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June 2018

The Late Shift: Art Rock City

Torpedo Factory Art Center

June 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

In June, welcome Jurors Jarvis DuBois, Independent Curator and Carolina Mayorga, D.C.-based Artist; for a talk about Caroline Hatfield, the solo artist selected for Target Gallery’s competitive 2018 Open Call for Solo Exhibition. Join Alexis Gomez for a talk looking back on his three months in the Post-Grad Residency studio. Join the American Geosciences Institute for “Rock” related artist demonstrations. Celebrate Pride Month with NOVA Pride and Safe Space NOVA.

The Late Shift is a free monthly after-hours series featuring exhibition receptions, music, live performances, artist talks, and more. Select Fridays, 7 – 11 pm.

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Joey Ponthieux: CGI, NASA, and the art of Visual Communication

DC ACM SIGGRAPH

June 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH and the Torpedo Factory Art Center present Joey Ponthieux, EMMY® award winning professional 3D animator and concept visualization contract artist for NASA. 

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Visiting Artist Presentation: Diane Di Bernardino Sanborn

Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

June 28, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Diane Di Bernardino Sanborn is a painter based in Scottsdale, AZ. Her residency will run through the month of June in Studio 316. The Visiting Artist Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists. Visiting Artists take part in a summer residency program with the Torpedo Factory Artists, a juried membership organization with more than 250 active visual artists. Selected Visiting Artists are selected for studio space in one of the 82 publicly accessible working studios, where…

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Capital Area Photographers presents “Money Isn’t a Dirty Word” with Susan Stripling

Capital Area Photographers

June 28, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

So many creatives shy away from the topic of money : how to make it, what to do with it once you’ve made it, and what to do if you’re NOT making it.  Susan Stripling will take you through everything you need to know about the hush-hush topic of MONEY.  

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MONSOON MANSION: A Conversation On Filipino Literature, Food & Culture

Torpedo Factory Art Center

June 30, 2018 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

As part of their residency in the New Project Studio, the pop-up bookstore Duende District will host a special conversation on Saturday, June 30, at 3:30 p.m.

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July 2018

Street Art Youth Workshop + Community Group Tour with Shani Shih

Torpedo Factory Art Center

July 1, 2018 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

In partnership with New Project Studio resident Duende District Bookstore, we invite visitors this Sunday July 1 to join us for an afternoon Street Art Workshop with Chinatown Art Studio for youth 9-12 yrs with our resident artist, Shani Shih. The workshop is FREE but limited spaces are available.

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The Late Shift: Bright Nights

Torpedo Factory Art Center

July 20, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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.

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Visiting Artist Presentation: Jean Sanders

Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

July 26, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Jean Sanders is a printmaker based in State College, PA. Her residency will run through the month of July in Studio 330. The Visiting Artist Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists. Visiting Artists take part in a summer residency program with the Torpedo Factory Artists, a juried membership organization with more than 250 active visual artists. Selected Visiting Artists are selected for studio space in one of the 82 publicly accessible working studios, where they…

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Visiting Artist Presentation: Zipporah Norton

Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

July 26, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Zipporah Norton is a painter based in Alexandria, VA. Her residency will run through the months of July and August in Studio 316. The Visiting Artist Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists. Visiting Artists take part in a summer residency program with the Torpedo Factory Artists, a juried membership organization with more than 250 active visual artists. Selected Visiting Artists are selected for studio space in one of the 82 publicly accessible working studios, where…

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CBAW + Torpedo Factory Art Center Writing Workshop w Poet Faisal Mohyuddin

Torpedo Factory Art Center

July 26, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

No creative writing experience required! Join Community Building Art Works for their first community building creative writing workshop in partnership with the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

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New Project Studio Workshop: Han Sol Jeon – “Finding Shapes”

Torpedo Factory Art Center

July 27, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

New Project Studio Resident Han Sol Jeon will offer a hands-on drawing workshop. Participants will use gouache paints and pencils to draw on a large-scale sheet of paper on the wall. The final piece will be incorporated in a new collaborative work created by Han!

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Post Grad Workshops: Sara Roberts – “Soft Sculpture: Weaving Fabric”

Torpedo Factory Art Center

July 29, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Post-Grad Resident Sara Roberts will demonstrate the process of weaving fabric. She is intrigued how the feminine, domestic nature of fabric contrasts the masculine, industrial quality of her concrete/resin castings. Participants will be able to experiment with weaving. Workshop will run from 3-5pm hour in the Post Grad Studio (Studio 319) on the third floor at the Torpedo Factory. 

