Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Give the gift of Art!

5x5x5 purchasers can take the artworks with them at time of purchase - makes for the perfect holiday gifts - like this one, "Blue Chandelier" by Ann Dinwiddie Madden for only $75.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

5x5(x5) Is Back - December 8th - 30th

Back by popular demand, Target Gallery presents our small works exhibition 5x5x(5). This show examines work on a very intimate scale with all of the work measuring at five inches or less. The show will consist of all media, from painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry, fiber and more. With close to 112 art works created by 68 artists from around the country, there is definitely something for everyone.

Please join us for a special reception on
Thursday, December 13th, 6-8pm
Our juror Stefanie Fedor will give a gallery talk at 7pm.

Selected Artists: Susanna Speirs Ali (CA), Fabiano Amin (DC), Robin Arnold (NY), Roger Bisbing (NY), Adam Bradley (VA), Therese Brown (CA), Susan Callahan (MD), Susan Cohen (VA), Danny Conant (MD), Theresa Devine (AZ), Jackson Echols (TX), Kirbi Eckerty (IL), Barbara Januszkiewicz (VA), Susan Field (CA), Dave Fischer (MI), Jeanne Garant (VA), Annette Giaco (SC), Jeanne Goodman (VA), Amy Gross (FL), Joni Gruber (AL), Max Heller (NC), Gail Higginbotham (MD), Harrison Higgs (WA), Jamie M. Jamison (OH), Leslie Johnston (DC), Michael Kalish (LA), Hugh Jones (VA), Jordanna Kalman (NY), Sally Kauffman (DC), Joo Kim (FL), Erika Kissinger (VA), Richard Lapham (NY), Nancy E. Lohmiller (WI), Ann Dinwiddie Madden (MS), Chalda Maloff (TX), James Mai (IL), Diana Manchak (MD), Anne Marchand (DC), Sue Marrazzo (PA), Ceci Cole Mcinturff (DC), Elizabeth Meggs (NY), Karen Mullarkey (VA), Larissa Norman (UT), Charles Norton (MD), Amy Ordoveza (VA), Elizabeth Palovick (PA), Domingo Parada (IL), Kate Patsch (VA), Dan Perkins (DC), Jane Pettit (MD), Casey Scharling (NC), Richard Sele (VA), Donna Sinclair (VA), John O. Smith (WI), Janos Somogyi (VA), Denise Stewart-Sanabria (TN), B. Avery Syrig (NY), Laura Tabakman (PA), Carol Talkov (VA), Hester Thomas (NY), Guillermo Ubilla (VA), Paul Valadez (TX), Susan  Walen (MD), Jane Walker (UK), Patricia Sarrafian Ward (MA), Karen Watson (VA), Steve Whitfield (OK), Melissa Woodburn (CA)

Friday, October 26, 2012

Upheaval opens Saturday, November 3rd in Celebration of Fotoweek DC


What: Upheaval – Part of Fotoweek DC
When: November 3rd – December 2nd, 2012
Thursday, November 8th, 6-8pm; juror talk with Brie Castell at 7pm

In celebration of Fotoweek DC, the Target Gallery hosts a juried exhibition that examines how photographers interpret the theme of Upheaval – whether in their personal lives dealing with illness, divorce, death of a parent – or on a more global level with subjects such as climate change, political unrest, and natural disasters.

The exhibition will showcase 16 works by 9 artists from across the country, including two local artists, Sascha Hughes-Caley (Great Falls) and Angela Kleis (Arlington). Other selected artists are Therese Brown (CA), Lisa DiLillo (NY), Jodie Mim Goodnough (MA), Annie Hogan (NJ), Matthew Moore (MD), Brandon Pilcher (NY), and Allison Rufrano (NY)

Juror Information
Our juror for this exhibition is Brie Castell,
owner and chief curator of Castell Photography in Asheville, North Carolina, one of the south's finest galleries specializing in contemporary photo-based media. Castell works with established and emerging artists from around the globe for exhibition and representation, and brings to Asheville leading authorities in the field of photography for educational programming. Castell has also been a working photo-based artist for over 12 years, has exhibited extensively around the country, and is in numerous public and private collections. Castell received her MFA from East Carolina University, and currently teaches photography at Virginia Intermont College.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Homage: Past Influences
Exhibition Dates: October 6 - 28, 2012
Reception: October 11, 6 - 8pm - juror talk at 7pm

Homage is an all-media, juried exhibition featuring work that pays respect or dedication to past influences. Our juror, Brooke Seidelmann, is the director of DC's Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery, located in the vibrant U St. corridor and part of the larger community center, Smith Center for Healing & the Arts. In 2011, Brooke was co-director of the citywide arts initiative, The 9/11 Arts Project, which brought together over 30 DC arts organizations to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11 with multi-genre programming.

