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Torpedo Factory Art Center’s 50th Anniversary

September 13 - September 15

This year, Torpedo Factory Art Center celebrates its 50th anniversary! Join us for weekend-long celebrations starting on September’s 2nd Friday (9/13).

More details to come.

In 1973, many roads met to form a new cultural hub in Alexandria. Marian Van Landingham, as president of The Art League, sought a new building to house the nonprofit. Alexandria was also preparing for its bicentennial celebrations and wanted to improve the derelict waterfront by 1974. James W. Coldsmith, editor of the Alexandria Journal, suggested Van Landingham consider the abandoned torpedo plant, solving two problems at once.

After renovations were completed, the new art center began offering studio space for rent to artists at a rate below market value, a commitment that continues today. When the Art Center opened to the public in September 1974, 142 artists had studios in the building.

The space began attracting more artists and visitors, quickly gaining popularity. By the late 1970s and early 1980s, the number of resident artists grew, occupying more of the building’s space. The Art Center became known for its unique open studio concept, where visitors could interact with artists.

Today, the Art Center remains the creative engine for the region, welcoming more than 500,000 guests annually. A beloved Alexandria landmark, the Art Center continues to foster connections among artists and the public that ignite the creative spirit!


September 13
September 15

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Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 N. Union St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Email: [email protected]
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Open Daily

Visit Daily10 a.m. - 6 p.m.*

Masks are optional for visitors, artists, and staff, though may be required in some studios and galleries. Check Today’s Hours for expanded information.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is closed for New Year's Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

* Periodic 5 p.m. closure for private events. See dates on Today’s Hours.

Studio and Gallery Hours

Artists maintain their own studio hours. It's best to confirm availability before your visit.

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