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45th Anniversary Salute

September 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

On this date in 1974, Torpedo Factory Art Center officially opened its doors to the public. Join us for an afternoon honoring 45 years of history and toast to the founding artists of the Art Center.

Several special guests will honor the sapphire anniversary, with remarks starting at 3:30 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Donald Beyer and Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson will both present proclamations. Marian Van Landingham, the Art Center’s foundress, will speak and meet with visitors.

To commemorate the anniversary, guests can create a silkscreen print to take home, visit select studios for artist demonstrations and craft hands-on projects. Light refreshments will be provided.

In 1974, Van Landingham, through her role in Alexandria’s Bicentennial Committee, proposed to renovate the derelict plant into usable studio spaces. The City agreed and hired her as director in what was expected to be a three-year experiment.

Almost a half-century later, the Art Center is a cultural destination in Alexandria with 165 visual artists, 82 studios, and seven galleries, including Target Gallery, the Art Center’s contemporary exhibition space. It is managed by Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities through the Office of the Arts.

This year also marks the building’s centennial year on the waterfront. To mark the combined anniversaries, the Art Center will host an Anniversary Ball on Saturday, November 16, from 7 to 10 p.m.

Pictured: Marian Van Landingham speaking at the Art Center Dedication during Alexandria’s Bicentennial Celebration, July 13, 1974.


September 15, 2019
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Modified Hours for COVID-19

Wednesday - Sunday10 am - 6 pm

Entrance and exit are via sliding doors on the Waterfront and Union Street only. No capacity limit, but masks are required for admittance and social distancing should be observed for the duration of the visit. Check Today’s Hours for expanded information.

Artists maintain their own studio hours. It's best to confirm availability before your visit.

Torpedo Factory Art Center is closed for New Year's Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

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Torpedo Factory Art Center is part of the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.