Target Gallery Exhibitions


Application Deadline: November 12, 2017
Exhibition Dates: January 27 – March 4, 2018
Juror: Adriana Ospina, Art Museum of the Americas

Target Gallery, contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, invites artists to apply for Passages, a group exhibition that explores the lasting effects migration has on cultural identity from the perspective of immigrants and immigrant families from across the global diaspora. This exhibition gives an intimate look into their individual experiences and how these experiences have shaped who they are today. Adriana Ospina, Curator of Permanent Collection and Education at the Art Museum of the Americas, is the juror.



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About the Juror

Adriana Ospina over her eight years at the Art Museum of the Americas (AMA), has worked with, and now oversees, the museum’s historic Latin-American Art Archives and permanent collection of art. She has curated exhibitions such as Fusion: Tracing Asian Migration to the Americas through AMA’s Collection (2013), currently being expanded as a travelling exhibition, and Femininity Beyond Archetypes: Photography by Natalia Arias (2014). Currently, Ospina is working is editing a book about AMA Permanent Collection and curating the exhibition Cultural Encounters in conjunction with International Arts & Artists. Additionally, she is working on the Documents of 20th-Century Latin American and Latino Art: A Digital Archive and Publications Project with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Adriana is a Colombian art historian; holds an M.A. in Art History from George Mason University; and has been a presenter at the Latin American Studies Association Conference, at the College Art Association Conference and at the Association of Art Historians Conference. She is also part of the advisory committee of the permanent collection at the IDB. 

2018 Emerging Artists

Application Deadline: December 3, 2017 
Exhibition Dates: March 31 – May 20, 2018
Jury Panel: Ksenia Grishkova, Blair Murphy, and Jack Rasmussen

Target Gallery invites regional emerging artists to submit work for a new group exhibition. This exhibition will feature up to 5 regional emerging artists– spotlighting new talent and the up-and-coming artistic innovators of the D.C., Maryland, Virginia area. The selected artists will receive a $500 stipend for the exhibition.

This exhibition is for regional emerging artists. We will accept submissions from artists that live within D.C., Maryland, or Virginia and have not had a solo exhibition at a professional gallery or art space (BFA or MFA exhibitions do not apply).


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About the Jurors

Ksenia Grishkova has worked in the arts management field for 18 years in various capacities for art organizations located in Moscow, London and Washington D.C. Since 2007, Grishkova has been a Director of Touchstone Gallery in Washington D.C., where she has worked on hundreds of artist exhibitions featuring 100+ participants. A number of the exhibitions, such as national juried show “Art as Politics” in 2016, have generated significant public attendance and press coverage. Grishkova also oversaw the gallery’s move to a newly built street-level location in 2010 and has supervised numerous joint art projects with embassies and non-profits. In addition, Grishkova is also the Executive Director of Touchstone Foundation for the Arts, a 501c3 organization she helped create in 2012. Prior to Touchstone, Grishkova worked as an international art consultant and in a previous role, she was part of a team that created the first ever photo-art gallery in Moscow, “Lumiere Photo Gallery,” where she worked as a curator and PR manager. Prior to her work at Lumiere, Grishkova oversaw Moscow-based Alla Bulyanskaya Gallery’s participation in international art fairs, exhibitions and projects abroad. She also helped raise funds for the gallery’s second location in London, U.K. Grishkova originally received a Studio Art education, which she followed up with a diploma in Arts Management from a Moscow Institute of Contemporary Art.

Blair Murphy is a curator and writer based in Washington, D.C. and Managing Director of DC Arts Center. She was a Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow of the Whitney Independent Study Program from 2014 to 2015. Her past curatorial projects include exhibitions at The Kitchen (New York, NY), Field Projects (New York, NY), Flashpoint Gallery (Washington, D.C.), Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, VA), Washington Project for the Arts (Washington, D.C.), VisArts Rockville (Rockville, MD), and DC Arts Center (Washington, D.C.). She was a Partner at Field Projects, an artist-run project space in New York, from 2015 to 2016, Program Director at Washington Projects for the Arts from 2011 to 2013, and a curator with Sparkplug, an artist collective sponsored by DC Arts Center, from 2008 through 2011. She has written for Hyperallergic, BmoreArt, and Daily Serving, among other outlets. She holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and an MA from Georgetown University.

