Torpedo Factory Art Center Anniversary Ball

By Editorial Team on November 11, 2019
Mardi Gras Ball, Circa 1984
Event: Saturday, November 16 from 7pm to 10pm


Torpedo Factory Art Center celebrates two major milestones in 2019 with an Anniversary Ball on Saturday, November 16, from 7 – 10 p.m. The building turns 100 and the Art Center is 45.

Mikaela Lefrak, WAMU arts and culture reporter, leads a lively evening of art, music, dancing, film, performance and memories. The party will swing to the big-band sounds of Good Shot Judy. Alexandria’s own Istrico Productions premieres the documentary they’ve created about the Art Center’s long and storied history, stretching back to 1919. Many of the Art Center’s first artists will return for the festivities as Target Gallery opens 45: An Anniversary Exhibition, featuring artwork by some of the original artists of the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Other highlights include:

Tickets are $75. More information and tickets can be found at

This event is sponsored in part by: Dominion EnergyAlexandria Restaurant PartnersThe Art League, and John Farr Lighting Design.

Target Gallery’s 45: An Anniversary Exhibition

Target Gallery honors the legacy of the founding artists of Torpedo Factory Art Center with a special 45th Anniversary exhibition. See work from many of the original artists, featuring both current and past work to capture their expansive artistic careers. Marian Van Landingham, artist and founder of the Art Center, acts as the honorary curator for this exhibition.

Participating Artists are:

45: An Anniversary Exhibition is on view from Saturday, November 9 through Sunday, December 8 in Target Gallery. Target Gallery is open daily 10 – 6 pm and until 9 pm on Thursdays. More information is available via

About the Torpedo Factory Art Center

Founded in 1974 in an old munitions plant, Torpedo Factory Art Center is home to the nation’s largest number of publicly accessible working artist studios under one roof. The City of Alexandria manages Torpedo Factory Art Center through the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities as part of the Office of the Arts’ family of programs and facilities. Just south of Washington, D.C., the Torpedo Factory Art Center overlooks the Potomac River in the Old Town section of Alexandria, Va. Each year, more than a half million national and international visitors meet and interact with more than 160 resident artists in 82 studios and seven galleries. For more information, visit or follow the Art Center on TwitterFacebookInstagram and Pinterest via @torpedofactory.