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RESCHEDULED — Beer & Wine Torpedo Garden


Due to the expected inclement weather from Hurricane Florence, the 16th Annual King Street Art Festival has been postponed to September 22 & 23. Likewise, the Beer and Wine Torpedo Garden is changing dates to match.

Many activities from The Late Shift: Culture ALX will be moved to this weekend, as it has been canceled for weather. The Shop & Stroll to the Art Center will proceed as originally planned.

Check back for an updated schedule of activities.

While exploring the 16th Annual King Street Art Festival, step inside to shop for art with a drink in your hand and shade overhead. Sample crafted beer and wine throughout the Art Center.

Torpedo Talks: Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery

Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery is the first gallery in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area dedicated exclusively to work in a fiber medium or fiber technique.

In September, hear from a panel of gallery members about trends and what’s next in the fiber arts.

CANCELED — The Late Shift: Culture ALX


Due to the expected inclement weather from Hurricane Florence later this week, we will be canceling the September Late Shift on Friday, September 14.

We hope you will join us the following weekend, September 22 and 23, for the similarly rescheduled Beer & Wine Torpedo Garden event, part of the 16th Annual King Street Art Festival. Much of the festivities from The Late Shift will be moving to this weekend instead.

Also, save the date for the October Late Shift: Folklore, on Friday, October 12.

We apologize for the inconvenience. We hope you stay safe this week.

Artists, poets, and performers showcase the vibrant cultures that have greatly contributed to the region’s remarkable tapestry. Target Gallery celebrates the opening of Juxtaposed, highlighting the contrasting and contradictory.


  • Opening Reception for Juxtaposed, a group exhibition focusing on the contradictory or conflicting. Whether it be through the use of mixed media or the themes represented, the works in the exhibition are at odds with two or more juxtaposing concepts. Reception, 7-10 pm, Artist and Juror Talk, 8 pm.
  • Closing reception and final Hands-on workshops for New Art/New Voices with emerging artists Han Sol Jeon, Michelle Chen and Shani Shih in the New Project Studio (Studio 8).
  • Artist Talk with Post Grad Sara Roberts as she finishes her 3-month residency at the Art Center. Conversation in the Riverview Room (208)

    Paint Jam Art Project on the Waterfront

    • Curated by New Project Studio artists Shani Shih and Michelle Chen, seven DC and Northern Virginia-based artists come together to create unique artworks to be donated by the Torpedo Factory Art Center to various nonprofits and social-minded Alexandria-based organizations.

MasPaz @MasPaz

MasPaz was born in Bogota, Colombia, adopted from La Casa De La Madre Y El Niño orphanage, to an American family, and raised in Washington, DC. His Latin American heritage plays a huge role in his art today. MasPaz is a graduate of George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. His studio work, installations and gallery projects have been exhibited throughout the world most notably The Smithsonian Institution, Corcoran Gallery of Art and The New Museum. MasPaz lives and works in Arlington, Va, but spends a majority of his time traveling, teaching and painting murals across the world.




Monolith @monolithdc
Monolith is a DC-based artist from Northern Virginia, whose work is informed typography, pop culture, social justice and political philosophy. They believe that art forms born in the streets, graffiti and street art in particular, can reclaim space monopolized by eyesores of capitalism and advertising. A co-founder of the 411 Collective, Monolith uses street art to elevate the creative language of resistance as one of the few remaining avenues of independent expression and culture in local communities facing rapid gentrification.




JAH-ONE @you_are_jah

JAH-ONE is the moniker chosen by this artist. He was classically trained in watercolor and acrylic at a young age and would later go on to teach himself how to paint with oil and sculpt using traditional and synthetic clays. Through fortunate occurrence he was introduced to aerosol and the art of graffiti. The skills and lessons gained from graffiti, have allowed him to begin creating larger work more rapidly. He is now a full-time artist that splits his time between his roots in the studio and his new found love of public art in the form of murals.




Jamilla Okubo @jamillaokubo

Jamilla Okubo is a mixed-media artist. Washington, D.C. raised, Okubo earned her BFA in Integrated Design at Parsons School of Design. Her work has a consistent theme of exploring the intricacy of belonging to an American, Kenyan, and Trinidadian identity and aims to use her interdisciplinary concentration as a medium to address topics within her culture. Rotating between collage, painting, fashion design, and printmaking her work is heavily inspired by the art of storytelling through textiles and fashion.







