Construction at the Soap Factory

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Jan 16 - May 15

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The Soap Factory is excited to announce that after almost a year of renovations, we plan to re-open in the spring of 2018. For the last couple years, Soap Factory Staff and Board Members have been hard at work to make the Soap Factory a more sustainable organization to better serve our mission of supporting artists.

The renovations, while a significant update, will not interfere with the Soap Factory’s unique rugged aesthetic. Contractors are working hard to maintain the building’s historic appearance as well as ensure that the building gets the necessary care it needs to stay around for another 100 years. The Main Floor galleries will remain almost entirely untouched and will retain the size and raw appearance that they are known and loved for.

What the renovations will do is transform 35,000 sq ft of underutilized space into spaces that serve national, international, and local artists and our local community. We are so excited to see how these developments help the Soap Factory grow, increase programming opportunities, and reach a broader audience. We hope that you will stay tuned these next couple months as construction progresses and that you will join us to celebrate the re-opening this spring.

The Renovations will create space for:

– Low-Cost Artist Studios for Rent

– New Exhibition Spaces

– Residency Studios

– Multi-use Community Room

– Restaurant

– Fully Renovated Woodshop

If you are interested in participating in our new residency program, applications are now open, learn more and apply here.

To receive updates about the renovations, including the availability of artist studios, the restaurant, and more sign up for our mailing list here.

Project Partners:

RJM ConstructionStudio M Architects, Preservation Design Works LLC, Emanuelson-Podas IncOOIEEHansen Thorp Pellinen Olson, Faegre Baker DanielsHerzog Engineering, LLC, Mcknight Foundation, and Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Foundation





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