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Torpedo Factory Art Center, Alexandria

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The Torpedo Factory Art Center is the former U.S. Naval Torpedo Station, a naval munitions factory on the banks of the Potomac River in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia which was converted into an art center in 1974. The facility is located at 105 N. Union Street, near the eastern end of King Street.
The Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios in the U.S. Each year, more than a half-million visitors interact with its community of artists. As of March 2022, it housed 82 artists' studios, 8 galleries, and workshops, with some 165 professional visual artists who work in a variety of media, including painting, ceramics, photography, jewelry, stained glass, fiber, printmaking, and sculpture. The Torpedo Factory has become a model of creative placemaking for other communities.
Artists are selected as part of an annual jury and re-jury process. Once accepted, they receive a three-year lease of publicly subsidized rent.
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  • About 50 artists that have showrooms and also showcase how they do their art. Jewelers, painters, sculptures etc. All of this on the on the Potomac River. 
    About 50 artists that have showrooms and also showcase how they do their art. Jewelers, painters, sculptures etc. All of this on the on the Potomac River.  more »
  • Great place to wander around and talk with the artists. I found some very unique items at very reasonable prices. Makes me wish I lived in the area. 
    Great place to wander around and talk with the artists. I found some very unique items at very reasonable prices. Makes me wish I lived in the area.  more »
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  • Awesome collection of arts and artists. It has been so long since I have seen such a valuable artist community like this. Wonderful studios all together in this hip space with an artsy vibe. Great place for inspiration and increasing your artistic holdings. Prices vary as do styles, skill, and medium. Don’t miss this!
  • Torpedo Factory is outstanding. First, the history of the building is impressive with it actually having been a torpedo factory in WWII. Now it is a wonderful local artist center. You will find excellent work across all forms on its several floors. Look for special events as their social events are top notch. Support your local artists or get a high quality souvenir of your visit to Alexandria.

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