Torpedo Factory Art Center

With the world-famous Torpedo Factory Art Center as the city's visual arts hub, Alexandria is nationally recognized as one of America's Top ArtPlaces, with a "backbone of creative culture...[that is] exceptionally successful at combining art, artists and venues for creativity and make vibrant neighborhoods." A former World War II munitions factory, this art center now houses 82 working artist studios and more than 160 visual artists, whose artwork ranges from painting to ceramics, fiber to printmaking.

Visitors wander through the center's hallways, enjoying a cup of coffee and light fare from the first floor café, Bread & Chocolate, and witness artists at work or purchase one-of-a-kind keepsakes and statement pieces to take home. At the six galleries located throughout the building, including five cooperative galleries and the Target Gallery, art enthusiasts find work by national and international artists. Also home to The Art League-a premiere art school for the public-and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, the Torpedo Factory Art Center anchors Alexandria's bustling creative community and brings art and culture to visitors and locals alike.

Throughout the year, the center holds rotating exhibits, seasonal festivities and Second Thursday art events, oftentimes with live music and art activities. The Torpedo Factory is also available for private rentals, providing a creative flare to any wedding, business gathering or special celebration.

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