The Torpedo Factory Post-Grad Residency is a competitive juried program that provides meaningful support and 3-month term solo studio space. This residency is open to recently-graduated students who earned a bachelor’s or master’s art degree from an accredited university.
The program is unique for addressing the critical post-graduation juncture in an emerging artist’s career, offering an opportunity for professional development, and a chance to define their independent work process outside of the academic context. Submissions are open for both art school students in the region and nationwide, provided artists submit proof of residence in the D.C. metropolitan area.
Residents receive studio space and public presentation opportunities, including an artist talk and participation in a culminating curated exhibition in the Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Residents are active and equal participants in the Torpedo Factory’s unique creative community. Residents benefit from engagement with local, national, and international artists.
Residency Dates: January - March, 2022; April - June, 2022; July - September, 2022; October - December, 2022
Application Due: Friday, November 19, 2021
Notification: No later than Friday, December 8, 2021
- Completion of BFA or MFA from an accredited University within the past 4 years.
- As this residency does not provide travel or housing accommodations, artists must live in the D.C. metropolitan region and must provide proof of residency before official acceptance into the program. D.C. metropolitan region for this purpose is defined as living within 40 miles or less than one hour's commute distance from the Art Center as you will be expected to be in the studio for public studio hours at least 3 days a week or 20 hours a week at minimum. You must also have a reliable means of transportation.
- Selected artists will be required to be in the studio during public hours at least 24 hours a week and abide by the Torpedo Factory Art Center Operating Rules and Procedures for tenants.
- Present one formal public artist talk either virtual or in-person.
- Participate in our Late Shift events, virtual or in person, or other public programming events as discussed with Art Center staff.
- Collaborate with Target Gallery staff and other Post-Graduation Residents to plan, design, and execute culminating group exhibition.
- Participate and donate one artwork on a 10” square panel to the Target Gallery’s Annual March150 Special Exhibition and Art Sale event.
*Residency Requirements subject to change under City of Alexandria protocol and as needed in light of COVID-19.
Selection Criteria: Artists will be ranked via the online application by an external juror with the selections being made based on rankings of the juror. We may have up to 3 artists that are wait listed for the opportunity. Artists whose permanent residence is outside the D.C. metropolitan region, may be required to have a follow-up phone call with Art Center staff to discuss relocation logistics.
- Must have recently (within the past 4 years) graduated with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in art from an accredited university.
- Artwork and writing materials suggests a strong understanding of contemporary art practices as well articulates a capable sense their own personal goals and vision as an artist.
- Artistic merit and excellence in presentation and technical skill
- Letter of recommendation from University professor using University letterhead.
- Potential to contribute to and benefit from the Art Center’s dynamic community of professional working artists.
- Commitment to community engagement and supporting special initiatives at the Art Center, including Late Shifts, public programs, and the Post-Graduation artist talk
- Ability to work on-site and fulfill the required public hours in the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s unique open studio environment and interact with the visiting public on a weekly basis.
- Friday, November 19 , 2021– Application Deadline
- Saturday, December 4, 2021- Finalists are notified and coordination/confirmation process with the Art Center staff begins.
- Wednesday, December 8, 2020– All applicants are notified and residency dates are confirmed with Art Center staff.
- January 2022- Residents are formally announced through a press release
- Sunday, January 9, 2022-
Note: If English is not your first language and you would like assistance with this application, please contact email@example.com.
COVID-19: Given the fluid and uncertain nature of the current pandemic, this call for entry is subject to change due to COVID-19 related situations.
Application Deadline: Sunday, November 21, 2021
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, January 29, 2022 – Sunday, March 6, 2022
Target Gallery invites artists working in all visual media to apply for Sweet Tooth, a group exhibition that is all about decadence, desire, and craving. Artwork can embody this theme physically through vibrancy and the richness of color and texture. Artwork can also represent these themes through a more conceptual connection such as explorations of coveting, gluttony, greed, and yearning.
Notes About the Exhibition:
Due to the pandemic, we must limit interactive work or works that encourage touching* in the exhibition. That said this boundary lends itself well to this exhibition which is all about wanting. In addition, taste is also something that comes to mind when considering the term Sweet Tooth, so we challenge artists to present artwork that evoke that sensation available in a visual form. All visual media as well as limited sound and video work** is encouraged to embody these themes.
For the reception, we are looking to partner with local candy shops or bakeries to embrace the Sweet Tooth element of the exhibition for a Valentine’s Day themed reception, depending on the safety and feasibility due to COVID-19.
*see guidelines to review parameters of video work and sound
*some interactive work may be allowed; the juror will need to consult with the staff to decide what is hygienically feasible before accepting.
Applicant Directions and Requirements
1) You may submit 3 artworks for consideration per $35 application.
