Newly Juried Artists Exhibition

See work from the Torpedo Factory Artists Class of 2017! Fifteen new artists have work selected by this year’s jurors in an group exhibition in TAG (Gallery 311).

Ahmed Ansari
Veronica Barker-Barzel
Ramon Camarillo
Cam Chapman
Dennis Crayon
Tsolmon Damba
Mary Beth Gaiarin
M. Alexander Gray
Briana Hertzog
Yoon Sun Lim

Lizzy Lunday
Charlene Nield
Ciddi Sermin
Meg Talley

Marine Weiss 

Join us for an opening reception on Thursday, April 13 from 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm. There will also be a closing reception on Sunday, April 30 from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Three-Dimensional Artists Selected for Torpedo Factory Artist Membership

Congratulations to artists:

Ramon Camarillo
Yoon Sun Lim
Meg Talley

who were selected for membership in the 2017 Torpedo Factory Artists Annual Membership three-dimensional jury. This year, the three-dimensional jurors were: Michael Janis –  Co-director of Washington Glass School, Fulbright Scholar, University of Sunderland, England; Mary Cloonan – Professor of Ceramics, Adjunct, Towson University and Exhibitions Director at Baltimore Clayworks; David Knopp – Towson Art Collective and Sculptors Inc.

We had an exceedingly talented pool of applicants this year. We hope that if you were not selected, you will apply again next year. A list of artists selected for membership from the two-dimensional jury was posted yesterday.

Two-Dimensional Artists Selected for Torpedo Factory Artist Membership

Congratulations to artists:

Ahmed Ansari
Veronica Barker-Barzel
Cam Chapman
Dennis Crayon
Tsolomon Damba
Mary Beth Gaiarin
M. Alexander Gray
Briana Hertzog
Lizzy Lunday
Charlene Nield
Ciddi Sermin
Marine Weiss

who were selected for membership in the 2017 Torpedo Factory Artists Annual Membership two-dimensional jury. This year, the two-dimensional jurors were: David Bellard – Creative Director, Social Marketing & Program Services at Rare Residency Program, Fine Art, VCU; Glen Kessler – Founder of The Compass Atelier, formerly taught at Maryland Institute College of Art, George Mason University, George Washington University; Robert Yi – Director of George Washington University’s Corcoran Arts Program.

We had an exceedingly talented pool of applicants this year. We hope that if you were not selected, you will apply again next year. Three-dimensional jurying will occur tomorrow.

“From Start to Finish” in TAG

From Start to Finish, a new show at ​TAG: ​The Associates Gallery, opened March 23, 2017.

T​AG: ​ is proud to feature the work of artists Greenway, Erika Cleveland, and Paulette Warwick in an exhibit entitled From Start to Finish.

Erika Cleveland, a fiber artist, and Greenway (Bada Studios), an oil painter, exhibit recently completed work, alongside images of sketches and the work in progress. Both frequently create work with strong narratives. The pieces in From Start to Finish explore the expanse of humanity‒‒ its habits and origins, as well as our relationship to nature and the planet.

Jewelry by Warwick is centrally displayed in the gallery, along with trays showing her base components and materials.

The show will be open until April 7, 2017. Join us for a reception on Thursday, March 30 from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm.

TAG is also currently featuring Square Two; a group show with the work seven member artists.

Being Bold for Change

Studio 5 presents three bold female artists who stand with all women to be bold for change. Painter Barbara Muth and mixed-media artist Fierce Sonia are no strangers to being bold in their work. Photographer Julie Patrick joins as a studio guest.

On March 8, International Women’s Day asked each of us to #BeBoldForChange. The campaign’s 2017 theme asks each of us to play a role challenging bias, inequality, and violence, while also celebrating, honoring and uplifting the achievements of women and support their continued advancement. Studio 5 is proud to live these values and celebrate strong female artists in their new show.

Meet the artists for a reception on Sunday, March 26 from 3-5pm.

For more information, contact Julie Patrick: juliepatrickphotography@gmail.com

Fuller Study Findings

In Fall 2016, the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association (TFAA) commissioned the Stephen S. Fuller Institute to conduct the attached study to better understand the effect of our unique organization on the City of Alexandria. The resulting Economic Impact Study confirms the Torpedo Factory Art Center is critical to Alexandria’s economy, and offers a broad perspective on what needs to happen in order to capitalize on the Art Center’s history and grow it’s success.

