Artist Opportunities

Current Opportunities:

Solo Exhibition Residency

Deadline Feb 28 @ 3pm
Residency runs: Jun 4 – Nov 30, 2018
Solo Exhibition: Nov 17, 2017 – Jan 6, 2018
Apply Here

Midwest Residency

Deadline Feb 28 @ 3pm
Residency runs:
Round 1, Jun 4 – Aug 25, 2017
Round 2, Sep 7 – Nov 30, 2017
Apply Here

Curatorial Residency

Deadline Feb 28 @ 3pm
Residency runs: Jun 4 – Nov 30, 2018
Curatorial Exhibition: Sep 8 – Oct 21, 2018
Apply Here

2018 Residency Programs

The Soap Factory Artists-in-Residence Program supports emerging and mid-career artists and curators working across all disciplines and is open to local, regional, national, and internationally-based artists.  We offer one to twelve-month residencies, creating a shared space for artis-tic dialogue and international cultural exchange for an extended period of time.

In addition to a private studio, stipends, and housing coordination, residents receive substantial career development support including opportunities to exhibit in our main and lower level galleries, photo-graphic and video documentation, guest studio visits, artist-talks, and public openings. Residency artists also benefit from the AIR community; including ongoing dialogue with fellow residency artists, informal gatherings, inter-studio visits and activities, as well as monthly field trips and meals together. The program and facilities are designed to create a community, foster the expansion and exchange of artistic and cultural practices, and provide artists with exposure to the Twin Cities and its arts ecosystem.


Solo Exhibition Residency

Application Deadline: February 28th, 2018 @ 3PM!

Residency runs: June 4th – November 30th, 2018

Solo Exhibition: November 17th, 2017 – January 6th, 2018

APPLY HERE

The Soap Factory (TSF) aims to provide a rare opportunity to contemporary artists looking to exhibit their work in the three main floor galleries of the Soap Factory. This six month residency program asks one mid-career or established artist, or collective, to develop an exhibition in the Soap Factory’s 12,000 sq. ft. main floor exhibition space.

The Solo Exhibition will be supported financially and administratively; accompanied by documentation and an exhibition catalog. A-I-R’s are asked to participate in an artist talk or open dialogue, and in our podcast.

Please note, artists working in all disciplines are encouraged to apply to this opportunity though the Soap Factory is especially interested in artists practicing experimental and/or interdisciplinary work.

Provided Support:

_Private Studio

_Stipend

_Travel Reimbursement (for anyone outside of the twin cities)

_Accomodations in Minneapolis (If from out of town)

_Documentation + Printed Catalog

_Network of artists, curators, and arts administrators

_Installation and building support

Let’s talk dollars:

$3,600 honorarium is paid to the Solo Exhibiting Artist or collective at the end of their residency.

$1,500 in travel reimbursement during residency.

Free accommodation during your visits to Minneapolis (only available for artists residing outside of the Twin Cities).

How to submit a proposal:

This is an open call to participate in Soap Factory’s Solo Exhibition Residency Program. All applications must be submitted through mnartists.org. See eligibility below and expectations below.

To help you prepare, use the following checklist.

What we want you to include:

_First and foremost, please check our eligibility requirements, are you eligible? Yes! Awesome! No? That’s ok, we will have more opportunities for you in the future :).

_Updated CV or Resume

_Website or online portfolio link

_You will be asked to provide the following information: Name, Email, Phone, Address

_5-10 color images of work examples

_Video samples (if you are providing, not required), limited to 3

_Artist Statement – what, why, who are you as an artist? In your own words, how do you define your practice? Keep it concise (word limit 250).

_Statement of Intent – why do you want to do this!? What are your goals as an artist?  Include a short proposal if you already have a specific dream project in mind (word limit 500).

_2 professional references. If you have participated in residency programs, please include at least one from a previous residency experience. Please provide a reference from a gallery or museum you have exhibited in or have a close relationship with.

Eligibility:

Artists must be 18+ years old. Open to individual artists or one – four person collectives. Artists looking to participate cannot be currently enrolled (at the time of the residency: June – November, 2018) in an education institution that provides residency programs. This call is open to anyone from around the world.

Please note the following:

*The Soap Factory is committed to diversity in audience, staff and programming. To assist us in achieving our diversity goals, please indicate your ethnicity or cultural background. Note that responses to this query are not a factor in showing at The Soap Factory, but a measurement of how well we are promoting our submission process to diverse communities. This question is not required.

