2016 Annual Events

Second Thursday Art Night

Monthly, 6 – 9 pm
Attend receptions in the Target Gallery, enjoy special after-hours programming and live music.


King Street Arts Festival

Saturday, September 17, 10 am – 5 pm

The festivities don’t stop at Union Street. Find more works of art for purchase from more than 180 resident artists. Stick around and try your hand at hands-on projects, too.


Art Safari

Saturday, October 8, 12 – 4 pm
An Alexandria tradition for more than 20 years, Art Safari is a day of hands-on craft activities for kids and families.


Holiday Festival

Saturday, December 3, 2 – 6 pm
Stay after the Boat Parade of Lights to find handmade gifts for the holidays. Enjoy live choral music, treats, and festive activities.

Current Programs

Target Gallery

Target Gallery is the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s contemporary exhibition space. The gallery features high-caliber national and international artists in a variety of visual media on a rotating schedule.



Creating Resources for Artistic Vision and Engagement, or CRAVE, is a micro-granting dinner that connects arts projects with interested community members. Hear four short presentations on new arts-related projects. After an interactive communal dinner, vote. The chosen presenter receives an on-the-spot grant. The more people who buy tickets to dinner, the larger the grant!


Post-Graduate Residency

This residency is a competitive program that provides meaningful support to recent MFA graduates for three to four months. It is an opportunity to address the critical post-graduate juncture in an emerging artist’s career, offering an opportunity for professional development, and a chance to define their practice outside of the academic context.

Congratulations to the 2017 Residents:


Community Partnerships

The Torpedo Factory Art Center regularly co-presents programs with outside groups to bring new artists, work, and disciplines to our visitors. 2015’s partners included Nomadic Jazz, DC Public Opera, Underground Kitchen, Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria Choral Society, and Jane Franklin Dance.

Past partners have included Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS), Alexandria Symphony Orchestra, Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and Volunteer Alexandria.


Artist-Led After-Hours Series

The artists of the Torpedo Factory are often well connected with professional development groups and networks in the community. These artists host groups that offer workshops, classes, and networking opportunities for the creative community at large.