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August 2018

Open Review Panel: One Year Residency

Torpedo Factory Art Center

August 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Open Jury for the One Year Residency in Studio 227.

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Visiting Artist Presentation: Angela Esteve

Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

August 16, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Angela Esteve is an artist based in Cabin John, MD. Her residency will run through the month of August in Studio 31. A meet-the-artists reception begins at 5:30 pm, with the presentation starting at 6:00 pm. The Visiting Artist Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists. Visiting Artists take part in a summer residency program with the Torpedo Factory Artists, a juried membership organization with more than 250 active visual artists. Selected Visiting Artists are selected…

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Visiting Artist Presentation: Lee Lanier

Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

August 16, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Lee Lanier is an artist based in Boulder City, NV. His residency will run through the month of August in Studio 227. A meet-the-artists reception begins at 5:30 pm, with the presentation starting at 6:00 pm. The Visiting Artist Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists. Visiting Artists take part in a summer residency program with the Torpedo Factory Artists, a juried membership organization with more than 250 active visual artists. Selected Visiting Artists are selected…

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Torpedo Talks: Dejan Jovanovic

Torpedo Factory Art Center

August 16, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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.

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Workshop: New Project Studio Artist Han Sol Jeon – “Finding Shapes Part 2”

Torpedo Factory Art Center

August 24, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

New Project Studio Resident Han Sol Jeon offers the second part in his hands-on drawing workshop. Participants will use gouache paints and pencils to draw on a large-scale sheet of paper on the wall. The final piece will be incorporated in a new collaborative work created by Han!

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Workshop: Exploring the Dimensions of STEAM Education with AGI

August 25, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

ou are invited to attend the first in a series of Saturday STEAM workshops provided by the American Geosciences Institute in collaboration with the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Participants will explore the many interdisciplinary ways that the arts can support STEM education—an approach that adds an “A” for arts to STEM, making STEAM.

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Workshop: Post-Grad Artist Sara Roberts – “Concrete Eggs”

Torpedo Factory Art Center

August 26, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Post-Grad Resident Sara Roberts offers the second of her workshops. Workshop runs from 3-5pm on the 3rd floor landing near the Post Grad Studio (Studio 319) on the third floor at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

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Visiting Artist Presentation: Sarah Chittenden

Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

August 30, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Sarah Chittenden is an artist based in Alexandria, VA. Her residency will run through the month of August in Studio 320. The Visiting Artist Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists. Visiting Artists take part in a summer residency program with the Torpedo Factory Artists, a juried membership organization with more than 250 active visual artists. Selected Visiting Artists are selected for studio space in one of the 82 publicly accessible working studios, where they can…

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Visiting Artist Presentation: Patricia Howard

Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

August 30, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Patricia Howard is a photographer based in Alexandria, VA. Her residency will run through the month of August in Studio 317. The Visiting Artist Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists. Visiting Artists take part in a summer residency program with the Torpedo Factory Artists, a juried membership organization with more than 250 active visual artists. Selected Visiting Artists are selected for studio space in one of the 82 publicly accessible working studios, where they can…

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September 2018

$10

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

Through the 4th Wall

September 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 16, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on November 28, 2018 at 7:00pm

The musical 19 celebrates the dynamic and little-known story of Alice Paul, suffragists and their 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.

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CANCELED — The Late Shift: Culture ALX

Torpedo Factory Art Center

September 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Artists, poets, and performers showcase the vibrant cultures that have greatly contributed to the region’s remarkable tapestry. 

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Shop & Stroll to the Art Center

Torpedo Factory Art Center

September 20, 2018 - September 23, 2018

Stroll through historic Old Town Alexandria on your way to the Art Center and bring home art for your collection. Shop local as part of the Old Town Boutique District annual Shop and Stroll. Collect stamps from local businesses for a chance to win a prize. Visit oldtownstroll.com for details.

