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.  

Click HERE to see the list of our 2019 NEWLY JURIED ARTISTS

Meet the Jurors

MAM, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA – Arts Management & UX Design
BFA, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA – Electonic Time-Based Media, Soft-works, Painting and Contextual Practice
Pennsylvania Governors School for the Arts – Painting, Acting and B&W Photography Minor
Associate Professor of Art, PennState College of Arts and Architecture, School of Visual Arts
MFA, University of Wisconsin-Madison – Printmaking
BFA, Southern Illinois University – Printmaking
Faculty, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
BFA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MFA, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Painting, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
Program Head, Studio Arts Program, Corcoran School of Arts and Design, 
The George Washington University, Washington DC
Associate Professor of Photography, The George Washington University, Washington DC
MFA, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
Mixed media visual artist
Extensive worldwide teaching residencies including an upcoming Artist/scholar residency at the American Academy in Rome
BS, Trinity College, Washington DC
MFA, Howard University, Washington DC
Executive Director, Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association | Athenaeum.
Installation Artist, Studio Gallery, Washington, DC
Advisor, American Alliance of Museums PIC Green Initiative
President Emeritus and Advisor, Artomatic, Washington, DC
Owner/designer of ZySz, Arlington, VA
Former Director of Exhibits, National Children’s Museum, Washington, DC
BA Industrial Design, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
AAS Jewelry Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
Owner of van Gilder Pottery and Craft Gallery, Gapland, MD
Former Board of Directors of Frederick Festival of the Arts, Frederick, MD
Established Mantegna Pottery, Swaziland, Africa for World Bank
Creator & Host, Throwing Clay television series on DIY Network
Former Faculty of the Art League School, Alexandria, VA
Graduate, Harrow School of Art, London, UK
Mixed Media Artist
Associate Professor of Art, George Mason University
Director, Division of Drawing, George Mason University
Senior Fulbright Research Scholar
Former Board of Directors, Arlington Arts Center, Arlington, VA
Taught at University of LaVerne, The University of Maryland (European Division), and George Washington University
BA, Studio Art, University of Maryland, College Park MD
MFA, Painting, Maryland Institute of Art, Hoffberger School of Painting

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.

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


To read a PDF application, please click here.