Exhibitions & Events

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  • Create & Advocate: Community Postcard Project

        Join local artist and writer, Camille Erickson in a public art project for Arts Advocacy Day! Your role is simple. Pick up a screen printed postcard that states, “I need art in my community because…” and respond through words or drawings on the back. These will then be hand delivered to your Senator […]

    Feb 9, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Healing Craft Night @ The Soap Factory

      Healing Craft Night No matter your cultural background, religion, political viewpoint, age, race, gender, class, or size, you are human first. And while the preceding categories may separate us, craft is an act that unites us. People across the spectrum make work by hand. Craft not only unites us, it heals us, too – […]

    Feb 7, 2017 - Feb 7, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • ATOMIC PRIESTS LIVE

    How do you communicate a message 10,000 years into the future? Theatre ensemble 600 Whale take audiences on a journey through deep time to a radioactive enclave with their upcoming work, “Atomic Priests Live!” Join the Priests in the Soap Factory basement Thursday, February 2nd at 9:00PM Friday, February 3rd at 9:00PM Saturday, February 4th at 9:00PM Thursday, February 9th at 9:00PM […]

    Feb 2, 2017 - Feb 11, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Talking Image Connection Presents: Writers Resist

      Please join us at the Soap Factory for one of many Writers Resist: Voices United events that will be held throughout the Twin Cities and the country on Sunday, January 15. This series was developed in partnership with PEN America, and will serve as a fundraiser for the ACLU. Our goal is to unite […]

    Jan 15, 2017 - Jan 15, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • BLEED&BURN, Catalytic Flag Making

    BLEED&BURN, Catalytic Flag Making   Organized by Alexa Horochowski and Crystal Quinn Exhibition runs from January 14th through February 12th in gallery 4 Opening reception is January 14th from 7-11pm Readings by poet Paul Dickinson and writer Jordan Thomas at 8:30 pm Performance by Gay Henry at 9 pm Birthed by post-election funk, Bleed & Burn […]

    Jan 14, 2017 - Jan 21, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • DISRUPTION:2017 VOLUNTEER BIENNIAL

    DISRUPTION:2017 VOLUNTEER BIENNIAL We are accustomed to following rules and procedures, and these provide us with the solace of a programmatic rhythm. What we tend to notice are the inevitable jags in our routine. Suddenly, we are forced to engage with our bodies and environments, the visceral reality of our being. A disruption. An alteration […]

    Jan 14, 2017 - Feb 12, 2017 Exhibition Details
  • Talking Image Connection: Working Forces/Desktop

    Talking Image Connection, TIC, establishes free events which bring together writers, contemporary art, and new audiences in art galleries around the Twin Cities. Authors, D. Allen, William Bearheart, Sarah Fox, Opal McCarthy and Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen  invent stories, poems, and other souvenirs in response to The Soap Factory’s current exhibitions: ‘Working Forces’ and ‘Mathew Zefeldt: […]

    Dec 9, 2016 - Dec 9, 2016 Exhibition Details
  • Working Forces

    Working Forces   The Soap Factory presents our 2016 submissions show, a group exhibition featuring the work of 13 emerging artists from across North America. Selected from The Soap Factory’s annual open call for submissions juried by our Program Committee and curated by Jehra Patrick. Working Forces assembles 10 projects from 13 artists which employ […]

    Nov 12, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016 Exhibition Details
  • Haunting Image Connection

    Haunting Image Connection A T.I.C. reading   Talking Image Connection, TIC, establishes free events which bring together writers, contemporary art, and new audiences in art galleries around the Twin Cities. Authors Paula Cisewski, Katie F-S, Poet Dobby Gibson, Kao Kalia Yang and Ka Vang invent stories, poems, and other souvenirs in response to The Soap […]

    Oct 25, 2016 - Oct 25, 2016 Exhibition Details
  • The Paranormal Art Project

    The Soap Factory’s Haunted Basement presents, The Paranormal Art Project a solo exhibition with artist, Brandon Kuehn     What is the difference between what we know and what we believe? In 2015-2016, Brandon Kuehn received a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant. The Paranormal Art Project was born. Kuehn has been traveling across […]

    Sep 30, 2016 - Oct 31, 2016 Exhibition Details
  • Common Room

    A summer series of tours by Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci, now in it’s eighth season. Common Room began as a month-long series of interactive art events, out of a refurbished art deco office at The Soap Factory. Since 2011, Vucci and Sturdevant have taken the Common Room concept outside the four walls of The […]