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Visiting Artist Presentation: Toni Brogan

Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

September 20, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Toni Brogan is an artist based in Roxbury, NY. Her residency will run through the month of September in Studio 330. The Visiting Artist Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists. Visiting Artists take part in a summer residency program with the Torpedo Factory Artists, a juried membership organization with more than 250 active visual artists. Selected Visiting Artists are selected for studio space in one of the 82 publicly accessible working studios, where they can…

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Visiting Artist Presentation: Christina Hibbard

Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association

September 20, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Christina Hibbard is a painter based in Vienna, VA. Her residency will run through August and September in Studio 322. The Visiting Artist Program is a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists. Visiting Artists take part in a summer residency program with the Torpedo Factory Artists, a juried membership organization with more than 250 active visual artists. Selected Visiting Artists are selected for studio space in one of the 82 publicly accessible working studios, where they can display and…

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Torpedo Talks: Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery

Torpedo Factory Art Center

September 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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.

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RESCHEDULED — Beer & Wine Torpedo Garden

Torpedo Factory Art Center

September 22, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until September 23, 2018

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 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…

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RESCHEDULED — Beer & Wine Torpedo Garden

Torpedo Factory Art Center

September 23, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until September 23, 2018

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 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…

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October 2018

Capital Area Photographers presents The Power of Print

Capital Area Photographers

October 11, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ever feel like you’re on a hamster wheel? Do you wonder why your clients will spend thousands on flowers but balk at a $1,500 wedding album? Join Capital Area Photographers and look at print through a client’s eyes and see how a simple change in perspective can change your business and your life.

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The Late Shift: Folklore

Torpedo Factory Art Center

October 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

October is the time for stories, traditions, and folklore. It’s also National Arts & Humanities Month. Hear old familiar tales and create new stories. 

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23rd Annual Art Safari

Torpedo Factory Art Center

October 13, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

An Alexandria tradition for more than two decades, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families.

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$10

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

Through the 4th Wall

October 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 16, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on November 28, 2018 at 7:00pm

The musical 19 celebrates the dynamic and little-known story of Alice Paul, suffragists and their 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.

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Torpedo Talks: Marisela Rumberg

Torpedo Factory Art Center

October 18, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Marisela Rumberg is a Fiber-Artist, Award-Winning Quilter and Certified Zentangle Teacher. She is a member of the Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery in Studio 29 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Marisela finds inspiration for her art in nature and the history, legends, traditions and stories of her native Mexico. Find out more about the “Dia de los Muertos” tradition in this talk about legends, stories, traditions, and quilts.

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The HRCHY presents “Connecting the Dots”: Creative Artist Panel

Torpedo Factory Art Center

October 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In celebration of the opening of the Connecting the Dots 2 exhibition in the New Project Studio (Studio 8) and in conjunction with Howard Universitys Homecoming Week, the HRCHY, an all-women DC creative agency (and Howard Alumni), partners with the Torpedo Factory Art Center to extend the “Dots” exhibition beyond its four walls for one night to display additional works of art in the Art Center halls.

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Doggy Trick or Treat at the Art Center

Torpedo Factory Art Center

October 28, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Dog Park in Old Town Alexandria celebrates its annual Doggy Trick-or-Treat, and this time, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is getting involved in the four-legged fun!

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November 2018

Erin Devine: Contrab(r)and

Torpedo Factory Art Center

November 9, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Performance artist Erin Devine debuts a new work in response to the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking of the Torpedo Factory. Titled “Contrab(r)and” this piece focuses on the tragic story of slavery and capitalism during the age of war.

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The Late Shift: 100

Torpedo Factory Art Center

November 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Celebrate 100 years since the groundbreaking of the building that made the Alexandria Waterfront. 

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POSTPONED: Torpedo Talk with Marian Van Landingham

Torpedo Factory Art Center

November 15, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the building, the Torpedo Factory Art Center hosts a special Torpedo Talk with Art Center founder Marian Van Landingham and historian David F. Winkler from the Naval Historical Foundation. Join us for a unique conversation focused on both the history of the building as a naval ordinance plant during the first part of the 20th century and its transformation into the vibrant arts space that has thrived at the Alexandria Waterfront for nearly 45 years. 

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Small Business Saturday

Torpedo Factory Art Center

November 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

After Black Friday and before Cyber Monday, there’s Small Business Saturday. All artists in the Art Center are also small, independent business owners and they help shape the distinctive and creative personality of Old Town Alexandria. Give creatively this year and give art. Torpedo Factory Art Center is the region’s best place to find unique gifts, from handmade jewelry and ceramics to paintings and custom ornaments. Shop small and buy local from nearly 200 artists on all three floors. Hours…

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$10

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

Through the 4th Wall

November 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

One event on October 16, 2018 at 7:00pm

One event on November 28, 2018 at 7:00pm

The musical 19 celebrates the dynamic and little-known story of Alice Paul, suffragists and their 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.

