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The Late Shift: Alexandria Creates

May 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

7 – 10 pm, FREE

Enjoy gallery talks, artist receptions, music, live performances, hands-on artmaking, and three floors of open artists’ studios.


Alexandria is a vibrant and creative collection of neighborhoods and cultures. It’s one of the top 25 most diverse cities in the country and is located in the nation’s most vibrant arts region. Celebrate our home town and take part in its next renaissance.

We welcome Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the VMFA on the Road traveling artmobile. For one night only, the truck will be parked at Waterfront Park with a micro-exhibition from the VMFA’s collection. See How Far Can Creativity Take You: VMFA Fellowship Artists, which includes works by Sally Mann, Cy Twombly, and others. Torpedo Factory resident artist and 2019-2020 VMFA Fellow Soomin Ham will be present at the Artmobile from 7-9 pm to answer questions about their fellowship.

Artist Anne Smith co-curates art activities for the night, including interactive projects and art tables by Asma Chaudary, Clara Cornelius, and Athena Naylor. Meet artists from this summer’s DC Zinefest and learn more about local creative Alexandria organizations like UpCycle Creative Reuse Center and The Garden.

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Special Late Shift projects co-curated by Anne Smith

Clara Cornelius

Clara Cornelius Collaborative Collages
Co-curated by Anne Smith

Clara is a visual artist and graphic designer who creates surprise and delight by changing context and perspective. She explores the interplay between photography, typography, patterns, and symbols, creating works across a variety of mediums that express a desire to see the world differently and discover magic in the ordinary and fleeting. Visitors are invited to take part in a large collaborative collage using wheat-paste techniques or create a collage of their own.


Asma Chaudhary

Asma Chaudhary Collaborative Yarn Wrapping Project
Co-curated by Anne Smith

Asma is a Pakistani-American artist from Fairfax, Virginia. Her artworks explore the duality of a domesticated homemaker by physically recreating the home environment. Asma makes every effort to use discarded materials and repurpose them into basic necessities for survival such as shelter, warmth, luminance, sustenance, mobility, and intellectual growth. Some of her installations include breaking down grocery carts and welding them into chairs, sewing workman’s gloves together to create couture-like dresses and cushions, and reformatting sleeping bags to play on the idea of innocence and crisis. Join Asma as she collaborates with the Alexandria-based UpCycle Creative Reuse Center for a yarn wrapping project. Lend a hand and learn more about her process.


Athena Naylor

Athena Naylor Comics & Zines
Co-curated by Anne Smith

Athena grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and now lives and works in Washington, D.C. She self-publishes autobiographical comics along with art books that meditate on drawing, art history, and memory. Athena’s comics have appeared on The Lily, and her arts writing has been featured on the online newspaper The DC Line and the online magazine DIRT. To keep up to date on her current projects and events, check her out on Instagram @athena.naylor and at her website Stop by her table to meet the artist and discover more about zines.


Anne Smith


Anne Smith (b. 1985, Syracuse, NY) is a visual artist based in Washington, DC. Her art practice spans disciplines of drawing, sculpture and printmaking, often along themes of space and ideas of home. Featured in her work are places such as her childhood and ancestral homes, the Potomac River, the side of the road, and other spaces entirely imagined. Smith is a teaching artist at the National Gallery of Art and has served as a master printmaker on a large-scale silkscreen book project at George Mason University’s Navigation Press. She learned silkscreen printmaking from Master Printmaker Lou Stovall, for whom she was a studio assistant for several years. Smith is represented by Adah Rose Gallery.


Target Gallery: Emerging Artists

Emerging Artists

Target Gallery presents a new yearly exhibition featuring the work of 4 emerging artists to spotlight new talent and the up-and-coming artistic innovators of the D.C. metropolitan area. The selected artists this year include: Kate Gorman, Kim Sandara, Madeline A. Stratton, and Sean Sweeney.

The jury panel for this opportunity was: Adah Rose Bitterbaum, founder and director of Adah Rose Gallery; Philippa Hughes, founder of The Pinkline Project; and Dawne Langford, founder of Quota .