Gean Martinez @_grave__
Gean Martinez is a self-taught fine artist and muralist from Washington, D.C. His artwork embodies elements of nature, space, and the afterlife. Though it is ever evolving during the process he aims to use household and found objects to create earthly textures. He uses this method of painting to one day change the thought process of humans relationship with nature.



FAME @dcsofaimeous
FAME is a visual/mural artist from Washington, DC. He began writing graffiti when he was 14-years old. His creative talents have contributed to numerous public and private murals throughout the city, most recently Little Havana, a Cuban/Caribbean restaurant in Columbia Heights, DC. He is a founding member of ART B.L.O.C. DC and is part of the Double Down Kings graffiti crew.





Michelle Chen @shiyuart

Michelle is DC-based artist from Maryland. Working primarily in acrylic, oil, and spray paint, Michelle explores identity, belonging, and transformation with an eye to how these emerge from shared stories and symbols. Michelle is the Gallery Assistant and Events Coordinator at IA&A at Hillyer and is currently a New Project Studio artist-in-residence at Torpedo Factory Art Center.





Shani Shih @shanishih

Shani is a multimedia artist based in Washington DC, originally from New Jersey. Featuring bold linework, gritty textures, and human figures intertwined with industrial structures, much of her personal work speaks to day-to-day social and bodily experience in the stratified and colonized landscapes of the modern world. Shani works in the DMV around community arts, anti-displacement, and is currently also artist-in-residence at Torpedo Factory Art Center’s New Project Studio.







The Omi Collective transforms the Waterfront into an Art Lounge, featuring two community art projects for visitors to join in.

Featuring the collaborative work of artist Nicole Wandera and boys and girls from the Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Boys & Girls Club. The finished work will hang in the club as a gift from the artist and the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Nicole Wandera  @nicole_the_african

Nicole Wandera is a multidisciplinary artist, who brings to life the essence of the human experience. Raised in Nairobi Kenya, she uses her cultural background to build depth and colour into her work. Through the use of traditional and digital mediums, she creates visual stories that depict the beauty and complexity of the world we live in.  Her art is mostly figurative, and use symbology as a means of conveying emotion where words tend to fall short.


As a champion for social justice, Nicole has used her talents as a vehicle for change. Her work is a catalyst for conversations not easily started, while capturing moments that strike at the heart of many of today’s issues by telling the stories of those whose voices have been silenced, through discrimination and injustice.


  • Healing the Body – Site 2 Exhibition and Interactive Project with visitors
  • Pop-up performances with Through the 4th Wall to celebrate their new musical “19” – a play about women winning the right to vote.
  • Video Projections on the Waterfront side of the building, featuring works by Nguyen Khoi Nguyen , Gabrielle Tillenburg, and more (full list to come).
  • Three floors of art studios and galleries to explore all night.

Through the 4th Wall presents “19” – Staged Reading

Immersive theater company Through the 4th Wall  (Creators of the Poe production Dream within a Dream: Madness) return to the Art Center to they bring their latest play to life.

The musical 19 celebrates the dynamic and little-known story of Alice Paul, suffragists and the fight to get women the right to vote— the 19th Amendment. The inspirational story of these fearless women is brought to life through jazz, spoken word, dance and audience interaction.

Book and Lyrics by Jennifer Schwed & Doug Bradshaw

Music by Charlie Barnett

Performance dates:

  • Wednesday, September 12 – Cancelled due to high water in Old Town
  • Tuesday, October 16
  • Wednesday, November 28

Show Information:

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (doors at 7:00 pm, show starts at 7:30 pm)
Tickets: $10

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Be sure to also visit the Through the 4th Wall table at the following three Late Shifts for more information about this exciting new play, as well as pop-up performances throughout the evening’s activities.

  • Friday, September 14 – Late Shift: Culture ALX – Cancelled due to high water in Old Town
  • Friday, October 12 – Late Shift: Folklore
  • Friday, November 9 – Late Shift: 100

About Through the 4th Wall

As filmmakers and multimedia storytellers, TT4W brings fantasy worlds to life. They build an elaborate “mythology” and then create an experience centered around audiences, while simultaneously engaging them to become a part of the story. They design immersive experiences that place audience not just in the front row, but through the imaginary “4th Wall” of the performance. Through these productions, they build a unique relationship with each audience member by changing them from a “passive viewer” into an “active participant.” The goal is always to make you a part of the story.

