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Art in Common Spaces

Torpedo Factory Art Center

April 21 - September 30

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is happy to present the work of regional artists who were selected for "Art in Common Spaces" exhibition from April to September 2018.  Through "Art in Common Spaces" the Art Center seeks to activate our public space to visitors with immersive public art. We will feature seasonal rotating exhibitions throughout the year to keep the artwork fresh and constantly evolving. The juror for the Spring/Summer season was Lauren Ross, and independent curator based out of…

Free Saturday Artist Demonstrations

Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

May 26 @ 11:30 am - September 1 @ 3:30 pm

Every summer Saturday (May 26 – September 1) the Torpedo Factory Artists give formal in-studio demonstrations of their work. Demos are free and no advance registration is required. A list of the daily demos can be found at the Information Desk. A schedule for upcoming weeks is below: August 4 11:30 am Marsha Staiger, Studio 332 • Painting 1:30 pm Irina Smirnoff, Studio 27 • Nuno Felting 3:30 pm Rachel Collins, Studio 342 • Watercolor   August 11 11:30 am TBD, Studio X • Media 1:30 pm…

2018 Visiting Artists Group Exhibition

Torpedo Factory Art Center & the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

July 6 - September 30

On View in Site 3. The Visiting Artist Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists. Visiting Artists take part in a Summer Residency Program with the Torpedo Factory Artists Association, a juried membership organization with more than 250 active visual artists. Selected Visiting Artists will have the possibility of utilizing studio space during the Summer months from June through September, where they will have the possibility of learning to work in front of an audience,…

New Art, New Voices in the New Project Studio

Torpedo Factory Art Center

July 7 - October 6

Juried by Amy Lokoff, independent curator and former visual arts coordinator at the Anacostia Arts Center, this 3-month artist residency is dedicated to fostering the next generation of artists in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. 

Off the Grid

Torpedo Factory Art Center

July 12 - August 31

“Off the Grid” is an exhibition featuring the artwork created by Northern Virginia inmates under the volunteer instruction of Kelli Schollard-Sincock (aka Ms. Kelli) of ‘Inspiration Matterz’. The students in Ms. Kelli’s classes range in age, background, and experience, most having never drawn before. She uses a step-by-step process utilizing a griding system to teach the basics in observation and interpretation of line, tone and texture.


Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

July 14 - August 19

The circle is a universal symbol. It can represent wholeness, perfection, the self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, growth, connection to the earth and the universe, and cyclic movement. Around is a mixed media show featuring the work of twenty-one Torpedo Factory Artists' Association members. Participating artists chose work that contained circles, is circular, or has a circular narrative or elements. From the whimsical polka dot to the circle of life, selected artworks touch on the inclusion and idea of the circle in diverse…


Target Gallery

July 20 - September 2

Exhibition Dates: July 20 – September 2, 2018 Opening Reception: Friday, July 20 7 – 9 pm | Gallery Talk 8 pm Target Gallery presents Illuminate, a special glow-in-the-dark exhibition that is focused on the relationship between art and light. The lights will be turned off in the gallery, turning the viewer’s attention to the illuminated artwork whether it be through the lighting of video, light installation/sculpture, or use of black light mediums. The juror for this exhibition was Emily Smith,…

Life under the Sea

Potomac Fiber Arts

July 30 - August 26

Enchanted mermaids, coral, shells, sunken ships, fish, and glorious colors.

Brilliance: An Exploration of Heat and Light

Scope Gallery

July 30 @ 10:00 am - September 2 @ 6:00 pm

Select something that sparkles, treasure a wood-fired wonder with a toasty finish or a reflective, refractive crystalline- glazed form. Warm up to candlesticks, tea light holders, lamps and lanterns. In conjunction with Art Leagues Reflections. With the Kiln Club

Multiple Exposures Gallery Group Show of Fine Art Photography

July 31 - September 2

Multiple Exposures Gallery is pleased to present a group show of members' work juried by Mark Power. Mark L. Power is a photographer/critic/educator currently living in Southern Maryland. In 1998 after twenty-seven years, he retired as a professor of photography at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington. His photography has been featured in galleries and museums in the US and Europe.  Mark is a published art critic writing for the Washington Post, Art in America, the New…

Sultry Colors


August 7 - September 3

Bright oranges and reds are examples of the deep colors that can be produced by enamels.



August 7 - September 3

The artists at Fiberworks are experimenting with the scale of their work during the next few weeks—BIG+small. New work includes quilts, felted shawls, hand wovens on the Jacquard loom and much more. We are working at our studio every day. Please come to talk with the artist and learn more about techniques and the work. 

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Torpedo Factory Art Center
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Alexandria, VA 22314
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Email: torpedofactory@alexandriava.gov
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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.