*All application materials must be submitted in English.

*The Artist(s) selected for the Solo Exhibition Residency program will be notified by March 14, 2018.

*Please, do not call or email to check on your submission.

Please read the following:

The Soap Factory will be providing artists with travel, an honorarium, and accomodations. Artists are responsible for any additional costs. The Soap Factory provides a promotional platform, documentation, interviews, and artist talks. We do not provide insurance coverage for work created during or following your residency. All work shown is at the artist or curator’s own risk.

Guidelines:

Submissions are only accepted online through the mnartists.org submission process, deadline is February 28th, 2018, 3:00 pm. Technical help from MNartists.org or The Soap Factory staff must be inquired before 3:00 pm on the day of the deadline.

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.

FAQ’s:

Can collaborative teams apply?

Yes, but please choose one person to represent the team and use that person’s profile to apply on Mn artists. Please include a resume for all of the members of the collaborative/team.

How many artists and/or artist collaboratives will be accepted to this  residency program?

Only one artist/artist collaborative will be selected for the Solo Exhibition residency however there will be other artists-in-residence at The Soap Factory throughout your time at the Soap Factory residency if chosen.

What expectations does the Soap Factory have of their artists and curators-in-residence?

A-I-R’s are asked to participate in an artist talk or open dialogue, and in our podcast in addition to creating an exhibition in the Soap Factory’s 12,000 sq. ft. main floor exhibition space.

Residents are expected to use the time and space awarded to them and be an engaged member of the Soap Factory and broader Twin Cities community. A-I-R(s) should expect to participate some community meals and a few studio visits.

Does the Soap Factory offer housing, stipends or grants for travel to and from the residency?

Yes, $1,500 is available for travel reimbursement during residency as well as free accommodation during your visits to Minneapolis (only available for curators residing outside of the Twin Cities).

What is the Twin Cities community like?

Minneapolis and St. Paul have a rich artistic community containing a handful of large art museums as well as a varied collection gallery spaces, and DIY spaces. The art community here is very well connected and supportive, if there is an organization or program you are interested in connecting with while here TSF will happily connect you.

The Soap Factory is located right along the Mississippi river and just across the walkable Stone Arch Bridge from downtown Minneapolis. It is easy to get around and explore the Twin Cities by bike, bus, and transit.


Soap Factory Midwest Artist Residency  

Application Deadline: February 28th, 2018 @ 3PM!

Residency runs:

Round 1, June 4th – August 25th, 2017

Round 2, September 7th – November 30th, 2017

APPLY HERE

The Soap Factory (TSF) aims to provide an opportunity to research, produce, and exhibit during a three month residency in our building. This three month residency program asks emerging to mid-career artists, or collectives, from the Midwest to develop and share their practice with our audiences.

The Midwest A-I-Rs are provided a material stipend, private studio, and access to our woodshop and workshop spaces. Studio visits by visiting curators and artists will be offered once a month.  All participants are asked to present work developed during their residency; culminating in an exhibition, performance, public event, or publication. Work presented will be exhibited in our new residency gallery spaces.

Artists from all disciplines are welcome to apply. This residency aims at strengthening the practice of, cultural exchange between, and career development of Midwest artists; Artists currently working in the MN Metro area, Greater MN, and Midwest region are encouraged to apply.

Provided Support:

_Private Studio

_Material Stipend

_Accomodations in Minneapolis (If from out of town)

_Documentation

_Network of artists, curators, and arts administrators

_Installation and building support

Let’s talk dollars:

$500 material stipend is given to the A-I-R, or collective, at the beginning of their residency.

Free accommodation during your visits to MPLS (only available for artists residing outside of the Twin Cities).

How to submit a proposal:

This is an open call to participate in Soap Factory’s Midwest Artist Residency Program. All applications must be submitted through mnartists.org. See eligibility below and expectations below.

To help you prepare, use the following checklist.

What we want you to include:

_First and foremost, please check our eligibility requirements, are you eligible? Yes! Awesome! No? That’s ok, we will have more opportunities for you in the future :).

_will be asked to please indicate which residency round you are applying to, if your schedule could accommodate either round – please select both

_Updated CV or Resume

_Website or online portfolio link

_You will be asked to provide the following information: Name, Email, Phone, Address

_5-10 color images of work examples

_Video samples (if you are providing, not required), limited to 3

_Audio samples (if you are providing, not required), limited to 3

_Artist Statement – what, why, who are you as an artist? In your own words, how do you define your practice? Keep it concise (word limit 250).

