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Torpedo Factory Art Center

The Torpedo Factory Art Center offers opportunities for emerging and established artist from around the world to create, sell, and promote their artwork.

There are approximately 165 resident artists displaying and working here. In addition, the galleries have about 1,500 members. Visitors are welcome to stop in at each of the studios of the professional artists who work at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The artists work in view of the public so that visitors may watch art being created and may ask questions about the creative processes. The artists together form the Torpedo Factory Artists' Association.

About the Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association
The Torpedo Factory Artists' Association (TFAA) is a community of professional artists working in cooperation with the Torpedo Factory Art Center Board and the City of Alexandria to make this dynamic art center possible. Artists must go through the annual jury process and orientation session to become a member of the 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, film, video, and more. Upon selection, the applicant becomes a TFAA Associate Artist. More information about the TFAA Annual Jury can be found at

About the Visiting Artist Program (summer residencies)
The Visiting Artist Program is intended to serve as a professional development opportunity for emerging and experienced visual artists and to expose visitors to a new group of artists and projects. Applicants may apply for a one-, two-, or three-month summer residency (June, July, August). The projects undertaken by Visiting Artists for this self-directed, creative residency must be compatible with available working studio spaces and facilities. The Visiting Artist has the opportunity for informal collegial exchanges with Torpedo Factory artists. As part of the program, each Visiting Artist is also asked to give a demonstration, elaborating on his/her work. In addition, Visiting Artists will be able to display and sell original artwork and will be provided with workspace. More information about our Visiting Artist Program can be found at

About the Galleries
The Target Gallery (National and international exhibition space) promotes high standards of art by continuously exploring new ideas through the visual media in a schedule of national and international exhibitions. The gallery hosts nine exhibits annually--some juried, some curated--featuring a variety of themes and artists. In an effort to keep our perspective challenged, our exhibits are usually composed of artists outside of the Torpedo Factory and represent artistic views from across the nation and the world.

Founded in 1954, The Art League, Inc. is among the nation’s largest and oldest multi-service organizations for visual artists. As a major component of the cultural fabric of Alexandria, The Art League offers extensive exhibit opportunities for artists through its gallery, outstanding fine art education through the school, and valuable outreach programs to the local community.

The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association also has four media-specific galleries: Enamelists Gallery, Multiple Exposures Gallery (Photography), Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery, and Scope Gallery (Ceramics).


Alexandria, Virginia: United States

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is the highlight of Alexandria's Potomac River waterfront, attracting over a half million visitors annually. A former torpedo factory, this world-renowned art center is located just minutes from Washington, D.C. The Torpedo Factory Art Center houses more than 165 visual artists who produce artwork in a wide variety of media including painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, stained glass, fiber, printmaking, and sculpture. The artists invite visitors to join them in their studios and observe their creative processes. You may ask questions, learn about each of their art forms, and purchase original work. In addition to 8o working artist studios, you will also find: 6 Galleries: Target Gallery (National and international exhibition space) The Art League Gallery Enamelists Gallery Multiple Exposures Gallery (Photography) Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery Scope Gallery (Ceramics) 2 workshops: Fiberworks Printmakers Inc The Art League School The Alexandria Archaeology Museum Discover Graphics Atelier, Inc. (printmaking studio) Visitor Information & Gift Shop Cafe by Bread & Chocolate


  • Residency Length: Varies
  • Average number of artists in residence at a time: Over 150
  • Number of artists accepted in most recent year: 11 TFAA artists, 16 Visiting Artists
  • Total applicant pool in most current year: 100-150


  • Application type: Open application
  • Collaboration: Must apply and be accepted individually
  • Geography: Open to US artists, Open to non-US artists
  • Application deadline: January 29

Facilities & Services

  • Meals: No meals/food provided
  • Computer/internet access: Computer and internet connection provided in common area (shared), Wireless Internet
  • Companions: Pets Allowed, Spouses/partners allowed for full stay, Children allowed for full stay
  • Accessibility: housing/grounds/studios are accessible

Residency Fees

(current for 2013) TFAA Membership Fees and Studio Rent Jury Application Fee: $50 per medium (ie. one artist can apply as a painter and a sculptor, but they must submit a separate application for each) Annual Dues for Associates (artists who do not current have studios): $75 Studio Rent: Amount varies depending on square footage and number of artists sharing a studio. Monthly rent amount includes base rent ($/sq. foot), insurance, and member dues ($40/artist.) Studio sizes range from approximately 200-1,800 sq. ft, with an average size of about 500 sq. ft. Average monthly rent per studio is about $500. Each resident, associate, and visiting artist is an individual business and does not have to pay commission fees to the Art Center for any works sold. Visiting Artist Program Fees Application Fee: FREE Each Visiting Artist will pay one-half of the rent of the studio (amounts range between approximately $180 and $480 per month, depending on the studio). All expenses and arrangements related to art materials, equipment, transportation, housing or other requirements are the responsibility of the Visiting Artist.

Stipends / other support

Additional expectations / opportunities

Contact Information

105 North Union Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
United States