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Target Gallery Exhibitions



Deadline: Sunday, September 9, 2018 (11:59PM EST)
Exhibition Dates: January 19 – March 3, 2019
Reception Date: Friday, February 8th • 7-10pm • Gallery Talk at 8pm
Juror: Katy Scarlett, independent curator
Summary: Target Gallery invites artists working in all visual media to submit to RITUALISMS, a group exhibition that explores how rituals are an intrinsic part of the human experience. Whether it be through personal rituals, such as daily habits or quirks, or through a larger cultural context, such as religious or cultural ceremonies, the work in this exhibition will address the universality of rituals and how they foster connection or isolation.



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About the Juror

Katy Scarlett is an Adjunct Professor of Art History and an independent curator based in Philadelphia, PA. She is interested in how contemporary artists dissect the construction of history and create awareness around historical omission. Katy has worked in accessibility, education, and public programming at several non-profit institutions including the Philadelphia Museum of Art and The Delaware Contemporary. She earned her MA in Art History from Hunter College, City University of New York.


2019 Emerging Artists

Deadline: Sunday, September 30th (11:59PM EST)
Exhibition Dates: Wednesday, April 10th – Wednesday, June 5th
Reception Date: Friday, April 12th
Jury Panel: Adah Rose Bitterbaum, Philippa P.B. Hughes, Dawne Langford
Summary: Target Gallery presents a new yearly exhibition featuring the work of 3 regional emerging artists. This exhibition spotlights new talent and the up-and-coming artistic innovators of the D.C. metropolitan area.
Eligibility: Artists should have no more than 5 years of experience as a professional exhibiting artist, live within D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, and have never had an solo exhibition in a professional gallery space (excluding BFA/MFA exhibitions).
Honorarium: Each artist will receive a $500 stipend

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About the Jurors

Adah Rose Bitterbaum is the owner and Director of the Adah Rose Gallery in Kensington Maryland. The gallery was founded in September of 2011 as a place to exhibit contemporary art in a variety of medium with a specialty in text based work. Prior to founding the gallery, Adah Rose worked as the Director of Studio Gallery in Dupont Circle for almost four years. Adah Rose has worked as an independent curatorfor the past 7 years. Adah Rose began her career as a lawyer and also worked in Public Health, Education and College Counseling.

Philippa P.B. Hughes is a creative placemaker and social sculptor who designs inventive and collaborative projects that strengthen communities, connects people who would not normally meet in meaningful dialogue, and who opens portals to art and culture for the culturally curious. Philippa is also the chair of the board of the DuPont Underground, a former trolley stop turned into art space and she has served on the board of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities among numerous other boards throughout Washington, D.C. She has spoken about her creative placemaking projects at TEDxAmerican University, VisionDC, IdeasFest, Creative Placemaking Week 2018, Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit – Northeastern Corridor, Smart Growth America’s Intersections. Philippa studied Law and Foreign Affairs at the University of Virginia. She practiced investment adviser regulation for six years before transitioning to the full-time pursuit of placemaking and social sculpting.

Dawne Langford is a Washington, DC-based curator, documentary filmmaker, and artist. She recently completed a six month project as the manager and curator of programs for the Fundred Reserve OPEN LAB, in collaboration with Mel Chin Studios. After many years working in public media as a broadcast TV editor, she transitioned to roles as a producer, working on independent documentaries Check It, Kandahar Journals, and Finding Joseph I. Dawne also launched a curatorial initiative dedicated to centering traditionally marginalized viewpoints in public discourse around artistic creation and representation. New projects in the works address hidden and obscured histories. Previous exhibition venues and collaborations include Transformer, SPRING/BREAK, and The Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center’s Culture Lab series, Crosslines.


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For Questions about Target Gallery:

Contact: Leslie Mounaime
Call: 703-746-4590
Email: leslie.mounaime@alexandriava.gov





Studio and Residency Opportunities

 One-Year Torpedo Factory Artist Residency
(Internal Opportunity only)

Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 1 11:59pm EST
Residency Dates: Sept 1, 2018 – Sept 30, 2019
Space: Studio 227. At 193.09 square feet, the space is $249 a month.
Open Selection Panel: Thursday, August 9 at 7 pm, Riverview Room

Eligibility: Open to all TFAA members (or artists who were selected by a TFAA jury process) or artists selected for the Post-Grad studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Applicants may apply individually for the studio or in a group to share the studio.

Requirements: Selected artists will be required to sign a lease and abide by the Torpedo Factory Art Center Rules and Procedures for tenants as well as be open on Friday night Art Center programming (Late Shift) at least 5 times during the residency.

Please see application for full details.

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Open Panel Details

2019 Post Graduation Residency Program

Application Deadline: Sunday, October 7
Jurors: Nicole Dowd, program director of Halcyon Arts Lab and Leslie Holt, DC-based artist and co-director of Red Dirt Studios.

