2017 Annual Events


Second Thursday Art Night

Monthly, 6 – 9 pm

Enjoy a special after-hours event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center every month. Browse open studios and galleries, interact with artists, and enjoy special programming. Stop by on your way to dinner and make an evening of it!

Discover past Second Thursday themes and activities by visiting our Second Thursday archives.

Art Safari

Saturday, October 21, 2017

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

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Join us between the Scottish Walk and the Boat Parade of Lights to find handmade gifts for the holidays. Enjoy live choral music, treats, and festive activities.

2017 Current Public Programs


The Post-Graduate Residency Program

Since 2015, Studio 12 on the first floor has served as the site for a competitive residency program that provides meaningful support to recent MFA graduates for three 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. Artists work with the community in developing workshops in their space, as well as providing an artist talk at the end of their residency. 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.

Congratulations to our 2017 residents:

Submissions for 2018 will open in June 2017.

For full information on the program and how to apply, please visit our Post-Graduate Residency page.


The New Project Studio

Located in Studio 8, the New Project Studio is a community-focused arts incubator space that 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

Space is limited. For full guidelines and requirements, and to submit a proposal, please visit our info page or contact daniel.guzman@alexandriava.gov


Late Shift at the Factory

Inspired by performance art, theatre, and the storytelling nature of art, Late Shift at the Factory celebrates the live experience in all its forms. This new after-hours performance series seeks to pull back the curtain on the process and share insights into some of the most creative performance minds in the area.

Community Partnerships

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 daniel.guzman@alexandriava.gov