105 North Union Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Call for Artists for the 2017 Post-Graduate Residency Studio at
the Torpedo Factory Art Center is now open
Deadline: Sunday October 2, 2016
September 15, 2016 – Alexandria, Va. – Now in its third year, the Post-Graduate Residency Studio at the Torpedo Factory Art Center is seeking applicants for the 2017 program via torpedofactory.org/PostGradCall. The deadline is Sunday, October 2, 2016.
This competitive program provides meaningful support to recent, promising graduates who have, or will soon complete a master’s of fine arts degree with an accredited program. This year’s juror is Karyn Miller, director of exhibitions at the Arlington Art Center.
The three-month visual arts residency is unique in the region for addressing the critical post-graduate juncture in emerging artists’ careers, offering an opportunity for professional development, networking, and a chance to define their practices outside of the academic context. Unlike in the previous two years, submissions are now open for both graduates in the greater D.C.-metropolitan region, and nationwide. Applicants need to submit proof of their permanent residence in the area and/or can demonstrate a commitment to contributing to the ongoing future of the arts in the greater Washington, D.C. region. There continues to be no entry fee.
“This program is about welcoming the next generation of artists into the Torpedo Factory community,” said Daniel Guzman, program manager at the Torpedo Factory Art Center. “The program is a great example of working toward our mission of igniting the creative spirit by fostering connections among artists and the public. My hope is that we have a dynamic exchange of perspectives, techniques, and ideas throughout 2017.”
The Post-Graduate Residency Studio in located on the first floor, in Studio 12, at the Torpedo Factory. Therein, artists can create, display, and sell work, interact with the public, and network with other artists. Residents receive a stipend during their term and have an opportunity to give an artist talk with the moderator of their choice. The program will culminate in a group exhibition in the Torpedo Factory’s contemporary exhibition space, Target Gallery, in the fall of 2017.
The resident artists are active, equal participants in the Torpedo Factory’s unique creative community. They benefit from engagement with thousands of local, national, and international visitors, collectors, and artists who pass through each year.
Questions about the residency or applications can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-838-4565 x305.
About the Juror
Karyn Miller is director of exhibitions at the Arlington Art Center. Previously, Miller served as gallery director for five years at Conner Contemporary before moving to CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery, where she completed devoted another five years to collaborating with artists and honing her curatorial skills. Miller led several off-site public art projects at CulturalDC including Construct, a series of art installations in vacant retail spaces; Sweet, a public art project with artist Nekisha Durrett, and FREE SPACE, an installation at MLK Library by Michael Dax Iacovone and Billy Friebele. Miller has served on panels and lectured at a variety of institutions in the region and has curated and juried exhibitions at Civilian Art Projects, Orlando Museum of Art, Gettysburg College, Catholic University and Maryland Institute College of Art. Miller graduated with honors from The Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History, and later received a Master of Arts in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University during which she completed coursework at the Sotheby’s Institute in New York.
About the Torpedo Factory Art Center
Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, the Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. The organization’s mission is to foster connections between artists and the public that ignite the creative spirit. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 working studios and six galleries. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is also home to The Art League School and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum. For more information visit torpedofactory.org or follow the Torpedo Factory Art Center on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram via @torpedofactory.