Torpedo Factory Art Center,
Collection size: 4.7 linear ft.
Collection Summary: Organizational records, correspondence, a file for the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center (TFAC), business and financial records, lists and directories, reports, event files, printed material, and photographs document the history, operations, and activities of one of the largest and longest-running artist collaboratives in the United States.
Biographical/Historical Note: Art center; Alexandria, Va. Opened September 1974 in an old factory which manufactured torpedoes at the close of WWI and during WWII. The initial proposal in 1973 for the center was from Marian Van Landingham, a delegate for the State of Virginia, and Projects and Programs Director of the Alexandria Bicentennial Commission. It continues as one of the most successful, largest, and longest running artist collaboratives in the United States. In 1998, it boasts of more than eight hundred thousand visitors annually, with eighty-three studios, five cooperative galleries, an art school, and an archaeology laboratory and museum. The artists form the Torpedo Factory Artists Association. The Center is also supported by the Friends of the Torpedo Factory.
Donated 1998 by Penelope C. Barringer for the Torpedo Factory Artists' Association.