The Art League, Inc.
"By nurturing the artist, we enrich the community. The Art League develops the artist through education, exhibition, and a stimulating, supportive environment while sharing the experience of the visual arts with the community."
Founded in 1954, The Art League, a 501(c)(3), is among the nation’s largest and oldest multi-service organizations for visual artists. As a major component of the cultural fabric of Alexandria, The Art League offers extensive exhibit opportunities for artists through its gallery, outstanding fine art education through the school, and valuable outreach programs to the local community.
Many events, special exhibits, and collaborations take place throughout the year, including our popular annual Patrons’ Show, biennial Ikebana Show, Art on the Rocks, and Artfête Holiday Open House.
The Art League School, Gallery, Store, and offices are headquartered in the national landmark Torpedo Factory Art Center. Our Madison Annex, in north Old Town, is home to the majority of our 2-D and 3-D educational programming.
The Art League School offers classes and workshops in virtually every area of the fine arts to students of all ages and artistic skill levels. Enrollment is open to all. Each year, more than 7,000 students register, filling over 11,000 seats in classes. Novices find a welcoming and supportive environment, while tenured students are challenged to learn new techniques. All classes and workshops are taught by professional, highly qualified artist instructors, many of whom also teach at DC-area colleges and universities. Since all courses are noncredit, our focus is on personal enrichment through art or as an artist, rather than a degree.
Classes for children and teens are offered throughout the year, with our special Art Camps for kids featured in the summer. In addition to workshops offered at our headquarters in Alexandria, we offer Travel Workshops to exciting domestic and international locales with our talented faculty. Students have traveled to locations including Rome, Provence, London, and the Bahamas to study and paint.
The Art League Gallery provides a gathering and exhibition space for the visual arts community of Alexandria and the greater Washington, DC region. The Gallery offers camaraderie and fellowship to more than 1,000 artists of all media and all skill levels. Veteran or amateur – anyone can become a member. Here, emerging artists can see their works featured in the gallery or work towards installing a Solo Artist exhibit. Each month brings new exhibits and new opportunities for artists to submit their works to be juried and considered for exhibition. All of these exhibits are presented in a space that welcomes over 7,000 visitors each month.
Open to the public free of charge, all are invited to visit our gallery in the landmark Torpedo Factory Art Center in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.
The award-winning “Space of Her Own” (SOHO) outreach program engages at-risk, low-income, 5th-grade girls in a year of personal growth centered around art. This collaboration with the Alexandria Court Service Unit pairs each girl with an adult, female mentor to partake in art lessons taught by an Art League instructor. These sessions become the catalyst to discuss larger life concerns – issues including decision making, self image, nutrition, and personal power.
The Geri Gordon Scholarship Fund, established in 1998 to celebrate former Art League School Director Geri Gordon’s vision and dedication, provides scholarships for art classes to students who otherwise could not afford to enroll.
“IMPART,” our new outreach service for injured military personnel through our ceramics department, launched in 2012 with great success.