_Statement of Intent – why do you want to do this!? What are your goals as an artist?  Include a short proposal if you already have a specific dream project in mind (word limit 500).

_2 professional references. If you have participated in residency programs, please include at least one from a previous residency experience.

Eligibility:

Artists must be 18+ years old. Open to individual artists or one – four person collectives. Artists looking to participate cannot be currently enrolled (at the time of the residency: June – November, 2018) in an education institution that provides residency programs. 

For this opportunity you must currently be residing in the Midwest. Are you familiar with the term “rust belt” or “corn sweat” ?, have you ever participated in a meat raffle or smirked at the fact that we have meat raffles but secretly love it?.. we’re looking at you.

And yes, you are included in the Midwest, Kansas and Missouri ;).

Please note the following:

*The Soap Factory is committed to diversity in audience, staff and programming. To assist us in achieving our diversity goals, please indicate your ethnicity or cultural background. Note that responses to this query are not a factor in showing at The Soap Factory, but a measurement of how well we are promoting our submission process to diverse communities. This question is not required.

*All application materials must be submitted in English.

*The Artist(s) selected for the Midwest Artist Residency program will be notified by March 14, 2018.

*Please, do not call or email to check on your submission.

Please read the following:

The Soap Factory will be providing artists with a material stipend, studio, and accomodations. Artists are responsible for any additional costs. The Soap Factory provides a promotional platform, documentation, interviews, and artist talks. We do not provide insurance coverage for work created during or following your residency. All work is shown at the artist or curator’s own risk.

Guidelines:

Submissions are only accepted online through the mnartists.org submission process, deadline is February 28th, 2018, 3:00 pm. Technical help from MNartists.org or The Soap Factory staff must be inquired before 3:00 pm on the day of the deadline.

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.

FAQ’s:

Can collaborative teams apply?

Yes, but please choose one person to represent the team and use that person’s profile to apply on Mn artists. Please include a resume for all of the members of the collaborative/team.

How many artists and/or artist collaboratives will be accepted to this residency program?

Two to three artists/artist collaboratives will be selected for each round of the Midwest Artist Residency program however there will be other artists-in-residence at The Soap Factory throughout your time at the Soap Factory Residency if chosen.

What expectations does the Soap Factory have of their artists and curators-in-residence?

A-I-R(s)  are asked to present work developed during their residency in the form of an exhibition, performance, public event, or publication. Work presented will be exhibited in our new residency gallery spaces.

Residents are expected to use the time and space awarded to them and be an engaged member of the Soap Factory and broader Twin Cities community. C-I-R(s) should expect to participate some community meals and in at least two studio visit sessions with other TSF A-I-R during the residency.

Does the Soap Factory offer housing, stipends or grants for travel to and from the residency?

Yes, $1,500 is available for travel reimbursement during residency as well as free accommodation during your visits to Minneapolis (only available for artists residing outside of the Twin Cities).

What is the Twin Cities community like?

Minneapolis and St. Paul have a rich artistic community containing a handful of large art museums as well as a varied collection gallery spaces, and DIY spaces. The art community here is very well connected and supportive, if there is an organization or program you are interested in connecting with while here TSF will happily connect you.

The Soap Factory is located right along the Mississippi river and just across the walkable Stone Arch Bridge from downtown Minneapolis. It is easy to get around and explore the Twin Cities by bike, bus, and transit.


Soap Factory Curatorial Residency

Submissions Guidelines

Application Deadline: February 28th, 2018 @ 3PM!

Residency runs: June 4th – November 30th, 2018

Curatorial Exhibition: September 8th – October 21st, 2018

APPLY HERE

The Soap Factory (TSF) aims to provide an opportunity for professional curatorial development through its Curatorial Residency program. This six month residency program asks one emerging or mid-career curator, or collective, to develop an exhibition in the Soap Factory’s 12,000 sq. ft. main floor exhibition space.

The C-I-R exhibition will be supported financially and administratively; accompanied by documentation and exhibition catalog. C-I-R are asked to complete a written essay, moderate an artist talk or public discussion, and participate in our podcast.

The Soap Factory’s Residency programming is structured to encourage fellowship among residents, expect to participate in at least two studio visit sessions with TSF A-I-R during your residency.