TT4W’s most recent collaboration at the Art Center was A Dream Within A Dream: Madnessa two-month sold out run in 2016 – a surreal and romantically macabre show that explored the twisted mind of Edgar Allan Poe.


Reception: Friday, October 12, 2018 | 7-10 pm

Target Gallery is happy to announce selected artists for Juxtaposed, a group exhibition focusing on the contradictory or conflicting. Whether it be through the use of mixed media or the themes represented, the works in the exhibition are at odds with two or more juxtaposing concepts.

Participating Artists

Miranda Brandon
Nora Burghardt
Theresa Devine
Travis Donovan
Nadia Estela
Ryan Lewis
Brian McClear
Christina Reed
Pam Rogers
Lyle Rushing
Caroline Wayne
Megan White

About the Juror

Megan Rook-Koepsel is an independent curator working in the greater Washington, DC area.  She has served as a curatorial intern at the Rose Art Museum and at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Graduate Coordinator for the Stamp Gallery and mentor to the Contemporary Art Purchasing Program at the University of Maryland, and as Exhibitions Manager for Arlington Arts Center.  Rook-Koepsel has curated and organized numerous exhibitions in the area including Disidentifications (2009) at the Stamp Gallery; Constructed Place (2010) at Annemarie Garden Sculpture Park and Art Center; WPA SELECT (2014); Homeward Bound (2015) and King of the Forest: Adventures in Bioperversity (2016) at Arlington Arts Center; and Performing the Border (2017) for the Alper Initiative for Washington Art at the American University Museum. Recently, Rook-Koepsel was asked to identify women artists in the DC/Baltimore region for consideration in the upcoming exhibition Women to Watch 2018 at the National Museum for Women in the Arts. Rook-Koepsel holds a BA in Art History from Brandeis University and an MA in Art History with a focus on Contemporary Art and Theory from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Notes from the Juror


:to place (different things) side by side (as to compare or contrast them or to create an interesting effect)[1]

In the language of art and art history ‘juxtaposed’ is a significant word. Any student of art history learns very early on that placing two artworks next to each other can open up incredible ways of thinking and allow us to notice things that we might not have before. Juxtaposing helps to define certain elements, ideas, and styles. Juxtaposed works can reveal otherwise subtle or hidden meanings. Yet the definition of the word juxtapose is a surprisingly simple one. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines juxtapose as “to place (different things) side by side (as to compare or contrast them or to create an interesting effect).” That’s it. To place things side by side. What can we learn when we place one thing next to another?

The works in this exhibition encompass the subtlety and complexity that can unfold from the simple act of “placing side by side.” Whether it be a literal placement of two disparate visual elements side by side as in the case of Megan White and Nora Burghardt’s Topos series, or Pam Rogers’s Rescue and Contiguous; or the juxtaposition of tone between the visual and the content as in Caroline Wayne’s Pretty Real series, Miranda Brandon’s Erasure, or Theresa Divine’s ‘Til Disability Do Us Part & In Sickness And In Health, these works present a juxtaposition that gives us pause, allows us to access difficult content, and dig into the more complicated meanings at hand.

Many of the works in this exhibition use juxtaposition to present hard truths with which we must grapple. In Ryan Lewis’s and Travis Donovan’s works, for example, juxtaposed elements call attention to identity, and how easily (or not easily) one fits within the structures of our society. Society, and a reminder of the structures of power that continue to plague it, are also on display in Nadia Estela’s Vis Insita and Lex Insita. Lyle Rushing, Christina Reed, and Brian McClear remind us that sometimes what is juxtaposed is our highest ideals as a society—justice, equality, freedom of expression—and the actual lived reality for many of us.

It is my hope that these works, ‘placed side by side’ not only “creates an interesting effect,” as in the dictionary definition of ‘to juxtapose,’ but also provides an entry into the complex, challenging, thoughtful (and thought provoking) narratives that each work brings out through its own juxtaposition, as well as through being placed in context with each other. The dictionary definition of ‘to juxtapose’ belies the incredible depth of knowledge and understanding that can arise from two things placed side by side. The works in this exhibition redefine this simple action into one far more significant.