Selected Artists

Diane Blackwell (VA), Stephanie Booth (VA), Abigail Cassner (GA), Sarah Fagan (OR), Jodie Mim Goodnough (MA), Matthew Hall (PA), Daniel Koterbay (RI), Alexander L. Landerman (WI), Luisa Mesa (FL), Dawn Nye (ME), Dale Odell (AZ), Brenda Oelbaum (MI), Diane F. Ramos (OH), Katrazyna Randall (ME), Scott Michael Raynor (NC), Ryan Schroeder (MD), Sandra Sitron (NY), Jenny Wiener (FL), Helen Zughaib (DC)

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Ben Duke's Sublime Rupture Open in Target Gallery

What: Sublime Rupture, Paintings by Benjamin Duke
When: August 4 – September 2, 2012
August 9, 6 - 8pm; gallery talk with Benjamin Duke at 7pm

“Duke’s canvases are energetic and chaotic; he is unafraid of scale, lush surface, high contrast, saturated color, unstable angularity, exaggerated gesture and any of a number of devices that may make a self conscious, defensive painter squeamish. This exuberance is girded by masterful drawing, seemingly effortless mark and convincing picture structure; Mr. Duke applies his craft with conviction, enthusiasm and without apology.” – David Page, 2012 Open Exhibition Juror

The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery presents the exhibition Sublime Rupture, featuring a series of large paintings by artist Benjamin Duke, winner of the gallery’s 2012 Open Exhibition competition. A distinguished panel of three arts-experts who reviewed over eighty submitted proposals unanimously selected Duke’s work. The exhibition will open on Saturday, August 4th and run through Sunday, September 2nd, 2012. Please join us on August 9th, from 6-8pm for a reception to meet the artist and hear him speak at 7pm.
When asked about this series of work, Duke says:
“In my paintings I ask myself ‘Is this the way the world is?’ I reshape and retool my painting experience to answer that question.  But while the question begins with the world, it ends with the work itself: ‘Is this the way the world is in this work?’ The search is for the world in painting and painting in the world (painting worlds/ painting’s world). Am I in the world or is the world in me? I allude to my life, to writers’ works, to imagery, and it is my hope that this record of allusion conjures and creates the same. I am referring to text, theory, idea - but I am also finding myself already there, looking out to see in.”

About the Artist
Benjamin Swallow Duke was born in Louisville, Kentucky and grew up in Utah. He studied Literature, Philosophy and Art at the University of Utah receiving his BFA in 2002. He received his Master of Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore Hoffberger School of Painting, and has been teaching painting and drawing at Michigan State University since 2006. Duke has had numerous solo and group shows at the national and international level including at the Fitton Art Center in Hamilton, Ohio, “Weak Painting Group” exhibitions at The Kuandu Museum of Fine Art in Taipei and Da Xiang Art Space in Taichung City, Taiwan, and several solo exhibitions at Ann Nathan Gallery in Chicago. Duke’s work has been represented since 2006 by Ann Nathan Gallery, a well-established and respected downtown Chicago Gallery with a focus on contemporary realism.  Duke has also been awarded international residencies at Bamboo Curtain Studios, Taiwan from May to July 2009 and The Kuandu Museum of Fine Art from December 2009 through January 2010 at Taipei National University of the Arts, the premier Art University in Taiwan.
About the 2012 Open Exhibition Competition
When the artists of the Torpedo Factory Art Center conceived the Target Gallery in 1987, it was tasked with the mission to feature emerging and established artists from all over the country in shows that would engage and challenge the viewer. We accomplish this through a series of juried exhibitions that are open to all artists nationally and internationally. One opportunity that we offer annually is our Open Exhibition competition, which invites artists to submit exhibition proposals for a chance at a solo exhibition in the gallery. In addition to the honor of having a solo exhibition in a world-renowned art center, the gallery offers the artist a show catalog.  We choose a panel of three arts experts to choose the winning exhibition proposal. This year’s distinguished juror panel included Jack Rasmussen,
Director and Curator of the American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center in Washington, Catriona Fraser, international award-winning photographer and the Director of Fraser Gallery, and David Page, South African-born, internationally acclaimed Baltimore-based sculptor.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Peace Paper Project - Workshop & Exhibition

Made possible through out Art in Public Spaces program, this was a free workshop designed as a collaborative effort between Peace Paper Project and the Torpedo Factory Art Center's Target Gallery.

The workshop was be led Peace Paper Project Directors Drew Matott and Margaret Mahan, as well as Art Therapist Arielle Matthews. Participants were comprised of Torpedo Factory Artist and survivors of trauma and veterans in the Washington, D.C. area.

Through making paper from their own clothing and prints from their own images, workshop participants will utilize both traditional and contemporary applications of the paper arts as a means to tell their individual stories. The workshop will culminate with an exhibit of handmade paper, pulp paintings, pulp prints and broadsides made throughout the workshop.

About Peace Paper Recognizing the therapeutic benefits of the medium, Peace Paper works to make hand papermaking available to the world in numerous ways. Peace Paper works with survivors of trauma and uses a portable paper making studio and fibers that hold significance (such as articles of clothing that one might have worn during chemo treatment, or part of a military uniform, etc) to create hand made paper. Their goal is to bring paper to the people so that they may transform their unique fibers into works of art; expressing their stories through the pulp while using the medium of papermaking to enrich their artistic voices.

