Annual Events

The Late Shift
April – October

Experience a late-night art happening in the Art Center on second Fridays of select months. Find three floors of gallery receptions, artist talks, hands-on art projects, live music, performance pieces, and other activities.

Art Safari

An Alexandria tradition for more than 25 years, Art Safari is a day of hands-on craft activities for kids and families.

Enjoy a gallery of past Art Safari highlights by visiting our Instagram photos archive.

Holiday Festival & Holiday Late Hours

Join us between the Scottish Walk and the Boat Parade of Lights to find handmade gifts for the holidays. Enjoy live choral music, treats, festive activities, and holiday late hours until 8 pm.

Public Program

Programs & Exhibitions Catalog

The Program Catalog features upcoming programs and exhibitions, including Target Gallery exhibitions, the Late Shift, Gallery shows, and more.

Printing has been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the web calendar for the most current information.

The Post-Grad Residency Program

The Torpedo Factory Post-Grad Residency is a competitive juried program that provides meaningful support and a short-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.

Residents are active and equal participants in the Art Center’s unique creative community. At the end of the year, they have a culminating exhibition in the Target Gallery, the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s contemporary exhibition space.

For full information on the program and how to apply, please visit our Post-Grad Residency page.

The New Project Studio

This community-focused arts incubator space offers a short-term location to test new program ideas, spotlight underrepresented voices, and enhance community engagement. Projects will rotate on a regular basis and are considered based on the following goals:

  • Support new creative collaborations with neighboring organizations and partners
  • Strengthen the connection between our resident artists and the greater creative community
  • Provide opportunities for new audiences to engage with our building and artists
  • Inspire the next generation of artists, innovators, arts supporters, and diverse voices

Space is limited. For full guidelines and requirements, and to submit a proposal, please visit our info page or contact [email protected]

Community Partnerships

The Torpedo Factory Art Center regularly co-presents programs with outside groups to bring new artists, works, and disciplines to our visitors. Recent partnerships have included AIA Northern Virginia, USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, Alexandria Choral Society, Alexandria Library, and others.

Artist Talks and Demonstrations

Artists from both the Art Center community and the DC/Maryland/Virginia area often collaborate with the Art Center for special artist talks, workshops, and one-of-a-kind activities throughout the year. Please keep visiting our calendar for updates and details.


For questions and requests regarding public programs at Torpedo Factory Art Center, or if you are interested in collaborating, please contact Daniel Guzman, curator of public programs, at [email protected].