The Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center (Friends) is a nonprofit membership organization presenting a variety of arts-related programs and events in collaboration with the Torpedo Factory Art Center (TFAC), one of Alexandria’s best resources for the arts.
Through your support, the Friends helps make art an integral part of the community. We do this by sponsoring programs and events that both bring art to the community and connect the community to art. Friends programs and events are underwritten in part through operating assistance from the Alexandria Commission for the Arts.
Ruth Gowell:Optical Studies
Friends of the Torpedo Factory’s Artist of the Year
Exhibition Dates: July 6th – 28th, 2013
Reception: July 11th, 6-8pm; Artist Talk at 7pm
Optical Studies is a solo exhibition of work by Torpedo Factory artist Ruth Gowell, featuring work in woven fiber, kilnformed glass, and glass and fiber combined. The work will explore the distortion of pattern using bubbles created in the glass. Gowell is the winner of the 2013 Artist of the Year Competition sponsored by the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The juror was J.W. Mahoney, a writer and curator based in VA. A graduate of Harvard University, he is currently the Washington Corresponding Editor for Art in America, a contributing editor for the New Art Examiner, and a professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Maryland.
July 5-12, 2012: Peace Paper Project Workshop
The Friends, in conjunction with the Target Gallery, will sponsor a workshop with veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts in which they donate their uniforms which are, in turn, shredded and turned into paper. The veterans then create artwork reflecting their wartime experiences using the paper. The workshop will be free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served.
Jane Franklin Dance
April 25, 2012: Jane Franklin Dance Performance
For the fourth year in a row, the Friends will present a performance by Jane Franklin Dance. Jane Franklin Dance makes dance accessible to a wide range of audiences through public performances, community engagement, dance education, and collaborations with artists from other disciplines. The troupe bridges the gap between age, culture and even language to unite people through movement. The performance will be free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served. Time to be announced.
The Beau Soir Ensemble
March 28, 2012, 7:00 pm: Beau Soir Ensemble Performance
For the fourth year in a row, the Friends will present a performance by the Beau Soir Ensemble. Beau Soir is a flute, harp and viola trio that performs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, specializing in new and standard repertoire of chamber music spanning all classical eras. They will be joined at this special concert by flautist Carrie Rose. The concert will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Marcos Teixeira & Brittany Goodman
at Friends Mentor Reception
March 29-April 15, 2012: Mentorship Program Exhibit and Awards Reception
The Friends will present an exhibit of the works of participants in its annual Mentorship Program for Alexandria high school students in the Main Hall of the Torpedo Factory Art Center between March 29 and April 15, 2012. On April 15, between 3:00 and 5:00 p.m., the Friends will hold a reception in the Main Hall honoring the students and their Torpedo Factory artist mentors as well as the student recipients of awards for the most outstanding works. The exhibit and reception will be free and open to the general public. Refreshments will be served.
Please consider joining the Friends. Click here for the membership form. For further information, contact