Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mixing Bowl: Immigration and Diversity in America opens January 8

Exhibition Dates: January 8- February 27, 2011

Reception: January 13, 6-8pm artists reception;
Gallery talk 7pm with Jurors Amy Cavanaugh Royce and Briony Hynson Evans

Special Programming:
February 4, 7-9pm: “Beyond Borders” film screening & panel discussion led by guest speaker, Simon Burrow, Executive Producer
February 10, 7pm: SPARK – a spoken word event inspired by the Exhibition

Target Gallery’s Mixing Bowl examines Immigration & Diversity in America

From tax structure to health care; immigration bleeds into the fabric of this country. Although the United States’ greatness was founded on the labor of immigrants, headlines still read; “Fractured States of America - Relentless Mass Immigration,” or “Congress Displeases on Dream Act,” to “Strapped US cannot afford immigration any longer”.

Immigration is clearly a hot topic in the media and on political agendas. This can easily be relegated to the realm of talking heads, skewed statistics, and Washington bureaucracy. Nonetheless, it is an important social element. The Mixing Bowl collection sheds light on the human and personal side of this equation.

- jurors, Amy Cavanaugh Royce and Briony Evans Hinson

Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery opens their 2011 Exhibition Season with Mixing Bowl, an exhibition examining the hot topic issue of immigration in America. Artists were invited to submit work for consideration addressing their personal views on immigration and diversity in America today. Our jurors, Amy Cavanaugh Royce and Briony Evans Hynson, selected 16 artists for the exhibition. The work on view ranges from a large-scale video installation, photorealistic drawings, collage, and assemblage to photography.

Artists in the exhibit include: Nathan Bond (NY), Anne Dushanko Dobek (NJ), Chris Dutch (WV) and Amy Williams (WV), Corey Escoto (PA), Claire Feng (MD), Hugh Jones (VA), Carolina Rubio MacWright (NY), Barbara McIntyre (CA), Jennifer Nuttall (TX), Indrani Nayargall (NC), Joseph Ostraff (UT), So Yoon Lym (NJ), Kitty Sweet Winslow (CT), Stephanie Williams (VA), and Mara Zaslove (CA).

Monday, December 13, 2010

Holiday Fun Scavenger Hunt through December

Torpedo Factory Art Center offers family fun adventures this Holiday season with a Holiday themed Scavenger Hunt and our Holiday Gift Guide.

What: Holiday Fun Scavenger Hunt is for all families interested in exploring the Torpedo Factory Art Center. The Torpedo Factory is also offering a Holiday Gift Guide that can be picked up alongside the scavenger hunt or downloaded from our website at www.torpedofactory.org.

When: Every weekend through December 31st, from 10-6pm

Cost: FREE

Where: Begins in the Target Gallery, located inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center behind the spiral stairs and takes you throughout all three floors.

Alexandria, VA- The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery is bringing back its scavenger hunt for the Holidays. The game will run through December 31. It is designed for people of all ages, but children especially enjoy the challenge. The young participants who complete the Scavenger Hunt receive a small gift from the Target Gallery.

The Target Gallery initiated the Scavenger Hunt during the summer and brought it back for the fall due to the great feedback from the participants. The Target Gallery decided to bring back the game with a holiday theme to celebrate the festive season. When touring inside the Torpedo Factory Art Center, visitors can experience the holiday atmosphere by appreciating the creative decorations made by artists in the art center. Meanwhile, visitors are welcome to pickup our Holiday Gift Guide along with the Holiday Fun Scavenger Hunt and make it a family affair at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

The scavenger hunt allows visitors to explore the three-floor historical art center. There are 82 artists’ studio, 6 galleries, and the Archaeology Museum inside the building. Visitors will not miss any details of the history and art works. Moreover, it is a wonderful opportunity for those who would like to interact with the artists. While participants attempting to look for the answers of the scavenger hunt, will find that the artists love to assist them by dropping some hints. Besides the questions, the scavenger hunt sheet includes a special coloring page of classic art works and information of upcoming major events happening in the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Holiday Gift Guide:
The Torpedo Factory offers a gift guide offering fun, unique gift ideas in every price range. Visitors can download and print the gift guide from our website (www.torpedofactory.org) or pick up the Holiday Gift Guide at the art center which will list participating galleries, artists and studio numbers.