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Alexandria, VA 22314
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Art in Public Spaces Program
The Art in Public Spaces (APS) program serves as the community outreach arm for the Torpedo Factory Art Center (TFAC) by providing rotating exhibition and educational program opportunities. APS does this by utilizing the public space on all three floors of the art center. This program works with DC-metro area organizations in an effort to reach out to new and neglected groups, expanding the diversity of the audience to the TFAC. This program is managed by the Target Gallery, the national exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center..


Beauty and the Waste
Exhibition: April 6th - May 26th, 2013
Site 2 Gallery on the second floor

In collaboration with the Target Gallery’s exhibition, Trash Talk, and in celebration of Earth Day, Beauty and the Waste is an all-media exhibition featuring work by eight Torpedo Factory artists who work in recycled or reused materials, or their work is made from the commonly recycled materials of glass, plastic, paper and metal. Visitors are encouraged to recycle in the four different bins placed throughout the exhibit, provided by The Transportation & Environmental Services of Alexandria.


Exploring the Narrative
Exhibition: February 2nd - 28th, 2013
Reception: February 10th, 3-5pm

Abstract Paintings
Exhibition: March 2nd - 31st, 2013

View paintings by eleven of Beverly Ryan's Art League students.


Joys of the Season
Exhibition: November 29th, 2012 - January 20th, 2013
Site 2 Gallery on the second floor

Joys of the Season is an all-media exhibition featuring work by five Torpedo Factory Associate Artists, Luray Schaffner, John Schaffner, Jennifer Brewer Stone, E.E. McCollum and Rosemary Luckett. The artwork examines how these artists connect to the winter season. The exhibition will open on Thursday, November 29th at 6pm during the Torpedo Factory's Holiday Open House.

Mitten and Glove Drive: Visitors are encouraged to donate mittens and gloves that will be donated to the Child and Family Network Center in Alexandria, VA.


Blurring the Lines
Exhibition: November 8th - 25th, 2012
Panel Discussion: November 15th, 7pm

Part of the Torpedo Factory’s celebration of Fotoweek DC, this exhibition features art work by four local photographers: Allen Beland, Jesse Cohen, Torpedo Factory Artist Greg Knott, and Pamela Viola. These artists will be serving on a panel on November 15th to discuss the differences and similarities between commercial and fine art photography.


Dia de los Muertos: The Art of Remembrance
Exhibition: October 29th - November 4th, 2012
Costume & Dance Party: Friday, November 2nd, 8-11pm

Target Gallery hosts an exhibition of Altar installations and Day of the Dead inspired artwork made by local and regional artists, which will adorn the main hall of the art center. The gallery has invited Gabe and Scarlett Pons of PONSHOP to jury this exhibition, and they will select a first, second and third place. Awards will be announced at the Costume & Dance Party on November 2nd.


Synergy: Artwork from the Torpedo Factory Artist Association's 2012 Visiting Artist Program
Exhibition: September 8 - 30, 2012
Reception: September 13th, 6-8pm during Second Thursday Art Night

Synergy is an exhibition featuring work from the Torpedo Factory Artist Association's 2012 Visiting Artist Program. Completing it's third year since it began in 2010, the Visiting Artist Program invites artists both emerging and experienced from around the nation to become a part of Torpedo Factory's art-making community by offering one, two, and three month residencies.


Untitled Me: Portrait Exhibition of Artists of the ART Options Program
Exhibition: August 4th - 26th, 2012
Reception: August 9th, 6-8pm during Second Thursday Art Night

The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Art in Public Spaces program presents Untitled Me, an exhibition featuring work by artists from St. John’s Community Services’ ART Options Program. The ART Options program’s mission is to provide opportunities for people with disabilities to learn about, experience, and create art in order to develop successful careers and personal lives. The exhibition hopes to contribute to the conversation and educational collaboration between artists living with and without disabilities. A reception will be held during 2nd Thursday Art Night on August 9th from 6 to 8pm, with a special hands-on community sculpture that visitors can contribute to.


AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibition
Exhibition: July 21st - 25th, 2012

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2012 marks the 25th anniversary of The AIDS Memorial Quilt and, as the world marks 30 years of AIDS, additional activities surrounding these commemorations in Washington will provide an unparalleled opportunity to experience this highly charged symbol of the AIDS crisis, and the largest community art project in the world. The remarkable artistry, inspiration, and impact of The AIDS Memorial Quilt will be featured once again in Washington, D.C. The Torpedo Factory Art Center will be hosting a section of the Quilt, with panels on exhibit in the main hall of the Art Center as well as on the dock out back.


Peace Paper Project: Workshop & Exhibition
Workshop: July 7th - 11th, 2012
Exhibition: July 12th - 29th, 2012
Reception: July 12th, 6 - 8pm during Second Thursday Art Night

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This is a workshop designed as a collaborative effort between Peace Paper facilitators, art therapists, Torpedo Factory Artists, survivors of trauma and veterans in the Washington, D.C. area. Through making paper from their own clothing and prints from their own images, workshop participants will utilize both traditional and contemporary applications of the paper arts as a means to tell their individual stories. The workshop will culminate with an exhibit of handmade paper, pulp paintings, pulp prints and broadsides made throughout the workshop.


Diverging Mediums: Photography vs. iPhoneography
Exhibition: May 10 - 31, 2012 • Studio 9, First Floor
Reception: May 10th, 6-8pm, during 2nd Thursday Art NIght

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This exhibition aims to raise discussion on iPhoneography, a movement that is transitioning from solely a social media into a fine-art form of its own right. The exhibition will be in the main hall of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, on the first floor.

The show juxtaposes fifteen digital or film photographs of established fine-art photograhpers from the Torpedo Factory with fifteen iPhoneographs, the majority of which comes from P1xels, a photo group based in California that is using the iPhone as their chosen vehicle of self-expression and creation.


Love Notes: Handmade Valentines by TFAA Artists
Exhibition: February 9 - 26, 2012 • Studio 9, First Floor
Reception: Februaray 9th, 6-8pm, during 2nd Thursday Art NIght

This exhibition featured handmade valentines by Torpedo Factory artists.


Connectivity: Threads of Community
Exhibition: January 12 - February 5, 2012 • Located throughout all 3 floors
Reception: January 12, 6-8pm, during 2nd Thursday Art NIght

Connectivity: Threads of Community
explores the relationships artists create over a lifetime and how these relationships influence their art.  The selected works represent the three aspects of human relationships – the self, the small group, and the larger community 'Tying' it all together, Ishknits will yarn bomb one of the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s original torpedoes.

Selected Artists include: Anne Biss (UK), Valerie Goodwin (FL), Ann Harwell (NC), Jesse Hemmons for Ishknits (PA), Sandra Lauterbach (CA), Gwen Mayer (CA), Dindga McCannon (NY), Teresa Paschke (IA), Yumiko Reynolds (UK), Kevan Rupp Lunney (NJ), Judy Tadman (UK), Eileen Williams (MD), and New Image Artists - B.J. Adams, Mary Beth Bellah, Jeanne Benson, Sara Brown, Candace Edgerley, Lesley-Claire Greenberg, Catherine Kleeman, Verena Levine, Dominie Nash, Sue Pierce, Ginny Smith, Sandra Woock (DC).

  HearSee: a look at how artists interpret the five senses
Exhibition: December 1st – 31st. 2011 • Studio 9, First Floor
Reception: December 8th, 6-9pm, during 2nd Thursday Art Night

The Torpedo Factory Art Center presents HearSee, a collection of small works by the Torpedo Factory Artist Association’s (TFAA) non-resident artists. HearSee features work about our five senses by exploring how we interpret and understand the world around us. This exhibition challenges artists and visitors to think about their senses in a new way.

Both Sides of the Lens:
The Faces and Stories of DC Youth

Exhibition: November 5th -27th, 2011 • Site 2 & 3 Galleries
Reception: November 10th, 6-8pm, during 2nd Thursday Art Night

This exhibition will showcase the work of DC youth that are part of Critical Exposure, an organization that teaches youth how to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change. The students and their images have helped partnering organizations and campaigns secure more than $400 million in new funding for underfunded schools and facilities in DC, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. They have also worked to address other issues impacting youth, including job training opportunities, teen pregnancy, and DC’s dropout crisis.