Mason Arts Project Studio: Kerry Hentges

Kerry Hentges

RECEPTION: 7–9:30 pm  ARTIST TALK: 9 pm

Kerry Hentges is an installation artist with a background in cake art.  She graduated from Virginia Tech with a BFA in Fine Art and a BA in Spanish.  Kerry studied painting, sculpture, and animation while at Virginia Tech and discovered her passion for creating interactive installations.  After school, she worked in a bakery as a cake artist and honed her sculpture talents.  She is currently an MFA Sculpture Candidate at Mason’s School of Art.

What’s the Story?

RECEPTION: 7–9:30 pm  ARTIST TALK: 7:30 pm
Curated by Torpedo Factory Art Center artist, Bev Ryan (Studio 333), this exhibition features the work of her narrative painting class at the Art League.


The VMFA Artmobile

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts presents VMFA on the Road

The Art Center welcomes the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to Alexandria for this special exhibition at the Late Shift. VMFA’s new state-of-the-art traveling museum and art studio launched in October 2018. The climate-controlled 53-foot Volvo trailer includes Wi-Fi to connect visitors with VMFA educators and interactive components to meet their 21st-century expectations. The main attraction of VMFA on the Road, however, is the opportunity for residents of the Commonwealth to see and experience works of art from the VMFA collection up close. For one night only, the VMFA’S Artmobile will be parked at Waterfront Park with a micro-exhibition from the VMFA’s collection. See How Far Can Creativity Take You: VMFA Fellowship Artists, which includes works by Sally Mann, Cy Twombly, and others.

Stop by from 7 – 9 pm to meet Torpedo Factory Art Center’s very own Soomin Ham, photographer and recipient of a 2019-2020 VMFA Visual Arts Fellowship.



The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a state-supported, privately endowed educational institution created for the benefit of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Its purpose is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret art, to encourage the study of the arts, and thus to enrich the lives of all.


Soomin Ham is a photographer and multimedia artist based in the Washington D.C. area. Ham received a Bachelor of Music in Orchestral Instruments from Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, Korea and her Master of Art in Photography and Multimedia from New York University/International Center of Photography in New York City. Her works includes photography, mixed media, and multimedia installations and have been exhibited widely throughout D.C., New York, and Seoul, Korea. Ham was selected for the Art and Community Visual Arts Residency at the DCCA in Wilmington, DE and a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2002. She is the recipient of several D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities grants including an Individual Artists Fellowship Grant in 2003 and Small Projects Grant in 2001. Recently, she received the 2019-2010 Visual Arts Fellowship  from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.


Post Grad Studio: Nava Levenson


OPEN STUDIO: Nava Levenson
Spring Post-Grad Resident

Nava Levenson in a multidisciplinary artist, instigator, and collaborator based in Richmond, Virginia. She completed her bachelor’s of fine arts in 2017 from James Madison University. Her work investigates anthropological concepts such as hospitality, labor, consumption, and space making. Nava incorporates repurposed materials in much of her art in an effort to chip away at the surplus of objects that crowd the planet. Stop by her studio from 7-10 pm to meet the artist and see her work in person.



2019 Friends of the Torpedo Factory Mentorship Program Exhibition

Every year, the Friends of Torpedo Factory mentorship program offers the opportunity to high school students from TC William High School and West Potomac High School to be paired with a studio artist as their mentor. During the course of the program, the artist mentors oversee and guide their mentees with their art projects, help develop new art skills, and provide artistic career advice. This program offers a way for young artists to learn about the art world in a professional setting.


DC Zine Fest Meet the Artists
Organized by Katana Lippart

The DC Zinefest is an independent event designed to provide a space for zine-makers, self-published artists, and writers to share their work with each other and the Washington, D.C., community. Artists from the upcoming DC Zine Fest in July will be on hand to show their works, talk about the Fest, and help new artists join this growing network.


The Garden Meet the Scientists (and Robots!)


The Garden is a brand new co-building and training facility in Alexandria run by Building Momentum, a veteran-owned small business that offers team buildings, prototyping, and leadership events. The Garden has a 3500 square foot event space and a 4,000 square foot workshop with the best tools in prototyping — including metal working, wood working, 3d printing, and laser cutting. Stop by their table to meet some of the Garden team members, play with their robots, try out a 3-d printer, and test-drive a drone. 


May 10, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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