TFAA’s Rachel Kerwin wins top spot in the District’s 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

If you have entered or exited the Torpedo Factory through the waterfront entrance recently,  you are already familiar with Torpedo Factory Artist Rachel Kerwin’s work. A few months ago, Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille was on hand as the Torpedo Factory unveiled the awe-inspiring mural Kerwin painted there to commemorate the the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s 40th anniversary.

Most recently, Kerwin was honored by DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities at DC’s 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. Rachel won the Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist along with a a $5,000 grant through the Artist Fellowship Program

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“It’s a really amazing vote of confidence from the Mayor, the DC City Council, — who voted to increase arts funding this year—the Commission, and the members of the District’s arts community who advise and vote on these awards. I’m really quite humbled by these honors, but also so excited about getting the chance to show my work to a wider audience,” noted Rachel Kerwin.

Rachel Kerwin works in Studio 203, where you can view her current work.

“I’m excited about a new series of cloud paintings I’ve been working on. I have hundreds of pictures and I’m experimenting with transferring them onto wood panel. I use the print transfer as a starting point to paint.”


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