Exhibition Dates: November 12 – December 11, 2022
Exhibition Reception: Sunday, November 13, 2-4PM
Jurors: Hannah Barco, Associate Curator and Festival Director at Tephra ICA, Helen Criales, DC-based artist and arts consultant at Latela Curatorial and Twig Murray, Gallery Director of Athenaeum Gallery
The Torpedo Factory Art Center welcomes back Target Gallery’s fall art sale this year to support affordable art buying for art lovers and collectors. For this special exhibition, we will have up to 100 original artworks for sale in Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, by artists local to the greater DC metropolitan region. Each piece will be priced no more than $500.
There is no theme to this exhibition, instead the Torpedo Factory Art Center will have 3 guest jurors who will curate the selection based aesthetic quality. The goal for this exhibition is to encourage art buyers to support local art. 70% of sales proceeds go directly to the artists while the rest will go to support exhibitions and programs at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Artwork will be displayed salon style in the gallery, to give the feeling of an art fair and allow for more work to be displayed in the space.
More information coming soon!
About the Jurors
Hannah Barco is an artist, curator and educator serving as Associate Curator and Festival Director at Tephra ICA. In February 2022 Barco relocated to Northern Virginia after leaving her position as the Director of Exhibitions and Associate Curator at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she had worked since 2014. In a variety of roles both inside and outside of institutions, she has leveraged her skills as an organizer, maker, administrator, and writer to manifest and present artists’ work since 2005. Barco has curatorial expertise in performance art, socially engaged art practices, installation, and artist commissions. From 2014-2021 Barco curated and implemented public programs and exhibition engagement at the SAIC Sullivan Galleries and served as the key liaison for community partnerships. Key curatorial achievements include Talking to Action and Safehouse (2017), Envisioning Justice and IMPACT (2019), and The Future of our Plans (2020) in Chicago.
Helen Criales is an independent curator, art consultant, and artist based in Washington, D.C. As a curator, Helen is dedicated to supporting the local arts community and to advocating for and centering marginalized artists. She has curated numerous exhibitions of contemporary art and private art collections throughout the Washington Metropolitan Area. As an art consultant with Latela Curatorial she also has advised renowned real estate developers on conscious community placemaking in an ever-gentrifying DC. Helen also co-led Latela Curatorial’s annual fall “See Support Collect” campaign to boost collectorship of women and nonbinary artists’ work for three years. As an artist and photographer, she focuses on gender identity via performance and self-portraiture, and has shown in several museum and gallery exhibitions. Most recently, her work was accepted for VAMOCA’s Amplify show in 2021 alongside artists she nominated as curator.
Twig Murray currently serves as the president of the board of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association and has been Gallery Director (pro bono) curating exhibitions in the Athenaeum Gallery since 2011. She has acted as a juror for The Torpedo Factory Art Association and The Joan Hisoka Healing Arts Gallery’s Alchemical Vessels exhibit. After 15 years in corporate marketing and advertising she started Twig Murray Creative, a graphic design firm which she recently closed. As a member of the Smithsonian Women’s Committee she created and led CraftOptimism an online marketplace of climate-conscious fine craft to benefit the research and education programs of the Smithsonian Institution. Twig lives in Old Town, Alexandria with her husband Harry Mahon.