalwoman #styleover40 #styleover50 #styleover60 #understated #understatedluxury #understatedelegance #classicwithatwist #classicchic #everydayelegance #everydayjewelry #jewelryblogger #simpleelegance #everydaychic #torpedofactory #extraordinaryalx #acreativedc #torpedofactoryartist #detailsmatter #allinthedetails #fashionover50 #elegantstyle #visitalxva @torpedofactoryartists

This Friday evening at 7pm, join us ONLINE for the virtual portion of our hybrid Late Shift event. Meet Ọmọlará Williams...
06/09/2021

This Friday evening at 7pm, join us ONLINE for the virtual portion of our hybrid Late Shift event. Meet Ọmọlará Williams McCallister (@adornedbyo) for a virtual artist talk via (facebook.com/torpedofactory). McCallister (pronouns: O/love/beloved) is the selected solo exhibition recipient for Target Gallery's 2021 open call for a solo exhibition.

From the Artist Statement: “We, Too, Sing America will be a memorial to the small everyday acts that we have undertaken to support ourselves and each other as we have collectively moved towards building a better future and weathered the storms of COVID, of white supremacist anti-Black terror, of all of the intersecting forms of oppression that we face/d over these past many months. In this work I will use accumulation and repetition of ritual acts, art objects, images, and sound to explore the relationship of the individual act, individual person, individual moment to the collective, and to collective world building.” #torpedofactory #artsALX #visitalx #alexandriava #exploredmv #dcarts #acreativedc #bythings #knowyrcity #eastcitydc #ALXpride

This Friday evening at 7pm, join us ONLINE for the virtual portion of our hybrid Late Shift event. Meet Ọmọlará Williams McCallister (@adornedbyo) for a virtual artist talk via (facebook.com/torpedofactory). McCallister (pronouns: O/love/beloved) is the selected solo exhibition recipient for Target Gallery's 2021 open call for a solo exhibition.

From the Artist Statement: “We, Too, Sing America will be a memorial to the small everyday acts that we have undertaken to support ourselves and each other as we have collectively moved towards building a better future and weathered the storms of COVID, of white supremacist anti-Black terror, of all of the intersecting forms of oppression that we face/d over these past many months. In this work I will use accumulation and repetition of ritual acts, art objects, images, and sound to explore the relationship of the individual act, individual person, individual moment to the collective, and to collective world building.” #torpedofactory #artsALX #visitalx #alexandriava #exploredmv #dcarts #acreativedc #bythings #knowyrcity #eastcitydc #ALXpride

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105 N. Union St
Alexandria, VA
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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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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