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Torpedo Factory Art Center Visiting Artist Program


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About the Visiting Artist Program

The Visiting Artist Program is intended 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 1, 2, 3 or 4-month summer residency. 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 will have 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. Visiting Artists will be able to display and sell original artwork and will be provided with workspace. 

Each Visiting Artist will pay one-half of the rent of the studio (amounts range between approximately $180 and $480 per month for the Visiting Artist, depending on the studio). The Torpedo Factory Art Center has very limited shared equipment or facilities.(Use of kiln, spray booth) All 
expenses and arrangements related to art materials, equipment, transportation, housing or other requirements are the responsibility of the Visiting Artist. 

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About the Juror

Zoma Wallace is a curator, arts administrator, and experimental artist, living and working in her hometown of Washington, DC.  Since opening her first exhibition for the Maryland Art Place's Curator's Incubator in 2008, she has emerged as a fresh curatorial eye in the metropolitan area. Her exhibitions are combinatory and investigational, often exploring juxtapositions of seemingly disparate entities to reveal unseen and complex conceptual relationships. Her shows have touched on themes ranging from empowerment embedded in the game of Chess, to equalizing factors within abstraction, and the historical significance of the beloved cultural form known to Washington as Go-Go. Zoma has contributed to international art discussions through her lectures at the James A. Porter Colloquium on African American Art, moderating the international seminar on sustainability in contemporary art in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and serves on the Visual Arts Committee for the esteemed DC Arts Center. Zoma is the current Curator & Art Collections Manager for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington’s only government agency dedicated to the advancement of arts and culture in the city. There, she manages the city’s growing fine and public art collections of over 2,700 works while creating a dynamic exhibition calendar for the city-owned Gallery at 200 Eye.


The Visiting Artist Program is open to all emerging and experienced visual artists over the age of 21 who are not currently Torpedo Factory leaseholders [Torpedo Factory Associates are eligible, and selection will not affect Associate status].

Applicants provide evidence of artistic accomplishment through submitted images and the application Form.

By applying, applicants agree to: (1) work in front of, and interact with, the public; (2) work in the studio five days a week during the period of the residency (because most of our visitors come on the weekends, we request that Visiting Artists work on those days); and (3) commit to follow the Visiting Artist Program requirements.

Selection Process

Selections will be made in a two-step process. The juror, Zoma Wallace, will review all applications and select a group of finalists who present evidence of artistic merit and promise based on submitted images and applications. The Visiting Artist Program Committee will then match as many finalists as possible to spaces available, taking into account the applicant’s requirements, attributes of the specific studios available, and the goal of providing a range of media experiences to our visiting public.

Visiting Artists will occupy studios temporarily vacated by resident artists, and will have use of half of the display space and a dedicated work area. Because studios differ widely in size, configuration and features (e.g., ventilation), and studios are not completely sealed off from each other, enabling sound and odor to travel widely throughout the building, it is important that applicants identify equipment and materials to be used during the residency.

How to Apply Entry Deadline: 1/31/14

Complete an Application Form ( paper application can be provided by request )

Please direct any questions to or stop by Studio 317 Greg Knott or call  202-255-3222.

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