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Fall Art Installations

Torpedo Factory Art Center

September 21 - November 17

Join us Friday, October 11th for a Meet & Greet with the artists and Curator during the Late Shift: Memento Mori event The Torpedo Factory Art Center presents the work of artists Jean Jinho Kim and Katelyn Wood for our 2019 Fall Art Installations. The Fall Art Installations exhibition was curated by Jenny Wu, a D.C. based artist and curator and former 2015 Torpedo Factory Art Center Post-Graduate Resident. The goal of the art installations is to activate public space for visitors…

Memento Mori

Target Gallery

September 28 - November 3

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “Memento mori” is the literal Latin translation for “‘remember (that you have) to die”. The purpose of this exhibition is to explore death as a concept and how it affects our lives. Through explorations of entropy/decay, ghosts and paranormal spirits, or personal experiences, this exhibit will contemplate how the inevitability of death impacts us all.

Emotional Support: Animals

Scope Gallery

September 30 @ 10:00 am - October 27 @ 5:00 pm

Anthropomorphism runs rampant in an artists’ presentation of furry, fuzzy, feathery friends in clay. Potters love their pets, and express adoration of all things animal on bowls, plates and in sculpture. While some might not give a whisker, we do! Browse art and bring Fido as we present our pots and introduce our four-footed muses, workshop/household companions and managers. In conjunction with Art Safari; With the Kiln Cub

Day of the Dead

Potomac Fiber Arts

October 1 - November 3

Our artists and craftpersons are influenced by this iconic celebration. Themed work will be eligible for recognition by the jurors. Non-themed work may also be exhibited. (Image: "Sugar Skulls" felted scarf, by Grace Mahanes)

A Night Out


October 1 - November 4

Fiberworks' artists Palette Warwick and Annemarie Feld present you with jewelry, purses and Wearable Art for special occasions, or for any day.

Potomac Photography

Torpedo Factory Art Center

October 5 - December 2

On view in Site 3 Project Gallery. Photographer Jo Ann Tooley curates an exhibition of photographs that capture the Potomac River as it curls through our region.         Image courtesy of curator Jo Ann Tooley.

Pat Frese Mini-Show “Dreamtime”


October 8 - November 3

The Gallery showcases the work of Pennsylvania enamel artist Pat Frese.

100 Years on the Waterfront

Torpedo Factory Art Center

October 19 - December 9

A look back at the past 100 years, from the evolution from the building's first life as a munitions plant to the past 45 years as an Art Center, pioneering creative place making in America.

24th Annual Art Safari

Torpedo Factory Art Center

October 19 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

An Alexandria tradition for almost a quarter-century, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Dozens of artists lead budding art enthusiasts in exciting and creative projects throughout the building. Dress to get a little messy. Great for kids ages 5+. Younger children may need some extra help, but will still have a lot of fun!   List of Activities Grand Hall – Papier-Mâché Animal – Led by Lisa Schumaier Children use simple paper and paste…

Capital Area Photographers: “There is An Art to Everything” with Kirth Bobb

Capital Area Photographers

October 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come hear photographer Kirth Bobb talk about how there's an art to everything with photography: in people, everyday life, love, forms, color and light. His photographs are rich with personality, contrast, color and emotion. He'll show you how he photographs life's subtle gestures, the synchronicity and asynchronicity of reality, and light's infinitive nature.

Doggy Trick or Treat at the Art Center

October 27 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Art Center returns for its second year as part of the annual Doggy Trick-or-Treat, developed by The Dog Park in Old Town Alexandria! Visit our Information Desk anytime between 1-5pm to get a special doggy treat for your best friend!

At your Service

Scope Gallery

October 28 @ 10:00 am - December 1 @ 5:00 pm

Servers are centerpieces of presentation, the belles of the ball or at least the foundation of the main course. Whether a pedestal cake plate, a pasta bowl or a gracious platter, serving pieces frame food and add artistry to table scape. Everything from hors d’oeuvre tray to cookie plate are on the menu. Let a gracious creation welcome your guests! With the Ceramic Guild

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Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: Please use the staff directory
Email: torpedofactory@alexandriava.gov
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Building Hours

Daily10 am - 6 pm*
Thursdays10 am - 9 pm
*The Torpedo Factory sometimes closes at 5 pm for private events. Check Today’s Hours to see if this could affect your visit. *Artists maintain their own studio hours. It's best to confirm availability before your visit. *The Torpedo Factory is closed for New Year's Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Target Gallery has limited availability during City holidays.

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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.