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The Torpedo Factory Art Center Post-Graduation Residency is a competitive juried program that provides meaningful support and a three-month term solo studio space in the nation’s longest continually operated community of publicly accessible artists’ studios in a converted industrial space. This residency is open to recently graduated art students who earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the visual arts from an accredited university. This greater Washington DC region 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 independent work process outside of the academic context.

Selected artists receive a studio space as well as 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. Selected artists are active participants in the Art Center’s unique creative community and benefit from engagement with local, national, and international artists.

New for 2023! Artists may apply as partners to share a studio, or apply solo, depending on preference. If two artists are accepted together, they will share the studio space for the residency term (see residency dates below). This allows an opportunity for artists who might not be able to commit to more hours to participate in the program. More information below.

Residency Terms:  Three (3) terms are offered

· April – June 2023,

· July – September 2023,

· October – December 2023

Application Due:  Sunday, January 15 by 11:59PM


  • Completion of batchers or master’s degree with a focus on the arts from an accredited University within the past 5 years.
  • Proof of  residency in the greater Washington DC region within 40 miles, or less  than a one-hour commute, from the Art Center.
  • Due to the open-air nature of the studios, media that produces toxic fumes are not permitted, as well as artwork that requires nonstop continuous loud noise. Artists using media of a toxic or hazardous nature  shall follow all applicable laws and regulations. Consult the Operating Rules and Procedures for more information. A spray booth, of limited size, is available for toxic media.

Please consult the full guidelines online to understand the full residency benefits, rules, and selection criteria. 


  • Friday, January 13: 2022 Post-Grad Resident exhibition talk in Target Gallery at 7pm
  • Sunday, January 15, 2022: Applications deadline
  • Sunday, January 22, 2022: Final deadline for Letters of Recommendation to be submitted by a professor
  • Monday, January 23, 2022: Phase I of the jury process begins
  • Monday, February 6–Friday, February 10: Applicants notified of Phase I results and coordination of in-person interviews begins as appropriate.
  • Monday, February 13–Friday, February 24: Phase II interview are coordinated with artist finalists based on dates set by staff.
  • Monday, February 27–Friday, March 3: 2023 Residency recipients announced, and studio and residency terms coordinated.

Jury Panel

To be announced by November 15, 2022.


Torpedo Factory Art Center is committed to a transparent application process. Applicants will receive written feedback from the jurors on the application at the conclusion of the process.


Torpedo Factory Art Center holds the notion of working toward a world where we are all embraced for who we are and are able to thrive to reach our highest potential. Removing barriers to full participation and belonging in life and culture. Equity means promoting just and fair inclusion throughout our city, and creating the conditions in which everyone can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential.

Torpedo Factory Art Center values a diverse community of artists that reflects representation from different social, economic, and cultural backgrounds, as well as different artistic media, styles, and forms of expression. Torpedo Factory Art Center values artists of all stages of their career, regardless of their formal arts training.

The Art Center strives to eliminate potential barriers in this application, giving everyone an equitable chance to compete. If you find ways to improve this process, please contact torpedofactory@alexandriava.gov.

For reasonable translation or disability accommodations, contact: 703.746.4570, Virginia Relay 711, or torpedofactory@alexandriava.gov.

The application shall ask for applicants’ gender identity, disability status, language, ethnicity and/or race, and age. This information shall not be shared with the Jurors and will hold no bearing on the scores

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.

About the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Torpedo Factory Art Center is the nation’s longest continually operated community of publicly accessible artists’ studios in a converted industrial space. A D.C.-regional landmark for nearly 50 years, the Art Center is located in a century-old munitions factory on Alexandria’s Potomac Riverfront. Each year, approximately 500,000 people visit. The community of about 150 working artists creates in a wide variety of media—painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, glass, fiber, printmaking, sculpture, and more—in 74 studios and 8 galleries. Artists sell directly from their studios with no commission. The Art Center has inspired cultural placemaking around the world.

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Torpedo Factory Art Center reserves the right to alter the application guidelines and online form at any time with notice to applicants.

Note: If English is not your first language and you would like assistance with this application, please contact leslie.mounaime@alexandriava.gov.

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.


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