The Torpedo Factory Post-Grad Residency is a competitive juried program that provides meaningful support and 3-month term solo studio space. This residency is open to recently-graduated students who earned a bachelor’s or master’s art degree from an accredited university. The program is unique for addressing the critical post-graduation juncture in an emerging artist’s career, offering an opportunity for professional development, and a chance to define their independent work process outside of the academic context. Submissions are open for both art school students in the region and nationwide, provided nationwide artists submit proof of their permanent residence in the area and/or commitment of contributing to the ongoing future of the DC/Maryland/Virginia arts scene. Please read and review Guidelines before applying.

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Learn more about the four 2018 Post-Grad Residents.

About the Jurors

Nicole Dowd is the Program Director at Halcyon Arts Lab, a newly launched residency fellowship for emerging artists tackling issues of social justice and change. Through the Arts Lab she aims to connect socially-engaged artists with the resources and support structure needed to hone their artistic and entrepreneurial skills. Prior to joining the Halcyon team, Nicole worked with local emerging artists at Hamiltonian Artists where she managed a two-year fellowship program dedicated to career cultivation and artistic mentorship. She received a combined B.A. in fine art and art history from the George Washington University and then went on to pursue a master’s degree in exhibition design from the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Nicole is drawn to innovative art practices which challenge perceptions; create dialogue between social impact and aesthetic values; and amplify the artist as cultural leader. 

Leslie Holt is from Bethesda, Maryland and in 2012 returned to the DC metro area after living in St. Louis for 20 years. She received a BFA in Painting at Washington University in St. Louis and an MFA in Painting at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Leslie has taught studio art, art history and art appreciation on the college level since 2001. She has also worked as a social worker and advocate for people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and people receiving welfare benefits. Currently she is Co-director of Red Dirt Studio, a warehouse studio for a group of independently practicing artists and creative professionals in Mt. Rainier, MD. In addition to her studio practice, Leslie currently teaches art to adults with disabilities in the DC area communities and online for Fontbonne University in St. Louis. She was awarded a Prince Georges Arts and Humanities Council Grant in 2018. Leslie exhibits her work nationally and is represented by the David Lusk Gallery in Memphis.

For Questions about the application process:
Contact: Leslie Mounaime
Call: 703-746-4590
Email: leslie.mounaime@alexandriava.gov

Art in Common Spaces: Site 2 & 3 Galleries and Seasonal Art Installations

Site Two Community Gallery

Off the Grid, Site 2 Community Gallery, July – August 2018

Currently accepting proposals for the 2019 season. To apply, please review Guidelines and submit your proposal directly to Leslie Mounaime, Exhibitions Director (contact info below).

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Site Three Project Gallery (Internal Opportunity Only)

Currently accepting proposals from Torpedo Factory artists for October – December 2018 through the 2019  season. To apply, please review Guidelines and submit your proposal directly to Leslie Mounaime, Exhibitions Director (contact info below).

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Seasonal Art Installations (Fall 2018)

Kara Hammond, Dredging the Lethe, April – September 2018

Application Deadline: Friday, September 7th
Exhibition Dates: Friday, October 5th – Monday, November 26th, 2018
Application Fee: $25 application fee. $10 for artists with a current lease or sublease at the Torpedo Factory.
Juror: Elsabé Dixon

Request for Proposals (RFP):
The Torpedo Factory Art Center (TFAC), presently managed by the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts, invites artists and artist teams (Artists) residing in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia, to submit proposals for the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s temporary art installations to activate the building’s main spaces during the fall.

Artwork is encouraged but not limited to involve themes related to fall/autumn, folklore (such as Dia de los Muertos or All Hallow’s Eve), or Alexandria’s naval history. These themes will correspond to different programming that will be happening in the Art Center for the duration of the exhibition.

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About the Juror
Elsabé Dixon is an Alexandria, VA based artist who has most recently juried a 2019 DCCAH individual Artists Grant Panel, and sits on the board of both the Hillyer Gallery DC as well as the McLean Project for the Arts, VA. In 2017 she curated the NEA funded exhibition Nature as Prototype. As President of the Washington Sculptors Group, Elsabé is interested in finding and promoting artists working in multidisciplinary and new medium platforms.

For questions about Site Two Community Gallery, Site Three Project Gallery, orSeasonal Art Installations:
Contact: Leslie Mounaime
Call: 703-746-4590
Email: leslie.mounaime@alexandriava.gov

Programming and Activities

The New Project Studio- Ongoing Opportunity 

Located in Studio 8, the New Project Studio is a community-focused arts incubator space that offers a short-term location to test new program ideas, spotlight underrepresented voices, and enhance community engagement. Projects rotate on a regular basis.

For questions about program opportunities or to submit a proposal:
Contact: Daniel Guzman
Call: 703-746-4586
Email: daniel.guzman@alexandriava.gov

Public Arts Grants & Opportunities

The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts provides grants for nonprofit arts organizations as well as individual artists. See all current opportunities and online applications here.

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