40th Anniversary Book Signing Event

Join Torpedo Factory Members and Associates on Thursday, September 11th as we celebrate over four decades of creativity and collaboration at the Torpedo Factory Art Center with the launch of the book 40 Years of Art and Community. This limited-edition first printing is complete with Read More …

From folk art to wearable works: shows by Torpedo Factory members in June and July

At the Torpedo Factory, we’re delighted to host so many styles, techniques, and media under one roof. This summer, throughout the region, our artists are busy showing the public the full range of their talents. Whether you’re intrigued by folk art, photography, painting, or wearable Read More …

“A way of making us whole”: the fiber art of Erika Cleveland

“Gaia and Ernst” For 40 years, the Torpedo Factory has been a haven for fiber artists—and this spring, we were pleased to welcome Erika Cleveland, whose intriguing work intertwines an uncommon technique, spiritual subject matter, and larger concerns with healing in every sense of the Read More …

“A grand composition”: “Frozen Music” by photographer Alan Sislen

“Altissimo” A dramatic cityscape or unique building is often a sight to behold, but with his new solo show, Alan Sislen hopes to evoke another sense entirely. In “Frozen Music,” which opens at the Torpedo Factory this week in Multiple Exposures Gallery, the photographer brings 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 …

Ceramic art redefined: “DMV Dirt” with Lori Katz

Frequent Torpedo Factory visitors have long understood the artistic potential of clay, but at a new exhibition in downtown D.C., Torpedo Factory artist Lori Katz joins three other area artists—Laurel Lukaszewski, Novie Trump, and Jodi Walsh—in emphasizing just how expressive such humble material can be. Read More …

“They Never Update the Lists”: photographer Michael Borek at the Embassy of the Czech Republic

“I try to appreciate with my camera things that are seemingly obvious yet multilayered, absurd, and surreal,” says Michael Borek, who was certainly the right photographer for the Embassy of the Czech Republic to approach for an exhibition about Franz Kafka. As it turns out, Read More …

Solveig Cox: A retrospective at Hollin Hills Potters

She loves being known as the “cat lady,” but Solveig Cox has enjoyed a wonderful career as an artist—and this month, her friends will recognize her accomplishments while bidding her a fond farewell. For 40 years, Cox’s feline creations have enchanted visitors to Hollin Hills Read More …

“Making the most of what’s right in front of you”: “Threesomes” by Maureen Minehan at Multiple Exposures Gallery

“Live where you are.” Maureen Minehan lets that practical mantra guide her photography—yet visitors to “Threesomes,” her new show at Multiple Exposures Gallery, are certain to notice a dreamlike quality to her work, with lone subjects set off in the distance or lines that guide Read More …