2014 Torpedo Factory Holiday Gift Guide

The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association is made up of hundreds of artists who create unique, handmade works of art. Here are just a few selections from this year’s holiday offerings.

TFAA’s Rachel Kerwin wins top spot in the District’s 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards

Rachel Kerwin was honored by DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities at DC’s 29th Annual Mayor’s Arts Awards. Rachel won the Mayor’s Arts Award for Outstanding Emerging artist along with a a $5,000 grant through the Artist Fellowship Program. Read More …

Text/Subtext show celebrates our diversity

Text/Subtext art abound this month in the Torpedo Factory Art Center! The show celebrates the diversity of TFAA with close to 80 participating artists celebrating the Factory’s 40th anniversary year. We asked three of those participating a bit about their chosen entries and how they Read More …

Text/Subtext : A multi-studio show celebrating the written word

Modern artists have long used the written word as a mode of self-expression in their work opening a dialogue with their viewers and inviting that audience into a unique perspective and cerebral discussion. Text/Subtext is an all-media show featured throughout the Torpedo Factory Arts Center Read More …

“The surprise of something new”: The Torpedo Factory 40th anniversary mural by Rachel Kerwin

Congratulations to Rachel Kerwin! On Thursday night, amid cake, celebration, and kind remarks by Alexandria Mayor William D. “Bill” Euille, the Torpedo Factory officially unveiled the mural Kerwin created near the waterfront entrance to commemorate our 40th anniversary. Reflecting familiar scenes in and around the Read More …

“New ways of seeing and showing”: Rachel Kerwin’s Torpedo Factory mural

photo by Guido Krüger To celebrate the Torpedo Factory’s tenth anniversary in May 1984, several artists decorated the spiral staircase that runs from the first floor to the second. Combining personal reflections with intriguing allusions to the building’s past, the resulting works nicely camouflage a Read More …

The visual poetry of birds: “At Dusk” and “Flight Patterns” by Rachel Kerwin

Flight Patterns II(graphite on paper) “I really love working in black and white,” says Torpedo Factory artist Rachel Kerwin. “There’s a kind of simplicity there, as well as a graphic quality that grabs your attention.” Locals clearly agree: In recent weeks, two organizations in D.C. Read More …