Find out more »

December 2018

Holiday Festival

Torpedo Factory Art Center

December 1, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Enjoy the 2018 Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights from the riverfront, then warm up inside the Art Center for more festive programming and after-hours art.

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Winter Seasonal Art Installations

Torpedo Factory Art Center

December 9, 2018 - February 25, 2019

The Torpedo Factory Art Center presents the work of artists Edgar Endress and Marly McFly for our Winter Seasonal Art Installations. The Winter Seasonal Art Installations exhibition was curated by Jaynelle Hazard, director of exhibitions at the Workhouse Art Center. The seasonal art installations are done to activate public space for visitors with site-specific and immersive public art. We rotate exhibitions throughout the year to keep the artwork fresh and constantly evolving.

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The Late Shift: Connect the Dots

Torpedo Factory Art Center

December 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:59 pm

The region is bursting with fresh talent and new artists from Virginia, D.C., and Maryland. They converge for a lively night of music and art.

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Torpedo Talks: 100 Years of History

Torpedo Factory Art Center

December 20, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the groundbreaking for the building, the Torpedo Factory Art Center hosts a special Torpedo Talk with Art Center founder Marian Van Landingham and historian David F. Winkler from the Naval Historical Foundation.

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January 2019

$15

POSTPONED Factory Flow: Intro to Yoga

Torpedo Factory Art Center

January 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Find inner peace and creativity with this early-morning series focused on art, health, and imagination. Sessions feature sound artists, yoga teachers, dance instructors, and more.  For our inaugural Factory Flow event, we are joined by the geniuses behind Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga, an Alexandria-based studio since 2008.

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The Late Shift: Art in Motion

Torpedo Factory Art Center

January 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Every second Friday, enjoy gallery talks, artist receptions, music, live performances, hands-on artmaking, and three floors of open artists’ studios.  Shake off the frost and get moving this winter. Celebrate the art of motion with kinetic activities and performances by artists and local vendors. Bring your friends and start the year off creatively.

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Torpedo Talk: Caring for Art

The Friends of the Torpedo Factory

January 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Now that I’ve bought it, how do I care for it? From prints to sculpture, books to scarfs, all works of art need to be properly maintained to prolong their life and beauty.

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February 2019

Factory Flow Saturday Morning Yoga

Torpedo Factory Art Center

February 2, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Find inner peace and creativity with this early-morning series focused on art, health, and imagination. Sessions feature sound artists, yoga teachers, dance instructors, and more. 

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The Late Shift: Love & Ritual

Torpedo Factory Art Center

February 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Every second Friday, enjoy gallery talks, artist receptions, music, live performances, hands-on artmaking, and three floors of open artists’ studios. In February, spread love through art, music, and healing arts.

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25th Annual SOUPer Saturday

Scope Gallery

February 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Choose from hundreds of handmade bowls and ceramic works donated by potters in Scope Gallery, Montgomery Potters, and others at the Art Center. Each purchase is good for one cup of soup. Proceeds benefit United Community Ministries, a social-services nonprofit in Alexandria. 

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Veterans Comedy Night with ASAP

Armed Services Arts Partnership

February 22, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Art Center welcomes back Armed Services Arts Partnership for another comedy night featuring veterans, service members, and military family members from the region. ASAP shows provide an opportunity for the civilian and military world to connect through comedy and engage in an honest dialogue about shared human experiences.

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March 2019

Factory Flow: Sonic Alchemy

March 2, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Find inner peace and creativity with this early-morning series focused on art, health, and imagination. Sessions feature sound artists, yoga teachers, dance instructors, and more. For our March Factory Flow event, we welcome the creative arts group the Omi Collective. This class will feature both yoga and sound meditation practices. 

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The Alexandria Library’s Teen Winter Art Contest Exhibition

March 3, 2019 - March 10, 2019

The Teen Winter Art Contest is a self-expressive, visual art contest created by the Alexandria Library for painters and photographers in middle schools and high schools throughout Alexandria. All award winners will be showcased at the Torpedo Factory Art Center from Sunday March 3 – Sunday March 10.

