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Visitors visit exhibit on Torpedo Factory's history
Visitors view exhibit on the Torpedo factory's history Photo: Kathryn A. Brown, 1997

Torpedo Factory Art Center

For the past 26 years, The Torpedo Factory Art Center has provided a source of cultural heritage in Alexandria, Virginia, for residents and visitors alike. Now attracting over 800,000 visitors annually, the Art Center serves as a model for successful art centers, and is known nationally and internationally as a destination where artists, collectors and the general public meet with working artists to experience the creative processes leading to high quality works in all media. The Torpedo Factory has risen from an industrial facility built for manufacturing munitions in World War I, to becoming a Living Museum of Fine Art in Process. The center is comprised of 165 artists in 83 studios, six galleries, The Art League with over 2,500 students, the Friends of the Torpedo Factory and the City of Alexandria's Archeology Museum. The Torpedo Factory truly represents art in action.

Documentation includes a 7-page report, the Art League School catalog, 23 photos., a cookbook entitled The Artist's Palate, a visitor's guide and directory and explanatory material in German and Italian.

Originally submitted by: James P. Moran, Representative (8th District).

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