The Soap Factory general submission deadline has passed, and we are no longer accepting artist or curatorial submissions for our 2016 calendar. A new call will go out later in 2016, date TBD. Keep checking our site or follow us on social media sites for posted info later this year.
About Our Submissions:
The Soap Factory exhibits work in its galleries throughout the year. Group exhibitions curated from submissions could have as many as 8 artists. Projects by individual artists that propose to use the entire 12,000 sq feet of gallery space are always encouraged. We are particularly interested in proposals conceived specifically for The Soap Factory galleries. Our programming is unique in that we select only a small proportion of the artists we exhibit from our pool of submissions.
We commonly receive 300 artist submissions per season. Examples of artists shown by The Soap Factory from submissions: Nadine Anderson, Matt Bakkom, Nina Lola Bachhuber, Ernest Arthur Bryant III, David Bartley, Ian Burns, Santiago Cucullu, E-Team, Omer Fast, Harrell Fletcher, Isa Gagarin, Michael Gaughan, Amber Ginsburg, Jay Heikes, Alexa Horochowski, Margaret Kilgallen, Chris Lawrence, Keith Lemley, Rita MacDonald, Joseph Madrigal, Rodney McMillian, Clive Murphy, Wil Natzel, Kelly Nipper, Carl Pope Jr, David Rathman, Patrick Scully, Slinko, Xavier Tavera, Bruce Tapola, Traci Tullius.
Submissions at The Soap Factory are reviewed by a panel of jurors and selected for exhibition in our submission show. When considering submitting a proposal to The Soap Factory please consider the raw, industrial nature of our building. The Soap Factory is a rewarding, but challenging space for exhibition. Successful artists consider how our architecturally complex building can support their proposal.
A measured floorplan of our galleries can be found here:
Please read the following:
We provide publicity, exhibition invitations, mailings, opening reception and artist talks. We do not provide insurance coverage for work exhibited at The Soap Factory. All work is shown at the artist's own risk. The Soap Factory is housed in a 130-year old industrial warehouse near the banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. We just welcomed our much anticipated air conditioning and heating system, but we are still housed in an old warehouse, dust accumulates often; please bear this in mind when submitting your work.
Submissions are only accepted online through the mnartists.org submission process. Submissions for the 2016 calendar are no longer being excepted; a new call will go out later in 2016, date TBD. Keep checking our site or follow us on social media sites for posted info later this year. To learn more about our process and gear up for future calls, read below:
The Soap Factory encourages, but do not require you to publicize your profile on mnartists.org. You do not have to have an existing, but must create a profile to submit through mnartists.org.
We do NOT accept e-mailed submissions OR mailed in submissions.
Must be 18+ to apply. We encourage emerging contemporary artists to apply, but like to see artists whose background includes a fine arts education and involved in exhibitions elsewhere.
National and International submissions are both accepted.
We accept proposals for the following type of work;
Visual Arts - Please include a minimum of 5 examples of work, maximum of 10. Any form of visual art is encouraged; 2D, Sculpture, Installation, New Media, Video, etc. If you are proposing video work, please include 1-2 work examples. We are particularly interested in proposals conceived specifically for The Soap Factory galleries. Include the following information with work: Title, medium, size, year, and length if video.
Performance - Please include 1-2 video examples if you have them. If not, please include 1-2 photos and description from any past performances. Include the following information with work: Title, location, year.
Sound - Please include at least 2-3 sound examples, maximum 5. Include the following information with work: Title, length, year.
In addition to work examples, we require an artist statement, proposal, and current CV or Resume.
*You will not be able to upload files to apply for our call after the deadline
*Artists selected for the 2016 season will be notified in February of 2016
*Please, do not call or email to check on your submission.
Questions regarding The Soap Factory submissions guidelines or the organization please contact Kate Arford, firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request a studio visit, please email email@example.com