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The Late Shift: REFRESH

August 13, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Second Fridays through October 

The Art Center’s signature evening series returns with eclectic art and activities. In among three floors of open artists’ studios, find gallery receptions, stimulating artist talks, pop-up performances, hands-on projects, lively music, and more. 

End the summer with a time to reset and recharge. Enjoy conversation, music, and art activities at the Late Shift’s REFRESH.  Target Gallery presents an artist talk about the all-media group exhibition “A Year In,” bid farewell to the loading dock mural “Beaded Curtain,” take part in hands-on projects, and visit open studios throughout the halls.

Masks are required for all visitors.

RSVPs requested. This event is free and open to the public. 





  • 9 pm: Beaded Curtain Farewell Vigil


  • 7:30 – 8:30 pm: “A Year In” Reception and Artist Talk
  • 7 – 10 pm: Community Art Project in Grand Hall
  • 7 – 10 pm: Live Music


image: Mark Armbruster, 82 rolls, 397 days, 2021. Archival Pigment Print.

7:00 – 8:30 P.M. 

Target Gallery presents an all-media group exhibition that marks one year since COVID-19 led to shut-downs and major shifts in the U.S. This exhibition provides catharsis and an opportunity for artists to share how this year has influenced their artist practice. All works are connected to events that have happened since March 2020.

Join us for a talk at 7:30 P.M. with several participating artists in the show, as well as the exhibition juror Nancy Daly. Stay after the talk to view the exhibition up close and talk with the artists in-person.

Participating Artists are:

Kelli Rae Adams
Mark Armbruster
Jaqui Falkenheim
Jacob Foster
Christian Hastad
Juan Hinojosa
Amanda Hodes
Dayna Leavitt
Mei Wu Lemmon
Weina Li
Ron Longsdorf
George Lorio
Katy McCarthy
Manuela Mourao
Meredith Starr
Betty Vera
Sarah K Williams
Abby Zhang

About the Juror:

Nancy Daly is an artist and curator based in Washington D.C. Her current body of work examines how the development of the online social world is affecting identity and social behavior. By creating interactive machines reminiscent of outdated technology, she addresses the contradictions present in various social media that are at once ephemeral and entirely permanent. Interactivity and the vocabulary of minimalist sculpture are key elements of her installations that challenge the viewer to look beyond the user-friendliness of online technology and consider what their participation in social media means.
Nancy Daly is a graduate of the Photographic and Electronic Media MFA program at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She lives and works in Washington, D.C. where she teaches Photography, Visual Literacy, 2D Design and 3D Design at American University and George Mason University.


image: Michelle Bosch @boschstudios


7 – 10 P.M.

Join visitors on the Union Street side of the Art Center to take part in a hands-on art project and to say goodbye to an old friend. 

Last month, a car collision irreparably damaged the loading dock roll-up door, home to the popular mural “Beaded Curtain” by artist Erin Curtis. The Art Center would like to invite the Alexandria community to join us outside for a final chance to celebrate Beaded Curtain as it is deinstalled this month after 5 years of unforgettable selfie moments. Contribute to the project and then join us by the loading dock entrance at 9pm to offer a farewell to the work and hear about the upcoming plans for a new mural project.

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Untitled by Ryan Burnett, Virginia Tech

On View 
7:00 – 10:00 P.M.
Exhibition extended through August

Now through the end of August! The New Project Studio hosts an exhibition of the 2021 AIA Virginia Prize competition. The competition — which took place over the weekend of Jan. 22–25, 2021 — was inspired by the Equal Justice Initiative’s Community Remembrance Project and challenged students to design a pillar installation for the City of Alexandria’s Market Square. 

Conducted simultaneously at Hampton UniversityUniversity of VirginiaVirginia Tech, and the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center, the competition engaged students at all of the accredited schools of architecture in Virginia. Students were given the competition program on a Friday afternoon and had until the following Monday to submit their designs. Each school’s faculty reviewed the submissions and sent up to 10 finalists for final consideration by the jury. 



August 13, 2021
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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