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Art in Progress: Alexis Gomez

A weekly public program series highlighting a different artist along with an interview and a demonstration or hands-on project.

Alexis Gomez was born in 1994 in Fairfax, Virginia. He received his BFA from the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at the George Washington University. Gomez is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus in figural sculpture and animation. Recent exhibitions include DC Arts Center, Target Gallery, Dupont Underground, Maryland Federation of Art, and Transformer Gallery. Gomez was a 2018 Post Grad artist in residence at Torpedo Factory Art Center. He is currently working on augmented reality sculptures and virtual reality experiences.

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Sunday Morning at the Art Center: New Art New Voices

Weekends are a time for reflection. Enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and relax with memories of past Art Center events with us.


This week’s “Sunday Morning at the Art Center” highlights a 2018 initiative in the New Project Studio and how it blossomed into an opportunity for neighborhoods to come together. From July through September 2018, Torpedo Factory Art Center hosted a residency called “New Art New Voices” for three emerging artists in the DC/Maryland/Northern Virginia area. This initiative inspired a subsequent interactive project for the October 2018 Late Shift that brought together 7 mural graffiti artists from Alexandria and Washington D.C. to create one-of-a-kind artworks for the community. Share your own memories of a favorite Torpedo Factory Art Center event  #artsALXathome.

Episodes air every Sunday at 10am.


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Art in Progress

A weekly public program series highlighting a different artist along with an interview and a demonstration or hands-on project.

Episodes air every Thursday at 7pm.

Follow us on our Facebook or Instagram page for new episodes!

Arts & the Armed Forces

In honor of Armed Forces Day, salute our service men and women with an evening line-up of comedy, music, storytelling, poetry, and art. This event is in partnership with USO of Metropolitan Washington – Baltimore, The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP), and Community Building Art Works.

This event will be broadcast live online on the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Facebook page. Click below to watch the livestream at 7pm:

Our Performers

AnnMarie Gonzales

AnnMarie Gonzales currently lives in Tysons, VA continuing to work for the federal government after service in the US Army. Her writing focuses on imagery and personal story telling.

Guadalupe Gutierrez

After serving in the Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, Guadalupe Gutierrez was medically retired. She moved to Southern California to pursue her dream of working with animals. She is currently enrolled at Platt College and is working on becoming a Veterinary Technician. She continues to express herself through art.

Belena Marquez

After medically retiring from the Air Force, Belena Marquez now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. Her creative endeavors focus on recovery and healing as well as nature and motherhood.

Melanie Michel

Melanie is an Air Force veteran currently living in Arlington, Virginia.  She works as an Administrative Assistant at an environmental conservation firm, and is an avid supporter of ASAP and comedy in general.

Noah Miller

Noah Miller is a comedian who performs all over the DMV. He regularly does shows with the Armed Services Arts Partnership, and has performed at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Edwards Orosco

Staff Sergeant Orosco currently serves in the United States Army at Fort Belvoir. He has served for 13 years, with two tours in the Middle East. Growing up, he had two dreams — to be a soldier and to be a singer. After achieving his first dream, he is now working on the second.


Kelsey Storr

Kelsey Storr retired after 24 years of active service as a Navy Chief Petty.  Since retirement he has worked in the Defense industry as a Program and Project Manager.  Performing stand-up comedy started as a bucket list objective that has become a challenging passion. He is a Fall 2018 graduate of the Armed Services Arts Partnership.  He has performed throughout the DMV and has a Facebook Page (Kelsey’s Comedy Corner) and YouTube Channel (Kelsey A. Storr).

About our Partners

USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore

USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (USO-Metro) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to “serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. Through generous financial and in-kind support from individuals and organizations and the help of thousands of devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty service members and their families at area military hospitals, through its Mobile USO, six USO Centers, including two of the largest the Warrior and Family Centers at Fort Belvoir and Bethesda, and four USO airport lounges. 

Armed Services Arts Partnership

The Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) is a DC- and Hampton Roads-based nonprofit with a mission to cultivate community and growth with veterans, service members, military families, and caregivers through the arts. We promote expression, skill-development, and camaraderie through classes, workshops, and performances across a variety of artistic disciplines. Our focus on consistent programs and partnerships ensures that members of our community have continuous opportunities for artistic and personal growth. Our approach provides participants with transferable life skills, a renewed sense of purpose, and improved well-being. At the same time, we strengthen ties between veterans and their communities through the arts.