Jack Rasmussen, a native of Seattle, Washington, earned his BA in Art from Whitman College before moving to Washington, D.C., and completing an MFA in Painting, MA in Arts Management, and MA and PhD in Anthropology at American University. He worked in the Education Department of the National Gallery of Art before becoming the Assistant Director of the Washington Project for the Arts when it opened in 1975. He left this position to open the Jack Rasmussen Gallery, one of the first commercial galleries to move to downtown Washington, and then helped launch Rockville Arts Place, served for ten years as the Executive Director of Maryland Art Place in Baltimore, and three years as Executive Director of di Rosa, a contemporary art museum and natural habitat in Napa, California. Rasmussen has been Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C., since it opened in 2005. Rasmussen currently serves as Vice Chair of the Maryland State Arts Council.

For Questions about Target Gallery:

Contact: Leslie Mounaime
Call: 703-746-4590


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Internal Opportunities – Art in Common Spaces

Winter Seasonal Art – Art in Common Spaces 

Deadline: Wednesday, October 25
Juror: Peter Winant, Director of George Mason University of Art 

The Torpedo Factory Art Center, presently managed by the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts and Events, invites artists and artist teams to submit winter season artwork exhibition proposals for the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s common areas.

Artists will be selected to install works of winter seasonal art in designated public locations inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Artists will be required to submit sketches, photos, or renderings of proposed work to be installed and examples of past works. The artwork proposed for installation may be new or already-created art.

Artists are encouraged to utilize all the space (described in “Site Locations”). Furthermore, proposals do not need to be reflective of past artworks but may be new attempts at creative installation. Creating an artist team proposal (pending eligibility) is also encouraged.

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For Questions about the Art in Common Spaces application process:
Contact: Leslie Mounaime
Call: 703-746-4590

For Questions about Art in Common Spaces installation and concepts:
Contact: Brett Johnson
Call: 703-746-4577

About the Juror

Peter Winant is currently the Director of George Mason University School of Art and contributor to WETA’s Around Town. Peter works on individual projects and in collaboration with other artists. For twenty years, as a founding member of the collaborative group, Workingman Collective, and as a core member of the group, Art Attack, he has engaged in making pieces that question the domain and currency of personal authorship, the context of location and the creative process. The groups’ works have been exhibited/performed/intervened in settings as diverse as PS.1, Artist’s Space, parking lots, abandoned houses and public spaces, and in public and alternative galleries and spaces in Berlin, Prague, Slovakia, Marseilles, Warsaw, Krakow, Chicago, Washington, New York, Butte Montana and the North Carolina Museum of Art. Recent commissions include works for the US Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia and for Macerich’s development for Tysons Corner, Virginia. Peter has been a three time recipient of CEC Artslink grants. Peter’s personal work has ranged from forged steel, abstractly painted figurative sculpture, to “unarchitecture” structures of conventional building materials, to compositions of painted, fallen branches. His work is in private collections throughout the United States. Peter reviews Washington area fine art exhibitions as a panelist on public television station WETA’s Around Town. He is also a Senior Advisor for Integrative Teaching International, a national group whose focus is on the development of visual art foundation programs for the 21st century.

Programming and Activities

Pop-Up Workshops

Available dates: May – November 2017

Visual artists, storytellers, poets, performance artists, musicians! Do you have a fun hands-on workshop or activity that you want to showcase at the Torpedo Factory Art Center? Pitch to us! Available dates May – November 2017.

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: 703-746-4568


Studio Opportunities

There are no current lease or sub-lease opportunities at this time. Please check back at a later date.

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.