Networking, residencies, and membership: opportunities for artists at the Torpedo Factory

A life in the arts is an adventure—and no matter where you are in your career as an artist, the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association invites you to visit us, talk to us, and consider joining us here on the Alexandria waterfront.


If you’re local—whether you’re a seasoned professional or an emerging talent—we’re delighted to offer you regular (and free!) opportunities to learn more about our community. Every third Thursday at noon, join us at the Torpedo Factory for TFAA-sponsored artist networking lunches, or take an artists-only tour every other Sunday at 1 p.m.

Meeting other artists, hearing their perspectives, learning from their experiences—all of these things are vital to charting your own incomparable course. Visit out our Eventbrite page to check out times and dates—and to RSVP.

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Ready to see what it’s like to work in public? Through our Visiting Artist Program, emerging and experienced artists apply for a residency of anywhere from one to four months, setting up shop in the studio of an artist who’s traveling or on sabbatical. Visiting artists agree to work in front of, and interact with, the public five days a week, including weekends, our busiest time.

As of this year, the application is entirely online; you’ll find it at this link. The application fee is $25, the deadline is January 31, 2014, and the juror will be Zoma Wallace, the Art Bank Coordinator for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Residency costs range from around $180 to $480 per month, based on available studio space; send all questions to, and check out testimonials from previous visiting artists, who were alternately excited, moved, and inspired by directly engaging the public with art.

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If you’re looking to take a larger step—applying to become a Torpedo Factory artist—then you’ll need to know the details and dates for our 2014 Annual Membership Jury.

We’re proud of our fair, straightforward process; read all about our annual juries here. In short, you’ll bring examples of your work to the Torpedo Factory on Monday, March 24, 2014, and pick them up again on Thursday, March 27, after the jury deliberates. The application fee is $75, and if you’re accepted, we’ll waive the first year’s $75 dues.

The jurors for two-dimensional art will be:

  • Alec Simpson, mixed-media artist. adjunct professor at George Mason University, and former Deputy Director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts
  • Phil Hutinet, founder and managing editor of East City Art and former director of the Honfleur Gallery
  • Margaret Adams Parker, fine arts artist and educator

The jurors for three-dimensional art are:

  • Dagmar Painter, curator of Gallery Al-Quds at the Jerusalem Fund and nominator for the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship
  • Maria Karametou, mixed-media artist and educator at George Mason University
  • Rick Wall, sculptor and educator at the Corcoran College of Art and Design

We’ll hold two face-to-face Jury Information Sessions at the Torpedo Factory: the first on Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m., and the second on Sunday, February 23, 2014, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Register for these sessions through our Eventbrite page. Don’t be afraid to come with questions—and prepare for an artistic, prolific 2014.

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