Community Building Artworks

Community Building Art Works is a 501(c)3 charitable organization committed to building healthy and connected communities where veterans and civilians share creative expression, mutual understanding, and support.


Art in Progress

A weekly public program series highlighting a different artist along with an interview and a demonstration or hands-on project.

Episodes air every Thursday at 7pm.

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Artist Talk with 2020 Post-Grad Resident: Vi Trinh

As her three-month post-grad residency comes to a close, Vi Trinh talks with moderator Leslie Mounaime, Curator of Exhibitions at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, about her experiences during her time at the Torpedo Factory . Hear her speak about how her residency inspired her work and process, her project  interactive digital media project “The Station”she created during her time here, and what she will be doing next.

Join us in the main hall of the Art Center for her talk and then a mingle in the Post-Grad studio #319 after the talk is over.

March150 Art Party and Opening Reception

March150 Art Party is still on for Saturday, March 14 at 7 pm!
Tickets can be still purchased at the door for $30.
In light of current events, our staff will take extra care and cleaning precautions for the event!

The March150 Album is now Live for you to preview on Target Gallery’s Facebook page. Panel sales for the public will begin on Sunday, March 14. You can call in your panel purchase starting Sunday.

Target Gallery’s popular annual exhibition and art sale, March150, returns to the Torpedo Factory Art Center for the 10th year. Proceeds benefit future exhibitions and programs at Target Gallery and the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

This yearly all-media exhibition features over 200 works created and donated by artists local to Alexandria and the greater D.C. region. Emerging and established artists are shown together displayed a wide variety of styles and media. The only requirement to be on view in the exhibition is that artists use the gallery-supplied 10” x 10” panel. All work in the show is priced at $150.

For this special 10th year anniversary, the Art Party will be an opening reception! Allowing Art Party patrons to get the first chance at art sales. VIP patrons will get early access and first choice at sales. Art Party patrons will not only enjoy first access to the exhibition but also will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beer by Port City Brewing, and wine supplied by Sonoma Cellar; a special March150 themed photobooth; live and interactive art making by artists Tara Barr, Michaela Japec, and Vi Trinh; a raffle to win prizes from Port City Brewery and Paint This!, as well as glow in the dark themed dance party in the last hour. The Best in Show among other prizes will also be announced that evening for participating artists in the exhibition.

Art Party and VIP Opening
Saturday, March 14 
VIP Access: 6 – 7 pm
Art Party: 7 – 9 pm
Dance Party: 9 – 10 pm

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March150: 10th Annual Special Exhibition & Art Sale

*The Torpedo Factory Art Center and Target Gallery is closed to the public through May 17 in response to COVID-19. Therefore we are extending March150 to stay open through May 31.

Artwork may be viewed online on Target Gallery’s Facebook album. To purchase or to make inquiries, please fill out our March150 Purchase Request Form or call the gallery at 703.746.4590 or email us targetgallery@alexandriava.gov . Please keep in mind that since we are closed to the public, staff will only be working Monday – Friday.

Torpedo Factory Art Center’s popular annual exhibition and art sale, March150, returns to Target Gallery for the 10th year. Proceeds benefit future exhibitions and programs at Target Gallery and the Art Center. The show is on view Saturday, March 14, through Saturday, May 31*, 2020.

All work in the exhibition is created on gallery-supplied 10” x 10” panels and is priced at $150. About 200 original works are created by artists of every ability from the greater metropolitan area. Professional, emerging and amateur artists participate with artworks featuring a diversity of topics and media, including painting, photography, etching, mixed-media, fiber and more.

“March150 has become a staple at the Art Center and people look forward to it all year,” said Leslie Mounaime, director of exhibitions at Torpedo Factory Art Center. “This exhibition is a low-pressure environment for both artists and patrons. It encourages new collectors to buy original art, exposes seasoned collectors to new local artists and sets the stage for artists to test new techniques and ideas. It is accessible and affordable.”

Starting on the last weekend of the exhibition from Saturday, May 30 – Sunday, May 31, all unsold artwork is priced at $100.

In 2019, Target Gallery grossed more than $17,000 from March150. Proceeds benefit exhibitions and programs at the Art Center, such as the annual Solo Exhibition, The Late Shift, and others.

For more information about the exhibition and ticket sales, visit torpedofactory.org/march150. Follow #march150 to join the conversation online.