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Studio and Residency Opportunities

2023 Post-Graduation Residency Opportunity


Pictured: Kamille Jackson, 2022 Post-Grad Resident working in studio #319

Application Due:  Sunday, January 15 by 11:59PM
 Heloisa Escudero, Virginia-based artist and curator, Julia Kwon, Virginia based-artist and professor at American Univeristy, and Frank McCauley, Dc-based artist and Gallery Director and Curator for VisArts in Rockville, MD.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center Post-Graduation Residency is a competitive juried program that provides meaningful support and a three-month term solo studio space in the nation’s longest continually operated community of publicly accessible artists’ studios in a converted industrial space. This residency is open to recently graduated art students who earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the visual arts from an accredited university. This greater Washington DC region 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 independent work process outside of the academic context.

Selected artists receive a studio space as well as 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. Selected artists are active participants in the Art Center’s unique creative community and benefit from engagement with local, national, and international artists.

New for 2023!  Artists may apply as partners to share a studio, or apply solo, depending on preference. If two artists are accepted together, they will share the studio space for the residency term (see residency dates below). This allows an opportunity for artists who might not be able to commit to more hours to participate in the program. More information provided in the guidelines below.

Residency Terms:  Three (3) terms are offered

  • April – June 2023,
  • July – September 2023,
  • October – December 2023


  • Completion of bachelor’s or master’s degree with a focus on the arts from an accredited University within the past 5 years.
  • Proof of residency in the greater Washington DC region within 40 miles, or less than a one-hour commute, from the Art Center.
  • Due to the open-air nature of the studios, media that produces toxic fumes are not permitted, as well as artwork that requires nonstop continuous loud noise. Artists using media of a toxic or hazardous nature shall follow all applicable laws and regulations. Consult the Operating Rules and Procedures for more information. A spray booth, of limited size, is available for toxic media.

Please review the application guidelines carefully linked below for more information on residency benefits, rules, and selection criteria.

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About the Jurors: 


Heloisa Escudero grew up in São Paulo, Brazil, but relocated to the United States in 1987 where her interest in Fine Arts developed. She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Massachusetts College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She holds American, Italian and Brazillian citizenships. She is interested in conceptually based art that is both tactile and interactive. Her most recent art projects focus on art that emphasizes the participation of the viewer. In 2007 she moved to Sweden where she worked as a full-time artist, creating four successful projects and exhibiting in Sweden at the Uppsala Art Museum and in Spain at the University of Valencia. While in Sweden she built the first three BackPack Gallery Sculpture Units, starting the BackPack Gallery Project. In 2010, she relocated to New York City, where she collaborated with DJ Spooky (Paul D. Miller) in the project Terra Nova: Sinfonia Antarctica. This collaboration was exhibited at the New York Photo Festival 2012. One of her BackPack Gallery exhibitions/ performances was held at the popular urban park, The High line. In the beginning of 2013 Heloisa set up her studio in Arlington, Virginia, where she works on several different art projects. When Heloisa Escudero is not in her studio making art she is working at the Hirshhorn Museum as an Exhibit Specialist and is a Curator at the Lobby Project Gallery for NoMA BID. Escudero has been showing in the DC area, New York city and Boston on a regular basis and her recent solo exhibition is part of the lecture artist program at the NOVA College in Woodbridge, VA. Every year she participates in the Governors Island Art Fair in New York City where her performance engages the audience to interact and become part of the art. In the Fall of 2017 she completed an Artist In Resident at Montgomery College in Silver Spring, MD. On January 2018 Heloisa began a four months Bresler Artist Residency at Visart where she end the program with a solo show in 2019. Escudero has had numerous solo exhibitions including Arlington Art Center (Arlignton-VA), Object Center Gallery (Boston-MA), The New Gallery at NOVA Woodbridge Campus (Woodbridge-VA) and many more. Her art was mentioned at the the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Resource Magazine, Harvard University Archive and etc.

Julia Kwon is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is in the collection of Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery (Washington, DC), Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (New York, NY), Museum of International Folk Art (Santa Fe, NM), and The New York Public Library (New York, NY). She has also exhibited at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington, American University Museum, Carroll Museums, Hartnett Gallery at the University of Rochester, and Target Gallery at Torpedo Factory Art Center. Her work has been featured and reviewed internationally, including in the Smithsonian Magazine, The Washington Post, Korea.net, BmoreArt, PBS’s WETA Arts, and SBS International News. She was awarded artist residencies at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Chautauqua School of Art, NARS Foundation, Textile Arts Center, and Vermont Studio Center.

Frank McCauley was born in Jacksonville, FL in 1980. Upon receiving his BFA in painting from Winthrop University in 2003, he moved north to Syracuse, NY where he attended Syracuse University and received his MFA in 2008. Frank has been the Director and Curator for Spark Contemporary Art Space in Syracuse, NY, the Assistant Director and Chief Curator for the Sumter County Gallery of Art, and is currently the Gallery Director and Curator for VisArts in Rockville, MD. As an artist he has been in numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally and has had solo exhibitions in SC, Washington D.C., CA, NY, as well as South America.


Looking for a studio space? 

We are not currently accepting applications for full-time artist studios/Resident Artists at this time. Please join the e-mail list to be notified of the 2023 call. Learn more about the 2022 Open Call here.

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