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 Soap Factory’s International Residency Exchange Program is an ambitious two-year initiative aimed to link the cities and artists of Tranås, Sweden; Mexico City, Mexico; New York, City, USA; Glasgow, Scotland; and Minneapolis – St. Paul, USA.

1-3 month residency placement program, providing emerging and mid-career Minnesota artists support to research, produce, and exhibit new works and explore the artistic, social and cultural context offered by their host city. The Soap Factory will be providing travel, material, and housing support to each participating artist-in-residence.

More information on residencies, their locations, and dates TBA Spring 2017. Informational sessions will be available in 2017, dates TBA.

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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