—Megan Rook-Koepsel

[1] From the Merriam-Webster online dictionary (www.merriam-webster.com)

Image Credit: Travis Donovan, Skeletor, ceramic, 2017

Workshop: Community Writing with CBAW

No creative writing experience required! Join Community Building Art Works for their a creative writing workshop in collaboration with the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Led by accomplished authors, these workshops focus on the craft of writing as a tool for introspection, communication, and connection. Bring a pen, a notebook, and an open mind! Tickets are free, but CBAW appreciates a donation of $5-10 to support their program.

Light refreshments will be provided. Doors at 6:30 pm; workshop begins promptly at 7 pm.


Workshop is held on the second floor in the Riverview Room (208)





About the Facilitator:


Seema Reza is the Chair of Community Building Art Works and the author of “When the World Breaks Open,” a memoir of essays and poetry published by Red Hen Press in Spring 2016. Based outside of Washington, DC, she coordinates and facilitates a unique multi-hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization among a population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. Her writing has appeared in print and on-line in Entropy, The Feminist Wire, Bellevue Literary Review, The Offing, Full Grown People, and The Nervous Breakdown among others. Her second book, a collection of poetry is forthcoming from Write Bloody in 2019.

Torpedo Talks: Dejan Jovanovic

Dejan Jovanovic (Studio 15) has been an artist for more than 20 years. He has spent his life immersed in applied art and high craft. Trained as a sculptor in Serbia, he has been established in the DC area since 2002, where Dejan Studio Jewelry began.

“My inspiration comes from the natural world and the metals I use to create my organically inspired, textured wearable art. My pieces are subtly textured in a combination of colors to reveal the quality of the metal, creating harmony by the interplay of the various elements.”

Dejan draws inspiration from nature and the universal language of shape and form, translating subtle organic shapes and asymmetry into his pieces. His work demonstrates his exploration of ancient metalsmithing forms and techniques which he revives with a modern, sophisticated sensibility. His pieces embody a sense of both elegance and rarity.

From as early as he can remember, he was fascinated by creating shapes and had the freedom to enjoy creating in his father’s sculptor’s studio. He also trained as a sculptor at Belgrade University School of Applied Arts in Serbia and graduated top of his class. He later received his Master’s of Fine Arts in metal design from East Carolina University School of Art and Design in North Carolina.




About Torpedo Talks

These monthly conversations highlight the unique voices that make the Torpedo Factory Art Center such a dynamic institution.

To find out more about Torpedo Talks, please view our list of upcoming 2018 Torpedo Talks or visit our archives.


The Late Shift: Summer Fling

Close out summer with a good ol’ fashioned dance party covering the nearly five decades of the Art Center. 📻🎶

Enjoy feel-good pop hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and more. Put on your boogie shoes or blue suede shoes and get footloose with us! 🎶 💞 🎶

Retro dress highly encouraged.

  • Reception for Illuminate, a special glow-in-the-dark exhibition in the Target Gallery. Hands-on project and additional artists comments at 8 pm
  • Hands-on workshops for New Art/New Voices with emerging artists Han Sol JeonMichelle Chen, and Shani Shih in the New Project Studio (Studio 8)
  • Show your Art Center school dance spirit! Stop by our “School Spirit Banner-Making Mural project” and contribute to your decade’s Late Shift: Summer Fling banner
  • Make a Late Shift corsage at a DIY table before dancing all night on our Summer Fling dancefloor
  • Take a photo with your sweetheart at a “Late Shift: Summer Fling” selfie station
  • Hands-on art project with sculptor and art school graduate Sara Roberts in the Post-Grad Residency studio
  • “Summer Fling” Video art projection on the waterfront side of the Torpedo Factory Art Center building from 8:30pm – 10pm, provided by video artist/comic book artist/musician Nguyen Khoi Nguyen
  • Filmmaker/Video artist and Visual Arts Coordinator at the Strathmore Gabrielle Tillenburg invites you to walk down memory lane as she projects a looping video installation of every major prom/homecoming/school dance scene from the past 40 years of American cinema and television, titled “Enchantment Under the Sea”
  • In Site 2 Community Gallery, visit Off the Grid, created by Kelli Schollard-Sincock of Inspiration Matterz.
  • Pop-up art demonstrations throughout the building.
  • DJ Starchild spins a special 3-hour retro “Summer Fling” set from 7 pm – 10 pm, featuring hits from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today.
  • Who will be the “Late Shift: Summer Fling” King and Queen? Find out how you can nominate yourself or a friend — details on our Facebook and Instagram pages.
  • Three floors of art studios and galleries to explore all night.

