Professional and Emerging Visual Artists of the DMV!
The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association (TFAA) invites you to explore the world-renowned Torpedo Factory Art Center on the banks of the Potomac River.
WE INVITE you to an artist-to-artist tour offered on alternate Sundays at 1 pm:
Sunday 11/17 at 1 pm and again on 12/1, 12/15, 12/29, 1/12, 2/9, and 3/9
JOIN US for an artist networking lunch on third Thursdays at noon. Bring your own lunch and meet other visual artists from around the region.
Next lunch: Thursday 11/21 at noon
WHAT we are:
A juried membership organization of working artists + open studios and galleries.
WHERE we are:
The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located close to the intersection of the District, PG County Maryland, and Virginia; 2 miles from the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and 15 minutes south of Reagan National Airport. Take King Street Metro and trolley down to the waterfront: 105 North Union Street, Alexandria VA.
WHO are our visitors?
Over a half million visitors per year come from around the world and from every state. Local visitors are 40% of our traffic. Our recent audience study found that our visitors are well educated, diverse, culturally engaged and highly loyal. 60% of our visitors have purchased art from one of our studios or galleries.
WHY do they visit us?
Top comment on Yelp: “Pretty cool place that houses some fantastic artists”.
WHO can apply for studio space?
We invite visual artists over age 18 to apply: we welcome all ethnicities, genders, orientations, nationalities, and religions.
WHAT TYPE of art is accepted?
Visual art, of high quality as judged by our panel of independent experts. There are some caveats: we can’t handle extremely hazardous materials or processes.
HOW MUCH does it cost to have a studio?
Cost ranges from less than $100/month in some shared spaces to over $1,000/month. Short-term commitments are available to juried Associates and for summer residencies.
WHAT TIME commitment is required?
Variable. Most residencies require at least 4 days per week.
CAN I make a living there?
It is entirely possible! But it is not guaranteed. It’s ultimately up to you- how prolific you are, how you market your work, how many other venues you show in; these and other factors come into play. Our artists are independent business professionals. They pay rent and dues; we do not collect sales commissions. Please note that the studios are not a retail venue to show other people’s work or merchandise- only your own creations.
TELL me about the jury?
We select well-qualified jurors with diverse viewpoints and backgrounds: academics, gallery owners, curators, and artists representing a broad variety of media expertise within the panel. We do not veto, weigh-in or overrule their selections.
We get about 60 applicants to our annual membership jury. Historically, the jurors have selected between 6 and 20 artists each year. We do not give the jury panel any minimum or maximum goal or quotas.
IF ACCEPTED, will I get a studio?
We replace about 1/3 of our artists in a five-year period, through natural attrition. We do not guarantee placement, but we do have a good track record. Most Associates who make themselves available get absorbed into the group studios.
DEADLINES and information sessions
- TFAA Visiting Artist Program --Deadline is January 31, 2014
- TFAA Annual jury for membership -- receiving is March 24, 2014
- Attend an information session about the TFAA jury on Sunday January 26 or February 23 at 2 pm
Torpedo Factory Artists' Association (TFAA)
The Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association is a professional artist community with over 275 members, all selected through an independent jury process. Membership includes artists working in a variety media, and is comprised of the leaseholding artists working on site at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and over 100 Associate Members working across the Washington DC region and beyond.