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Target Gallery Exhibitions

“Sweet Tooth”

Naomi Christianson, “Fire”, 2016. Mixed media. Courtesy of the juror.

Application Deadline: Sunday, November 21, 2021
Exhibition Dates:
Saturday, January 29, 2022 – Sunday, March 6, 2022
Artists Reception: Friday, February 11, 2022 (subject to change)
Juror: Naomi Christianson, DC-based artist and curator

Exhibition Description:

Target Gallery invites artists working in all visual media to apply for Sweet Tooth, a group exhibition that is all about decadence, desire, and craving. Artwork can embody this theme physically through vibrancy and the richness of color and texture. Artwork can also represent these themes through a more conceptual connection such as explorations of coveting, gluttony, greed, and yearning.

Notes About the Exhibition:

Due to the pandemic, we must limit interactive work or works that encourage touching* in the exhibition. That said this boundary lends itself well to this exhibition which is all about wanting. In addition, taste is also something that comes to mind when considering the term Sweet Tooth, so we challenge artists to present artwork that evoke that sensation available in a visual form. All visual media as well as limited sound and video work** is encouraged to embody these themes.

For the reception, we are looking to partner with local candy shops or bakeries to embrace the Sweet Tooth element of the exhibition for a Valentine’s Day themed reception, depending on the safety and feasibility due to COVID-19.

*see guidelines to review parameters of video work and sound

*some interactive work may be allowed; the juror will need to consult with the staff to decide what is hygienically feasible before accepting


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About the Juror
Naomi Christianson is a local indie visual artist and designer, also purveyor of the Omi Collective. Her art focuses on the healing properties of color and iconic images representing the divine feminine and healing frequencies and vibrations of the heart.  Leveraging her experiences as a Vedic and multicultural spiritual icon investigator, Naomi creates art that reveals her own journey while creating universal truths and bliss from raw materials of color, emotion and physical experience. She has exhibited her work in over 50 locations, including galleries based in New York, London, Prague and the DC metropolitan area. Her collective has popped up more than 30 healing safe spaces focusing on supporting local identifying female and gender nonconforming artists and entrepreneurs in the DC metropolitan area. Naomi is currently practicing her art in a private studio located in Moyaone Reserve inside the Piscataway National Park. Her current projects include focuses on moon medicine tarot cards, up-cycling vintage couture and adding new paintings to her Space Fashion series.


Contact: Leslie Mounaime
Call: 703-746-4584
Email: leslie.mounaime@alexandriava.gov

Studio and Residency Opportunities

Michaela Japec, 2019 Post-Grad Resident.

2022 Post-Graduation Residency Program

Application Deadline: Friday, November 19th
Jury Panel: TBA


The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Post-Grad Residency is a competitive juried program that provides 3-month solo studio space for a recently-graduated artist 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. This is a nationwide call, but applicants must submit proof of residence in the D.C. metropolitan area. Residents receive free studio space, which is open and accessible for public visitation. The residents also participate in an artist talk and a culminating curated exhibition in the Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Residents are active and equal participants in the Art Center’s unique creative community. Residents benefit from engagement with local, national, and international visitors and artists.
Residency Dates:
  • January – March 2022
  • April – June 2022
  • July – September 2022
  • October – December 2022


  • Completion of BFA or MFA from an accredited University within the past 4 years.
  • As this residency DOES NOT provide travel or housing accommodations, artists must live in the D.C. metropolitan region (40 miles or less than an hour commuting distance from the Art Center) and must provide proof of residency before official acceptance into the program.
  • You must also have a reliable means of transportation. Residents are expected to be in their studio for public studio hours at least 3 days a week or 20 hours a week at minimum.

Please review guidelines thoroughly before applying and note we require a letter of recommendation from a previous professor. Please make sure they are aware of the deadline in advance.


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To learn more about how to be eligible for a studio at the Torpedo Factory, please review our FAQ.


Art in Common Spaces

Site 2 & 3 Galleries

We are currently not accepting proposals at this time, please check back at a later date. For more information about these spaces please read the overview and requirements here.

Contact: Leslie Mounaime
Call: 703-746-4584
Email: leslie.mounaime@alexandriava.gov

Public Arts Grants & Opportunities

The City of Alexandria’s Office of the Arts provides grants for nonprofit arts organizations as well as individual artists. See all current opportunities and online applications here.

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