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What is the Torpedo Factory Artists Association?
The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association (TFAA) is a thriving professional artists community of more than 200 juried visual artists. The TFAA was the founding entity of the Torpedo Factory Art Centerand has helped grow and mentor artists for over 45 years. Members areselected annually through our highly respected blind jury process, ensuring that artists are evaluated solely on the quality of work. Torpedo Factory Artists lead and contribute to ongoing programs and exhibitions throughout the region.
What are the benefits of membership?
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Ongoing exhibition opportunities
Micro-residency opportunities within the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Exhibition, curating, and micro-residency opportunities in the Marian Van Landingham Gallery Low-commission workshop and teaching space
Membership in our internationally respected artists' association
Promotion on social media platforms and the TFAA website
Publicity, marketing, and co-op advertising opportunities for exhibitions and events
Community, Mentorship and networking within a tight-knit community of successful and reputable professional artists
Organizational and logistical support for artist community programs
Eligible for leadership opportunities on association committees and the TFAA Board of Directors Professional development opportunities such as peer critiques, field trips, collaboration, artist talks, lectures, local business partnerships, and more
Business Comprehensive liability insurance for all TFAA-affiliated spaces Assistance navigating business license, sales tax, studio subleasing Mediation, conflict resolution, and hardship assistance services Secure, password protected WiFi for processing sales and personal use at the art center Collective bargaining and legal representation for artists needs and rights
What are members expected to contribute to the association?
In addition to annual membership dues, artists are expected tovolunteer their time to grow, strengthen and promote the association.This could be by joining one of the various committees or helping outusing their unique skill sets - artistic or otherwise. Who should apply?Visual artists who are interested in taking their art practice andcareer to the next level. Membership is open to artists working in avariety of 2D or 3D media. There is no need to be a full-time artistor to be local to the DC area. How do I get a studio at the Torpedo Factory ArtCenter? Community engagement has always been an important and vitalcomponent to membership in the association. Torpedo Factory Artistsare committed to outreach and education of the public in the visualarts and the art-making process through events, open studios andsatellite art spaces. Membership in the TFAA does not guarantee studio space at TheTorpedo Factory Art Center (TFAC). Although originally an art centercreated by and for artists, the City of Alexandria has managedstudios and leases within the art center since 2016 and artists mustapply for temporary residency through the city's process. I'm not interested in a studio at the art center.Should I still apply?YES! The TFAA is a vibrant membership associationwith the numerous benefits. We are always eager to welcome new anddiverse talent into our community!
What is the jury process and how do I apply?You'll are able to apply right from here! Apply now using thesignup form below.