Facing increased competition from neighboring tourism industry attractions and the prospect of dwindling federal spending, the Art Center needs a management structure that is flexible, forward-looking, and, crucially, versed in what makes us unique.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is an economic powerhouse; it is Alexandria’s strongest catalytic force in generating tourism year-round. The Fuller Study finds that $35.2 million in direct spending is generated annually from non-resident Torpedo Factory visitors, and the City benefits from $47 million in transactions associated with the total spending.

What is driving that traffic? A one-of-a-kind experience:

  • Working artists engaging with the public
  • High quality artwork with standards set by a blind jury process
  • Something new to see on every visit

The Art Center’s uniqueness lies in the ability of visitors to engage with artists during the creative process. With dozens of the world’s finest museums and galleries within a few miles, the 43-year legacy of the Torpedo Factory continues to succeed because of the dedication from an ever-changing group of artists and the one-of-a-kind immersive experience. This experience is found not only in our artist studios, but also in the Arts League classrooms, the Archeology Museum, and the special events and projects artists create with the public.

The Fuller Study illustrates how we can succeed in a rapidly changing economic environment. The artists (all small business owners) have the greatest motivation to manage this resource effectively: their economic success is intertwined with that of the Art Center. Allowing artists to be creative, flexible, and collaborative is essential to the Art Center’s continued success.
The City of Alexandria will always be a stakeholder in the Art Center, but without the constant constraint of cumbersome bureaucratic decision-making, the TFAA can more easily create partnerships with retail enterprises, neighboring arts organizations, corporate sponsors, and private giving sources. Artist governance of the Torpedo Factory Art Center will provide the City of Alexandria with more visitation, increased tax revenue, and expanded community programming without increasing City spending.  We encourage you to read our plan for governance at www.torpedofactoryartists.com/plan.

To read the full report, click here: The Impact of the Torpedo Factory Arts Center.

To watch a video of Dr. Fuller’s presentation, please click here.

The Impact of the Torpedo Factory Art Center on the City of Alexandria’s Economy

The Stephen S. Fuller Institute for Research on the Washington Region’s Economic Future and the Schar School of Policy and Government George Mason University recently completed a study titled The Impact of the Torpedo Factory Art Center on the City of Alexandria’s Economy.

Economist Stephen Fuller will be presenting the study, commissioned by the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association, at a press conference on Thursday, March 2 at 2:30 pm at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Gallery 311.

“This new research confirms what has been concluded in previous research; that is, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is the most significant single visitor attraction in Alexandria and that, in combination with other attractions in Old Town, together they generated a substantial level of visitor spending to the benefit of the City” says Fuller. Fuller also stated that “the attractive power of this destination is its unique experience: the ability for visitors to interact with artists and the creative process. Our research has shown that this experience makes it a compelling destination for all ages and income levels.”

Previous research studied for analysis of the Torpedo Factory’s current impact on the City included the 1994 Torpedo Factory Art Center Visitor Impact Study, The Visitor Market in Alexandria: Present and Prospective by the GMU Center for Regional Analysis in 2007, and the 2010 A Study of the Torpedo Factory Art Center by MAI, prepared for the City of Alexandria.

Fuller further said “The totality of economic impact leveraged by the Torpedo Factory is very significant and could be even greater by strengthening the City’s complementary attractions.  These complementary attractions, combined with the Torpedo Factory, generate local visitor spending and can be increased by marketing and managing the Torpedo Factory more aggressively to increase its regional market penetration. That’s the opportunity— but there is also the threat of a more competitive regional market.  A vibrant Torpedo Factory is essential to Old Town’s commercial success; there certainly is unrealized opportunity here to grow the City’s economy.”

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located on the Alexandria Waterfront in a building owned by the City of Alexandria. After the recent failure and dissolution of a five-year non-profit management board (the TFACB) implemented in 2011 by the City of Alexandria, the City of Alexandria Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Activities Department’s Office of the Arts has taken over temporary management of the facility until a new entity for management is decided. The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association submitted a plan for Art Center management in September 2016.

The Art Lounge- Extended to February 13

A special The Associates Gallery project, Class of 2016 Torpedo Factory Artists Naomi Christianson, Greeway, and Michael Fischerkeller host a six week exhibition and collaborative art space. 

From the artists:

The Art Lounge is a community space open to Torpedo Factory residents, associates, art lovers, and artists from as far as the mind’s eye can reach.

We welcome all, for we are a space station for the universal tribe of the human race, standing on the side of love and speaking the same language of art. We aspire to strengthen our bond between all by communing socially and welcoming whatever any artist or art lover can bring.

Join us for our weekly gathering every Thursday evening from 6:00 – 9:00 pm or stop in anytime our doors are open to experience, collaborate, and discuss.