Provided Support:

_Stipend

_Travel Reimbursement

_Accomodations in MPLS

_Documentation + Printed Catalog

_Network of artists, curators, and arts administrators

_Installation and building support

Let’s talk dollars:

$3,000 honorarium is paid to the C-I-R or collective at the end of their residency.

$1,500 in travel reimbursement during residency.

Free accommodation during your visits to MPLS (only available for curators residing outside of the Twin Cities).

How to submit a proposal:

This is an open call to participate in Soap Factory’s Curatorial Residency Program. All applications must be submitted through mnartists.org. See eligibility below and expectations below.

To help you prepare, use the following checklist.

What we want you to include:

_First and foremost, are you eligible? Yes! Awesome! No? That’s ok, we will have more opportunities for you in the future :).

_Updated CV or Resume

_Website or Online portfolio link

_You will be asked to provide the following information: Name, Email, Phone, Address

_5-10 color images of curatorial examples

_Video samples (if you are providing, not required), limited to 3

_1 writing Sample – must be related to the field (ex: curatorial essay, critical response, etc. word limit 750).

_Curatorial Vision – what, why, who are you as a curator. Keep it concise (word limit 250).

_Statement of Intent – why do you want to do this!? What are your goals as a curator? Include a short proposal if you already have a curatorial project in mind (word limit 500).

_2 professional references. If you have participated in residency programs, please include at least one from a previous residency experience. Please include at least one reference from an artist you have worked with.

Eligibility:

Artists must be 18+ years old. Open to individual curators, one – four person curatorial collectives. Curators looking to participate cannot be currently enrolled (at the time of the residency: June – November, 2018) in an education institution that provides curatorial or residency programs. This call is open to anyone from around the world.

Please note the following:

*The Soap Factory is committed to diversity in audience, staff and programming. To assist us in achieving our diversity goals, please indicate your ethnicity or cultural background. Note that responses to this query are not a factor in showing at The Soap Factory, but a measurement of how well we are promoting our submission process to diverse communities. This question is not required.

*All application materials must be submitted in English.

*Curator(s) selected for the C-I-R program will be notified by March 14, 2018.

*Please, do not call or email to check on your submission.

Please read the following:

The Soap Factory will be providing curators with travel, housing, and honorarium. Curators are responsible for any additional costs. The Soap Factory provides a promotional platform, documentation, interviews, and artist talks. We do not provide insurance coverage for work created during or following your residency. All work is shown at the artist or curator’s own risk.

Guidelines:

Submissions are only accepted online through the mnartists.org submission process, deadline is February 28th, 2018, 3:00 pm. Technical help from MNartists.org or The Soap Factory staff must be inquired before 3:00 pm on the day of the deadline.

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.

FAQ’s:

Can collaborative teams apply?

Yes, but please choose one person to represent the team and use their profile to apply on Mn artists and include a resume for all of the members of the collaborative/team.

How many artists and/or artist collaboratives will be accepted to this  residency program?

The curatorial residency program will be accepting one curator or one curatorial team at this time, though other artists-in-residence programs will be on-going while the curator-in-residence is at the Soap Factory.

What expectations does the Soap Factory have of their artists and curators-in-residence?

C-I-R(s) are asked to complete a written essay, moderate an artist talk or public discussion, and participate in our podcast in addition to developing an exhibition in the Soap Factory’s 12,000 sq. ft. main floor exhibition space.

Residents are expected to use the time and space awarded to them and be an engaged member of the Soap Factory and broader Twin Cities community. C-I-R(s) should expect to participate some community meals and in at least two studio visit sessions with other TSF A-I-R during the residency.

Does the Soap Factory offer housing, stipends or grants for travel to and from the residency?

Yes, $1,500 is available for travel reimbursement during residency as well as free accommodation during your visits to MPLS (only available for curators residing outside of the Twin Cities).

What is the Twin Cities community like?

Minneapolis and St. Paul have a rich artistic community containing a handful of  large art museums as well as a varied collection gallery spaces, and DIY spaces. The art community here is very well connected and supportive, if there is an organization or program you are interested in connecting with while here TSF will happily connect you.

The Soap Factory is located right along the Mississippi river and just across the walkable Stone Arch Bridge from downtown Minneapolis. It is easy to get around and explore the Twin Cities by bike, bus, and transit.

Questions?

Regarding The Soap Factory submissions guidelines or the organization, please contact Joni Van Bockel joni@soapfactory.org

 

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