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The Late Shift: Strength in Unity

March 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Every second Friday, enjoy gallery talks, artist receptions, music, live performances, hands-on artmaking, and three floors of open artists' studios. For Women’s History Month, hail the accomplishments of women in the arts and culture. Independent curator Amy Lokoff co-curates the evening. Also, sneak a peek and build your wish list for the 9th Annual March150 Special Exhibition and Art Sale.

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Rob Cloutier: Virtual Reality (VR) and the Berlin Wall Experience

DC ACM SIGGRAPH

March 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH and the Torpedo Factory Art Center present Rob Cloutier, owner of Digital History Studios. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have the ability to enhance the education experience for museum visitors. Mr. Cloutier will focus on his involvement with the Newseum’s Berlin Wall Experience VR exhibit for the HTC Vive and how it has improved visitor engagement. He will present on key concepts for museum exhibit design, logistics of VR technology within exhibit space, as well…

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CAP’s Second Annual Photo Competition and Critique

Capital Area Photographers

March 28, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Capital Area Photographers hosts its Second Annual Photo Competition and Critique. Photographers grow in their craft when they get open and honest feedback. Whether photographers win or not, most of them walk away with a new perspective on their work and a wealth of knowledge and inspiration.

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April 2019

Cherry Blossom Celebration

April 6, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Enjoy an indoor hanami in the Art Center and revel in all things cherry blossom. Artists show and make work inspired by the popular pink and white blooms. Find a bevy of activities and performances to enjoy this regional celebration in Alexandria.  

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The Late Shift: Art on the Horizon

April 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Look towards the future with a night of new and innovative art and ideas. Meet up-and-coming talent during Target Gallery’s opening for the 2019 Emerging Artists exhibition. Explore Mirror Mirror, a new temporary public art installation at King Street Park at the Waterfront by New York based design studio SOFTlab.

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Architecture Week and Family Architecture Day with AIA

Torpedo Factory Art Center

April 20, 2019 - April 28, 2019

Every April, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) celebrates Architecture Week across the country. Join us as we collaborate with AIA Northern Virginia for an exhibition and family activities as part of Architecture Week’s festivities.

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BunnyFest 2019

Lisa Schumaier; Tracie Griffith Tso

April 20, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Artists throughout the Art Center will be making, showing, and selling high-eared art. Think outside the Easter basket with rabbit-riffic artwork in sculptures, dishware, etchings, paintings, and prints. Make BunnyFest buttons, create bunny crafts, and don buny ears. 

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Capital Area Photographers: “Your Business From Your Client’s Perspective”

Capital Area Photographers

April 25, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Your clients make or break your business. It’s critical to see your products and services through their eyes. Whether new to the business or looking for a refresher, learn how to build loyalty and boost your sales from the first interaction to the follow-up marketing that keeps clients coming back for more.

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6th Annual Alexandria Jazz4Justice Benefit Concert

April 30, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The Alexandria Bar Law Foundation, the NOVA Nighthawks and Torpedo Factory Art Center present the 6th annual Jazz4Justice Concert at the Art Center, located at 105 N. Union Street, Alexandria on Tuesday, April 30, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

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May 2019

$55

Art on the Rocks 2019

The Art League

May 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Art on the Rocks 2019 challenges local mixologists to each create the most artistic cocktail & appetizer pairing, inspired by a piece of art by a local artist, exhibited in our Gallery.

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The Late Shift: Alexandria Creates

Torpedo Factory Art Center

May 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Alexandria is a vibrant and creative collection of neighborhoods and cultures. It’s one of the top 25 most diverse cities in the country and is located in the nation’s most vibrant arts region. Celebrate our home town and take part in its next renaissance.

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SIGGRAPH: Usability Design

DC ACM SIGGRAPH

May 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Washington DC Chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH presents Matthew Conti, pioneer in Human-Centered Design, User Experience, and Usability. Usability is the ease of use and learnability of a human-made object such as a tool or device.

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Veterans Comedy Night with ASAP

Armed Services Arts Partnership

May 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

The Art Center welcomes back Armed Services Arts Partnership for another comedy night featuring veterans, service members, and military family members from the region. ASAP shows provide an opportunity for the civilian and military world to connect through comedy and engage in an honest dialogue about shared human experiences.

