The Post-Grad Residency is a competitive juried program that provides meaningful support and 3-6 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.

Residents receive studio space and public presentation opportunities, including an artist talk and participation in a culminating curated exhibition in the Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Residents are active and equal participants in the Torpedo Factory’s unique creative community. Residents benefit from engagement with local, national, and international artists.

Residency Benefits:

  • Exclusive use of a studio in the Torpedo Factory Art Center
  • Access to local and regional professional resources
  • Culminating artist talk at the end of the residency and group exhibition at the end of the year
  • Opportunities for sale of work through the studio and culminating group show
  • $500 stipend for supplies and other artist expenses

To view the current 2018 Post-Grad Residents, please visit the 2018 Post-Grad Info Page.


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