    Aug 10, 2016 - Aug 31, 2016 Exhibition Details
  • 3X5: THE SOAP FACTORY’S EMERGING ARTIST RESIDENCY PROGRAM

    Three galleries Five months Three by Five is a new opportunity consisting of five one month-long residencies that take place from May until September this year. Each month, three different Artist Coordinators, selected from Soap Factory alumni or other highly-regarded artist leads, host one or more emerging artists of their own choosing in one of […]

    May 1, 2016 - Sep 30, 2016 Exhibition Details
  • Mathew Zefeldt: Desktop

    Mathew Zefeldt: Desktop   A forthcoming exhibition of paintings and installations by University of Minnesota Professor Mathew Zefeldt. This exhibition features paintings that are completely analog in terms of process, but that reflect our contemporary reality of screen culture. Operating as Director, Zefeldt works with a specific cast of characters: bricks, two-by-fours, statue heads, gradients, […]

    Nov 12, 2016 - Dec 18, 2016 Exhibition Details
  • THE SOAP FACTORY AND NORTHERN LIGHTS PRESENT ART(ISTS) ON THE VERGE 7

    Art(ists) On the Verge 7   This exhibition features new work from five Minnesota-based artists. Art(ists) On the Verge 7 (AOV7) is an intensive, yearlong, mentor-based fellowship program for emerging artists working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture. One of the fundamental concepts defining the mission of the Art(ists) On the Verge Fellowship […]

    Mar 12, 2016 - Apr 17, 2016 Exhibition Details
  • Three Factory Pieces

    THREE FACTORY PIECES   History collides with the future in a new suite of projects from the Labor Camp. Three Factory Pieces presents a cohesive set of interventions that activates the Soap Factory, highlighting its unique features as a place of both industrial and art production. Working with materials ranging from asphalt paper, salt and […]

    Nov 21, 2015 - Dec 20, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • Superusted: A talking image connection event

    Talking Image Connection brings together writers, performers, contemporary art and new audiences in art galleries around the Twin Cities. We would also like to introduce the newest director of TIC, Lucas Pingel! Poetry by Brett Elizabeth Jenkins, William D. Waltz and Patrick Werle, short stories by fiction writer Claire DeBerg and non-fiction creative writer Jordan […]

    Nov 6, 2015 - Nov 6, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • The Soap Factory and Works Progress Present: Hand-in-Glove III

    Hand-in-Glove III A national conference of alternative spaces and places. Supported by Common Field, curated and organized by Works Progress and The Soap Factory Hand-in-Glove is a national convergence for those engaged in the imaginative possibilities and pragmatic realities of artist organzing, including independent artist-led exhibitions, re-granting initiatives, publications, residencies, public programs, pedagogical experiments, community […]

    Sep 17, 2015 - Sep 20, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • superusted

    superusted   The 4th Midwest Biennial exhibition at The Soap Factory, curated by Cheryl Wilgren Clyne This exhibition presents the work of seventeen artists, from five states across the Midwest, selected from a series of some 120 studio visits. Participating Artists: Alexa Horochowski , Andrea Carlson, Areca Roe, Carlos DeGroot, Clarence White, Dyani White Hawk […]

    Sep 12, 2015 - Nov 8, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • Common Room

    Common Room   A summer series of tours by Andy Sturdevant and Sergio Vucci, now in it’s eighth season. Common Room began as a month-long series of interactive art events, out of a refurbished art deco office at The Soap Factory. Since 2011, Vucci and Sturdevant have taken the Common Room concept outside the four […]

    Aug 12, 2015 - Sep 2, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • Shaping the Qualitative Phase of Contemporary Chinese Art

    Shaping the Qualitative Phase of Contemporary Chinese Art A collaborative residency project with the University of Minnesota and Beijing Artists’ Village   An exhibition featuring work by Liu Xuguang with artists Jia Yuming, Wang Zhi, Liu Qianyi, Meng Xianglong, Liu Danshu, and Zhang Jinghan. Curated by Professor Tom Rose. Exhibition runs: July 11 – August […]

    Jul 11, 2015 - Aug 30, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • WISE BLOOD