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June 2019

$10

Factory Flow: Harmonizing Yoga and Sound

Torpedo Factory Art Center

June 1, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am

Find inner peace and creativity with this early-morning series focused on art, health, and imagination. Sessions feature sound artists, yoga teachers, dance instructors, and more. 

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ALX Pride 2019 Mix & Mingle

June 6, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Kick off the start of Capital Pride with a special evening mix and mingle for Alexandria. Get to know others from the local LGBTQIA community. 

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Free

Summer Seasonal Art Installations

Torpedo Factory Art Center

June 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - September 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

The Torpedo Factory Art Center presents the work of artists Donna Lee Gallo, Pamela E. Underhill, and Veronica Melendez for our 2019 Summer Seasonal Art Installations.

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The Late Shift: Summer Party

June 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Every second Friday, enjoy gallery talks, artist receptions, music, live performances, hands-on artmaking, and three floors of open artists' studios. 

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Post-Grad Artist Talk: Nava Levenson

June 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

As her three-month post-grad residency comes to a close, Nava Levenson talks with moderator Leslie Mounaime, Curator of Exhibitions at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, about her experiences during her time at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Hear her speak about how her residency inspired her work and process, what she’s done during her time, and what she will be doing next. Join us in the main hall of the Art Center for her talk at 7:00pm and then a mingle…

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Capital Area Photographers: Mastering Studio Light

Capital Area Photographers

June 27, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Studio Portraits are making a comeback. After years of location sessions, clients are beginning to look for studio sessions again. Getting control of your lighting and learning how to use it based on the situation is imperative to creating stunning portraits which will help you stand out from the crowd. This talk will cover traditional and non-traditional lighting set-ups, camera settings, and how to get “real” with your subject.

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July 2019

The Late Shift: King Street Circus

July 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Art Center's signature evening series features ecletic art and activities. In among three floors of open artists' studios, find gallery receptions, stimulating artist talks, pop-up performances, hands-on projects, lively music, and more. Hands on projects, music, craft beer, and more light up Torpedo Factory Art Center's Late Shift. With projects by Julia Kwon, Danielle Dravenstadt, Kate Fitzpatrick, Emily Fussner, Lilia Gestson, Kerry Hentges, Jen Lillis & Dawn Whitmore.

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August 2019

Factory Flow Morning Yoga – August

August 3, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Find inner peace and creativity in this morning series focused on art, health, and imagination.

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The Late Shift: Habitats

August 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Art Center's signature evening series features ecletic art and activities. In among three floors of open artists' studios, find gallery receptions, stimulating artist talks, pop-up performances, hands-on projects, lively music, and more. 

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September 2019

Factory Flow Morning Yoga – September

September 7, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Find inner peace and creativity in this morning series focused on art, health, and imagination.

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The Late Shift: Autumn Evenings

September 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Art Center's signature evening series features ecletic art and activities. In among three floors of open artists' studios, find gallery receptions, stimulating artist talks, pop-up performances, hands-on projects, lively music, and more. 

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2nd Annual Beer & Wine Torpedo Garden

September 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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A trip to the King Street Art Festival isn't complete without a visit to the Art Center. Enjoy a glass of craft beer or wine while exploring all three floors of artists' studios. Meet the artists and find original art created on-site. Recharge and refresh with exhibitions, games, and music. 

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2nd Annual Beer & Wine Torpedo Garden

September 22, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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One event on September 22, 2019 at 11:00am

A trip to the King Street Art Festival isn't complete without a visit to the Art Center. Enjoy a glass of craft beer or wine while exploring all three floors of artists' studios. Meet the artists and find original art created on-site. Recharge and refresh with exhibitions, games, and music. 

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October 2019

Factory Flow Morning Yoga

October 5, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Find inner peace and creativity in this morning series focused on art, health, and imagination.

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The Late Shift: Memento Mori

October 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Art Center's signature evening series features ecletic art and activities. In among three floors of open artists' studios, find gallery receptions, stimulating artist talks, pop-up performances, hands-on projects, lively music, and more. 

