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Target Gallery Exhibitions


Application Deadline: Sunday, April 29
Exhibition Dates:  July 20 – September 2, 2018
Reception Date: Friday, July 20 • 7 – 9pm • Gallery Talk at 8pm
Juror:  Emily Smith, Executive Director of 1708 Gallery

Target Gallery invites national and international artists to apply for 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.

Please note that Target Gallery has limited projectors and monitors so please be sure to include what equipment is necessary for the exhibition and if you would provide it or if you would require the gallery to provide it.

If the gallery is providing the equipment and you have a preference on how the work is displayed please provide the options per entry. Once selected the Juror and Gallery Director will ultimately decide how the work in displayed in terms of projector, monitor, flat screen, etc. after reviewing the artist’s preferred display options unless the artist provides their own equipment.

Please also provide any necessary installation instructions per entry so that the Juror can anticipate how it is to be displayed or set up. (For example: are there any software requirements?)

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About the Juror

Emily Smith currently serves as the Executive Director of 1708 Gallery, a nonprofit arts organization based in Richmond, VA. Prior to coming to 1708, Emily was the Curatorial Fellow in Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts where she worked from 2007 until 2010. Projects at VMFA include the exhibitions, The Ludwig and Rosy Fischer Collection of German Expressionist Art; Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris; and Labor and Leisure: Works by African American Artists in the VMFA Permanent Collections. Prior to VMFA, she was Director of Exhibitions at Piedmont Arts in Martinsville, Virginia (2004-2007) and the Assistant Director at Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, Virginia (2003-2004). Smith was an adjunct faculty member in art history at Patrick Henry Community College, Martinsville, VA and was a critic for a Charlottesville, Virginia weekly paper. Smith received a MA in Art History from the University of Virginia in 2002.

For Questions about Target Gallery:

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


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Art in Common Spaces: 2018 Open Call for Proposals

Karen Fitzgerald, For We Rise Against the Wind, 2017.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2018
Juror: Lauren Ross

Up to three (3) Artists will be selected to install works of art in three (3) designated public locations inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Artists will submit sketches, photos, or renderings of proposed work to be installed and examples of past works.

The artwork proposed for installation should be new art never exhibited in the Virginia, Maryland, or District of Columbia. Artists are responsible for the installation of the artwork under the direction of TFAC staff. The juror for this opportunity is curator Lauren Ross.

For more information about the opportunity, please read and review the Guidelines (link below).

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About the Juror

Lauren Ross is a curator and writer based in Richmond, Virginia, where she recently founded the RVA Critical Art Writing Program. Lauren has served as a curator at such institutions as the Institute for Contemporary Art in Richmond, VA; Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK; the High Line, New York, NY; Brooklyn Museum, NY; and White Columns, New York, NY. As a writer, she has contributed to exhibition catalogs published by The Dallas Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as to periodicals such as The Art Newspaper, Art in America, and Burnaway. Lauren has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University, the School of Visual Arts, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Whitney Museum.

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

For Questions about installation and concepts:
Contact: Brett Johnson
Call: 703-746-4577
Email: brett.johnson@alexandriava.gov

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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

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Studio Opportunities

Visiting Artist Program

Application Deadline: Monday, February 19
Jurors: Leslie Noell and Dana Shearin

The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association’s Visiting Artist Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists. Selected visiting artists are provided studio space in one of the 82 publicly accessible working studios at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, where they can display and sell original work while interacting with summer visitors.

This residency program is managed by the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association, a juried membership organization with more than 275 active visual artists. It is supported by the Torpedo Factory Art Center and the City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts.

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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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