Join the TFAA

What is the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association?

The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association (TFAA) is a community of more than 275 artists dedicated to creating and exhibiting art and fine crafts in open studio settings and galleries. Our members work in a variety of visual media, including sculpture, glass, photography, jewelry, ceramics, painting, film, fiber, and more. Many of our members work on site at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, but we also have a strong group of Associate members working in other locations across the region, who participate actively in our professional artistic community. Newly juried Torpedo Factory Artists are able to immediately show work onsite at the Torpedo Factory Art Center by exhibting in Gallery 311, a TFAA member-only cooperative gallery.

Who can apply?

We invite visual artists over age 18 to apply: we welcome all ethnicities, genders, orientations, nationalities, and religions.

What type of art is accepted?

Visual art, of high quality as judged by our panel of independent experts.

Why jury into the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association?

The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association (TFAA) has been a leader in the professional artist community for over 40 years. All of our members are selected through a rigorous jury process, ensuring that every TFAA member is a highly skilled artist. Membership in our community provides:

  • Networking and professional development opportunities
  • Marketing and publicity, including listing on the Torpedo Factory website and co-op advertising
  • Connections to shows, awards, and special projects
  • Immediate eligibility for TAG (an onsite gallery) membership and exhibitions
  • Community outreach projects and events

To see a full list of member benefits, please click here..

Tell me about the jury.

We select well-qualified jurors with diverse viewpoints and backgrounds: academics, gallery owners, curators, and artists representing a broad variety of media expertise within the panel. We do not veto, weigh-in or overrule their selections. We get about 70 applicants to our annual membership jury. Historically, the jurors have selected between 6 and 20 artists each year. We do not give the jury panel any minimum or maximum goal or quotas.

There are separate juries for two-dimensional & three-dimensional art.  The 2019 Jurors will be announced by the end of January 2019.

How do I apply?

The TFAA Annual Jury process is conducted in two phases. The Phase I online application is due February 18, 2019 (extended) and Phase II (for successful online applicants) takes place April 1 through 4 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA.

There are three jury information sessions. They are open to the public and do not require reservations. Candidates who are interested in applying are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, January 31 at 7 pm (Mosaic; Fairfax, VA)
Saturday, January 26 at 2 pm (Gallery 311, Alexandria, VA)
Sunday, February 3 at 2 pm (Gallery 311, Alexandria, VA)


To read a PDF application, please click here.