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24th Annual Art Safari

October 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

An Alexandria tradition for almost a quarter-century, Art Safari returns for a day of hands-on activities for kids and families. Dozens of artists lead budding art enthusiasts in exciting and creative projects throughout the building. Dress to get a little messy. Great for kids ages 5+. Younger children may need some extra help, but will still have a lot of fun!   List of Activities Grand Hall – Papier-Mâché Animal – Led by Lisa Schumaier Children use simple paper and paste…

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Capital Area Photographers: “There is An Art to Everything” with Kirth Bobb

Capital Area Photographers

October 24, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Come hear photographer Kirth Bobb talk about how there’s an art to everything with photography: in people, everyday life, love, forms, color and light. His photographs are rich with personality, contrast, color and emotion. He’ll show you how he photographs life’s subtle gestures, the synchronicity and asynchronicity of reality, and light’s infinitive nature.

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Doggy Trick or Treat at the Art Center

October 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Art Center returns for its second year as part of the annual Doggy Trick-or-Treat, developed by The Dog Park in Old Town Alexandria! Visit our Information Desk anytime between 1-5pm to get a special doggy treat for your best friend!

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November 2019

Factory Flow Morning Yoga

November 2, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am

Find inner peace and creativity in this morning series focused on art, health, and imagination.

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Anniversary Ball

November 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Dress to impress and celebrate like it's 1919 or 1974, as the building turns 100 and the Art Center turns 45.

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Winter Seasonal Art Installations

Torpedo Factory Art Center

November 23, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Art Center artists designed and created an alpine inspired winter night sky installation throughout the main hall space to embrace the winter holiday season.

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Small Business Saturday

November 30, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Give creatively this year and give art. Torpedo Factory Art Center is the region’s best place to find unique gifts, from handmade jewelry and ceramics to paintings and custom ornaments. Shop small and buy local from nearly 200 artists on all three floors. Hours are extended until 8 pm.

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December 2019

Factory Flow Morning Yoga

December 7, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 9:30 am
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An event every month that begins at 8:30am on day First of the month, repeating until December 7, 2019

Find inner peace and creativity in this morning series focused on art, health, and imagination.

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Santa Claus sitting with a young boy

Holiday Festival 2019

December 7, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Art Center joins in the fun on Alexandria's most festive holiday weekend of the year!

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Olde Year’s Day

December 31, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Celebrate the close of 2019 with the Art Center. Find hands-on activities for every member of the family.

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February 2020

My Queer Valentine Reception

February 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

This Valentine’s Day, include the Art Center in your evening plans. Enjoy an evening of interactive performance art, a photo op at our kissing booth, DIY art-making activities, a raffle to support local LGBTQ+ organizations, and more.

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$225 – $330

The Art League 52nd Patron’s Show Fundraiser

The Art League

February 16 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Score a fabulous art piece at this fun and festive annual event!

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March 2020

Youth Art Month: Teen Winter Creation Talk

March 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This Youth Art Month, the Art Center partners with Alexandria Library to celebrate the next generation of Alexandria's artists and writers.

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Nen Daiko Taiko Drum Performance

Canceled: Cherry Blossom Jubilee

March 28 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

he Art Center hosts an Alexandria satellite celebration for the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Join the fun with a lively afternoon of hands-on activities, performances, and inspired works of art to shop and explore from all three floors.  

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April 2020

Canceled: The Late Shift: Emerging Artists

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Meet the 2020 Emerging Artists in Target Gallery and stay to enjoy the night’s festivities.

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Canceled: Art Supplies Market

April 18 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Artists of all ages and skill levels can buy or trade a variety of used and surplus art supplies in all visual media. From paints and papers to beads and books, discover deals and perhaps some unusual finds you didn’t know you needed.

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May 2020

Canceled: The Late Shift: Art Battles

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Catch the action as artists test their mettle and create new work on-the-spot. Discover new spring art on display in various studios and galleries.

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Arts & the Armed Forces

May 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In honor of Armed Forces Day, salute our service men and women with an evening line-up of comedy, music, storytelling, poetry, and art.

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Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Telephone: Please use the staff directory
Email: torpedofactory@alexandriava.gov
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Building Hours

Daily10 am - 6 pm*
Thursdays10 am - 9 pm
*The Torpedo Factory sometimes closes at 5 pm for private events. Check Today’s Hours to see if this could affect your visit. *Artists maintain their own studio hours. It's best to confirm availability before your visit. *The Torpedo Factory is closed for New Year's Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Target Gallery has limited availability during City holidays.

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Torpedo Factory Art Center is part of the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts, a division of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities.