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The Late Shift Online: Arts & the Armed Forces

May 14 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us from the comfort of your own home for an online celebration of new exhibitions, artists, and ideas.

Find us on the 2nd Friday of every month at 7 p.m. via a Facebook Live broadcast.


Watch Live Friday May 14 at 7pm

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This month we celebrate the new exhibition in the Target Gallery, Those Spaces Between Us,  while also saluting our service men and women through music and poetry with our partners at Community Building Art Works, as well as a celebration of the 5th Anniversary of the Highest Honor Banner in advance of its grand return to the Art Center at the end of the month.

7 pm: Those Spaces Between Us – Virtual Tour with Juror Nikki Brugnoli

The new show in Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space of Torpedo Factory Art Center, takes an introspective view of how space is occupied or left alone. Those Spaces Between Us considers the distances between people and their surroundings and how that divide becomes its own character in art, history, memories, and the stories people tell about themselves.

Nikki Brugnoli juried this exhibition. An artist and arts educator based in Northern Virginia, Brugnoli’s own work often explores ambiguity in physical space.



7:30 pm: Music & Poetry with Community Building Artworks

Community Building Art Works is a 501(c)3 charitable organization committed to building healthy and connected communities where veterans and civilians share creative expression, mutual understanding, and support. Enjoy a music performance and poetry reading by two veterans affiliated with CBAW’s creative mission and workshops.


7:45 pm: Highest Honor 5th Anniversary Celebration

Five years ago, artists Andy Yoder and Pat Sargent constructed a site-specific, suspended, 25-ft triangular banner for the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s atrium. Watch a brief screening of the historic event in anticipation of the banner’s return to the Art Center from Memorial Day (Monday, May 31) through Veterans Days weekend (Sunday November 14).

Titled “Highest Honor,” this banner created from sheets of handmade paper was an oversized version of the Army-Navy “E Award,” which took the form of a swallowtail pennant, and was presented to companies during World War II for excellence in the production of war equipment. The U.S. Naval Torpedo Station, as it was known during that time, received this award. It was an honor reflecting the hard work and collective excellence of the factory’s employees, each of whom received a lapel-pin version of the pennant.


The Late Shift Online


May 14
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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