TF Artist of the Year Exhibit: Susan Makara's Masks

What: Susan Makara: Masks
When: June 30 – July 29, 2012
July 12, 6 - 8pm; Award Ceremony at 7pm

The Target Gallery presents Masks, a solo exhibition of work by Torpedo Factory artist Susan Makara, winner of the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Artist of the Year award. A special reception will be held on July 12th from 6-8pm, with an award ceremony at 7pm. Guests are encouraged to wear a mask to the reception.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Target Gallery presents Masks, which opens on June 30 and runs through July 29.  This solo exhibition features paintings and sketches by Susan Makara, winner of the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s annual Artist of the Year award. About this series of paintings Makara says, “Masks showcases my strongest and most fantastical work to date. The ideas for the series come from my imagination, visible only in my minds’ eye until I paint them. We all wear masks. Our true feelings and thoughts are not always revealed for others to see. Sometimes we hide the person within.”

The juror for this exhibition was
William Schran, Assistant Dean of Fine Arts at Northern Virginia Community College. About Makara’s work he said, “Susan demonstrates a command of the medium with powerful imagery that speaks to the viewer, yet presents a sense of mystery. There is a haunting dream-like quality with the figures, all hidden behind masks.  Behind the mask, who is looking at whom?”

Susan Makara holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She served as assistant art director at a Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, DC and as art director for the PBS series “Powerhouse.” Her work can be found in the School of Art Museum in Buenos Aires, at the U.S. State Department, in the homes of James Brady and Barbara Bush, and at the Garden Court in Jordan’s Royal Palace.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Forged: Examining contemporary approaches to the ancient process of forged metal work.

What: Forged
When: May 19 - June 24, 2012
June 14, 6 - 8pm; juror talk with Twylene Moyer at 7pm

Forged explores how artists today are taking a contemporary approach to one of the oldest known metalworking processes. The selected works represent a broad range of formal qualities, techniques, and points of view. They run the gamut from conceptual to functional, from practical to outrageous, but they all share a common root in the deep-seated role of metal as a shaper of thought and behavior. As stated by the juror Twylene Moyer, the selected work has “…the power to make us think, again, about how the most ancient of materials and processes can be renewed to forge a continually evolving present.”

The selected artists are: Ross Caudill (NY), Michael Leo Chmielewski (NC), Dylan Collins (WV), Ben Dory (IL), Ellen Durkan (DE), Wendy Edsall-Kerwin (PA), Seth Gould (NC), Lu Heintz (RI), Holland Houdek (NY), Lucas House (NC), John Huckins (ME), Daniel Marcucio (ME), Laurie Marshall (IL), Cozette Phillips (TX), Mike Rossi (PA), George Rousis (MO), Jon Shearin (NY), Steve Shelby (IN), Lisa M. Wilson (OH).

Monday, April 2, 2012

Push Pull Play opens April 12th

Exhibition Dates: April 12 - May 13, 2012Reception: April 12th, 6-8pm

Target Gallery hosts this juried exhibition that focuses on interactive, and toy inspired art. The juror for this exhibition is Prescott Trudeau, curator for the Children’s Museum of Art in Manhattan. This exhibition is in participation with MINDS WIDE OPEN: Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts 2012, a statewide collaboration of artists, arts organizations, and other institutions to present programs focusing on Children and the Arts.

Selected Artists: Ellen Benson (PA), Ashley V. Blalock (CA), Phillip Delacruz (FL), Marlene Hawe (VA), Erika Heffernan (NY), Joel Jonientz (ND), Melanie Kehoss (VA), Caroline McCatty (MD), Christopher Nitsche (GA), Seamus Liam O'Brien (NY), Mallory Sloss (PA), Alex Waggoner (GA)

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Welcome Newly Juried Artists!
Exhibition Dates: March 24 - April 1
Reception: April 1, 2-4pm

This year we had eighty-four artists apply for membership to the Torpedo Factory Artists' Association! Six out of twenty-seven 3D artists were accepted. Eleven out of fifty-seven 2D artists were accepted. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Jury process. Stop by the gallery to from March 24 through April 1st to see some of their work, and make sure to come to the reception on April 1st to meet the artists.

We are pleased to announce the results for the
2012 Newly Juried Artists! 

3D Results: 

Karin Abromaitis, Clay and Metal
Bev Andrews, Ceramics
Jamie Fine, Ceramics
Dejan Jovanovic, Jewelry
Maureen Melville, Stained Glass
Holly Sugarman, Fiber

2D Results: 
Lesley Clarke, Painting
Soomin Ham, Photography
Eric T. Johnson, Photography
Rachel Kerwin, Painting and Drawing
Greg Knott, Photography
Guido Krueger, Photography
Allen Levy, Painting
E. E. McCollum, Photography
Jennifer Stone, Painting
Brady Wilks, Photography
Frederic Zafran, Photography

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

First Target Gallery Podcast!

Hello Everyone,

Here is the download link to the first Target Gallery Podcast!

Fears and Phobia's Podcast

To download on to your phone, access the podcast with your mobile specific BOX app (which is free!), or access BOX through http://m.box.com/.