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Highest Honor

Torpedo Factory Art Center

May 26 - November 14

Highest Honor returns to Torpedo Factory Art Center's atrium this season. Inspired by the building's industrial founding, artist Andy Yoder designed the 25-foot triangular banner as an oversized version of the Army-Navy "E Award," which was presented to workers during WWII for excellence in production of war equipment. 

The New Project Studio presents the 2021 AIA Virginia Student Prize Exhibition

June 5 - September 30

The New Project Studio will host 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.

Multi-Spectral Solo Show by Samantha L Shelton

Printmakers Inc

July 3 - September 30

Printmakers Inc is proud to present Samantha Lee Shelton’s solo exhibition titled "Multi-Spectral". The exhibit features several new aquatint etchings, monotypes, and linocuts from 2019 to 2021. Shelton showcases both multi-colored hand pulled prints and also three mini-series of body of works including 1) Crazy about Cats, which highlights several linocut portraits and block printed merch, 2) Implements of Oppression, which etchings subjects include objects used by societies and Governments to suppress various peoples over time and which was inspired by the Black Lives Matters movement, and 3) Pandemic Portraits, a 4 set series of hand colored aquatint etchings inspired by the Pandemic and the isolation experienced during the health crisis here in the US.

Origins: Ancestors, Hometown

Potomac Fiber Arts

August 31 - October 3

Celebrating Ceramic Diversity

Scope Gallery

September 1 @ 11:00 am - October 3 @ 5:30 pm

Diversity in ceramics takes many forms: the type of clay; forming methods from wheel-thrown to hand-built or slip-cast; decorating techniques as varied as sgraffito, underglaze painting, and slip trailing; to a dramatic range of glazing and firing methods. Both functional and sculptural forms are presented in this exhibit featuring the Ceramic Guild.

Solo Exhibition of Photography by Fred Zafran

Multiple Exposures Gallery

September 7 - October 17

Multiple Exposures Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of photography by member artist Fred Zafran.  Four years ago, Fred Zafran started photographing the subterranean world of the DC metro.  It was just about that time that the rail line first began to appear to him as the great mythological underground river.  What had been a routine commute to the District somehow had changed.  Over the next several years, Zafran rode the metro photographing a new, strangely beautiful terrain…


Target Gallery

September 11 - October 31

Hypotheses Exhibition Dates: September 11 - October 31 Reception: Friday, October 8, 7pm Juror: Sue Wrbican  Summary: Target Gallery presents a new group exhibition Hypotheses. This exhibition is all about the process of intellectual experimentation and/or the exploration of new ideas and techniques in an artist’s practice. The goal of this theme is to create a dialogue of work in conversation with each other about embarking outside one’s traditional boundaries of understanding. Whether it be based in cerebral or scientific…

Virtual Artist Talk with Eliza Clifford

Torpedo Factory Art Center

September 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

As her three-month post-grad residency comes to a close, Eliza Clifford talks with moderator Leslie Mounaime, curator of exhibitions, about her experiences during her time in the Post-Grad Studio.

Celebrate Fall

Potomac Fiber Arts

October 5 - November 7


Scope Gallery

October 6 @ 11:00 am - October 31 @ 5:30 pm

October will be a Scope-tacular month at the gallery with an array of work both sculptural and functional. Whimsical, realistic, and sometimes anthropomorphic: pigs, cats, fish and birds and more will be making an appearance. There may not be any vampires but watch out for black cats. Featuring the Kiln Club.

The Late Shift: The Art of Questioning

October 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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. 

Workshops on the Waterfront

Torpedo Factory Art Center

October 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until October 17, 2021

Enjoy a free hands-on workshop with a Torpedo Factory Art Center artist at the Waterfront entrance of the Art Center.

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Alexandria, VA 22314
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Wednesday - Sunday10 a.m. - 6 p.m.*

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