Alexandria - Torpedo Factory Art Center

105 North Union Street


The Torpedo Factory Art Center's mission is to enhance public art appreciation and education by providing the opportunity to visit working art studios and artist cooperatives, and to take classes.

The goals of the Torpedo Factory Art Center Board are:
- To carry out the Alexandria City Council's desire for the Torpedo Factory Art Center (TFAC) to continue its integral role in the economic, cultural and educational framework of the City
- To support the TFAC as an internationally recognized art center important to the cultural, educational and economic vitality of the City of Alexandria
- To support the TFAC as an important part of the arts community that attracts thousands of visitors to the City
- To continue the notice and acclaim the TFAC has brought to the City, first as an inventive re-use of a building and later as a proud reflection of a community's commitment to its quality of life
- To support the commitment, dedication and hard work of the many artists who have contributed their time, talent and artistic energy to the development of the facility as a premier art center
- To support the TFAC's goal to provide residents and visitors with the opportunity to engage renowned artists, learn of the process for creating fine art, and experience the intersection of art and community
- To support the TFAC as both a gateway for visitors and a threshold for residents
- To continue the TFAC's critical role in supporting the City of Alexandria's economic well being, drawing visitors and residents to our streets and our retail and commercial establishments
- To manage the operations of the TFAC to insure its ongoing success
- To provide the TFAC with a broad range of expertise and community based citizen support


Rob Loper

Wednesday, March 28, 2018
This place is amazing! My wife and I visited a few weeks ago, and it was great! I definitely found some artists that I want to come back and buy from. I also left feeling inspired and encouraged to continue working on my own art. There are so many different independent artists at work here too, so you can experience a wide variety of artistic methods and forms. Definitely a must visit.

Kevin Hunt

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Really cool and huge art gallery in Old Town Alexandria. This place was an actual Torpedo factory originally! A ton of artist studios and galleries. A LOT of talent in the place! Saw some awesome works! The art is spread out in the artist's studio so that you can stop, look, and talk to the artist. Definitely worth the visit!

Michael Nash

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Went in with just about an hour remaining before closing time, but tons of tremendous pieces. Chris had a great vibe and my friend and I really admire his metal art constructions. Need to come back with lots more time!

Mariano Torres

Saturday, March 10, 2018
I've been here a handful of times and enjoy the scenery, art, and crafts shared and sold here. There's always something to see, though not always something to buy. I know the artists work very hard at their craft and deserve recognition. I like to come here alone or with a friend.

Maurice Powell

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
This place was really nice due to the fact that in my opinion it caters to those who are really creative when it comes to art. There's a great mix of artists who come up with some amazing art work, photos and other types too. Right on the Potomac river waterfront, you have access to some nice restaurants, great shops (downtown Alexandria) and access to the water taxi - a 25 min ride to both the national harbor and Washington DC

Recent News

Exhibition - Light & Depth: Featuring Marine Weiss and Jennifer Brewer Stone

Light & Depth: Featuring Marine Weiss and Jennifer Brewer Stone Opens in TAG; The Associates Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center This exhibition by Torpedo Factory Artists’ Association members Jennifer Brewer Stone and Marine Weiss …

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Exhibition - Global Views: Light and Shadow

During her travels, artist Sally Davies observed people of different cultures doing what people of all cultures do: going about their daily lives. She watched and documented from unique perspectives and vantage points, photographing people under the …

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