Be part of the future

The building that The Soap Factory occupies has been used for many things; the railroad, armory storage, the production of soap, and for the past 21 years, an art gallery. In 1995 a group of artists (No Name Exhibitions) moved into an industrial, utilitarian space and transformed it into one of Minneapolis’ most well known cultural hubs. The building brings unique challenges and benefits for exhibitions, by existing not as a traditional clean white-walled gallery but as a raw industrial space with history and grit. Because The Soap Factory owns its’ own building, we have a unique and powerful opportunity to leverage our location and history in the community for artists. In 2017, The Soap Factory is taking the time and care to renovate it’s building, activating currently underused spaces to better serve artists by providing more opportunities to exhibit, reside, and experiment.

Here and There: 2017 Programming / Artist Opportunities

In 2017 The Soap Factory is taking in some fresh air, stepping outside the Factory and rethinking spaces both Here and There. We’re making new connections with new public spaces throughout Minnesota and new cities around the world; asking you to pack your bags and join us on the trip.


Calls for Submissions: Titles and Dates


The Soap Factory’s International Residency Exchange Program

The Residency exchange is a 1-2 month placement program, providing emerging and mid-career Minnesota artists support to research, produce, exhibit new works, and explore the artistic, social and cultural context offered by a host city. Upon their return, residency artists will share their experiences and any new work through an artist talk and studio visit with one of The Soap Factory’s established curatorial advisors.

In 2018, artists from each of these partner programs will be offered a 1-3 month residency opportunity at The Soap Factory, supported by our staff in documentation, installation, critique and presentation.

Each international exchange will be unique and aim to provide programming and networking opportunities in addition to travel and material support. For all residency artists, becoming part of a distinct network of cultural establishments, conversations, and communities will enhance the experience of making work in a new city, supported by a valued partnership organization.  

We are interested in conversations, experimentation, and long-running relationships; Residency artists are welcome to re-apply to future residencies at The Soap Factory to explore their projects further, with possible opportunities to exhibit in our galleries.   


Sweden + Minnesota Exchange

The Soap Factory is excited to partner with Kutlivera to bring four emerging and mid-career Minnesota-based artists to Tranås, Sweden to participate in a month-long residency at their organization.

This residency is about TIME and PLACE, an opportunity to reflect and cultivate ideas through experience and exchange. Artists will be given opportunities to learn about their host city, meet other artists, and space to work independently or collaboratively in their studios. Artists of any practice are welcome to apply (visual, performance, literary, dance, interdisciplinary, new media), but please keep in mind that this residency might not provide the logistics and time to create large-scale pieces.   

Artists are asked to prepare to discuss or share their experiences during a public artist talk and private studio visit shortly after their return, organized by The Soap Factory.

Residency dates: August 1st – September 3rd

Call opens, March 20 – deadline, May 3, 2017, 3:00PM


Rethinking Public Spaces throughout Minnesota

The Soap Factory’s public space program invites artists to submit proposals for projects outside of The Soap Factory that re-think public spaces, and/or utilize spaces that are often neglected or overlooked. In addition to staff, installation support, and documentation support; The Soap Factory will provide five artists/artist groups with a stipend of $5,000, and two artists/artist groups with a stipend of $10,000 to complete their projects.Applications must be submitted through Mn Artists.

Call opens, December 19 – deadline, February 22, 2017

Rethinking Public Spaces at The Soap Factory

During construction, The Soap Factory is inviting artists to propose projects outside of our Factory that will activate the building’s exterior and surrounding property. In addition to staff, installation support, and documentation support; The Soap Factory will provide four artists/artist groups with a stipend of $5,000 to complete their projects. Applications must be submitted through Mn Artists.

Call opens, December 12 – deadline, February 8, 2017


Our review process

Submissions to The Soap Factory are reviewed by a panel of jurors and selected for programs.


Must be 18+ to apply. We encourage all contemporary artists to apply, and welcome artists whose background includes a fine arts education and involvement in exhibitions elsewhere.

Both national and international submissions are accepted for the Rethinking Public Space Programs.

Only Minnesota Artists are eligible to apply for The Soap Factory’s 2017 residency exchange program.

Submission guidelines

Submissions are only accepted online through the submission process.

The Soap Factory encourages you to publicize your profile on, although this is not required. Artists must create a profile on in order to submit through the website. You DO NOT need to be a Minnesota based artist to create a profile or submit a proposal through

We do NOT accept submissions via email or post.

Work Samples

We accept proposals for the following type of work;

Visual Arts. Please include 5-10 examples of your work. Any form of visual art is encouraged, including 2D, sculpture, installation, new media, video, etc. If you are proposing video work, please include 1-2 work examples. Include the following information with each work example: title, medium, size, year, and length of video.

Performance. Please include 1-2 video examples if available. If not, please include 1-2 photos and descriptions of past performances. Include the following information with work: title, location, and year.

Sound. Please include at least 2-3 sound examples, with a maximum of 5. Include the following information with work: title, length, and year.

In addition to work examples, we require an artist statement, proposal, and current CV or resume.

If your proposal is accepted

Artists selected for the 2017 season will be notified in the month following the submission deadline.

We do not provide insurance coverage for work exhibited at or outside The Soap Factory. All work is shown at the artist’s own risk.


Regarding The Soap Factory submissions guidelines or the organization, please contact Joni Van Bockel

To request a studio visit, please email


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