Friday, February 27, 2009

Jury for Torpedo Factory Artist Members

Deadline: March 2, 2009 (RECEIVE)

Studio Space
Annual Jury for Torpedo Factory Artist Members

Torpedo Factory
Alexandria, VA
March 2 - 5, 2009

Artists must go through the annual jury process to become a Torpedo Factory artist. All artists working in fine arts and fine crafts are eligible. Fine crafts include such work as ceramics, textiles, jewelry, all kinds of sculpture, glass, and more.

Upon selection, the applicant becomes a juried Torpedo Factory artist and is classified as an Associate Artist.

The 2009 Annual Jury is scheduled for the first week in March of 2009. Drop off of work will be 9am-6pm on Monday, March 2, 2009.

Benefits of Associate Membership
- Eligible for short-term studio subleases (up to one year) from resident artists
- May work toward joining a studio lease on a permanent basis
- Web page on which gets approximately 11,000 unique visits per month (fee applies)
- Opportunity to submit images and updates of shows, awards, and special projects for the Torpedo Factory Art Center online newsletter
- Eligible to participate in complementary programming and Association volunteer opportunities

Associates must remain current on annual dues in order to maintain juried status. Associates must also keep accurate contact information on file with the Association.

Solo studio vacancies are rare, but the resident artist turnover rate averages 10% per year. Associates who are available and willing to accept subleases have a very good chance of placement, although it may take several years.

The two ways to become a resident artist are:
1) By joining a group studio. Established group studios select from the list of Associates when new members are needed.
2) By subleasing for 180 days to gain eligibility for the Waiting List for Solo Studio Space. Associate artists must maintain a minimum sublease period of 120 days annually to remain on the waiting list.

How to Apply
On the first day of the Annual Jury, Monday, March 2, applicants bring six pieces of their artwork plus slide sheet or cd, completed application, and $50 fee to the Torpedo Factory. The work will be juried over the second and third days.

The Jurors
There are separate 3-person panels judging the 2-D work and the 3-D work. The jurors are highly qualified professional artists, curators, teachers, museum directors and the like, who are independent of the Torpedo Factory. Their decision is final. They will look for work that meets the highest standards of professionalism and promise.

Contact for More Information
Contact Tory Cowles, Jury Committee Chair, at 301-983-2167; cell 240-793-5425; or or send an email to the Business Office at


Download the application: 2009 Torpedo Factory Studio/Membership Application [pdf]