2023 Post-Graduation Residency Opportunity

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2023 Post-Graduation Residency Opportunity



The Torpedo Factory Art Center Post-Graduation Residency is a competitive juried program that provides meaningful support and a three-month term solo studio space in the nation’s longest continually operated community of publicly accessible artists’ studios in a converted industrial space. This residency is open to recently graduated art students who earned a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the visual arts from an accredited university. This greater Washington DC region program is unique for addressing the critical post-graduation juncture in an emerging artist’s career, offering an opportunity for professional development, and a chance to define independent work process outside of the academic context.

Selected artists receive a studio space as well as public presentation opportunities, including an artist talk and participation in a culminating curated exhibition in the Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center. Selected artists are active participants in the Art Center’s unique creative community and benefit from engagement with local, national, and international artists.

New for 2023!  Artists may apply as partners to share a studio, or apply solo, depending on preference. If two artists are accepted together, they will share the studio space for the residency term (see residency dates below). This allows an opportunity for artists who might not be able to commit to more hours to participate in the program. More information provided in the guidelines below.

Residency Terms:  Three (3) terms are offered

  • April – June 2023,
  • July – September 2023,
  • October – December 2023


  • Completion of batchers or master’s degree with a focus on the arts from an accredited University within the past 5 years.
  • Proof of residency in the greater Washington DC region within 40 miles, or less than a one-hour commute, from the Art Center.
  • Due to the open-air nature of the studios, media that produces toxic fumes are not permitted, as well as artwork that requires nonstop continuous loud noise. Artists using media of a toxic or hazardous nature shall follow all applicable laws and regulations. Consult the Operating Rules and Procedures for more information. A spray booth, of limited size, is available for toxic media.

Please review the application guidelines carefully linked below for more information on residency benefits, rules, and selection criteria.

Review/Download Guidelines Here

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