ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Torpedo Factory Art Center opens applications March 1 for artists seeking studio space through an annual juror and new juror process.
An annual jury and re-jury process is part of the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Vitality and Sustainability Plan adopted by the Alexandria City Council. This is the first time a new jury will be held for current artists in the art center’s 48-year history. Studios will be re-judged based on the time elapsed since the artist’s last judging.
About a third of studios will be retried in 2022, and the rest will be retried over the next two years. By the end of 2024, all resident artists will have been judged under this new process.
The group re-judged in 2022 spans artist studios last judged from 1973 to 2003. Applications will open March 1 with a submission deadline of April 19. to 2017. The final group, which will be retried in 2024, was last jured from 2018 to 2021. Founding members who had a studio in 1974 and occupants of their studio will not be required to re-jure and may receive a renewable one. yearly leases for the duration of their occupation in the workshop.
Artists whose applications are accepted receive a three-year lease of publicly subsidized rent of $16.88 per square foot per year. This rent covers art center costs and professional development opportunities, and artists can sell their art commission-free.
The process of selecting artists for studios consists of three phases. Candidates will receive a score of up to 100 points in total across all three phases and must meet the minimum scoring requirements to advance to subsequent phases.
The first phase includes the three jurors who only see the submitted art and do not know who the artists are. Jurors will be looking for “deliberately crafted artwork with an authentic and original point of view that reflects an awareness of current trends and aesthetics in the wider art world,” according to a press release. .
In the second phase, jurors will examine the contestants’ backgrounds, careers, and how they marketed themselves or their art. Jurors will look for candidates who can explain their art and who want to engage with the public.
In the third phase, candidates will make presentations open to the public. The jurors will look for the candidates’ ability to communicate about their art and their willingness to engage with the public. Once presentations are scheduled, they can be found at torpedofactory.org/events.
The members of the jury who will consider the artists’ applications are: Zoë Charlton, MFA, artist and professor of art at American University; Jaynelle Hazard, MA, Executive Director and Curator of the Tephra Institute of Contemporary Art; Jack Rasmussen, Ph.D., director and curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center; and John Ruppert, MFA, artist and professor of art at the University of Maryland.
Artists over the age of 21 can apply individually or in groups, either for a three-year lease as a resident artist or as a pro tem artist with the possibility of subletting. The fee is $45 for new applicants. Educational webinars will be held March 30 at noon and March 31 at 7 p.m. for new applicants to review the selection process with city staff.