Deadline for the TFAA Annual Jury is January 28

The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association (TFAA) is a thriving artist community dedicated to opening our active workplaces to public visits. Each spring the Torpedo Factory Artist Association conducts its annual jury for new Torpedo Factory Artists. The 2015 Jury timeline is listed below.

2015 Jury Timeline

Torpedo Factory Tours for artists: January 25th, 1-2pm , meeting in studio 31.
Jury Information Sessions: January 25th, 2-3pm in studio 31.
Phase I Deadline: January 28th (Application online at


General Information about the Annual Jury Process

Basic Timeline

This years TFAA Annual Jury process will be conducted in two phases. Phase I will be an online application process and Phase II be will for successful applicants and it takes place every spring and lasts 4 days. Applicants and interested persons are encouraged to check this web page for updates such as jury dates, application downloads, and other important information.

    • Weeks before Jury: Jury information session for potential applicants will be held at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.
    • Phase I: All applicants must complete the online application at by January 28, 2015

How do I become a Torpedo Factory artist?

Artists must go through the annual jury process and orientation session to become a member of the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association (TFAA). All artists working in fine arts and fine crafts are eligible. Fine crafts include such work as ceramics, textiles, jewelry, all kinds of sculpture, glass, photography, video, and more. Upon selection, the applicant becomes a TFAA Associate Artist.

What are the benefits of Associate membership?

      • You are eligible for short-term studio subleases (up to one year) from resident artists
      • You may work toward joining a studio lease on a permanent basis
      • You can have a web page on which gets approximately 12,000 unique visits per month (fee applies)
      • You have the opportunity to submit images and updates of shows, awards, and special projects for promotional purposes and newsletters
      • You are eligible to participate in complementary programming and Association volunteer opportunities

TFAA Associates must remain current on annual dues in order to maintain juried status. Associates must also keep accurate contact information on file with the Association.

How do I get a studio?

Although solo studio vacancies are infrequent, our resident artist turnover rate averages 10% per year. Associates who are available and willing to accept subleases have a very good chance of studio placement.
The two ways to become a resident artist are:

      1. Joining a group studio. Established group studios select from the list of Associates when new members are needed.
      2. Subleasing for 180 days to gain eligibility for the Waiting List for Solo Studio Space. Associate artists must maintain a minimum sublease period of 120 days annually to remain on the waiting list.

How do I apply?

All applicants must complete (Phase I) an application form and submit 5-8 images of their work online. Successful applicants will be notified by email and are required to complete Phase II of the process. On the first day of Phase II Jury, applicants bring five pieces of their artwork plus a CD with images of 10-20 additional works, and a completed information form. The work will be juried over the second and third days.

When do I find out the results?

Phase I applicants will be notified by email by February 20, 2015 if they qualify for Phase II. Phase II applicants may check this web page on the second and third day of jurying to see the list of Newly Juried Artists.

Is there a Jury Information Session?

Jury Information Sessions are held prior to the Phase I Jury for anyone who is interested in applying to become a TFAA member artist.  They are optional meetings during which the jurying process and the benefits of being an associate are discussed.  This is a good opportunity for applicants to ask any questions they might have.

In addition, we are conducting Torpedo Factory tours to show artists considering joining our ranks, how many different opportunities there are for their participation. The dates of those tours are listed in the 2015 jury timeline above.

Jury Information Sessions will be held on January 25 from 1pm – 3pm in Studio 31 at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Please RSVP to Lesley Clarke if you plan on attending an Info Session.

Who are the jurors?

Phase I will be juried by Zoma Wallace.

Phase II:

2D Jurors (Tuesday, March 24th)

Laura Roulet – Independent Curator and Writer
Rosetta DeBerardinis – Visual Artist
Gordon Stettinius – Gallery owner, independent Publisher and Photographer

3D Jurors (Wednesday, March 25th)

April Wood – Instructor and Co-founder of Baltimore Jewelry Center
Foon Sham – Professor of Art, U MD-College Park
Tamara Laird – Ceramic Artist, Educator

We strongly encourage artists who are not selected to reapply since each year there is a new panel of jurors .

NOTE: This jury process is NOT a critique. Artists will not receive a critique.

Whom do I contact for more information?

Contact Lesley Clarke at

Note to all film applicants: Filmmakers and artists using film or digital video as part of their works of art may now apply for studio space at the Torpedo Factory. However, because of the acoustics in the factory, all applicants need to be aware that sound would have to be fully controlled through the use of computers and earphones. Video or film applicants should keep their applications to a total of 10 minutes or less, in as many segments as they wish. 

Video and time-based submissions should be both PC and Macintosh compatible. Submissions must be able to play in standard media viewing programs such as DVD, Quicktime, or Windows Media players (MOV files are preferred). You may NOT submit VHS tapes. Website links will not be accepted as submissions. Please let Jury Chair Lesley Clarke know if you are submitting film or video so we can arrange to show your work to jurors.

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