The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association (TFAA) is a thriving artist community dedicated to opening our active workplaces to public visits. Each spring, the TFAA conducts its annual jury for new associate members.

This community of more than 275 professional artists is dedicated to creating and exhibiting their fine arts and fine crafts in open studio settings and galleries where the visiting public and the cultural community can meet, learn and interact in the promotion and appreciation of the visual arts.

Annual Jury for New Artist Members

All artists working in fine arts and fine crafts are eligible. Fine crafts include such work as ceramics, textiles, jewelry, all kinds of sculpture, glass, film, video, and more. Upon selection, the applicant becomes a TFAA Associate.

Basic Timeline

The TFAA Annual Jury process is conducted in two phases. Phase I is an online application process, and Phase II (for successful online applicants) takes place each March onsite at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Applicants and interested persons are encouraged to check this web page for updates. The Phase I deadline was January 27, 2017. Information about the 2018 Annual Membership Jury will be posted in Fall 2017.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply?

All applicants must complete the Phase I application form and submit 5-8 images of their work online. Successful applicants will be notified by email and are required to complete Phase II of the process. On the first day of Phase II Jury, applicants bring five pieces of their artwork plus a CD with images of 10-20 additional works, and a completed information form. The work will be juried over the second and third days.

For further information, contact Barbara Muth at

Is there a Jury Information Session?

Jury Information Sessions are held prior to the Phase I Jury for anyone who is interested in applying.  They are optional meetings during which the jurying process and the benefits of being an associate are discussed.  This is a good opportunity for applicants to ask any questions they might have.

Who are the jurors?

There are separate juries for two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork. For 2017, the jurors were:

Phase I (online):

  • Steve Prince – Associate Professor and Artist in Residence at Allegheny College.

Two-dimensional jurors:

  • David Bellard – Creative Director, Social Marketing & Program Services at Rare Residency Program, Fine Art, VCU
  • Glen Kessler – Founder of The Compass Atelier, formerly taught at Maryland Institute College of Art, George Mason University, George Washington University
  • Robert Yi – Director of George Washington University’s Corcoran Arts Program.

Three-dimensional jurors:

  • Michael Janis –  Co-director of Washington Glass School, Fulbright Scholar, University of Sunderland, England
  • Mary Cloonan – Professor of Ceramics, Adjunct, Towson University and Exhibitions Director at Baltimore Clayworks
  • David Knopp – Towson Art Collective and Sculptors Inc.