Networking, residencies, and membership: opportunities for artists at the Torpedo Factory

A life in the arts is an adventure—and no matter where you are in your career as an artist, the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association invites you to visit us, talk to us, and consider joining us here on the Alexandria waterfront. ARTIST NETWORKING LUNCHES AND Read More …

“Overwhelming, ecstatic, enlightening”: Don Viehman explores the Venice Biennale

Don Viehman,Falling Triangles (cloisonné) As you explore the Torpedo Factory during the holidays, you’ll marvel at the skill and creativity on display—but you may be surprised to learn that our artists feel the same sense of wonder when they seek out the work of others. Read More …

Seasonal shopping: finding Torpedo Factory artists during the holidays

No matter where you live, there’s a possibility that a Torpedo Factory artist is hard at work nearby—especially during the holidays. Below are just some of the holiday markets where you’ll find our artists during the month of December. Mark your calendars to take advantage Read More …

Art into autumn: changes to the Torpedo Factory’s Visiting Artist Program

Our Visiting Artist Program has long been a wonderful way for artists to see what it’s like to work in public. Emerging and experienced visual artists apply for a residency of anywhere from one to three months, setting up shop in the studio of an Read More …

Creativity and community: becoming a Torpedo Factory member or a Visiting Artist in 2014

What does it take to become a Torpedo Factory artist? If you’re eager to join our community in 2014, we encourage you to think ahead, starting with two dates to mark on next year’s calendar. If you intend to apply to be a Torpedo Factory Read More …

“Crazy great”: a report from the Torpedo Factory’s first Art Material Market

Artists always have materials they just can’t use—but they’re hungry for bargains on the things they do need. That was the inspiration for the Art Material Market, Saturday’s collaboration between the Torpedo Factory Art Center, the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association, and the Art League—a first-of-its-kind Read More …

Seeing the Southwest anew: the painting of Dominique Samyn-Werbrouck

“Cliff Walls” Many Torpedo Factory artists go west for a season; Dominique Samyn-Werbrouck decided to stay. Since 2006, she and her husband have lived along a three-and-a-half mile dirt road south of Santa Fe, New Mexico, on a studio-ranch she characterizes as “off the grid.” Read More …

Behind the scenes at the Torpedo Factory: New artists and the jury process

How does an artist get into the Torpedo Factory? Artists who dream of having a studio here often assume the process must be baffling; in fact, it’s surprisingly straightforward. On Monday, March 18, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., aspiring Torpedo Factory artists will Read More …

Honoring a family farm: a Christmas commission for Betty Grisham

TFAA artist Betty Grisham often draws and paints faces, places, and pets that mean the world to the people who ask her for customized art—but some recent visitors to her studio reminded her just how personal a commission can be for an artist as well. Read More …

A look inside: The beguiling sculpture of Robert Rosselle

On Thursday, you may have spotted more than 50 high-schoolers swarming the Torpedo Factory’s third-floor landing, where Robert Rosselle was showing them the fundamentals of clay. Their presence was a reminder that even as our artists explore their own creativity, they’re also here to engage Read More …