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“We, Too, Sing America” by Ọmọlará Williams McCallister

Virtual Reception: Friday, June 11 | 7pm

Target Gallery’s 2021 solo exhibition recipient is artist Ọmọlará Williams McCallister (pronouns: O/love/beloved) who will be presenting a multisensory installation, “We, Too, Sing America”, which will include visual, sound, and interactive elements including durational performance. The installation is a continuation of  the artist’s ongoing fiber-based series Domestic Work, which confronts the extraction of emotional labor, caretaking and other domestic work from Black women that is expected, depended upon, normalized and then erased in public and private spaces.

“We, Too, Sing America will be a memorial to the small everyday acts that we have undertaken to support ourselves and each other as we have collectively moved towards building a better future and weathered the storms of COVID, of white supremacist anti-Black terror, of all of the intersecting forms of oppression that we face/d over these past many months. In this work I will use accumulation and repetition of ritual acts, art objects, images, and sound to explore the relationship of the individual act, individual person, individual moment to the collective, and to collective world building.”

— Ọmọlará Williams McCallister

The jury panel for this exhibition was: Antonius-Tin Biu, Michele Carlson, and Deirdre Darden.

Featured image courtesy of the artist.

The Late Shift Online

The Late Shift Online: Arts & the Armed Forces

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

RSVP for a reminder of the live screening


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.


Those Spaces Between Us

Virtual Reception: Friday, May 14 | 7pm


Target Gallery presents a digital and in-person exhibition Those Spaces Between Us. This show 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.

This exhibition was juried by VA-based artist and educator, Nikki Brugnoli.

Participating artists are:

Dustyn Bork
Malina Busch
Bonnie Carrow
Lisa Co
Laura Beth Davidson
Shannon Finnell
Kate Fitzpatrick
Emily Fussner
Zachary Z. Handler*
Mary Janacek
Nilou Kazemzadeh
Cecilia Kim
Sharon Koelblinger
Anya Kotler
Jacob Lahah
Harry Mayer
Ceci Cole Mclnturff
Ruby Andromeda Miller
Whitney Sage
Johab Silva
Susanna Starr
Katie Waugh
Allyssa Ray Yamaguchi-Juarez


Image Credit: Allyssa Ray Yamaguchi-Juarez, “Maybe I Am”, 2019. Digital Collage.


*Artwork on view as a part of the digital exhibition only.

The Late Shift Online: Cherry Blossom Jubilee

Torpedo Factory Art Center kicks off its 2021 season of The Late Shift in partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Experience a medley of virtual online programs scheduled throughout the evening.

Access all of the fun via Facebook Live on Friday, April 9 starting at 7 p.m.

Pre-registration Requested

Featuring spring-focused artist demos from:

Welcome the new Spring Post Grad artist:


  • Music by Stan Hamrick
  • A virtual Tour of the In-Studio Cherry Blossom Exhibition
  • A video recap of the March150 Exhibition and Art Party
  • Artwork highlights of the student winners from the Alexandria Library and Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Teen Winter Creativity Contest
  • Kick-off announcement of the April artwork student (K-12) competition from AIA NoVA, Alexandria Library, and Torpedo Factory Art Center

2021 Cherry Blossom Exhibition

Enjoy a colorful in-person exhibition full of everyone’s favorite pink flowers on view in participating artists’ studios as part of the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

All artworks will be available to view in studios from Wednesday March 31 – Sunday May 2.


1st Floor 



2nd Floor



3rd Floor