2) Please carefully review guidelines prior to submission. All submissions The gallery accepts online submission form only via Submittable. To apply, you must create an account first. This will allow you to monitor the status and receive notifications about your submission. You will only need to create the account once—if you have used Submittable before you can simply log in to your account to submit. This includes uploading your images and paying via Submittable.
3) All images should be high-resolution (300 DPI).
4) The application must be received by Target Gallery via Submittable no later than 11:59pm E.S.T. on the deadline listed above.
5) If your work is sold, you must fill out the necessary w-9 and submit an invoice to receive your check. All artists must have a US-based Tax ID number or Social Security Number in order to be paid.
6) All artists must be at least 18 years old to apply.
Note About Submittable:
The gallery uses Submittable.com to send updates and notifications to artists regarding their application status. Please be sure to whitelist firstname.lastname@example.org your email, as Submittable can sometimes get marked as spam.
If you have an issue receiving emails from Submittable even after whitelisting, please check your spam folder or you can check the status of your application online and see any messages sent from our staff on: manager.submittable.com/user/submissions
For Submittable help, please see this page with FAQ question for submitters: submittable.help/en/collections/185534-submitters
1) All artwork must measure no more than 7’ or 84” in any direction. This is to anticipate the size restraints of the gallery space. This is a requirement for all work, 2-D or 3-D. If you are planning to frame the work, it must still be within the size restraints or we might have to reject the work from the exhibition.
2) The artwork must be ready to hang, so if it’s a wall hanging work: it must have a wire or hardware already affixed. If artwork requires on sight assembly, the artist must be willing to assist with installation. Video art must also send an embed link.
3) All artwork must be for sale unless agreed upon by the gallery (for example, video work can be listed as NFS). Target Gallery takes a 30% commission for all artwork sold during the exhibition or within 90 days of the exhibition if the gallery acts as the agent.
4) Artists applying with work made of natural or ephemeral materials should use caution. Anything made with dirt, food, or plants (in raw form: such as grass or flowers, not plant-based paints etc) will not be accepted.
5) Artwork cannot be drilled to the floor, ceiling, or into a pedestal.
6) No artwork can weigh more than 100 lbs in weight.
7) All artwork must be made within the last five years.
8) Please include high resolution images (300 DPI) in your submission, if possible. High resolution images are what we send to press.
9) All video work will be shown on TV monitors unless otherwise decided by the juror. This is due to the fact that the exhibition is all in one room (see layout for reference).
Artists are responsible for the delivery of the work by in person drop-off or shipping. If shipping, they must send the work to the gallery in sturdy, reusable boxes. Return shipping must be issued as a prepaid call tag, enclosed with artwork or as arranged with the gallery. The City of Alexandria will not be responsible for shipping costs or any damage incurred in transit or post-exhibition.
Application Deadline: Sunday, November 21 11:59 PM EST
Artists Notified of Acceptance: Thursday, December 9
Artwork Drop-Off: Weds, January 19 – Tues, January 25, 10am – 6pm
Installation: Tuesday, January 25 – Friday, January 28, 2022
Exhibition Opens to the Public: Saturday, January 29, 2022
Artists Reception: Friday, Feb 11, 7pm – 9pm (date subject to change)
Last Day of Exhibition: Sunday, March 6, 2022
Artwork Pick-Up: by Tuesday, March 8, 2022
About the Juror
Naomi Christianson is a local Indie visual artist and designer, also purveyor of the Omi Collective. Her art focuses on the healing properties of color and iconic images representing the divine feminine and healing frequencies and vibrations of the heart. Leveraging her experiences as a Vedic and multicultural spiritual icon investigator, Naomi creates art that reveals her own journey while creating universal truths and bliss from raw materials of color, emotion and physical experience. She has exhibited her work in over 50 locations, including galleries based in New York, London, Prague and the DC metropolitan area. Her collective has popped up more than 30 healing safe spaces focusing on supporting local identifying female and gender nonconforming artists and entrepreneurs in the DC metropolitan area. Naomi is currently practicing her art in a private studio located in Moyaone Reserve inside the Piscataway National Park. Her current projects include focuses on moon medicine tarot cards, up-cycling vintage couture and adding new paintings to her Space Fashion series.
About the Gallery
Target Gallery, contemporary exhibition space of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, promotes high standards of art by continuously exploring new ideas through the visual media in a schedule of national and international exhibitions. The gallery hosts eight exhibits annually featuring a variety of themes and artists.
Artists interested in receiving information about upcoming shows can visit our website to sign up to receive email updates about upcoming call for entries.
Email: targetgallery @alexandriava.gov
Address: 105 N Union St. Alexandria, VA 22314 (located in Studio 2 in the Torpedo Factory Art Center)