Dia de los Muertos: The Art of Rembrance
Exhibition October 24 - November 4, 2011
Costume & Dance Party: October 29th, 8-11pm

The Torpedo Factory Art Center is partnered with Hungry for Music for the 3rd annual Day of the Dead extravaganza, featuring an exhibition of artist-made altars, in-studio Matchbox Altars, and a festive Costume & Dance Party featuring live music, costume contests, and more!

Target Gallery hosted an exhibition of altars made by local and regional artists, adorning the main hall of the art center. The gallery invited Shane Pomamjambo, owner of DC-area gallery, Art Whino, to select his top three altars. First Place was awarded to Blair Dobbins, Second Place to Michael Brown, and Third Place to Lisa Schumaier.

Participating Artists:
Michael Brown, Blair Dobbins, Marcelo Novo, Angela Raincatcher Roberts, Brendan L Smith, Alexander D'Agostino, Christina McMillan, Lisa Schumaier, Marsha Staiger, Jessica Beels, Kathleen Kendall, Kathlyn Avila, Judy Antico, Ana Elisa Benavent, Stephanie Bianco, Leslie Blackmon, Lisa Bohrer, Maria-Eugenia Carvajal, Lesley Clark, Marie Erb, Octavia Frazier, Jane Johnson, Cecilia Kalish, Paula Lantz, Julia Latein-Kimming, Michele Morgan, Joanne Roberts-Wittauer, Anne Rocha, Gail Saour, Natacha Thys, and Susan Prytherch

In-Studio Matchbox Altars:
In conjunction with the exhibition, the public was invited to view a series of matchbox altars created by Torpedo Factory artists. A list of participating artists will be available at the information desk.

About Dia de los Muertos:

Día de los Muertos is a traditional Mexican and Latin American holiday when family and friends gather to remember loved ones that have passed. Families build altars to the dead, and honor them with food, drink, flowers, candles, personal momentos, and other offerings, as a celebration of life and death.


Creativity and Mental Health
Exhibition: October 6th – 30th, 2011 • Site 2 & 3 Galleries
Reception: October 13th, 6-9pm

In connection with the Target Gallery’s exhibition, Masks, the gallery and the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center are working with the organization Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria (PHA) to help raise awareness about the importance of art as therapy for mental illness.  Highlighting National Mental Health Awareness Week, October 2-8, 2011, the Torpedo Factory Art Center will have on exhibit in Site 2 and 3 Galleries a selection of photographs from the PHA exhibition “Art Uniting People – a celebration of creativity and mental health” and a series of masks made during a mask-making workshop, which was led by a team of art therapists from Creative Wellbeing Workshops.
  Summers Tide
Exhibition: September 1st -25th, 2011 • Site 2 & 3 Galleries
Reception: September 8th, 6-9pm

Three of The Art League School’s summer classes have come together to exhibit their work at the Site 2 and Site 3 Galleries. This exhibition features work from Lisa Schumaier’s life-size papier mâché class, Jimmy Powers’ stained glass class, and a childrens’ activity led by Steve Prince and Mayor Bill Euille.

The Art League, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable and educational nonprofit organization. The Art League develops artists through education, exhibition, and a stimulating, supportive environment, while sharing the experience of the visual arts with the community.

Exhibition: August 11th – 28th, 2011 • Site 2 & 3 Galleries
Reception: August 11th, 6-9pm

Synergy features the 2011 TFAA Visiting Artists. View the artists’ artworks created during their residency and read artists’ interviews.

Find out more about the Visiting Artist Program:

Featured Artists:
Mark Thomas Anderson (Arlington, VA)
M. Chava Evans (Baltimore, MD)
Allison Long Hardy (Woodbridge, VA)
Katie Latona (Champaign, IL)
Heather McCaw (Washington, DC)
Emily Moorhead (Cincinnati, OH)
Linda Morrell (Castleton, NY)
Liza Myers (Brandon, VT)
Drew Parris (Stevensville, MD)
Fierce Sonia (Alexandria, VA)
Kazaan Viveiros (Alexandria, VA).

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