2018 Annual Events
Second Thursday/Torpedo Talks
Each month, join us for a free discussion in the main hall. Created on the belief that the arts is for everyone, we invite a different contemporary artist, curator, or activist in the creative arts world to stop by and share their knowledge in a short power-packed talk. It’s a chance to get inspired while connecting with other open-minded folks in your area. All are welcome (ie: share with your friends!)
An Alexandria tradition for more than 20 years, Art Safari is a day of hands-on craft activities for kids and families.
Enjoy a gallery of past Art Safari highlights by visiting our Instagram photos archive.
Holiday Festival & Holiday Late Hours
Join us between the Scottish Walk and the Boat Parade of Lights to find handmade gifts for the holidays. Enjoy live choral music, treats, festive activities, and holiday late hours until 9 pm.
2018 Current Public Programs
Programs & Exhibitions Guide
The new January – June 2018 Program Guides are here! Find out details about all our upcoming Programs and Exhibitions, including Torpedo Talks, Late Shifts, New Project Studio receptions, and Target Gallery exhibitions.
Stop by the Torpedo Factory to pick up your free copy at various display stands throughout all three floors, or download a digital copy here:
The Late Shift
Featuring three floors of gallery receptions, artist talks, hands-on art projects, live music, performance pieces, and other activities.
Each month, experience the Torpedo Factory and its artists up close and in person. Ignite your creative spirit with us until 11pm.
Past Late Shift events have included projects and collaborations by contemporary artists such as Superwaxx, Hoesy Corona, Linda Hesh, Rachel Schmidt, Corinto Gallery, KEYHAN, Maps Glover, and more.
The Post-Grad Residency Program
The Torpedo Factory Post-Grad Residency is a competitive juried program that provides meaningful support and 3-6 month term solo studio space. This residency is open to recently-graduated students who earned a bachelor’s or master’s art degree from an accredited university. The program is unique for addressing the critical post-graduation juncture in an emerging artist’s career, offering an opportunity for professional development, and a chance to define their independent work process outside of the academic context. Submissions are open for both art school students in the region and nationwide, provided nationwide artists submit proof of their permanent residence in the area and/or commitment of contributing to the ongoing future of the DC/Maryland/Virginia arts scene.
Residents are active and equal participants in the Torpedo Factory’s unique creative community. Residents benefit from engagement with local, national, and international artists. At the end of the year, the residents have a culminating exhibition in the Target Gallery, the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s contemporary exhibition space.
For full information on the program and how to apply, please visit our Post-Grad Residency page.
The New Project Studio
This community-focused arts incubator space offers a short-term location to test new program ideas, spotlight underrepresented voices, and enhance community engagement. Projects will rotate on a regular basis and are considered based on the following goals:
- Support new creative collaborations with neighboring organizations and partners
- Strengthen the connection between our resident artists and the greater creative community
- Provide opportunities for new audiences to engage with our building and artists
- Inspire the next generation of artists, innovators, arts supporters, and diverse voices
The Torpedo Factory Art Center regularly co-presents programs with outside groups to bring new artists, works, and disciplines to our visitors. Recent partnerships have included Eames Armstrong, Heloisa Escudero, ReelAbilities Film Festival, AIA Northern Virginia, USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, Nomadic Jazz, DC Public Opera, Underground Kitchen, Alexandria Choral Society, and Alexandria Symphony Orchestra.
Artist Talks and Demonstrations
Artists from both the Torpedo Factory community and the DC/Maryland/Virginia area often collaborate with the Torpedo Factory for special artist talks, workshops, and one-of-a-kind activities throughout the year. Please keep visiting our calendar for updates and details.
For questions and requests regarding Public Programs at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, or if you are interested in collaborating, please contact Daniel Guzman, Programs Coordinator, at email@example.com