FREE, but RSVP requested.



Yoga & Sound

Local sound artist, yogi and meditation guide, Jeneen Piccuirro, will lead her signature one-hour class carefully guiding a gentle yoga series with a crystal bowl accompaniment and closing with a gong meditation. Jeneen’s authentic integrated holistic offerings are designed with comfort, health and ultimate rejuvenation in mind. It’s a great start to the weekend for mind, body and soul while surrounded by the art and creativity of the Torpedo Factory.

Doors open at 8:30 am. Class starts promptly at 9 am. Please arrive with time to settle in and bring a yoga mat and water bottle. (A limited number of mats will be available for rent by the teacher for $5.)

Price: $10 advance ticket sale online. $15 at the door.

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Organized by the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. 

Class outline

Class begin with a crystal bowl meditation and will include gentle movement for circulation and flow and move in to a few accessible seated Asanas (poses) for stretching and release. Options for all levels will be offered. Chairs will be available for those who would like them. Class will end with a 15 min Savassana, in which students will be invited to lie down and listen to the gong.

Crystal Singing Bowls are made of quartz and resonate to specific frequencies. They create a clear “toning” that brings a state of calm and centeredness to the body. This vibrational sound is heard and felt through the whole body and assists in the process of relaxation which can be very helpful in yoga asana or meditation practices.

The Symphonic Gong in contrast, made of a brass compound, belongs to some of the oldest musical instruments known. It has complex harmonics with a clear fundamental tone and rich dynamic overtones that literally wash over and through the body. Due to the complexity and totality of this sound, the effects are quite comprehensive and the sound in affect “re-sets” the body and mind to a state of neutral.

Instructor Bio

Jeneen Piccuirro, MFA, has over 25 years of experience leading original Art, Meditation, Yoga, Dance, Sound Healing and Movement based offerings, and is a pioneer in integrating and genuinely combining these modalities to bring the body & mind into balance for long term well-being. Her skillful approach gently shifts people out of habits of escapism and avoidance into healthier patterns of acceptance and understanding, paving the way for a deeper residing peace and joy.

The Late Shift: Bright Nights

Summer is the time for get-togethers and music after-hours.  Tonight, the Torpedo Factory Art Center keeps its doors open late and comes alive with performances and art to celebrate the night on the waterfront.

  • Be among the first to see Illuminate, a special glow-in-the-dark exhibition in the Target Gallery. Gallery opening starts at 7 pm with comments at 8 pm.
  • One night only! Find site-specific illuminated work by Andreas Schenkel, Michael West, and Steve Wanna throughout the building.
  • Join the gallery reception for New Art/New Voices and meet emerging artists Han Sol Jeon, Michelle Chen, and Shani Shih as well as juror Amy Lokoff in the New Project Studio (Studio 8).
  • In Site 2 Community Gallery, find a moving body of drawings created by art students at the Alexandria Detention Center and the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. The reception for Off the Grid is also an opportunity to meet and hear from Kelli Schollard-Sincock of Inspiration Matterz, who has been teaching the inmates how to create these incredibly moving and detailed portraits.
  • Meet sculptor and recent graduate Sara Roberts as she begins her three-month stay in the Post-Grad Residency studio.
  • Video artist Monica Stroik provides an art projection on the waterfront side of the Torpedo Factory building from 8:30pm – 10pm
  • Welcome Discover Graphics Atelier’s (Studio 202) Artist-in-Residence, Mel Parada, an artist and adjunct graphic design professor at George Mason University, 7 pm – 10 pm.
  • Pop-up art demonstrations throughout the building.
  • DJ Franklin spins a special 3-hour “Bright Nights” set from 7 pm – 10 pm.
  • Three floors of art studios and galleries to explore all night.

FREE, but RSVP requested.