The Soap Factory is a laboratory for artistic experimentation and innovation, dedicated to supporting artists and engaging audiences through the production and presentation of contemporary art in a unique and historic environment.
Based in the historic National Purity Soap Factory in downtown Minneapolis, The Soap Factory is a 501(c )(3) non-profit.
No Name Exhibitions @ The Soap Factory was founded in 1988 by a small group of artists (with "no name") as one of the first venues in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St Paul devoted to emerging visual art. Throughout its history, No Name Exhibitions has filled a crucial niche in this vital regional arts community by providing a supportive environment for artists who are at the beginning of their careers or who are exploring new genres of expression.
In 2011, The Soap Factory exhibited the work of 66 artists and had over 24,000 visitors attend opening nights, tour exhibitions, or participate in our special events. We are unabashedly artist-centered; offering audiences a visceral and immediate experience of art and of the life of the artist.
The Soap Factory is located in the former National Purity Soap Company building, donated to the organization by Pillsbury in 1995. This historic 48,000 sq. ft. wood and brick warehouse-located along the riverfront near the birthplace of Minneapolis-makes The Soap Factory the third largest contemporary art gallery in Minneapolis/St Paul, and one of the largest devoted to emergent practice in the USA. We are the only true "raw" space in Minneapolis/St Paul, a unique showcase for sculpture, installation, painting, performance, photography, film, and video.
The Soap Factory supports artists and their work not only by providing exhibition and studio space on an unprecedented scale, but also by providing a skilled staff to aid artists in realizing new work, by paid stipends to both artists and curators, and by securing press articles and critical reviews of shows in a unique gallery space with a national profile. Doing so, we help position artists to continue beyond their Soap Factory exhibitions, as well as offering our volunteers, many of whom are emerging artists themselves, the opportunity to learn and work within a professional gallery environment.