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Culture Shock

Target Gallery

September 9 - October 22

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 14th 6 - 8 pm | Gallery Talk 7 pm Target Gallery, contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, presents Culture Shock, an exhibition exploring pop, graffiti, and street styles in contemporary art. Culture Shock addresses topical socio-political issues and pokes fun at pop culture, illustrating the influential role visual art and creative expression plays into building cultural identity. The juror for this exhibition is Mojdeh Rezaeipour, a storyteller, artist, The Moth's Washington DC StorySlam…

Hip to be Square

Scope Gallery

October 2 @ 10:00 am - October 29 @ 6:00 pm

Clay artists review geometry and show crisp edges as they consider a different angle to art. Thinking beyond the circle, artistry turns obtuse, acute or charmingly cubist. Consider cornered clay work in dishware, decorative forms and sculpture. With the Kiln Club

Communication Happens

Potomac Fiber Arts

October 3 - November 5

This show’s theme is the exchange of information, whether in the literal sense, as with words and symbols, or in the figurative sense: the communication that occurs through visual and emotional connection.

Drawn to Fire


October 3 - October 29

Drawn to Fire presents collaborative works by enamelist/ metalsmith Nan Lopata and graphite artist Drew Parris. Nan fires Drew's drawings on enamel and then sets them as jewelry. The two artists met when they were juried into the Torpedo Factory in 2016, and discovered that they shared a love of narrative imagery and the 'lost and found' qualities in art. Works include wearable and wall art.

The Golden Doors to Freedom

Torpedo Factory Art Center

October 3 - November 19

ArtWorks for Freedom and the Torpedo Factory Art Center present The Golden Doors of Freedom, a participatory art venture that turns abandoned doors into dramatic vehicles for a communal focus on human trafficking and the healing nature of art.


October 4 - November 5

An exhibit of functional artwork — including ceramics, glass, and fiber art — designed for the table.

M. Jane Johnson: Splendid Fortitude

October 5 - November 5

Mixed media artist M. Jane Johnson celebrates the incomparable beauty of the geisha.

Featured Artists: Jo Ann Tooley & Greenway

The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

October 6 - October 31

A new show in TAG (The Associates Gallery), pairs the serene and thoughtful black & white photographs of Jo Ann Tooley with the dramatic and complicated work of Greenway, an oil painter. The show will be on display from October 6 until October 31. An opening reception will be held during the Second Thursday Art Night on October 12 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

Americans for the Arts: Arts & Economic Prosperity

City of Alexandria Office of the Arts

October 21 @ 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Americans for the Arts join us to present the arts impact on Alexandria.

22nd Annual Art Safari

Torpedo Factory Art Center

October 21 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

An Alexandria tradition for more than two decades, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Dozens of artists lead budding arts enthusiasts in hands-on projects throughout the building.

2017 Post-Graduate Residents

Target Gallery

October 28 - December 3

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 9th 6 - 8 pm | Artist Talk 7 pm Target Gallery Presents the 2017 Torpedo Factory Post-Graduate Residents: Jay Hendrick, Samantha Sethi, Lindsay Hall, and Fumi Amano. This group of artists have each spent three months over the past year  developing new work in our Residency studio 12. This exhibition is a sampling of their best work created during their time here. Jay Hendrick   ●   George Mason University January - March Jay Hendrick, Falling Down the…

Supersized: Dish Up

Scope Gallery

October 30 @ 10:00 am - November 26 @ 6:00 pm

American eating does it big, and Thanksgiving is the empress of excess. Artists stuff the Gallery with pottery big and tall. Platters are fatter, gravy boats grow and everything is more ambitious. In conjunction with Art League's Tabletop show. With the Ceramic Guild

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Thursdays10am - 9pm
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