Staff & Board
Joni Van Bockel
Gallery Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
L. Kelley Lindquist
David Moore Jr.
Board of Directors
Blake Iverson (Chair)
Blake Iverson attended the University of Minnesota where he majored in History and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature. He then attended the University of Minnesota Law School where he was a member of the Arts and Entertainment Law Association. In 2008, Blake co-founded the law firm Friedman Iverson, PLLC, where he practices arts, entertainment and business law. He was the 2012-2013 Chair of the Arts and Entertainment Section of the Minnesota Bar Association.
Blake teaches Contracts at McNally Smith. In his spare time, Blake serves on the boards of several non-profits as well as the Minneapolis Arts Commission. His passions include mid-century furniture, pub trivia, and travel.
Erik Ullanderson was born in 1971 in Minnesota and attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has lived and worked in the U.S. and the Netherlands and now maintains a studio in St. Paul, Minnesota. His extensive travels and time in corporate life have greatly influenced his art practice, which includes traditional studio output, performance, video, and social practice. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and continues to produce as much as he can before he becomes incapable of producing any more.
Alexa Horochowski is a Full Professor at St. Cloud State University and a practicing/exhibiting artist. Her discipline is sculpture, teaching 3 university-level studio courses as well as acting as Gallery Director, Visiting Artist & Scholar Committee Member and manager of the woodshop, foundry and related facilities as SCSU. In addition Alexa has a long history of gallery exhibitions and projects, working with, among others, MCAD, UMN, The Soap Factory, HightPoint Center for Printmaking, MMAA, MAEP, SOOVAC, Midway Contemporary Art, St. Olaf College & Northwestern College. Bilingual in English and Spanish Alexa brings an international vision to her Board participation.
Colin Rusch is a Managing Director with Oppenheimer Cos. in New York City. As such he manages research of over 40 new energy sector companies and is intimately familiar with structured finance, and capital markets. A Twin Cities native, Colin is a trained dancer and has a long history of arts administration, advocacy and networking in the region and nationally.
Jill Smith is a New York City based art consultant primarily focused on the development of arts & cultural programming for public and private institutions. She has spent close to a decade working in sales and artist management in NYC having held positions at Kim Heirston Art Advisory and David Zwirner Gallery where she developed expertise in private sales & acquisitions, comprehensive market development, and career development for a world-renowned roster of leading contemporary artists.
She is excited to work with The Soap Factory to help further its mission of providing a unique platform for emerging artistic talent while sparking an ongoing dialogue between the local, national, and international arts communities. Jill and her husband, Albert, live in NYC with their rescue dog, She-Ra.
Joe Butler has a 30-year background in national and international community organizing, community and economic development and design/project management. A New Orleans native, Joe is a Project Manager with Artspace Project, Inc., leading the $30 million Treme’ Bell School Artspace Project in New Orleans, as well as work in Memphis, El Paso, Washington DC and Mt. Rainier, MD. He brings a significant network of national funders and experts, as well as extensive experience in project management and community engagement. His international experience includes design and project work in Durban, SA.
Naomi Marx is a Senior Project Manager with Artspace Projects, Inc., with a decade of arts-development, consulting and underwriting experience. A practicing studio artist, Naomi has also worked in corporate capacities at General Mills, Schwanns and Springsted, Inc. in analytics and forecasting.
Bill Mague (ED)
Bill Mague has over 25 years of experience in public and non-profit real estate finance, development and strategic management. Bill spent the past 11 years as Vice President of Asset Management for Artspace Projects, Inc., the nation’s leading non-profit developer for the arts. Under his management the portfolio of long-term, permanently affordable housing and space for artists more than doubled, growing from 17 projects in 9 states to 42 projects in 16 states. Prior to Artspace, Bill spent 13 years at Royal Bank of Canada, as Vice President of Fixed Income Banking. In that capacity he participated in over $1 billion in tax-exempt bond financing for affordable multifamily housing, senior assisted living facilities, higher education and private K-12 education capital projects, transportation and utility projects. Bill also served on the Metropolitan Council’s Housing and Land Use Advisory Committee between 2000 and 2003.
A native of New Orleans, Mr. Mague graduated from Carleton College, Northfield, MN with a B.A. in Economics.
Interested in joing the Soap Factory’s Board of Directors?