Torpedo Factory Art Center is accepting applications for Resident Artists—individuals or group of up to four. Accepted applicants shall receive a three (3)-year studio lease with publicly subsidized rent of $16.88 per square foot per year.
The partially blind three-phase process allows a team of four expert, independent jurors to review work for quality and merit. The juror panel will also consider artists’ ability to successfully interact with the general public and positively contribute to the overall Art Center community.
Applications are accepted for individual artists who want a studio or groups of up to four (4) artists that wish to share a studio. Each application is scored as a single applicant, be it an individual application or a group application. The application is in three (3) phases.
Earning a studio at the Art Center is a competitive process. Industry standards for artist communities around the world call for re-jurying an average of every 3–5 years to maintain competition, quality, and evolving art-world standards.
2022 Open Call for Resident Artists
Torpedo Factory Art Center is accepting applications for Resident Artists—individuals or groups of up to four—who will earn three-year leases. Current Resident Artists, as well as regional artists seeking to join the community, are encouraged to apply.
Download the 2022 Information Packet and Map
Applications closed on April 19, 2022.
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Visual artists at all levels of their respective careers, who are over the age of 21, are eligible to apply for the 2022 studio jury. Mediums includes, but are not limited to:
- Mixed media
- New or extended media
- Video / Time-base art
$45 per new applicant (or applicant group). Free to current Resident Artists. If the application fee is a barrier, email email@example.com for a free link to an application.
- Zoë Charlton, MFA, Acclaimed artist and Professor of Art at American University
- Jaynelle Hazard, MA, Executive Director and Curator of Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art
- Jack Rasmussen, PhD, Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center
- John Ruppert, MFA, Acclaimed artist and Professor of Art at the University of Maryland
- March 1, 2022: Application opens on Submittable. Available studios are announced.
- March 30, 2022, at 12 p.m.: Non-mandatory Free Application Instructional Webinar.
- March 31, 2022, at 7 p.m.: Non-mandatory Free Application Instructional Webinar
- April 19, 2022, by 11:59 p.m.: Online Applications are due via Submittable.
- May 18, 2022: Outcome of Phase I is announced.
- June 4, 2022: Outcome of Phase II is announced.
- June 6 – 10, 2022: Scheduling In-Person Application Presentations by staff.
- June 15, 7 – 10 p.m.: In-Person Application Presentations held at the Art Center.
- June 18 between 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.: In-Person Application Presentations held at the Art Center.
- June 29, 2022: Outcome of Phase III is announced, and studios awarded.
- September 30, 2022: Current studio leases end.
- October 1, 2022: Leases begin for current artists who have been re-accepted and retained their
- November 1, 2022: Leases begin for all other artists.
Free Instructional Application Webinars
The Art Center shall hold two (2) free webinars for all prospective applicants to review the application process and answer application-related questions. These are optional and have no bearing on juror’s scores. Both webinars shall provide the same information.
Questions, Disability Accommodations, Translation Assistance
Please review the FAQ links above for answers to the most common questions. Direct other questions, including requests for reasonable translation or disability accommodations, to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact: 703.746.4570, Virginia Relay 711.
Applicants may also be considered to become an Artist Pro Tem, eligible to sublease at the Art Center rather than a three-year lease.