    Where you come from is gone, where you thought you were going was never there… -Flannery O’Connor, Wise Blood WISEBLOOD   Visual artist Chris Larson and composer Anthony Gatto join forces to bring the darkly humorous world of Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood to life. Set in The Soap Factory, the post-industrial beauty of a 130-year-old […]

    May 9, 2015 - Jun 21, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • Live Action Set, Dangerous Productions, and The Soap Factory present: Crime and Punishment

    Crime and Punishment   Live Action Set, Dangerous Productions and The Soap Factory are very excited to announce the remount of Crime and Punishment in April of 2015!   ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE: A twisted interpretation of the Dostoevsky novel, CRIME AND PUNISHMENT blends physical theater, dance and visual art into an adventurous, immersive performance in […]

    Apr 10, 2015 - May 3, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • The Soap Factory and Northernlights.mn present: Art(ists) On the Verge 6

    Art(ists) On the Verge 6   The Soap Factory and Northern Lights are pleased to announce the 6th installment of our annual collaboration. This exhibition features new work from five Minnesota-based artists. AOV6 is an intensive, year-long, mentor-based fellowship program for emerging artists working experimentally at the intersection of art, technology, and digital culture. One […]

    Mar 21, 2015 - Apr 19, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY: Screening and Director Talkback

      Executive produced by Jay-Z, Wyatt Cenac and dream hampton, Terence Nance’s dazzling, delightful and explosively creative debut, AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY utilizes a mix of live action and animation to tell the story of a relationship between Terence and a lovely young woman as it teeters between the platonic and romantic. Join us […]

    Mar 6, 2015 - Mar 6, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • The Soap Factory and Chicago Artists Coalition presents: Party’s Over

    Party’s Over   Location: Galleries Two and Three This exhibition is a collaboration between The Soap Factory and the Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC). The Party’s Over is the culminating exhibition between the Chicago Artists Coalitions’ BOLT Residency and The Soap Factory’s resident artists, who partnered together in 2013 for the Midwest Artist Exchange, a yearly […]

    Feb 7, 2015 - Mar 8, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • The Soap Factory and Obsidian Arts present: Friction Fiction

    Friction Fiction   Location: Gallery One A collaboration between The Soap Factory and Obsidian Arts, Fiction Friction is a survey of contemporary black artists, curated by Roderic Southall, all using the medium of animation to address and contextualize their relationship with the urban landscape. The Black experience of the urban is an ideal subject for […]

    Feb 7, 2015 - Mar 8, 2015 Exhibition Details
  • ALEXA HOROCHOWSKI: CLUB DISMINUCIÓN

    A solo exhibition featuring new works of sculpture, video and large-scale prints by Alexa Horochowski The exhibition Club Disminución (“Club of Diminishing Returns”) was instigated by Alexa Horochowski’s artist residency at Casa Poli in Coliumo, Chile, 2012/2013. Designed by architects Mauricio Pezo and Sofía Ellrichshausen, Casa Poli, a minimalist, concrete cube, functions as a cultural […]

    Sep 6, 2014 - Nov 9, 2014 Exhibition Details
  • Americana

    The Soap Factory presents Americana, a group exhibition featuring the work of 9 emerging artists from across North America. Selected from The Soap Factory’s annual open call for submissions by curator and Executive Director Ben Heywood, Americana features drawing, sculpture, video and installation work. Participating artists: Shana Berger & Nathan Purath, Patrick Gantert, Leif Huron, […]

    Jun 20, 2014 - Aug 17, 2014 Exhibition Details
  • BENJAMIN ENTNER AT NORTHERN SPARK

    New York artist Benjamin Entner creates a larger-than-life, inflatable, drawing project which parodies art historical precedents for the Northern Spark Festival in downtown Minneapolis. Learn more about Benjamin Entner’s past projects and see his Northern Spark installation Ego Sum along the river at the Guthrie Theater from dusk till dawn on June 14th. About Northern […]

    Jun 14, 2014 - Jun 15, 2014 Exhibition Details
  • WE ARE WATER

    The Soap Factory presents We Are Water a month-long curatorial collaboration between Wang Ping’s Kinship of Rivers and The Soap Factory; artists from Twin Cities and New Orleans, music, performance, interactive creativity, poetry, food and celebration. Lead Artist and Curator: Wang Ping Learn more about Wang Ping’s Kinship of Rivers project We Are Water: Kinship […]

    May 10, 2016 - Jun 7, 2014 Exhibition Details

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